I offer regular yoga and meditation sessions in Fincan Neukölln as well as running special yoga events and retreats. My background is in Sivananda Yoga (a form of traditional Hatha Yoga) which has provided a great base for my continued studies in Yoga and Breath Work.
More recently I have qualified in Trauma Sensitive Yoga at the Akademie für integrative Traumatherapie Berlin and am currently pursuing certification as a Breath Work therapist at the NAOU institute Berlin.
My passion is for taking yoga beyond the traditional class setting to reach those most in need, be that in one-to-one therapeutic settings or as part of a stress-management program for business folk looking to balance the stresses of working life with the reality of inner peace.
Yoga is not a sport! It is a practice of awareness! More than merely training muscular strength and flexibility we aim to develop a deep and subtle awareness of our physical, mental and emotional experiences. We want to really feel what is happening right now, grounding ourselves more fully in this moment of being.
Shaping our bodies and finding our physical limitations allows us to better realise the fact of our existence. We turn away from the analytical mind towards phenomenal experience. Using the body as an anchor for our awareness.
We also challenge ourselves to stay focused even in moments of great strength, gradually learning to relax rather than fighting or resisting. A lesson we take off the mat into our every day lives.
In this way the ability to deeply feel becomes our greatest strength!
Our bodies and our breath are true teachers who will unflinchingly reveal our fears and blocks whilst simultaneously giving us the tools we need to relax into acceptance, surrender our ego and bathe in the effortless joy of our true nature.
The deeper we listen the more we learn.
The ability to think is great!
Especially if you need to write a tax return or built an Ikea cupboard! Unfortunately we often expect more from our thinking mind than it is able to provide.
We give a lot of value to our thoughts, forgetting that they are unreliable, changeable and prone to dogmatism. Which is why committing to a yoga practice focused on judgment free observation can feel so great.
We kindly tell our thinking mind to shut up so we can luxuriate in sensation and the joy of being embodied!
We all know how good it feels to be relaxed, free and happy. Which is why we take pleasure in stretching and yawning.
We know that being tight and restricted in body and mind doesn’t suit us. Shaking off stress, letting out a roar, sweating away frustration, breathing deep and resting in stillness, these things feel great because they help return us to our natural state.
There are no pre-requisites for practicing yoga, you don’t have to be able to pick your nose with your toe. You don’t have to visit India or live ten years in a cave. You don’t have to be fit or sporty or even healthy. You just need breath.
Without any effort at all your breath comes and goes. You do not have to do anything, control anything, change anything. It simply is there for you. And you are quite simply and without doubt alive. Whether you are aware of it or not, this gift of life is pulsing in you. Whether through physical practice or meditation, yoga helps us more fully realise this fact.