A belated WONDERFUL NEW YEAR Im wishing you with my whole heart. 

Have you set a resolution or more? How many have you already broken? How many haven’t you pick up yet at all anyway?

I can relate. Changes don’t come easy. 

They may require to face fear, frustration, failure. Yet, those elements of life are as essential as courage, movement and victory. 


“Paradox of life”

Psychiatrist Carl Jung says: 

The paradox is one of our most valuable spiritual possession… only the paradox comes anywhere near to comprehending the fullness of life.
— taken from the book “Braving the Wilderness” by Brené Brown, p.155

The experience of my regular and consistent practice of the eight Ashtanga Yoga limbs in my best way possible has been exposing me to the paradoxes, helping me to become aware of them.

The Yoga mat is for me a sacred place, where Im able to allow myself to explore these sensation safely, without pressure or judgement.

My practice‘s involved

  • effort and surrender
  • fear and courage
  • protection and vulnerability
  • strength and weakness
  • discipline and gentleness
  • darkness and light
  • ugliness and beauty
  • reality and magic
  • failure and victory
  • judgement and compassion
  • frustration and break-through
  • sprint and patience, patience, patience
  • pain and arise
  • movement and pause

Since I believe, that Ashtanga Yoga mirrors daily life and vice versa, I also learnt to live with these and other paradoxes and figured in my own bones that these ones ARE life and it is them that make life so worth living. 


What life makes life - the unknown and the uncertainty

The “fullness of life” gets some extra pepper, when I also think about the elements of the uncertainty and the unknown. A moment of dance between both, for example effort and surrender, may work out well today but maybe not tomorrow. 

Even though, we humans are wired to wanting to know what’s next, that’s what life’s not about, like Philosophers, Psychologists and contemporary Spiritual Leaders emphasise over and over again:

The juice lies in the dance among the paradoxes of life and not knowing how it‘ll end. 



Certain is uncertainty. Without darkness there's no light. Accepting these facts, doesn’t it spark your life to go for your resolution, hope, dreams, vision and goals?

For this BRAND NEW YEAR  - COMMIT in the bottom of your heart to what matters to you, show up every single day to pursue it and DANCE! 

Not all the time on your mission there’ll be light, break-throughs and arising. Often it also feels dark, painful and like failure. Sometimes all of them at the same time. 

Yet, you don’t know, unless you'll follow through! The only way is  - DO IT! Just like the practice, keep showing up and let the experience teach you. 

I'd love to finish with Eckard Tolle’s quote from his book “New Earth” (p.115)

“Life is the dancer and you are the dance”

That being said, take a deep breath! The beautiful, generous breath, that’ll hold you sacred anytime, no matter what. 


You are worth it. You’re needed. Let’s do this! To 2018! 

What are your intentions for 2018 and how do you want to rise up to them?


There'll be exciting news coming along shortly. 

When you're interested in Private Teaching please send me an eMail to discuss details: roomformyself@gmail.com. Looking forward to hearing from you! 

with love, excitement and focus.


Your Stef

P.S.: when you know a dear friend, who'd you feel, would be inspired by the practice of Ashtanga Yoga share this blog along. We don't know, how it'll turn out :).