ACT WITH LITTLE THINGS

It is a spontaneous moment on a winter weekend. How I love them. 
Zion and I we’re taking a walk along our house beach into the sunset and ended up having fun with a couple of new friends on a new sport circle round in the dawn. 

While hanging in the ropes Zion discovers this heart. He says: oh Mommy look, there’s a heart. Then he’s spreading kisses all around.

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Im inspired by such purity. 

How about living the December with Advent, Christmas and New Years Eve like this - with awareness and an open heart, joy and gratitude, reflection and change IN ACTION. 

With these spiritual practices!


“Slow is the new fast”

Write your last list of 2017.

  • write EVERYTHING DOWN you want to do/have done/shop/craft/say BEFORE or FOR Christmas and NYE. Don’t shy away, let it all down on a blank piece of paper. 
  • then check in with your schedule and evaluate the time you’ve got besides your working schedule, daily family life and personal commitments (like Yoga).
  • prune your “EVERYTHING LIST” to those “to Does” that are truly important, valuable and that deserve your heart, schedule them, involve your family when you like and take it easy! 



Practice Gratitude

Take 5 minutes every day, choose the best time for you, and write three points of gratitude.

  • someone you’re grateful for: look also in the past, to encounters, colleagues, doctors, athletes; anyone who left you with something for your life
  • choose an event/happening/moment from the day before
  • something small and often taken for granted: the smell of your coffee in the morning silence, the smile of your child, the precious love of your partner

 

Shift the intention of your Ashtanga Yoga Practice

Love your body. Respect the limitations of the day. Practice along with that. And except, how you’ll feel. 

 

Be generous!

Some action of kindness to those, who help us through our daily life.

  • Say thank you and mention their names to those women and men collecting the toll along the highways! 
  • Smile to a stranger! 
  • Express what you like about someone, you know or have just encountered! For example: Hey, I like your hair today!

 

Be free!

  • Do a sunset walk! 
  • Dance like nobody’s watching!
  • Have your friends around for some pancakes on Sunday morning!
  • Melt away with little things!

 

Humble ideas for presents

  • Write a letter to someone and let her or him know, what you appreciate about her or him.
  • Books! Give Books! 
  • A Dream Planner or Joy Planner by my dear friend Rita Sambado for EUS - School of Being
  • Donate toys, clothes, food!


Let me know below in the comments, what's your choice or share yours! Im curious. 
There're endless acts to pay attention, to contribute, to participate, to love and walk the own way through an often hectic and stressful Advent and Christmas time. 


OVER TO MY VACATION
This share from Buddhist Teacher Dr. Joan Halifax in Brené Brown's latest book "Braving the Wilderness" delivers so perfectly the message for me in my Christmas vacation! In a conversation with Brené Dr. Halifax says: 

Tonight we will exhale and teach. Now it’s time to inhale. There is the in-breath and there is the out-breath, and it’s easy to believe that we must exhale all the time, without ever inhaling. But the inhale is absolutely essential if you want to continue to exhale.
— Page 148. Braving the Wilderness, Brené Brown


I'll INHALE & be out from 21 Dec 2017 and return to my regular schedule Thursday 4 January 2018 with news about Room For Myself. 

 

Looking forward to you in 2018!

In meantime, choose love!

Your Stef

SO, LET'S EXPLORE ASHTANGA YOGA TOGETHER!

Have you already heard about the book “BRAVING THE WILDERNESS”?

It’s the fourth book of Brené Brown and it came out in September 2017.

Ever since I listened to Brené’s TEDx Talk in 2012 “The power of vulnerability”, with more than 30 million views, she’s been a counseler of mine. The results of her research work often put in words what Ive experienced, learnt and been exploring within the practice of Ashtanga Yoga and its role in my life in the last 10 years. 

And here is something Brené says in her latest book, that’s really powerful and achievable through the practice of Ashtanga Yoga.

To navigate through our lives we need: 

A STRONG BACK
A SOFT FRONT and
A WILD HEART. 

Do these words speak to you?

If you like to be conscious about yourself, your feelings, your body and issues, then Ashtanga Yoga is the way to a strong back, soft front and a wild heart. The journey about rediscovering yourself. It’s precious and brave. And, has really no end. 

Sometimes you may feel alone. 
But also, here the practice of Ashtanga Yoga will hold you safely. 
Once you’ve began to form your inner, still and sacred place, you know where to refer to. 

So, let’s explore Ashtanga Yoga together! 

Here’re the programs Im currently offering in Private and Group Teaching.

Private Teaching Ive found, it’s a very sensitive and generous way of connecting with each other, 

Besides Private Sessions Ive rolled out the small Group Program, in which Im able to bring the tools of Private teaching into the room. We’re max. 6 people and we’ll work on the elements of the practice more precisely and share the insights throughout the practice. 

 

PROGRAMS

 

CHECK-IN
This Program is a great opportunity to kick-off or refine the practice along with a Home Practice and Group Classes. They are also suitable for highly frequent travellers and citizens with multiple residences.

The number of sessions depends on your needs. For first-time practitioners I recommend a minimum of 4 sessions with 1.5 hrs.

These sessions can be booked on call and scheduled according to need and availability. 

 

BOND
This program refers to a long-term relation, that’ll help us to find your path through Ashtanga Yoga in close guidance and focus on the inquires you have along the development of your Yoga practice.  

Here, we commit to a monthly agreement with a number of sessions for a minimum of three months time. 

The practice will be done in your home, when you allow or in a beautiful place in São Pedro do Estoril or Carcavelos. 

Drop me an eMail to roomformyself@gmail.com when you're in for a close and consistent guidance in your Ashtanga Yoga practice or for a start into the practice. 

 

Over to
SMALL GROUP PROGRAM
(4-6 participants)

Structure
The set-up of Private Teaching brought into a small group.

That’s what you’re going to experience. 

  • 30 minutes 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 

 

Current Schedule
Mondays 11:30a - 12:30p Guided Ashtanga Yoga (1hr)
Fridays 11:30a - 1p Mysore Style Ashtanga Yoga (max. 1.5 hrs)

 WE'VE GOT THREE PLACES LEFT.

Location
Centro de Osteopatia & Yoga
Av. São Miguel 296, 2775-567 Carcavelos
In a very beautiful Yoga School. 


Last but not least, 
THE GROUP PROGRAM at former Yoga Lisboa Studio

Downtown Lisbon’s Lunch break is
Tuesdays 12:30p Mysore/1p Led Class
Thursdays 12:30p Mysore

Class Closure 2p
School Closure 2:15p

The address is: 
Travessa do Cabral N4
Red Door

 

Up for your wild heart?

Leave your thoughts in the comment section below and share your best tool to navigate through life. It may inspire another one too. 

Like and share the programs with a dear friend, who's had already a call for Yoga. 

Im happy to hear from you! 

Groovin’ it! 

Stefanie

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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! 

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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!