I hear many yoga teachers say that the injury is the reason they fell in love with this ancient practice. I’ve always been a bit “different”, “odd”, not really fitting in with the crowd, but in this case, I couldn’t be any more similar.
My love story with yoga has taken place over 10 years, and it was a slow, gradual process rather than love at first sight. But I once heard someone say that a habit formed slowly is a habit that leaves slowly.
Well, I hope this habit sticks with me for a lifetime.
I was a runner and a dancer from a young age, and although I’ve felt a strong pull towards spirituality and the esoteric world ever since I can remember, I haven’t been able to pick up such practices. Sure, I tried staring at a candle in meditation and learning sun salutation out of a yoga book (which I found near impossible!) during my painfully sensitive, confused and irritable teenagehood, but that was a one-time occasion – I quit before I even started!
Years passed and I found myself still strongly attracted to physical practices; running, physical theatre (my formal education is in Contemporary Theatre & Performance) and going to the gym.
In my early twenties, I ordered a yoga DVD and practised at home a few times. Back then, I looked at yoga as a purely physical practice with an occasional funny pose that I could giggle at. I didn’t convince me, so I quit again and focused entirely on long-distance running. I had built my endurance up to complete many 5k, 10k and half-marathon runs, and then it happened. I pushed myself too far and one day the tendons surrounding my left knee had enough. They became inflamed to the point where I couldn’t walk, right after I had moved to London and was supposed to be looking for a job. Being so still and unable to run played with my mind and I was becoming increasingly sad and desperate. I couldn’t go on like this, so I rolled out my mat, put on a yoga video and started doing gentle Hatha practice only on the right side of my body. The progress was painfully slow, but after a month or so yoga became a part of my life – I wasn’t a regular practitioner but made sure I practised at least twice a week.
It took around two more years for me to start practising more regularly, and by then I felt “off” if I skipped a day. One thing led to another and worked hard for a year to be able to afford a yoga teacher training course in India.
In January 2019 I packed my stuff, flew to New Delhi and a couple of weeks later I started my very first 200 hour Hatha and Ashtanga YTTC at Yoga Vidya in Rishikesh. Without a doubt, that month changed my body, changed my mind and my entire life.
My teaching style
I’ve been teaching yoga for beginners since February 2019 in various locations around the world. See current schedule for more information on where to attend my classes.
My teaching style is leaning towards Hatha flow, and can sometimes be traced to Vinyasa flow, making the transitions between asanas (yoga poses) smooth, flowy and engaging. As a fan of the movement, I love incorporating subtle elements of dance and tend to invite students to explore the limitations and unique expressions of their bodies. My purpose is to create a safe space for both men and women to be who they are and connect with their true nature, appreciate their bodies, calm their minds and feed their souls.
My sequences are designed with beginners in mind, however, experienced practitioners are also welcome. I strive to deliver modifications of certain asanas for complete beginners, intermediate and advanced practitioners, depending on the students’ abilities in the class.
As yoga is more than just stretching, big parts of my classes involve deep relaxation, chanting, energy work, guided meditations, pranayama (breathing techniques), chakra healing and other practices that re-connect us with nature and our inner wild (authentic) selves. However, I do my best to stay true to my teachers and their gurus by spreading their knowledge, respecting tradition and by not wandering too far away from classical Hatha yoga.
In spring 2020, our services will also include Yoga for children, Yoga for Elderly and Sacred Feminine Retreats. See Upcoming Projects for more information.