I'm from Auckland, New Zealand and have been practicing yoga since 2002. I was a Vaisnava brahmacari (monk) for three years, travelling to India twice for retreat and serving in temples and ashrams in the UK and New Zealand.
In 2006, I completed my first yoga teacher’s training course, and 10 years completed another course, with Bodhi Yoga in Spain, focused on a Buddhist mindfulness approach to yoga. I recently completed training as a mindfulness teacher with Breathworks, and completed an advanced 550 hour yoga teaching course with Zen Yoga by Dynamic Mindfulness in Berlin in 2019.
I'm a dedicated meditator, practicing on a daily basis, as well as trying to attend regular retreats. I have been training with Dharma Ocean since 2014, and before that, while still living in New Zealand, was a member of the Auckland Zen Centre. I lead an informal sitting group in Heidelberg that explores the somatic practices of the Dharma Ocean tradition.
I'm from Heidelberg and began practicing yoga in Australasia, where I lived for 12 years. I left Germany when I was 18 and was a brahmacarini (nun) for four years, serving in temples and ashrams in Australia and New Zealand. In 2012, I completed a yoga teacher’s training course, and have since taught regular classes in New Zealand and Germany. I'm a physiotherapist, which has given me a deep understanding of anatomy and biomechanics. Presently, I'm focused on giving one-on-one yoga therapy, which is my preferred way of teaching.
We approach our personal practices and our teaching with kindness, curiosity, sensitivity and joy. The size of our classes are small so we can be present for each person as they explore movement and posture. We are inspired by an inside-out approach to yoga, which means cultivating sensitive awareness to feel our way into each posture, rather trying to adopt forms based on how they look from the outside. Central to our lives and style of yoga teaching are the values of loving-kindness and acceptance. Being kind to oneself and others is the heart of yoga. People of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, ages and religions are welcome at our classes.