The meaning of the word "yoga" comes from the Sanskrit word yui and can be translated as "unite". Hence Yoga means the union of body and soul. The spirit teaches the body so the body can respond to it - in consequence of this, the union of body and soul allows us to deepen the experience of ourselfs. All yoga traditions agree to a constant state of bliss as our true nature and our brightright.
I have been practicing and teaching yoga for several years now: meditation, pranayama (breathing exercises) and asanas (physical exercises). I like to practice and teach in a very dynamic style, like sweating and learning to recognize my limits each time all over again, to accept them without holding onto them. Yoga gives me peace and strength. I learn to observe my breathing and the framework of my yoga mat allows me a sense of security.
I try to let the experiences and information I adapted as a dancer influence my yoga classes to overcome the the present pictures of aesthetics and the construct of health, which have developed especially in the last few years.
It's important to me that the access of the specified exercise sequences is not repeated constantly as it is designated. I want to consciously put other body work apart to create an awareness incorporating their work. This is the way I see the way of training Yoga in the West.
I am fascinated by the approach to create space and frame in which the "end product" isn´t priority but rather the way to a conscious choice entering the learning process .
Pictures: Sarah Berger