My first contact with yoga was thanks to my mother at about 11 years old. The access to yoga was then very free and playful and so I could make friends with the idea that Ashtanga Yoga is probably not necessarily just such an “adult thing”.
I came to my first Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga class two or three years later after my father suggested I attend a class with some school friends. This course was led by Heather from pink elephant, who still accompanies me as a close reference person, yoga teacher and friend. The combination of physical challenge without competition, relaxation after tension and the directed focus on one’s own mat, one’s own body, one’s own mind, I liked from the beginning. As a result, I visited the guided Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Class more or less regularly until 2010 when my father, Flippo, and Heather opened the Ashtanga Yoga Studio pink elephant in my hometown of Ansbach. From then on began a much more regular Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga practice and I got to know the traditional Ashtanga Yoga Mysore style.
In a difficult time for me as an adolescent woman – marked by identity issues, the separation of my parents and a stressful upper secondary school – I began to realize that the Ashtanga Yoga practice allowed me to gain more support, calmness and acceptance and understanding of my body. The topic of non-violence in one’s own actions and thinking also came up more and continues to occupy me intensively to this day.
When I was 18, I went to India for almost three months. In the following years I was able to get to know various teachers and their teaching styles, i was able to deepen and consolidate my Ashtanga Yoga practice. My father introduced me to assisted and later to teaching for the first time. I have always had a close bond with my father, which was reinforced by the Ashtanga Yoga practice and the understanding of it.
As part of my training, I moved to Frankfurt in 2014 and met Chris and Ashtanga Yoga Raum Frankfurt. Chris welcomed me from the very first hour with open arms and hearts and gave me the opportunity to participate in the lessons not only as a student, but also as an assistant. I was able to learn a lot from his experience and through my own assist. In July 2018 I moved to Amsterdam and am happy to still be part of AYRF.
I am grateful for all the teachers I have met and learned from. To this day, a regular Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga practice for me meant confrontation with myself, permanence, self-love and care as well as working on a healthy body and mind.