‘You Must Be a Yoga Expert Now!’- How My Friends’ Reaction Helped Me to Gain Even More From My Experience in India

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One of the most frequent comments I have been hearing from friends and family after returning from India and telling them about the three different amazing courses we did (Yoga anatomy with Gary Carter, Ashtanga Yoga Retreat with Mark Robberds and Laruga Glaser, 300hr Yoga Teacher Training) is: You must be a yoga pro now, a real yogi!
By ‘yoga pro’ and ‘real yogi’ they mean me being able to do very advanced postures- upside down, twisted, arm balances… I did learn a lot about the physical practice of yoga and improved my own practice, but much more important than that was Read More


Bliss and Joy: The Real Goal of Yoga

12792116_10153460094241094_998731744953159531_oWhen people hear the word yoga most think about people getting into pretzel like shapes or sitting in lotus position while ‘oming’. What they know as yoga are the asanas (bodily postures) and maybe meditation. What most people don’t know is that yoga is so much more than that. Yoga is an integrative and thorough approach towards a healthy and joyous life respecting the self, others, and nature. Thanks to its integrity it is so helpful in balancing our intense and mind-loaded lifestyle. In this post I’ll talk a little bit about my experience as a yoga teacher and introduce you to the teachings of yoga.
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The Real Magic of Yoga: Embodiment

Mova_PhotoShooting_26The physical practice of yoga with it’s different bodily postures, meditation, and breathing exercises has so many amazing and powerful benefits. The benefits, which are mentioned a lot, are a strong and flexible body and a calm mind. Many of us have heard of these benefits and they all sound great and feel good to the ones who practice. For me though there is something much deeper and stronger than just strengthening and lengthening the body and feeling calmer: embodiment.
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A Balanced Life is a Healthy Life. What Balance Means to me + Some Tips for Finding Your Personal Balance

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In yoga we find stability and balance through opposing forces. In the one-legged standing posture I attached to this post I am pushing the standing leg into the ground, and am at the same time lifting up towards the sky through the crown of my head. I am pushing my extended foot into my hand, and pulling back my hand. These opposing forces give stability, just like in life. We need light and darkness, happiness and sadness, determination and laziness…. The tricky part is that stability and balance aren’t necessarily achieved by including equal parts of each side.
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