While growing up in Switzerland I always took a keen interest in sports. In my late teens karate became my passion. My sensei (teacher) encouraged me to become an instructor. For me, teaching by blending the traditional values of discipline, power and respect with the newest training methods was a creative process.
I worked as a joiner and after further study, qualified in project management. Soon after this, I visited my brother Andy in New Zealand. My appreciation of the Kiwi lifestyle led to the decision to stay.
I first became involved with Satyananda Yoga as it is taught by Bihar School of Yoga, in 1997. In 2001 I had the good fortune to spend 4 months in India at the Yoga University. Over the following two years I completed the teachers' training in Australia (2600h).
I like the integrated approach of Satyananda Yoga, where the needs of body, mind and emotions are addressed. Asanas strengthen and bring ease to the physical body. Pranayama balances the autonomic nervous system allowing the mind to become calm, yet alert. Yoga Nidra (which was developed by Swami Satyananda) gives the experience of deep relaxation on a physical, mental and emotional level. It is a stepping stone towards meditation as it prepares the mind to internalize.
Various meditations are used to discover your inner resources and enhance your ability to reflect and analyze.
A typical class begins and ends by sitting still and becoming present. This is followed by asanas and pranayamas, yoga nidra and in some classes a meditation.
Satyananda Yoga is a gentle form of yoga suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. It is rooted in tradition but is also evolving, incorporating the learnings from current scientific research in order to meet the needs of today's society.