It is important to me that you learn how to expand your mental and physical limitations little by little, over time. By practicing yoga, you will become more open to new experiences and discover more about yourself as a creative and connected social being. Above all, you will experience the depth and the magic of yoga, which goes way beyond the physical aspects of going through a series of body postures. You will learn about all the different yoga techniques and discover how you can do them during your home yoga practice. As a result, your body will become healthier, feel rejuvenated and your energy will flow more smoothly. At the same time, you will learn how to calm your mind, therefore allowing you to make more and better conscious decisions, which naturally leads to happier and stronger relationships.
Since my early childhood, I have always been passionate about physical exercise, whether it be through gymnastics, ballet, skiing, badminton, or sport climbing, before I eventually became interested in yoga. I had always heard that there was more to yoga than the obvious physical benefits, and I became soon interested. During one of my very first yoga classes, at the end of the relaxation section, I sensed something special and magical happening within me. Something that was difficult to explain but felt incredibly good. I started practicing yoga with the same competitive attitude as when I did sports: with a lot of willpower and ambition, while always comparing myself to the teacher and the other students. Overcoming this attitude took a long time.
My first roughly 200 hours of training as a yoga teacher were physically challenging, focusing heavily on creating a perfect body alignment in the asanas (body postures), which was exactly what I had been looking for at that time during my yoga journey. After completing the training, I was now able to practice and to teach asanas in an energetic and beneficial way. More importantly, however, I had come to learn how to practice with an intention coming from my heart, which would give a deeper meaning to my future practice. In my opinion, this kind of intention elevates yoga over every other sport in the world.
Overcoming Physical Constraints
During the beginning of my practice, it soon turned out that I was too results-oriented, and despite doing Hatha yoga almost on a daily basis, I developed an injury in my shoulders and a mysterious pain in my ankles, wrists, and fingers. Various doctors, physiotherapists, and even healers could not tell me for years where this pain came from. However, I learned through yoga how to deal with it and overcome it. Over time, I came to realize part of the problem was that I practiced a form of yoga that was physically too challenging, or more precisely, that too many of the exercises were in fact not beneficial for my body. I still had to learn how to better listen to my body and to embrace it as my holy temple, which sometimes meant sticking with an easy routine and with meditating rather than doing an intensive 90 minutes class. And I am taking more time to spoil myself and for example treat myself to a massage or a nice day in the spa.
During my training, my second yoga teacher was Tanja Sailer who transformed my yoga practice into a gentler and more conscious approach. Tanja is best known for her meditative teaching style and her profound knowledge of the yogic philosophy. My second training included over 800 hours of education over four years. Through Tanja’s teachings, I have acquired a deeper and more practical understanding of the philosophy of yoga, especially of Tantra yoga. Different breathing and meditation techniques also made up a large portion of the overall training, for which I am incredibly grateful. It is important for me to incorporate all of these elements into every class that I give today.
About my Personal Growth
It took me quite some time to establish a regular home yoga practice… But “going every day on your yoga mat” turned out to be a challenge for most of my fellow students who aspired to become yoga teachers. I consider it to be one of my biggest achievements to practice on the mat 95% of the time. As I’ve mentioned before, however, being on the mat can sometimes simply mean to take things easy. Maybe you can just sit, breathe and meditate without doing a single handstand or a warrior pose.
Through this continuous practice, I became more mindful, patient, and open-hearted. I am continuously in touch with my own intuition and the universal energy flowing around us. Despite being born in 1971, I still consider myself to be a young and incredibly curious mind. Thanks to yoga, it will always remain open to change and to new possibilities. For example, in February 2020 I received my second Reiki degree, so that I can now send healing energy across time and space during my teachings.