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.

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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

 

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FIRST NEWSLETTER OF ROOM FOR MYSELF

The wonderful feedback I received for my first newsletter in December this year, which was plain and honest, encouraged me to share it with you too. I have not made it yet, to establish my newsletter list, so I find this way helpful to reach you. Yes, You! Here we go!

This is my first newsletter of Room For Myself. It took me an entire year. Holy cow! And, I know, that time of the year we are all very busy bees, so thank you for taking a moment to read through my words. 

I cannot believe, we are hitting almost the end of 2016. Clearly, I remember the 1st of January. With my son Zion, my sister Carolin and with close friends we spent the weekend in a wooden house in Enxara. It was a peaceful, reflective and loving time. Sitting on the fireplace, I looked at the calendar, wondering, what this New Year would bring. 

You know, deep down in my heart, I am a Believer. This year though, I knew, was going to be a challenge. Because, uncertainty is what I needed to surrender most. And this is not (yet) my strength. However, in the atmosphere of the first precious day of 2016, I could not not feel faith. 

I made my choice right after that day.  After six years teaching at the Ashtanga Yoga School Casa Vinyasa in Lisbon, I decided to branch out my work as an Ashtanga Yoga Teacher. Two month later, in March, I communicated my project about private teaching with a whisper and experienced straight away setbacks. Interestingly enough, in those dark moments I came down to 

Room For Myself - my project to help and support, people like you on their path - with Yoga in a private set-up.

On July 4, I launched the first edition of my website www.roomformyself.com and have ever been since working passionately in the field and on my business. 

The dynamic has been intense. I love to experiment and go with my process. It gives more space for joy, creativity and improvements (aka failure). That being said, I am sharing with you now my latest changes: 

I will solely focus on private teaching, creating a personal signature with the integration of coaching tools that stands out for this field as unique as you are. 

I will dedicate myself to build a network of trust with therapists, nutritionists, coaches and doctors, so that we together can help you the best way we can. Combining the ancient Yoga with different sciences, I am eager to gain new results, that help us all in our growth in a meaningful life. 

Yes indeed, it was a challenging year. A year from zero and based on truth, based on myself. Raw and pure as it can get. Sparked with so many details life can give: fear & tears, failure & setbacks, courage & strength, growth & joy, beauty & love. 

Thank you so very much for being part of it. It has been a gratifying journey.
It is because of the challenges, we are invited for a richer, deeper, more blissful life. 

I am wishing you with all my heart a loving and safe, courageous and generous New Year. 

Into 2017

Into 2017