Why get up at 4:15 to practice before work?
Because yoga is fun! I love to dive into how my body is and how this changes day by day. Yoga is to me a way of playing and feeling that I’m alive. The latter I sometimes forget when working with my brain all day long. Yoga is also a powerful and humbling practice where I can see clearly how my ego is unfolding. Yes, how and not if.
From Elite Sports to Maïtri.
Amongst other stuff, I have a background in elite rowing. What yoga offers me is a polarity to the life in competitive sports. It supports and facilitates a journey away from the “no-pain-no-gain”-mindset – which I cannot recommend to practice on the mat! Due to that attitude, I got many injuries challenging my approach to practice and to my way of living. The principle of ahimsa has made a profound impact on my relationship to self and others over time.
A Nurturing Environment
An important issue for me has been finding a shala and teachers, were I feel safe and supported in my practice. Trusting is imperative, when recovering from my injuries. I have needed both support in surrendering into my pains and the compassionate guidance in how not to drown in them. To me, the shala is a warm and soothing atmosphere, where the practice is considered a therapeutic method to uncover my patterns by which I live my life. A place where I get to meet fellow ashtangis and share the energies, presence and awe of what it is like to be human.
”Do your practice and all is coming.” ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind.” ― Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
"Astanga yoga is 99 percent practice, one percent theory." ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”Everyone can practice Astanga yoga. Except lazy people.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
"Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is." ― Bhagavad Gita
“The mind is restless and difficult to restrain, but it is subdued by practice.” ― Bhagavad Gita
“Asana practise is for 2 hours. Yoga practise is for 24 hours.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
”When the mind is quiet, the asana is correct.” ― Sri K. Pattabhi Jois
”This is not a gym, you are not here to work out. You are here to bring peace to yourself, to know who you are.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
”With practice anything is possible.” ― Sri R. Sharath Jois
“The mind acts like an enemy for those who do not control it.” ― Bhagavad Gita