When I look back on my life, I often ask myself, how in the world did I get here, to be able to live in Europe and travel around the world teaching Anusara Yoga. I feel so blessed to do what I love so much, to share the power and beauty of this path with open-hearted students in so many delightful places.
I started practicing yoga out of a book when I was about 22. Soon after that, I found an inspiring and skillful teacher, and when she invited everyone to a meditation center, I went and I went again. I enjoyed the other elements of yoga that I experienced there: chanting was lots of fun, what the teachers said about the big picture of yoga made so much sense, and meditation, well I gave it a try and have been practicing ever since.
Then 20 years ago, I started practicing Anusara yoga, and in 2001, I became a certified Anusara yoga teacher. One thing that I love about Anusara yoga is that it integrates all elements of yoga into a sophisticated but simple package. Anusara is based on the philosophy of non-dual Tantra, which says ‘Yes’ to the process of turning within to know the Light of Consciousness inside every heart, then adds a next step — we can experience that same Light everywhere! It’s often said that this is the ideal philosophy for the modern world. Add Anusara’s Universal Principles of Alignment that align with this philosophy, and an emphasis on living the teachings in our daily lives, and I have to say, I’m so grateful to have received this template for practice and teaching.
For the past 12 years, I have been honored to live first in Madrid and then in Holland, and from there, serve the European Anusara community by offering workshops, the 200-Hour Teacher Training that begins with an Immersion into Anusara Yoga, and the 300-Hour Teacher Training. It’s been an amazing time of expansion and growth for me, and so much fun to share the practice with so many friends around Europe.
The newest step in my yoga journey is that I recently became an authorized teacher of Neelakantha Meditation, as taught in Blue Throat Yoga. For the past 7 years, I’ve been practicing and studying this authentic, natural practice that allows our awareness to effortlessly settle into the deepest space of wholeness within us all. My teacher and the founder of Neelakantha Meditation is Paul Muller. He is a leading authority of Shaiva Tantra, the clearest and most inspiring explanation for the theory and practice of yoga. I love learning from Paul, and now I’m quite honored to share this amazing practice with others like you.