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JANA (CO-TEACHER / SUBSTITUTION)

 

When I was 11 years old I got in contact with yoga in a very open-minded and playful way throughout my mother. This is how I realized that it was not just a “adult thing”.

I took my first Ashtanga class two or three years later, after my father suggested trying out a class together with some friends from school. The class was led by Heather from pink elephant. I still have a close connection to her as a friend and a teacher. I liked the combination of physical demands without any challenge, relaxation after tension and the conscious focus on my own mat, my own body and my own mind from the beginning. That’s why I continued to join these led classes until my father, Flippo, and Heather opened the Ashtanga Yoga Studio pink elephant in my home town Ansbach back in 2010. From then on my Ashtanga journey began to deepen, especially after I got introduced to the traditional mysore style.

Having a troublesome time in my teenage years – thinking about my own identity, dealing  with the break-up of my parents and having a stressful time in school – I began to realize  how the Ashtanga practice gives me support, helped me for better acceptancing and understanding of my body and is good as well as reliable companion. I also started to think about the concept of nonviolence in my own acting and thinking – a topic which matters to  me a lot until today.

Turning 18 I travelled India for three months. In the upcoming years I had the opportunity to practice with different teachers, got to know their styles of teaching and deepened and strengthened my Ashtanga practice. This is when my father taught me how to assist and later how to teach a class. I always had a very close relationship to my father, which intensified through the Ashtanga practice.

After school I moved to Frankfurt for my apprenticeship and met Chris and Ashtanga Yoga Raum Frankfurt. Chris welcomed me with open arms and an open heart from the very beginning and gave me the opportunity to take part in his classes not only as a student as well as an assistant teacher. I learned a lot from his experience as well as from assisting myself. I moved to Amsterdam in July 2018, but am glad to still be a part of AYRF nevertheless!

I’m thankful for all the teachers that I got to know and from whom I could learn. For me, a regular Ashtanga practice means the confrontation with my own self, steadiness, self-love and self-care as well as working on a healthy body and mind.

JANA (CO-TEACHER / SUBSTITUTION) | Vrschikasana

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