Yesterday I was clever and tried to change the world. Today I am wise and try to change myself. -Rumi
my yoga philosophy is simple: it’s for EVERYONE! old and young. athletic or not-so-athletic. flexible or maybe-one-day-i-will-touch-my-toes. total beginners or seasoned pros. female, male, trans or something in progress. it’s for the skaters and punk rockers. those with tons of money, not-a-penny-to-your-name or somewhere in the middle. it’s for the old lady who lives alone or the kids at the park. it’s for your math teacher and the internet person you’ve been waiting for… eight hours. yoga is for everyone.
yoga is a moving meditation. to help center your thoughts to the present moment. to concentrate and develop awareness- which is one of the reasons i call my practice ‘no future yoga’.
your practice is what you make it, what you want it to be. yoga can be a way to set small goals and celebrate the moments when your finally do reach your f*ing toes.
in the end it’s not about touching your toes, it’s journey on the way there.
styles of yoga i’ve practiced:
- Yin (Restorative)
training courses i’ve completed:
- Thai Yoga massage certificate from Sunshine House Greece 2013
- Belly massage Betty Papadopoulou’s workshop München 2014
- Teacher Training 60 hrs Yoga Makes a Difference Amsterdam 2016
just in case you have nothing else to do…
here’s my personal story:
yoga has been in my life since 2006. it’s been my best friend in the sunshine on a beach listening to the ocean. it’s been my arch nemesis hiding in the shadows, making me fall on my face (at least a million times). yoga has shown me warmth on a snowy day, alone in front of a wood burning stove full of wet wood refusing to burn. yoga has given me strength in the weakest moments and has taught me to pay attention to my body and to listen to the world around me.
everyday it reminds me to breathe and to sit up straight in front of my computer. they say it’s the small things in life that matter the most. i’ve been collecting those small moments for awhile now. learning how to piece them together with my body, my mind and my being. sometimes I abandoned yoga, sometimes I gave up on it, screaming at it, crying because of it, but it was always there and waiting when I was ready to come back to it. yoga has given me a thoughtful perspective and a healthy body. i am infinitely grateful to this ancient yet perpetually evolving practice.
the first class i ever taught was a spontaneous accident at a festival in a forest behind a broken castle. i co-lead this class with a bunny in a cape. squidbunnyoga.
meanwhile, back in my cave, i study the body. anatomy, physiology, massage, Eastern medicine, philosophy. life is about learning, constant, perpetual learning. everything in the world is eternally moving and changing, the mind should be no different. no borders in the mind means no borders in the outside world. create the world you want to live in. my wanderlust for knowledge has taken me on many intense adventures and i’m sure many more await.