Moments like this one are priceless

Yes! 

I had a breakthrough the other day. 

Give me high five! 

One of these fabulous warm winter evenings last week we needed to end on the beach.The air was soft and salty, the sea quiet, small waves moving calmly in an even rhythm. 

Protected by the moonlight my son Zion was running in the sand meters away from me. Looking into the stars, spreading his arms, feeling his freedom. 

Now and then I heard him calling out: Mom, come and catch me! And after enjoying my moment I did speed up to play. 

After ma-a-a-any catches and out of breath we quietly walked side by side back. 

On the way, Zion wanted to grab a drink and asked me to go into this specific bar that I don't like. I replied that and mentioned that we could get our water in the car. Zion focused on reaching the bar he made his point: 

Oh Mom, he said, you don't need to buy anything there. It's just me. I want to choose a delicious juice.


It dawned on me: empathy. 

In his words, Zion asked me to

  • take his perspective  

  • understand his feeling of being in need to drink something that he loves in a place that's ok for him. 

  • not judge him for that and 

  • speak about how I understood it and I explained why I wouldn't choose the bar. 



How does it relate to Yoga?

I've come to understand, that Yoga can be applied as a method to self-reflection; to begin to explore, who you indeed are.

Because to give empathy, or in other words, to understand somebody's feelings, you'll need to be able to connect with this feeling and distinguish from it within yourself. And, the deeper you know yourself the better empathy's to give and receive. 

Speaking from my more than ten years of experience with a consistent Ashtanga Yoga practice empathy becomes tangible, even embodies.

It turns out to be an incredibly deep feeling of connection. 

So yes, I gave Zion his coins and joint him to choose his drink. 
We took a seat, chatted and looked at the sea. 🤙



In your everyday life, there're countless hidden nuggets of wisdom. 

When you listen carefully to whom surrounds you, you'll get the hints, insights, answers, new questions and understanding that are meant for you. Like me with my simple and clear empathy breakthrough.

Over to you!

Please share in the comment below, what's this one memory about a breakthrough in your everyday life?

Because I'd love to get to know you too!

Enjoy your day! 

Your Stef


P.S.: How much do you feel understood? Forward this email to who you love and start the conversation!

P.P.S.: Does it cross your mind to practice Yoga? To give it a try? Then hit reply to roomformyself@gmail.com, and we'll talk about you and what I can do for you. 

SUPER HERO, YOU! (NOTE: Room For Myself @FEFI)

On Mother’s Day I received this comic, sent by beautiful woman, mother and inspirational Yoga Teacher Silvia Stojanovic. I was laughing out loud and thinking, hell yeah, that’s our mask - the super hero -  having the roles all together. Woman, mother, partner, entrepreneur and friend. 

Would you believe me?

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Graciously, Im able to say: not quite, my friend. It’s not like this. I’ve found, fulfilling and combining these roles in daily life’s indeed physically and psychologically very demanding and the person, that falls short often is the one behind this mask.

I know, Im not alone with this truth. In conversations with female Ashtanga Yoga practitioners, who’ve decided to take on the Ashtanga Yoga practice, I’ve listened to these words often enough: 

I feel disconnected with myself. 
I don’t know, where “I” went. 
I’ve lost myself. 
I search for reinventing myself. 

In fact, speaking out loud these sensations is already a connective moment, in which you ask for your self. It can be a possible beginning or in new phase of internally thriving, seeking and growing in life and to believe, there’s more beyond the roles. 


Beyond there’s -  you.  
The basic dignity of being alive in your beautiful human body.

 

So, I believe, the questions could be:

How could you take care of yourself so you’re able to keep enjoying your roles and life without losing you? How could you rise and evolve, when sometimes time and space seem a way to short? 
How could you hold the space for others, when you’re feel empty, tired, disconnected?

 

Over the course of my 10 years personal practice I’ve come to see

Ashtanga Yoga as a way of taking care of myself. 



For example:
Ashtanga Yoga is also called a breathing method.  I believe, the breath is the simplest, yet most powerful and beautiful doorway to peace in mind.

A peaceful mind can serve you with clarity; to know and stay focused on what’s your purpose and intention is absolutely essential on a tight schedule and in the rollercoaster of life. 

The movements in the Ashtanga Yoga practice aligned with your breath make you incredibly strong. Strong for the challenging moments, for rising up from failure, for steeping into your vulnerability and transcending it into courage. 

The juice of the results from Ashtanga Yoga lies in a consistent and disciplined practice. It’s a form of discipline rooted in self-love and a consistency, that grows from acceptance and surrender. 

When your life’s upside down (it happens every now and then), the practice of Ashtanga Yoga will be along your side, guiding you on our path. It becomes a trustworthy friend. 

By practicing Ashtanga Yoga you’ll nourish your body in a way, that you’ll rock your life even in a high age. This practice’s about the “long-term”, meaning, what you put in your body today will define your tomorrow. 


So you could say, for you super hero, these are a few must haves: 

  • The ability to create access to peace of mind
  • Strength and focus through vulnerability, engagement and experience
  • Discipline rooted in Self-Love
  • Consistency, that grows through learning to accept and surrender
  • Having the guts to keep seeking truth and asking for help
  • A healthy body 

In my opinion, these are some precious qualities for life, that you’d need to work on every single day. And Ashtanga Yoga can help you do that. 

What Im trying to say is, that you ARE a super hero, yet let's not forget YOU. 

So would you give Ashtanga Yoga a try? Common, babe! You’ve got to feel it. Because it’s experimental. Magnificent. Daring. And so is life! 


Join me at

FEFI - Feira Empreendedorismo Feminino Intercultural.
A intercultural market for female entrepreneurs. 

@Quinta da Ribafria, a magical location to start with. 

Saturdays 2 June at 9:30 - 11a  & 5 - 6p
Sundays 3 June 10 - 11a


Subscribe for your spot here!

When you’ve got questions, please drop me a line: roomformyself@gmail.com. Im an eMail away. 

Remember your dear friend, who may’ve told you just yesterday, that she’s been feeling exhausted, come together and make it an experience!

I’d be so grateful to see you there.

Im curious about your secret to manage it "all"? Share it please in the comments below and trust, it may support or inspire someone importantly. 

With so much love & appreciation,  

Your Stef

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A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN "HAVE" AND "BE" <3

On my last blog post I received a wonderful feedback. I thank you for that!!!

It was not just about the fact, that I had the generous chance to present my work in the magazine “Lideranço no feminino” as a supplement in the newspaper Público. Most importantly, practitioners and I, we opened up a conversation about the deeply personal meaning of our Ashtanga Yoga practice and its connection to daily life. 

Specifically, there’s this one respond, that touched me. 

In this blog post, you’ll find the eMail from Beatriz. There was just no other way to share it originally. In respect and agreement with her, I changed the name. 

In her eMail Beatriz shared with me so beautifully, honestly and purely her daily life. This alone is precious and makes me feel honoured, that she allows me in her life. 

Because, I believe so strongly in the beauty and power of ordinary daily life, of the little priceless moments of human connection among family, friends and encounters. So I also trust, that the practice of Ashtanga Yoga is directly linked to it. 


Life and Ashtanga Yoga are inseparable for me.


Besides of the many unique reasons why we engage with this practice of Ashtanga Yoga, I’ve come to experience that, through it you’ll be able to become strong in diving into your vulnerability. Strong enough, to transcend it into courage and connect purely with yourself, hence with others and play your roles not functional but rather with intention and meaning, love and care. 


I suppose, it reveals a significant difference between “have” and “be”. 


What you “have” and “do” in your life, doesn’t define you. It’s about how you engage with it. The way you act, where your action comes from and what you intend to contribute with it. 

In Beatriz’s eMail it becomes clear, in my opinion. Even though she writes, she doesn’t have much courage, I think, she represents a force of courage - in her intentions for herself, in the way she lives through her daily life, in the effort she takes care of her to be her best, contributes and serves others. 

Last but not least, I’d love to thank Nuno Filipe from Ashtanga Yoga Carcavelos, because he gets mentioned in Beatriz’s eMail too. You do so greatly. I appreciate your generosity and gentleness and clarity in your teachings. Beatriz said, she trusted me in my recommendation and you earned her trust too. It means a lot to me, because Im aware of the responsibility of teaching. Not only Ashtanga Yoga. Any teachings. Teaching is sacred! So thank YOU! Deeply grateful! 

Finally, I invite you take some of your precious time and read the eMail through. There’s so much shared wisdom, grace and humility. 

THANK YOU BEATRIZ!!! 

 

Hi

This is going to be a difficult email to write because English is not my “natural” language. Or I’m just apologise myself because I’m insecure about writing in English, as I am insecure about a lot of things in my live.
 
The context: I am 45 (almost, just a few days). I am a mother, not single, of a beautiful and supporting boy of 12 years old. And I am a working person, 8h30 to 17h, every day with 3h of commuting time. I do Ashtanga yoga twice a week most weeks, 1 time sometimes, have breaks and come back to Asthang again, lay my mat, take a deep breath and start again. From the beginning if I need it.
 
The why: some time ago I went to a workshop with you. I was the only one. I liked but I didn’t have the time to attend your classes. I was sad because of that. But then you told me about Nuno, a professor who could have a more flexible schedule for me, with later hours. I never had a men as a professor, I was a little bit concern about it. But I believed in you and I contact him and now I attend his classes. So, thank you.
 
Reading you story I can imagine the courage you needed to take that step. In fact, I can only imagine a fraction of that courage. Probably I don’t have and never had that kind of courage. So I take what I can, wake up every day, kiss my boy goodbye each morning, fix dinner, read a story because he likes it, try my best to be a good mother, pass good examples, a good wife to my very supporting husband, do my work at office the best I can and not stress a lot. This is my battle every day. Everybody have some kind of battle going on.
 
Who do I want to become? Myself, I guess. To be honest in my examples and attitudes, to be honest to myself and to find room inside me. If I can be this every day, this will be my legacy. I think it’s enough.
 
Love,
 
Beatriz

 

Through my work, Im humbled to meet such extra-ordinary people. 

I trust, you do so well in your life too. Remember yourself of it every new dawn! Count your blessings and make an ordinary day worth your breath! 

When you feel encouraged to share some insights of your story and how Ashtanga Yoga’s helped you along the way, let us know in the comments below! There’s the chance, you may touch and inspire someone else too. ONE is good enough to have a lasting impact

Or simply like this post, when you like it. 

In the meantime, I’ll see you on the mat. My teaching commitments are here! When you’d like to reach out personally, just drop me a line: roomformyself@gmail.com. Always glad, to hear from you! 

Be good to yourself! Happy Spring!  

With SOOOO MUCH GRATITUDE!

Your Stef

P.S.: When you think your friend needs to read this or may want to make "room for myself" then please feel free to share this. I appreciate it. 

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Room For Myself @JOURNAL PÚBLICO

This March 2018, it marks eight years of my life in Portugal. And it humbles me, that on the International Women's day of this year, my work with Room For Myself was presented among other 21 women entrepreneurs in Portugal in a supplement of the journal PÚBLICO.

I love to remember my beginnings here. 

I'd call it a labour of freedom. I went through several changes back in Berlin, discussions with my supportive friends and then there was this ONE NIGHT on the balcony in summer time. With my greatest woman friend Enne. She's got a couple of years more of an exciting life experience and she knew I was ready.

That night, we ended at 10a in the morning (Berlin's famous for that ;) ), with the sunlight in our neck and Berlin's heartbeat merged with ours. I'll never forget her encouragement, when we said good bye:  "Hau ab" (Just go!)! I went dancing the rest of this Sunday and quitted my job the next day, to leave Germany on 21 September 2009. Welcome Portugal!

The first three months from September until December were all about hanging loose, travelling, exploring, meeting people from all over the world. I felt always attracted my the energy of this country and somehow I knew, it's this environment to unfold to who Id love to be. Environment is essential. 

My experiences over the course of this special escape inspired me enough to eventually wrap up in Berlin,  drive down to Lisbon in March 2010 with a suitcase and my Yoga mat. Because, that's what I decided to do here, in Portugal. 

Dedicating my life to Ashtanga Yoga. 

My journey has been all about worthiness and belonging, inner freedom, connectivity and joy. About reinventing myself over and over again with one of the greatest learning, to commit to myself most of all. And Im sure, it this practice, that's kept me on this path - with patience, compassion and great challenges.

Though, I wouldn't recommend to just leave everything behind, I love to see women question their life, themselves, reinvent and start a new cycle. Each call is so valuable. Because that's the beginning. 

Wether it's designing a healthier lifestyle, creating more time for yourself, asking "Who do I want to become?", walking through pregnancy, finding your place as a new mom, understanding your emotions, getting to know your strength and inner beauty, establishing peace of mind, loosing weight and accepting your body - Ive learnt to trust deeply that Ashtanga Yoga can take you there and beyond. 

 

How I do help you - with my work in Room For Myself with Ashtanga Yoga?

I don't. 

I stand with you. Along your side.
All I do, I share with you this incredible, beautiful practice, hold your space, listen and take care, motivate and encourage, whilst you figure things out. And, you will!

Taking from the upcoming movie "Tully" - a story about motherhood in 2018. 
(Caaaan't wait to watch this one!!!)

"You can't fix the parts, without treating the whole" 

 

So, I'll see you?
Feel invited to send an eMail and share, what it is, that you're questioning by replying to roomformyself@gmail.com or to comment below. 

When you can see yourself here, like the post and share it with a dear friend. I'd appreciate it. 

Look forward to you! 

With so much gratitude, love & joy, 

Your Stef

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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

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Zion on the board with Pedro from Beyond Boards

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!

 

 

 

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 &amp; me = L.O.V.E.

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

SUNDAY MORNING MOMENT

It's family time and we take it serious. Zion and I celebrate Sunday Mornings with bonding time on the mat. It's not just the Yoga that I share with him. It's him too sharing his kinda Yoga things - today there are his car and tennis ball and guess what's all around us! 

Planting the seed of Yoga can't be early enough in life - appreciation, gratitude, connection and love.

 beginning of the Ashtanga Yoga Practice

beginning of the Ashtanga Yoga Practice

 end of the Ashtanga Yoga Practice

end of the Ashtanga Yoga Practice