in the Tradition of Students of Sri T. Krishnamacharya
THANKS TO ALL THE YOGA-TEACHERS on my way which are not mentioned - you are all in my heart!
... not to forget - "the 20 years BEFORE YOGA, where I shared Tai Chi Chuan" after 7 years studies with TAI CHI & QI GONG MASTER P. Liong Tjoa
MY YOGA-BIO (see this text in
I was born in 1959. The sun was in the Scorpio and Ascendant Sagittarius.
Postures in the lotus seat were my favorites from childhood on. At the age of 12 I gave a yoga demonstration at a school party. It was a flow of postures in the lotus that I invented myself. The Padmasana variations began in Samasthiti and were connected by flowing transitions like chakrasana or walking in Gorakshasana. I had never heard of yoga. However, I was fascinated by the images of yogis and babas with dreadlocks that I found in the "City of God" of my mother's Catholic newspaper. Today this flow, created out of pure joy, reminds me of the flow in Ashtanga Yoga, which I got to know only at the age of 40.
Severe spinal problems at the age of 15 and the book "Zen and the Art of Archery" led me to my Tai Chi teacher Ping Liong Tjoa, who gave me 7 years of intensive lessons. 1982 - 2005,
I taught these healing Chinese energy exercises. Due to another physical challenge I started to practice yoga in 1992 and in autumn 1999 I completed the 2 year training of Mikel Forbes, which was based on Iyengar Yoga.
I went on a yoga trip to India to get to know yoga in its country of origin. In Mysore I saw the Ashtanga Flow for the first time in the old Shala. I decided to first learn the first and second series and then return to Mysore.
So I met my Ashtanga Yoga teacher Rolf Naujokat in Goa, one of the few teachers, certified by Pattabhi Jois.
With Lino Miele I finished the Second Series in Kovalam / India in 2006. In these years I have deepened my Ashtanga training with other famous Ashtanga Yoga teachers, including
David Swenson, Nancy Gilgoff and Andrew Eppler.
In winter 2006 I returned to Mysore for my further Ashtanga training and was thankful to be allowed to practice in Sharaths small Shala for almost 3 months. Since then I could deepen my Ashtanga training at the source every winter in Mysore and I continued until 2014.
In 2005 I took part in an intensive six-month training of Sri Ram, a direct student of T.K.V.Desikachar. There I received valuable insights into the yoga that Krishnamacharya taught to his son Sri T.K.V.Desikachar, which is adapted to the needs and abilities of the individual and passed on traditionally in individual classes. (Also known as Vini Yoga = appropriate procedure)
Many further yoga trainings and especially my own daily practice helped me to deepen my spiritual understanding of yoga.
In 2011, after 5 years of 2 to 3 months of annual yoga practice in Mysore / India, I was authorized by R. Sharath Jois, grandson of Pattabhi Jois, to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in the Mysore tradition (2014 / authorized level 2).
Up to today (2019) I enjoy this wonderful, incomparable Vinyasa yoga practice!
For me the annual meetings with Sri Sribhashyam, the youngest son of Sri T. Krishnamacharya, at his enriching seminars in Heidelberg are formative and fulfilling.
Here all paths for me lead together: Asanas with conscious energy control, pranayama, meditation and spirituality.
My concern in relation to my yoga classes is, as far as I am able today, to convey the unity of the yoga of Sri Krishnamacharya. Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga according to BKS Iyengar and Vini Yoga are different aspects of Yoga, each of which has its own specific significance.
I love the flow of Ashtanga Yoga. Carried by the deep breath to feel my body and at the same time to focus myself inside and outside. To purify and balance physically, emotionally and mentally. I love the exactness of BKS Iyengars Yoga, which is felt in every cell. And experience the subtle aspects of Yoga through Pranayama, Asana and Dharana as Sri Sribhasyam teaches it.
My daily practice is connected with the seeking to dive deeper and deeper, into the spiritual mystery of yoga - in the mystery of life!
May all beings be guided by the Spiritual Light through LOVE & Wisdom!
Lokah samastah sukhino bhavantuh!