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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ALSO YOUR PLATE IS FULL?

I've heard this quite often lately:  yes, I want to start yoga. But my plate’s already full. 

I can relate. 

In this way: life viewed from the outside, many of us have got full schedules, take on responsibilities, are parents, manage a business, meet challenges. Then, in the midst of the juggle sometimes an skiing accident happens, the car breaks down, the insurance doesn’t pay, the child gets sick and surely, there’ll be never ever enough time.

Mine’s full too - we're sharing it in common. 
But can life be just it, Im asking?

 

Over the course of my personal practice, Ashtanga Yoga’s become the source of my life than something extra “on my plate”. 

And - I never “have” this practice anyway. It’s there for me. Anytime. I step on my mat, move through the postures, breath, listen and let it go again. 

My practice of Ashtanga yoga has taught me to feel a deep appreciation for all the bits and pieces in my life, which I puzzle patiently. By adapting time, space and circumstance to my practice I generally receive what I need, I learn what is important and surrender to what is. 

I don’t moan about challenges, I meet them. 
I don’t hold up the mask of strength, I allow myself to be vulnerable as a measurement of courage. 
I don’t think about what I don’t have, I express gratitude for who and what is in my life. 
I don’t fight, I let go of what I cannot change. 

I feel better -  like more peace of mind, more loving, more compassionate, more generous, healthier, more to share and contribute, more presence, more time, more joy even in the tiniest of the tiniest steps and moments - and that all with a tight schedule and little sleep and surprises around the corner.

Not lying here. I loose. I fail. Too and a lot. 
But thanks god, there’s this practice I can engage with and I’ll try it all over again. 
Then there's trust. And my closest friend to pick me up. Precious! 

 

You see, I haven’t met anyone within 10 years practicing Ashtanga Yoga, who comes to this practice because she or he is absolutely ok with life - no worries about money, a beautiful relationship, happy family, dream job. 

I don’t think, it’s going to happen. 

Yet, Ive encountered people, who did have all of it and still, they were left with questions about themselves. Also, health issues, unclarity, self-doubt, depression, lack of confidence, loosing weight, reinvention and there’re so many more reasons that may call you for yoga.

 

Go! With a tight schedule, big changes in life, like a mess, in need. That IS the right time. Come when the call is there and make YOURSELF IMPORTANT. Ashtanga Yoga is WITH YOU. 
 

Speaking from the results, that I feel honoured to have witnessed by practicing and teaching Ashtanga Yoga, I happen to believe, when you chose Ashtanga Yoga your life will shine through a different light. You nourish yourself internally and so will your health and time, your responsibilities, parenting and your business benefit from it too.

In the end isn’t it about you transcending in your life with the WHY and the HOW you design it? These answers can only be found inside of you. 

Your plate maybe still full but taste differently, that’s what I’m trying to express. 

 

If you’re on the fence to give Ashtanga Yoga a try, the best I recommend is to actually do it. This practice is experimental. You need to feel, if this is it. In case it is, then we’ll figure out a plan for you!

And, inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s latest book “BIG MAGIC” play a little bit with the “Trickster”. 

Make the practice fit to your schedule, to your nature! To have an easier access to it.  Ashtanga Yoga’s an autonomous practice. Once you begin to remember the series you’re able to practice safely anytime, anywhere. As I already shared with you, the practice adapts to time, space and circumstances. 

 

Practice options

One advantage of Private Sessions is, that we can find the best option to fit it into your schedule and get you going. For more information, please click on this eMail address and ask: roomformyself@gmail.com! 

Moreover, there’s one spot left in the Small Group Program in Estoril, which serves with the advantages of Private Teaching. We’re maximum four practitioners with love and a deep interest in Ashtanga Yoga. You’re so welcome to share it with us. Just send me an eMail to roomformyself@gmail.com

In Lisbon, there are Ashtanga Yoga Group Classes at Aravinda Yoga Shala.
Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:45 - 14:14 hrs. Could it be your lunch break?

 

If you already practice, wonderful! Keep it up; let it inspire and teach you! Commit and recommit over again and see how your life unfolds in front of you. 

I love to discuss questions and doubts and shares, so please feel free to send an email or leave a comment below! What keeps you away to give Ashtanga Yoga a trial? How can you change it? 

Very much looking forward to hearing back from you! 

love hug! 

Your Stef

 

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