SURPRISES WE DON'T ASK FOR ARE THE REAL ONES

Okay, okay. Im still working on my Newsletter List. Its copy-paste work and not my fav. Yet so essential work to reach you. That's what Id love to.

Again, Im using my blog to share with you my 2nd Newsletter. From April on, I'll post monthly on the last Wednesday of a month and share my insights with you about the direct link from Ashtanga Yoga on the mat to daily ordinary life. My goal is to make Yoga tangible as such a rich source. YOGA IS EVERYDAY LIFE. EVERYDAY LIFE IS YOGA. 

Thank you reading through my story. 

So, how you have been these days?

Probably... busy! That's ok. 

I emphasize with you. 

Days are coming and going. You're slinging from one appointment to the other, fulfilling your roles the best way you can and having a good word for everyone around you. On top of all that, sometimes in the mind may slip this thought about the Yoga Practice with a huge sigh. Oh dear, that's what I was going to do too, but couldn't fit it in yet. 

I hear you, and know the lil' hidden resistance to integrate a consistent personal practice. In the beginning it seems like, it takes time from your tight schedule but in fact, once you'll allow it into life, it'll create so much more room through health and presence, clarity and determination. 

But wait, hang in a minute! Yoga is so much more than a practice on the mat. Yoga is life, everyday life. It can be, for example, music. Im sure, you know that freeing feeling of singing in your car, grooving around your house or just drifting away somewhere inspired by lyrics and notes into your ears and heart. 

Music plays a significant role in my life as it has the capacity to translate emotions,, interrelations, phases, cycles of daily life in such a connective, if not spiritual way.

My son's name Zion is inspired by Lauryn Hill's song "To Zion". 

About 15 years ago my sister Carolin and I went on a trip through France all the way down to Barcelona. Young and adventurous, we hit the road and music was our best companion. I remember, that "To Zion" was always on the loop in my earphones, when I spent time with me and my thoughts. Little did I understand about her message in this song but I felt deeply touched by it. Only, when my son was conceived this song came straight back into my memory. I listened to it again, understood the story and my heart felt like arrived. This was the moment, I chose my son's name. 

You know, at the time before my pregnancy, I had poured my heart into Ashtanga Yoga already for two years; into my personal practice as well as learning how to teach it. Basically, it was 24/7 and I loved it. Also, my life was still pretty unstable as I didn't know, how my journey would unfold. I came to Portugal with a suitcase by car, dedicated my life to Yoga, fell in love and with a huge surprise I was becoming a mom. Gulp! Yes. That's how I felt. 

Here is what I learnt. 

Life IS full of surprises. Especially with those ones we weren't asking for. Right?  
Ashtanga Yoga helped me at a time of fear and scary insecurity to connect deeply with my intuition, with my womanhood and undeniable strength. It became crystal clear that no single circumstance would hold me back from being the mom chosen by my son Zion. And Lauryn Hill's song"To Zion" so much helped me to live and own my story.

Music is pretty amazing and definitely a kinda Yoga. Think about a song that touches you! Ask yourself why!

It'll take you out of your schedule for lil' moment and connect you to your heart, soul, body - you name it, how you feel it! You can dance and sing along too ;). 

When you like, share with your friends, comment below and tell me your story. 

I'd be so grateful to hear from you. 

Meantime, just know, Im looking forward to be practicing with you and seeing what may unfold. 

With love and stay tuned ;).

Your Stef

P.S.: My current schedule

PERSONAL YOGA (1-6 ppl) 
Mondays through Fridays, 7a-12p  
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 2:30p - 4p
along the coastline from Lisbon to Cascais

GROUP CLASSES
Mondays & Fridays 12:30-2p @Yoga Lisboa
Travessa do Cabral N4, Lisbon

My sis, Zion & me = L.O.V.E.

My sis, Zion & me = L.O.V.E.