“I started doing Yoga while studying at University, realizing that it helped against my headaches and I wanted to become more flexible, sitting down studying all the time. During an extreme stressful period, I got into running, as I felt it served as a better exercise, when slow movements and breathing felt impossible. Moving to Scandinavia to study and work, I stopped doing Yoga for a while and just focused more and more on running. It was when I started to work full-time that I felt the need to get back to it. Working in the startup industry comes with very blurry working hours and being reachable and with your thoughts at work most of the time. Yoga helped me to calm down for an hour and shift my focus. It forced me to be present in the current moment and let got of my thoughts.
That is actually what I love about Yoga, we force our mind to be present, shifting our focus on movement and the breath. Yes, Yoga helps you to become more flexible and can be physical challenging, but that is not what it is all about for me. Yoga for me is about creating space, find yourself on the mat, be present. The Indians call it monkey mind – our mind does not like to be present but instead jumps from thoughts about the future, to the past and back again. Like a wild little monkey, jumping from branch to branch in the trees. If we learn how to tame this monkey, we can relieve stress and anxiety.
In the beginning of 2019, I decided to go deeper into Yoga practice and philosophy and did my Yoga Teacher Training on Nusa Lembongan, Bali. What I experienced during this month changed so much for me, that I felt the need to share it with others and find a way to bring Yoga more into the business context. We need to take a step back from our lives from time to time. For me yoga class is a scare time, bringing people together but also bringing people closer to themselves, creating space. That is what my Yoga classes are all about, giving you a break from the daily life to find strength to tackle whatever challenges is thrown at you next – to come out of our fight-or-flight mode and calm the monkey mind. You don’t have to be flexible or “good” at meditation, just flow with me for a while and maybe it changes something for you as well.”