A teacher of spontaneous, joyful and intelligent yoga
Yoga for me is a tool for health, energy, joy and beauty. I am a dedicated yoga practitioner who makes regular trips to Soaino del Lago, Italy, to train with my world-acclaimed teacher Dona Holleman.
As my practice is evolving, I have begun to study a more ‘feminine’, intuitive and less structured side of yoga with Diane Long, following the teaching of her own master, Vanda Scaravelli, who was also a great influence on Dona Holleman.
In recent years, as a complement to my yoga, I practice the martial art of Aikido. It shares many underlying principles of realising the energy body with yoga.
I teach yoga to individuals and small groups at my home in Stockholm.
What you can expect in my classes
1. I present yoga in a simple way. I want people to understand that it is not what we do that becomes yoga but rather the way we do it. Simply walking, correct standing, peeling potatoes, cooking a meal, doing gardening, washing the car or other everyday chores can become yoga. We were meant to live that way from the beginning, but modern Western life heavily interfered with our innate instincts and we have lost alignment with the “life force” - the force that generates and maintains all.
2. I am aiming to teach small groups. Each of my students benefits from my “hands on” approach. Our bodies don’t learn well just from “speaking”. Our bodies learn from “copying” and “the touch”. Therefore, I demonstrate physical shapes and correct posture by a hands-on approach.
3. Understanding in yoga comes through “not-doing”. We need to learn to let go of the “will”, “ambition” and “goal-seeking perfection” in postures. We simplify our postures, we calm our thinking, we practise “total attention” and our minds, movements and physical shape gradually become an expression of the life force living within and through us. Happiness, youthfulness and child-like joy fills you to the full.
4. I believe that there are only two true basic postures in yoga: “Tadasana” (the mountain pose - vertical standing) and “Savasana” (the corpse pose – with the body lying on the ground). The rest of the asanas as physical forms are combinations of these two.
5. I start Yoga classes with exercises that have nothing to do with asanas: Modern bodies have physical misalignment from our original anatomical shape. This translates into stagnated energy areas, causing pain, discomfort and even disease. Therefore, before we can impose any asanas on one´s physical body, we need to “undo” our habitual postural imprints. It takes time, but it makes practice very exciting, as one learns so much about oneself.
6. I identify different age groups to begin yoga. Later, as the student progresses, chronological age stops to play such an important role. The “openness” of the body leads the way. These days you find that a 16 year-old can be so much more stiff than a 70 year-old. I have experience in teaching 60-75 year-old students, as well younger ones.
7. I use props (sticks, poles, terra bands, belts, balancing boards and blocks) during my classes to facilitate students in opening-up “stagnated energy flows”. However, I never use props to make an asana “easier”.
8. It is true that in a healthy body rests a healthy mind. Therefore, I believe in the transformative power of asanas (word a-sana, meaning posture without effort). Aligning the body with the force of gravity and receiving its rebound effect.
9. I believe that yoga is a very logical and well-defined practice. Yoga is not at all something mystical or esoteric. Its roots are in India, but today the finest masters are more likely to be found in the West. So, nowadays yoga is widely accessible, maybe even too “accessible”. Everyone can try it, however not everyone can stay with it.
10. I am ready to inspire and guide you through yoga as I see it …but I cannot make the journey for you. We all must walk our own line and be ready to “ride the wave” when it comes.