Vinyasa Yoga Bali
Vinyasa is harmony of movement and breath.
Yoga is union. Connection. Wisdom through experience.
Bali is living from being, feeling, flow.
Vinyasa Yoga Bali is a practice in the here and now, a flow from breath to breath, an inner experience in which being stands before doing.
I have tried and practiced many styles of yoga. Learned from many teachers.
Ashtanga. Yin. Iyengar. And more.
Ana Forrest. Seane Corn. Joe Phee. And more.
And I always found my way back. To vinyasa. Almost like home.
A home that offers unconditional shelter.
Vinyasa means diving into a flow, listening to your body and following your feelings. Literally, it comes from ‘Vi’, which is Sanskrit and means ‘in a certain way’, and ‘Nyasa’, translated ‘to put’. Vinyasa is the putting of the body and breath in a certain way: following an intention, a process, a structure.
Freedom as my highest value makes me appreciate the openness and flexibility of Vinyasa Yoga a lot.
Vinyasa does not follow a guru. In Vinyasa Yoga there is not one teacher, one person who says what should be right or wrong. Vinyasa follows the so-called Vinyasa Krama, an intention-based lesson structure: aligning yourself with a goal in a special way. This sounds simple at first, which it is. At a closer look, it is more complex. But I just want to stay simple here. The certain way is shaped by yogic ideas and guidelines, always with the main goal of yoga in mind: realisation. The yogic understanding is that, realisation happens through the harmony of body, mind and soul. A great realisation that I experience through my practice is knowing what feels right and what feels wrong. Body-mind-heart give me signals that I have learned to listen to, trust and follow. As a cyclical person, I experience my body new from day to day. In Vinyasa I feel the freedom to let my body determine whether it needs effort or ease. flow or stillness. yin or yang. Or both in the flow.
My teaching is primarily inspired by understanding functional anatomy, the body-mind-brain connection, and practicing surrender and empowerment. Various trainings, retreats and my chosen lifestyle in Bali shape my practice as well as my teaching.
Some schools of yoga can appear rigid and dogmatic, in which a notion of right and wrong applies to all practitioners and teachers. This is suitable for some people, not for me.
One of my motivations for teaching yoga was my enthusiasm for learning and growth. I really liked the idea of having a job where I never stop learning and expanding!
My teaching today is primarily determined by the knowledge that every body is unique, that there is power in feeling, and that we humans are more than our thoughts can grasp.
Only you can feel your body. Nobody can do that for you. And that is great. Only you can know what is good for you and what is not, and allow yourself to trust and follow that.
The biggest influences that inspire my teaching:
Vinyasa Yoga by Tiffany Cruikshank, Seane Corn, Ana Forrest, Noah Mazé and Patricia Thieleman.
Mediation according to Pak Merta Ada.
Yin Yoga by Jo Phee and Joe Barnett.
Breath, Breathwork and the human nervous system by Rod Stryker, Max Strom and Edward Dangerfield.
Trauma informed by Gabor Maté, Thomas Hübl, Peter Levine and Joachim Pfahl.
Chakra Knowledge by David Goulet and Caroline Myss.
Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg.
Yoga means union. By feeling, listening and trusting your own feelings, a flow is created in which body and mind, heart and soul can flow harmoniously.
Vinyasa Yoga Bali is the harmony of new and old. Dive into your very own flow.