Yoga is more than a 90 minute class on your mat. Yoga happens every second and is in every moment, it took me a long time to recognise and appreciate this. Yoga is not about getting your body into shapes, it is about how you treat the people around you, how you act in the world and most importantly how you treat yourself.
Over the years I had many deeply inspiring teachers who led me along the path of yoga. I would like to thank them all for their dedication, enthusiasm and their unique skills because they have taken me to where I am today. What all of these teachers have in common is their love and dedication for the practice, they don’t take themselves to serious and probably most important, they love to have fun and do things different.
At the moment I am most inspired by the FluidUS method. In this approach we explore the natural pathways of our body, based on the facial system. The intention is to move our bodies with more ease, making everything as effortless and fluid as possible. Awakening these kinetic rivers in our bodies alters habitual movement patterns, improves posture and assists greatly in injury prevention.
I am passionate about mindfulness and meditation. They are important tools that help us better live in the present and connect and find our true selves. I strongly believe that incorporating the principles of yoga (and movement) into your day will help you live a healthier, happier and more conscious life.
That is why I teach yoga
What fascinates me the most about AcroYoga is the development of people and communities. AcroYoga cannot be done by yourself. You need to work with other people and I believe that is when we learn most, both about ourselves and others.
AcroYoga also makes us push our boundaries and step out of our comfort zone. Let’s be honest, being upside down or balancing someone on your feet are not things that we do everyday, at least not yet.
But it is not about taking a blind leap of faith out of your comfort zone and come whatever may. Because we are exploring new territory, we need to create a framework that allows us to go there safely. Creating bespoke safe environment both on a physical and emotional (psychological) level has highest priority for me.
In order to ensure physical safety we must work on our foundations, just like building a house we need to start with the groundwork before we can put up the decoration. Having personalised and SMART progressions is a pre requisite for your development within the practice. Equally important is having a plan, knowing where you are going and making sure that everyone in the team (spotter/coach, base and flyer) knows and is okay with that plan.
On an emotional level it is important to understand that trust is earned and never given. Take it slow, get to know the people who you are working with, communicate. The most important part of communication is saying what you need, these conversations are what will build that trust relationship. Most importantly it also means saying no to things and accepting a no without judgment. Finally, always remember why you are doing what you are doing.