I'M TRULY EXCITED ABOUT THIS NEW PROJECT...

When September’s whirlwind hasn’t stopped yet (see blog post here), it's okay with me. 

I pause. 

Ive found “writing” about whats in my head and heart has been an incredible tool for taking a pause while my ups and downs in daily life keep going their rounds. 

It structures thoughts and ideas. It takes fear and anxiety. It captures memories and holds space for desires. 

It takes the pace, as its reflecting and digesting, clearing and surrendering and sometimes its a great moment of love and laughter. 

Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Mark Robberds once said, in one of his workshop I participated in 2012, that when you write about who you want to become, it’ll come true. 

So maybe with our dreams as well?

 

Here is a lovingly created “DREAM PLANNER” by my dear friend Rita Sambado

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I gave it to my beautiful sis Carolin to her birthday in September - in the midst of the whirlwind ;) - and wrote this (English below): 

Sicherheit im Leben ist ein inneres Gut. 
Basierend auf ein tiefes Urvertrauen.
Keine äussere Struktur. 

Glaube an Deine Träume. 
Es müssen nicht alle in Erfüllung gehen. 
Aber sie sind es wert, zu verfolgen.

Auf diesem Weg lernen wir loszulassen. 
Und zwar auch dann, wenn wir nicht wissen, was kommt. 
Darin besteht das Geheimnis und die Herausforderung. 

Mal klappt’s, mal nicht. 
Doch du hast es getan und erlebt. 
Nur so kann innere Sicherheit wachsen. 

Durch Erfahrungen. 

//

Security in life is an inner value.
Based on deep faith.
No structure outside. 

Believe in your dreams! 
Not all of them need to come true. 
But all of them are worth to follow. 

Along this way we’ll learn to let go. 
Especially, when we don’t know yet, what is to come. 
That’s the secret and the challenge likewise. 

It may work out. It may not. 
But you did it. 

That’s how inner security and faith in yourself grows

Through experience. 

 

And I feel, this is one of the greatest gifts Ashtanga Yoga can give.
We need to practice it in order understand, what's all about. 


Im truly excited about the new project, which I just launched: a SEMI-PRIVATE GROUP PROGRAM with Ashtanga Yoga. 
 

On request of inspired students I was looking for a set-up to bring some tools of Private Teaching into a small group.

It’s here now and that’s what you’re going to experience. 

  • 30 minutest Introduction conversation on one-to-one 
  • Introduction or Continuation of your personal Ashtanga Yoga practice 
  • Once a week a 1 hr guided Ashtanga Yoga class with a specific focus on the elements of the practice and your needs
  • Once a week a 1 hr Mysore Style class to enhance your autonomous practice
  • Joyous Journey Journal: Powerful writing exercises to reflect the thoughts, insights and frustrations in your practice and combining them with your daily life 
  • Introduction to the eight limbs of Ashtanga Yoga
  • Review conversation in the group
  •  

Group size is 4-6 participants and the current schedule is Mondays & Fridays at 11:30a - 12:30p.

The sessions will be in the beautiful Shala and Center from Inês Oliveira & Nuno Filipe - Ashtanga family.
Im feeling extremely grateful to them for that opportunity.


The location is: 

Centro de Osteopatia & Yoga
Av. São Miguel 296, 2775-567 Carcavelos

 

When that inspires you, reply to: roomformyself@gmail.com andlet you send all details! 
We’ve still got three places available and it’d be wonderful to have you with us!

In the comment sections below, please share with us, how Ashtanga Yoga may have helped you to turn a dream into reality! Or when you think of someone, whom Ashtanga Yoga could help in that way, please share the program. I appreciate it. 

To your dreams! 
And, a wonderful autumn season!

Your Stef

www.roomformyself.com

MASTER YOUR LIFE! - IS THIS SOMETHING FOR YOU?

Along my personal journey one of my greatest insights Ive gained is, that Im able to take my life OFF my shoulders and IN MY HANDS.

With given opportunities I create and I build it in integrity with my values and as a contribution to the world around me. 

Its really an ongoing process.
It's the greatest challenge, yet the beauty of life and essence of our collectivity - to discover our own individuality and suitably live it in the environment of all areas in our daily life. 

 

MASTER YOUR LIFE is exactly about this: a holistic personal development program. 

It’ll take you deep and transform your life long-lasting. 
When you allow yourself to do it. 

Developed by my dear friends and colleagues Rita Sambado and Rodrigo Maia de Loureiro in this 3-day program we'll together offer you Ashtanga Yoga, Meditation, profound Life Coaching and Healthy Food. 

You'll be ask to have a truthful look in all dimensions of your life, review them deeply, envision them clearly and plan steps to put them in action- in health & well-being, family, intimacy, spiritual life, social life, work and material world. 


Click this link below to get details about program!
It's in Portuguese. 

https://www.eus-school.com/master-your-life-6-outubro


Im SO honoured to be able to guide you through your personal Ashtanga Yoga practice within this program. 

Rita and I, we share an unshakeable trust in this ancient form of Yoga and believe strongly in the implementation of its practice in this program. 

Because it fulfils essential tasks: 

Ashtanga Yoga will let you experience your sensations and examine your thoughts through your own body.

It’s different from just “thinking” them through with your mind. 

This unique practice simply but clearly mirrors your individuality, your way of acting and responding in life. Raw and honest. And yet, it’ll hold you safe and sacred. 

The daily morning practice opens you up, makes you aware and receptive for the following tasks in the program, which you want to engage from an inner place. Also, it clears you out before stepping into a new session. 

 

Take your life in your own two hands! 
This program will run from 6-8 October 2017 with 35% off the current value.

Get it for 390€ instead of 600€! 

Don’t hesitate when you’ve got the slightest tickle, thought or sense of doing it! 
It’ll be life-changing. 

When you need to take doubts or have last questions answered, please send an eMail to: rodrigo@eus-school.com. Rita and Rodrigo will reply promptly. 

 

Enrol here! 
https://www.eus-school.com/master-your-life-6-outubro

Please share with a dear friend! 

Also, let me know in the comments below, three of your working credos, concepts, strategies  you "master" your life! What's your vision of a "mastered life"?

Im looking forward to hearing from you! 

Love & Gratitude

Your Stef

Rita Sambado and Rodrigo Maia de Loureiro

Rita Sambado and Rodrigo Maia de Loureiro

"THE IN-BETWEEN MOMENT" IS YOURS

With the beginning of September a new season starts. School begins again. 

In the air has been lingering a mixture of curiosity and change. A different structure for the daily life for me, my son Zion and maybe for you and your family as well. A look into the unknown, what it may bring, offer and serve with. 

How have you been working it all out?

Instead of rushing through, establishing fast a new rhythm and filling the gabs, this round Im taking my time. 

The book Im reading currently “Der Elefant, der das Glück vergaß“ from Buddhist Monk Ajahn Brahm spoke about “the in-between-moment”. It made me aware, that in those moments of change Im able to breath through life freely and to actually create.  The puzzle can be put together from the beginning and surely it’ll hold excitement, challenges, growth and love. 

When I take action and do my best to “puzzle”, the universe will do its part too. Im safe, because it’ll work out the way it needs to be. 

It’s the same Ive experienced in my practice of Ashtanga Yoga. 

I had events during my practice, when my mind was already in the next pose while performing the previous one. What usually happened, was this: I forgot the pose I was thinking off, I didn’t breathe properly in the one I was in or I simply functioned in the position rather than being in it. Becoming aware of the little yet effective hints in my personal practice, I figured being present must be the better choice no matter how hectic my mind is - or in life - how strong the whirlwind of change around me is.

“The in-between-moment” is rich, soil for creation and so worth to engage with. 
It brings curiosity, excitement and courage. It's an invitation to stand up for what needs to be changed anyway and do it. 

Presence and movement working perfectly together. 

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Speaking of Ashtanga Yoga ;)!
Here are the the practice options and I hope, you're inspired.  

 

40 & 4 years BIRTHDAY BEACH HANG-OUT
Join us for the Ashtanga Yoga Session on the beach on 9 September, 9:30a, at Praia da Duquesa, Cascais, Portugal. 

We are celebrating my sons 4 years and my 40th birthday. You’re very welcome! It’s my gift to you.

For the SUP and Kids Yoga session please reserve your spot till 8 September 2p: roomformyself@gmail.com

The full invite you may want to read here. We’d love to see you there and share a morning with you on the beach. 

 

ASHTANGA YOGA LUNCH CLASSES @YOGA LISOBA
We’re continuing the lunch classes at former Yoga Lisboa at Downtown Lisbon with 

Tuesdays 12:30p Mysore/1p Led - 2p and Thursdays 12:30 - 2p Mysore  @Travessa do Cabral N4, close to Elevador da Bica. 

Please send me an eMail for more details: roomformyself@gmail.com

You’re very welcome to experience this incredible and irresistible practice. Once you’ve tasted it, you want it over and over again ;). 

 

Rent a Farm - magical spot

Xico, the owner of Yoga Lisboa, is travelling and renting out his farm. When you’re interested, see the link here and PM Xico to be informed. His eMail is: biosayogalisboa@gmail.com

 

PRIVATE TEACHING OF ASHTANGA YOGA
Im inviting you to explore a private session with me with 50% off the current price.
Bring along a friend and learn about the benefits and the deep results of this direct and close guidance. 

Drop an eMail to roomformyself@gmail.com and let’s schedule a session! 

Prasarita Padottanasana C

Prasarita Padottanasana C

And you? How did you you manage to start into the new season?
Leave a comment below! Im looking forward to hearing from you!

Meantime, we’ll catch us in the midst of the whirlwind! 
Calm and in forward motion! 

Have a great season! 

Your Stef

40 & 4 YEARS OF LIFE 2017!

There we are. Us two. 

Zion turned 4 years and me, Im hitting the four-zero. LOVE IT!

We're inviting you to our BIRTHDAY BEACH HANG-OUT with Ashtanga Yoga, StandUpPaddle, Kids Yoga, snacks and more on


Saturday, 9 SEPTEMBER 2017 my birthday

PRAIA DA DUQUESA, CASCAIS, Portugal
at BEYOND BOARDS Beach Station (in front of Duche Bar/Capriciosa)

9:00a - 1p. 


Below, there're the details about the activities, how to reserve your spot and a little bit of my thoughts, why Id love to see you there. Bring your family and friends!  

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Turning 30 I put myself on “Mission 30” (see post here). This mission was about changing my life. I didn’t know, what I was looking for but I took the leap. Along the way it became clearer, more concrete, tangible and SO enjoyable. 

Arriving at a point, where past has almost ;) been accepted, future remains unknown (and just always will) I found, my personal “changing my life” story is about worthiness and belonging, faith and inner freedom.

While growing into those beautiful inner values I figured life IS constant change. It’s a dance of events and happenings, commitments and surrender, success and failure, love and pain. Its about how I approach it and what I choose and why. 

For the next round of 10 years, Im asking myself what is truly essential in my life and how can I make my decisions based on that. Im not fully sure yet. My heart is circulating around trust, abundance, feminine strength, JOY, creation, independence.

Can you relate?


Most important, the path is walked in solitude. Yet, we aren’t alone. 

Ashtanga Yoga teacher Peter Sansons, who has my utmost respect, in the beginning of his talk he always thanks the organisers of the workshop. He does this in such a peaceful and determined way, that I feel, I could dive in his vast space of gratitude.

He mentions everybody, every little support, who also makes him able to deliver his best to teach every student individually. Last time, he finishes off with this: 

“Isn’t it beautiful how many people EASE our path every single day”. 

I felt goosebumps. Because Ive been aware of it all along my way.  
We crossed path as well. 

That’s why we, Zion and I, would love to hang out with you, say thank you and celebrate with you LIFE. With what we love most. Yoga, Ocean, Sport, Nature - and YOU. 

So come along

We’ll meet at Praia da Duquesa, CASCAIS, 2750-642, Portugal, at BEYOND BOARDS Beach station. While enjoying a day on the beach here are activities we love to share with you. 

We’ll be there from around 9a - 1p. 

 

9:30a - 10:30a ASHTANGA YOGA BEACH Session with me from Room For Myself :)
Bring your mat & towel! Everyone is welcome. Kids from age 12 yrs. My gift to you!


11:00a - 12:00p STAND UP PADDLE Instruction Session with Tina from Beyond-Boards
Value: 10 € per person as a special b-day price


11:00a - 12:00p KIDS YOGA with Marcia from Sunshine Yoga Baby & Kids
Kids age 2-5 years. Moms and Dads can join in. 
Value: 5 € per kid as a special b-day price

Limited spaces!

 

STARSHIP EXPERIENCE
The giant board is there for us to have a moment of fun on the water. Whoever wants to jump on is so welcome! We’ll arrange it in the morning spontaneously. 


DELICIOUS SNACK served by Carmen
From 11:30a Carmen will bring on some delicious veggie muffins.
 

 

YOU ARE WELCOME JUST TO HANG AROUND WITH US. 
Invite your family and friends too!
Let's see, what this day will offer!



When you go ahead for an activity, please reserve via eMail to: roomformyself@gmail.com

including the approval of the transfer to: 

NIB: 001800032466745302034

That’ll give us the great opportunity to plan out the activities for you well. 

Any doubts, please leave a comment below!

 

PLEASE DON’T FORGET: SUN CREME, SUN PROTECTION, TOWEL, WATER BOTTLE

 

Very excited. Even nervous. 
My birthdays I usually spent quiet. But life is change ;). 

So much looking forward to you! 
With love, gratitude and goosebumps. 

Your Stef

Zion on the board with Pedro from Beyond Boards

Zion on the board with Pedro from Beyond Boards

WRITE YOUR "LETTING GO LIST" FOR THIS SUMMER

Im a freak of lists, maps, drawings and writings of my insights, thoughts, ideas, dreams and experience in my practice of Ashtanga Yoga and life. Occasionally, I’ll go back there, read them through to have a reference to where I’ve come and how I got there. 

I noticed, it sometimes happens that I write around what I really want to say, feel and need to do. 

One of those “things” is LETTING GO. 

Im not going to write an article about HOW TO LET GO IN SIX STEPS. 
Id just like to share, what I figured. 

 

  1. It can be all sorts of, not only elements that are tangible, rational and easily visible: thoughts, self-talk, dreams, delusions, pattern, pain, people.
  2. It takes time to acknowledge. It needs to dwell within and be felt in order to get clear about what is what: For example: reality is what is and not the delusion on my mind; a pain, that Iv overcome; a dream that doesn’t fit anymore in the current vision of life. FEEL it! 
  3. Letting go arises consequences and a sense of a white space. You may call it emptiness but I prefer white space. Often, these consequences and this white space of unknown are the ones, that cause anxiety, insecurity and a feeling of not belonging and being protected.
  4. To know the vision of my life is essential: It helps me to surrender to the white space and let it fill with what servers best in this current phase. I find a good balance between action and surrender. 
  5. Courage and Curiosity are my great helpers to dare and take the leap: Courage makes me actually do it and curiosity inspires my joy of engaging and exploring a new phase of my life.
  6. Be gracious and grateful: how I say good bye is more important than the first moment, a thought occurred or a friend stepped into my life. The way of saying Good Bye truly reveals the dynamic of a self-talk, pattern or connection to a person. Letting go is as much as saying no to it as it is to say YES to myself and that Id love to do with respect, compassion and kindness.   

 

So, the other day I wrote me “Letting Go List” and very much felt without ground after. Lots of white space. Actually Im quite scared floating in it. Great thanks to my personal Ashtanga Yoga practice. It keeps reminding me, what it feels like to stay present in a position and just feel my breath and observe what thoughts, emotions arise. Without judgement. Without attachment. To then act upon my inner truth simply move on to the next pose. (If it was so easy ;)).

Gradually, Ive began to enjoy the white space and used it wisely to go ahead, to engage deeper in life and my work, to enjoy and feel adventurous, ambitious, young and open. 

An inspiring amount of wonderful reasons here, to write, draw, map your own “Letting Go List”! Share in the comments below, what you feel its ready to let go, why and how you did and are going to do it!

Summer is here! So, enjoy it with its lightness and sweetness of freedom. 

 

Talking about lightness: 
In August Zion and I will be travelling for two weeks. 

My Summer Teaching Schedule is from

1-5 August  
22-26 & 28-31 August from 7:30a - 12:30p

Group classes at Yoga Lisboa will resume in September 2017 with a new schedule. 

Drop a line and reserve your private session! Im looking forward to hearing from you!

 

 

Thank you wholeheartedly for your loyalty, trust and joy! I cherish it and it keeps me exploring, growing, changing and loving. 

Remember, when you’ve got questions, insights, thoughts about life and your personal practice, Im an eMail away. Just hit reply and write on!

An unforgettable summer.  

Your Stef

THE LINK FROM GARDENING TO ROOM FOR MYSELF

This here is my first official newsletter.
Congrats! Or, in Zion's way, a fist bump and a "Good job, Mommy". 

In December last year I wrote my first newsletter to those I had the great opportunity to practice with. 

Three months ago, so after a whole lot working time behind the scene,  I decided to keep in touch with you with a monthly note in your inbox and hell, I did it all manual. Starting off with 20 eMails, then with 50 it become clear I needed to work with a program to support me. Having loved it to do it manually, because I was close to you and each person Ive come across, I do my best now to keep the connection with you through this newsletter too. 

Why do I wanna write? 

I truly believe, in the direct link from Ashtanga Yoga to our ordinary daily life. In combination with my personal experience as a student and friend, woman and mother of nowadays I feel the need to share and discuss it with you. Also, through interviews of practitioners I work with, I'll share how each person evaluates this jewel of a practice Ashtanga Yoga and how it has changed and keeps inspiring their life. 

Room For Myself I launched in the beginning of last year (blog post here).
Its about Ashtanga Yoga Private Teaching.

In this note you'll find further down, what it stands for linked to a tiny part of my story  and a current experiment with my son Zion in Gardening.

What could that have to do with Room For Myself? 

See here! 
School education in the Soviet part of Germany was under the influence of the country’s socialistic system. 

My favs were Sport and - you wouldn’t believe - Gardening. Yes, we were offered Gardening. The first four years of school at the age from 7 to 10 we learnt all about growing vegetables, fruits and herbs. 

Also my family used to take care of a garden in the back of our house. It was part of our culture. Well, there wasn't much in supermarket shelves either.  

I lost my joy in gardening during my studies at university and search for life and came humbly back to teach it now to my son Zion - in a small version. 

Why? Because, I’d love him to witness a natural cycle of life. One, that happens over and over again in our ordinary life too.

Here's Zion's project in Gardening :): 

Zion plants seeds in fertile soil. Then he needs to be responsible. He learns to take care and find the appropriate balance between effort, surrender and patience. 

When it’s time to water, when it’s time to protect, when it’s time for the nourishment of the sun, when it’s time to give space and wait for the sprouts to unfold. 

Together, we check the little sprouts of salad, carrots and broccoli every day. We’re in awe and love to witness natural growth and change. We find joy and share this moment sacredly. 

The continues process requires now, that Zion prunes the tiny field of sprouts, to give room for the ones to grow to the vegetable. It’s a difficult moment. Because it’s one of letting go and he griefs. Not all of the seeds we planted will make their way through. 

He may not be even successful with the sprouts we’ve left, but we'll keep going because, we want to enjoy our moments, the process and what we learn.  Zion trusts he may harvest some salad, carrots and broccoli and enjoy their gifts.

Most importantly, it happens all in STILLNESS. 

Being responsible, taking care, experiencing loss and yet keeping focused - Zion has been doing and experimenting it. With no validation from outside he stays consistent on his project. Day in and day out; and Im curious how he'll engage with the harvest and preparing earth for new seeds. I'll keep you posted. 

Planting vegetables with Zion, is for me a possible way to share with him cycles of life. In hope, he’ll learn naturally to be responsible, to loose, grief, let go and move on, grow his perseverance and celebrate his success to simple take a next step and so fulfill his life with substance.

Surely, life will teach him. But the seed is planted. 

For me, it was my personal Ashtanga Yoga practice, that taught me, what Im trying to share with my son - a natural cycle of life's phases. 

Plant a seed, take care of it with the best intention for yourself, learn what it takes to flourish it, let go of what would stop the process of growth, focus on what matters most, enjoy the moment, move on and plant the next seed. With time we're knowledgable, strong and humble enough to be able to take care of a garden.

I used to have a hard time in accepting the part of “letting go”. Stillness though used to be my dear friend. Now, after almost 10 years of practicing this ancient Yoga method, Ive learnt to surrender; or let’s say it’s become a way easier :) and has strongly contributed to my sense for inner freedom. 


Our soul is where we plant our seeds and cultivate what matters most in each of our lives.

A room for stillness and no disturbance, where we’re able to return at any given moment and renew, who we are and how we engage with life. That’s what Room For Myself stands for. 

The room for yourself, which needs to build, be taken care of and nourished compassionately. 
That, my friend, takes courage and will and adventure and surrender too. 
Which is, I quote my son "Really AWEsome". 

During the last 1 and a half year of specialising as a Personal Ashtanga Yoga Teacher for Room For Myself Ive shared the mat with inspiring women and men likewise, from different countries and backgrounds. Most of them have been in a challenging phase of their lives.

Yet experiences taught them, that the only way out is "in" - taking care of themselves and facing the current situation with what is. 

To be able to witness, how each practitioner benefits from the Ashtanga Yoga method is a blessing and I don't take that lightly. 

Ashtanga Yoga has become the source of my life and my intention is to help you engage with you in your personal Yoga experience.

Don't get me wrong, when you'll see the shot of me below. Ashtanga Yoga isn't about having the legs straight up in the air, nor put behind your head. By engaging in the postures as you are today, this practice is about your breath, about you and your life. The one that you're in and the one, you'd love to create, build and share from inside out.

On or off the mat, I invite you to join me along the journey of Room For Myself. 

I'd be grateful for you.

My schedule and the "really awesome" upcoming events are listed below.  
 


Now, Id love to hear from you. Which seed have you planted recently? Why and how is it going? 
What role does Yoga play in your life?

Can't wait to hear from you in the comments below! 

With love, water and patience. 

Stefanie

 

SCHEDULE

PERSONAL YOGA
Along the coastline Lx-Cascais
Mondays through Fridays 7:30 - 16:30 (except during the slots of Group Classes)
Saturdays 8a - 2p

Book your session here!

 

GROUP CLASSES
Yoga Lisboa, Lisbon   - Mondays & Fridays 12:30p - 2p
Residência do Sol   -  Classes resume in September 2017 with a new schedule

Reserve your spot here

 

EVENTS

ASHTANGA YOGA WORKSHOP WITH ONE OF THE GREATEST YOGIS NOWADAYS
ONE OF NOWADAYS MOST POWERFUL YOGIS @ Yoga Lisboa, 1-4 August 2017!

Quiet man PABLO PIRILLO from Argentina (KPJAYI Level 2) is coming to humbly share with us his profound experience in Ashtanga Yoga and the knowledge in philosophy. // What describes a Yogi? As a beginner or advanced practitioner hit going and join the workshop to learn from Pablo's vast body of teaching skills precisely adapted to your needs, drink from his wisdom in the conference and ask your questions to be inspired with love and devotion for your personal Yoga journey. // During Xico's time in India he learnt a lot from Pablo. They've become close friends. Its Xico's wish to hand on Pablo's teaching practice to YOU and into our community.

Drop an eMail to Xico: biosayogalisboa@gmail.com

 

YOGA & HEALTHY LUNCH
YOGA & HEALTHY LUNCH @Yoga Lisboa & Spinach prolonged for YOU - till 31 July! Your feedback means a lot to us. We've listened! Thank you! Beginners and regular practitioners are welcome. It’ll be accessible for everyone. And, here're is the BIGGEST CHANGE. You can do it - Yoga AND lunch - in ONE HOUR. Beautiful Magui (Spinach) will deliver your Pani Bread to the Yoga Studio. COUPON AVAILABLE FOR 10€ at Yoga Lisboa and Spinach. 

Drop a message: roomformyself@gmail.com to reserve your spot and order your pani :)! Very much looking forward to you!

 

 

 

I'D LOVE YOU TO KNOW

My lil’ boy Zion Santosha turns four years in August this year. Only recently though, I’ve fully embraced my role as a single mom and provider of my family.  

My beginning of motherhood were rough. In the first two years my life fell pretty much in bits and pieces. I lost ground. Nothing left that I used to hold on to. Just the vulnerability of oneself.  

Especially, voices around me saying “a single mom’s life is tough” really drained me. They took more of my strength than anything else. 

Why? Because, I didn’t have clarity about the big picture of my own life. Very easily I felt attacked and not supported.     

Times of uncertainty and unknown though are a natural part of life too. I hadn’t learnt to value those phases and use them wisely.

Ashtanga Yoga kept me steady and taught me to keep going and find richness within the uncertainty and the unknown in my motherhood times.

The essential effort I made was to continue to practice regularly and focus on the most important - to be on my mat before the day arises, breathe and take care of my Self without goals of having new postures, diving deep or opening up. Just breathing. Breathing. Breathing. With a simple consistent practice and letting change happen. 

Slowly, gradually with enough time for me to accept and love it while keeping my hunger for search and adventures - the vision of my life became clearer.

Along this process over the last four years, I developed the strength to make two significant choices, which were followed by my recent one - the third. 

 

First, Im going to be the mom, I feel in my heart and I’ll do it without compromises. 

Second, Im going to run my own business, in order to create the life of interweaving family, motherhood and work and contribute to this world the best I can. 

Third, I wholeheartedly embrace my story. 

 

Every time, I became clearer with my vision of life, I was strong enough to make a choice. 
Each time, I made a conscious choice life started to shift in the right direction. 

There is no “Oh Im so sorry” and “single mom’s hard life”.  It’s MY LIFE and my story.

 

What does it have to do with you? 

Im just so grateful to have come across your path and the chance to be able to share my insights from this generous Ashtanga Yoga practice with you AND listen to a glimpse of YOUR STORY. 

Your story matters. So much. That’s what Id love you to know. 

Single mom or not, woman and man - behind the doors we are in our modern lives hustling from one appointment to the next, fulfilling our roles, dealing with our monkey mind and trying to understand how we feel and relate with others and making the best out of our conditions. 

We’re all in the same boat, dealing with the same stuff. Day in. Day out. 

You may feel alone sometimes. But you ARE NOT alone. 

Aren’t we somehow all connected?

By knowing a tiny bit of your story I feel encouraged and inspired. I remember you. 

Sharing your achievements, insights, struggles brings out the highest value of attention, appreciation and care for yourself and all others around you! Most importantly, we can learn from each other and be okay with ourselves too. 

 

Lauren Hill sings with her song “I Gotta Find Peace of Mind” in her MTV Unplugged concert in 2002:

What a joy to be alive. 
To get another chance.
Every day is another chance.
To get it right this time.
Every day is another chance.

 

That being said, let’s stay engaged with life from a place of gratitude - there lies the juice of wonderful and great lessons, of growth & joy. 

Let’s keep sharing them!  
Become visible! 
We’re all in this together. 

 

Now Id love to hear from you. 
What is a great memory of yours and how did you get there? 
Thank you for your courage! 

There's is a SPECIAL for you @Yoga Lisboa till the end of June 2017. 
Scroll down and check out the flyer. Any questions? Just send me an eMail and I'll be there to answer. 

Looking forward to you! 

Love. Always. 

Stefanie

 

 

My teaching schedule: 

PERSONAL YOGA
Along the coastline Lx-Cascais
Mondays through Fridays 7:30 - 16:30 (except during the slots of Group Classes)
Saturdays 8a - 2p


GROUP CLASSES
Yoga Lisboa, Lisbon   - Mondays & Fridays 12:30p - 2p
Residência do Sol   - Wednesdays & Thursdays 2p - 3p



SPECIAL
Yoga & Lunch @Yoga Lisboa, Lx with SPINACH by the lovely couple Magui & Fred. Check out the flyer below and hit reply to get details and your coupon! We're looking forward to you!

SIX REASONS (AND MORE) WHY YOU MAY LOVE ASHTANGA YOGA TOO

Pretty much exactly nine years ago, after a hectic Account Manager day in the office, I headed on with my bike through Berlin city to an Ashtanga Yoga Studio. Earlier this week I had discovered a flyer while classically having a cup of Latte Macchiato with my friend in one of the hip cafés at Prenzlauer Berg.  

Dressed up in black with the typical Marlene Dietrich trousers, my fav light green stilettos, with my wild red hair I arrived at Andreas Loh’s school. Super stressed out to make it on time, there I stood in front of his welcome desk. 

The teacher Andreas looked up at me, put his big black glasses shortly under his eyes to scan me. Instantly, I calmed down and —  it felt great. My ego though wasn’t quite conform with my sensation. It was questioning: "Who is that guy?" But probably he thought more or less the same - who is her?.

Yet, Im a woman of commitment and when I say yes, I’ll do it. So I stepped on my borrowed Yoga mat and followed his instructions.

Drawn to the physical approach of this form of Yoga, I simply loved each moment of my very first Ashtanga Yoga session. 

Feeling comfort, warmth and fulfilment I was cycling home through a quite warm Spring evening. I wanted to enjoy every single bit of Berlin’s vibe and scenery. A moment of my life, where I felt presence and future. The end and the beginning. Fear and courage. In each single breath. 

Change would come. 
It did; and pretty BIG. 

After all the years of moving through a consistent practice I carry an unshakeable trust in Ashtanga Yoga. It has become the source for my life, for inner freedom and integrity to be unapologetically ME.

I feel, its 

truly special, 
absolutely awesome,
connective,
experimental, 
pure,
divine, 
beautiful like“The Little Prince”,
deep,
truthful,
nothing to flirt with, 
the real deal, 
endlessly generous, 
caring, 
challenging,
embracing

 

Granting myself with peace - Ashtanga Yoga with the posture Pascimattanasana

Granting myself with peace - Ashtanga Yoga with the posture Pascimattanasana


Here are six more reasons, why I LOVE the system of Ashtanga Yoga.  

Ashtanga Yoga is

  • a holistic form of Yoga. Practiced with the correct method it'll have a lasting positive impact on your well-being. With Ashtanga Yoga you basically can achieve everything, you want in your life.  Not only will you have a beautifully strong body, you'll FEEL strong, clear and beautiful through a natural balance of body, mind and soul. 
     
  • an ancient practice, passed down from teacher to student over thousands of years. You'll learn knowledge, which is proven through "direct and practical experience" and therefore carries truth and absolute faith. Nowadays, more and more people all around the world benefit profoundly from its process of healing, transformation and joy. 
     
  • an eight limbs Yoga*: Asana, what is practiced on the mat, is actually the third limb out of eight. It’s said, through “physical discipline” you’ll be able to experience, internalise and put in action the others: 1. Yama (how we conduct ourselves in life) , 2. Niyama (commitments to ourselves), 4. Pranayama (breathing exercise), 5. Pratyahara (sense withdrawn), 6. Dharana (concentration), 7. Dhyana (meditation), 8. Samadhi (higher consciousness). Ashtanga Yoga uniquely offers integrity as well as carries the capacity to heal and transform you, when those eight limbs are practiced consistently and with the best intention for yourself; any of your suffering can be diminished and vanished gradually. 
     
  • unique. There is no other system of Yoga, where you'll develop an own personal practice, which can be adjusted to time, space and circumstances. Once you've established a solid foundation with your teacher, you can practice independently and safely anytime and anywhere. The key for a beneficial practice is to do what is possible than nothing at all. 
     
  • a sustainable practice, either as a tool for health, your best friend, an intrinsic part of yourself or as a room for contemplation, practiced consistently Ashtanga Yoga will always hold your space in the moment of your life and support you right there
     
  • a source for life, when you want to allow it into yours. Fact is, the practice will serve your intention precisely and your approach will evolve over time. You may start with solving sleeping problems, wanting to loose weight, healing back pain to dive into questions of belonging and purpose. With a regular practice it's you, who'll define you own personal Yoga experience. Every bit of learning, insight, sensation can be applied directly into life. 
From the book: "Ashtanga Yoga Anusthana" by R. Sharath Jois, current lineage holder

From the book: "Ashtanga Yoga Anusthana" by R. Sharath Jois, current lineage holder

It says, 10 years is the minimum time to practice Ashtanga Yoga and to BEGIN! to truly feel and internalise and live Yoga. 

It was Andreas Loh’s teaching, that formed a strong foundation for my continuous learnings in the field of Ashtanga Yoga. Im so grateful for him. We are friends and keep sharing our insights about Ashtanga Yoga, life and his incredibly beautiful Piano Music. 

 

Is it for me, you’re asking?

Before you wonder: "Everybody can practice. Young man can practice. Old man can practice. Very old man can practice. Man who is sick, he can practice. Man who doesn't have strength can practice. Except lazy people; lazy people cant practice Ashtanga Yoga." - Sri K. Patthabi Jois (Guruji, 1915-2009)

I SO much believe in Guruji's statement. With seven years teaching experience Ive come across practitioners from all background, with all imaginable intentions, unique body-types and individual world views and I trust, you're able to do Yoga. Everybody can. It's a practice. You don't need to be anyone. Yes, yourself. Exactly, how you feel and where you are in your life. You can begin - well, - now. 

Only, when you do it, you’ll KNOW! 
Because you FELT it! and your emotions are always the best reason and drive your choice.

Check in with me my availability for Private Sessions and come along to my Group Classes!

FREE INTRODUCTORY ON ASHTANGA YOGA
26. APRIL 2017, 9:30-11a
RESIDENCIA DO SOL, Cascais

PERSONAL YOGA (1-6 ppl) 
Mondays through Fridays, 8a-4p
along the coastline from Lisbon to Cascais

YOGA LISBOA, Lisbon
Mondays & Fridays 12:30p - 2p

RESIDENCIA DO SOL, Cascais
Tuesdays 10a - 11a & Thursdays 2p-3p

Tomorrow I’ll be on my mat. Can’t wait! 
As curious and happy and wholehearted like a kid. 

Let me know about your experience with Ashtanga Yoga and write a comment below!
Give yourself a high five and book a session!
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Id be grateful to hear from you!

With joy & always wild red hair ;)

Your Stef

P.S. 
Don't miss Andreas Loh's Piano Music
http://www.andreasloh.com/en/

 

SOURCES
Join, R. Sharath: Ashtanga Yoga Anusthana

 

Source: http://kpjayi.org