The basis of all practice that I teach is an investigation into the parts of the body and how they relate to each other. It's an investigation into our movements and our breath as we become aware of and release ever deeper layers of long hold tension. Our bodies free themselves as the mind learns to relax through the simple, yet demanding, practice of attention to our moving body. The postures and movements we practice come from my experiences with Yoga, Qigong the Somatic Movement Schools seeking to restore healthy movement patterns. The aim of practice is to find an original ease in movement and stillness.
As far as I can remember I've been passionate about movement. I was never interested in or particularly good at sports, but preferred dance and practiced gymnastics as a child. Postures like Hanumanasana and Sirsasana, even though practiced under different names, were fun for 12-year-old me. Fast forward into my early twenties and those days of physical joy were long over. When I stumbled into my first Yoga class in 2006, I suffered from all the aches and pains typical of chair-based societies and which most of us consider a normal part of life. Lumbar pain after standing, sitting or doing anything really for a little while, constant neck pain and tight shoulders, chronic tendonitis, the occasional knee pain and a general feeling of unfitness led me to physiotherapy sessions, all those fitness classes and weight machines in the gym, Pilates, massages and nothing really helped or was any fun. Then one day my sister told me about her Yoga class and I got curious. From that first class I remember mostly rolling on the floor, getting conscious of my breathing, the poses feeling familiar, the final relaxation in Savasana - a revelation. I loved every minute of it and never stopped practising since.
In 2014, I entered my first 200h Vinyasa Yoga teacher training, followed by a 300h teacher training in Traditional Hatha Yoga and Yogatherapy and specialisations in Pre- and Postnatal Yoga (for a more detailed overview of my training scroll down). Over time, I explored different approaches and styles of yoga until I finally encountered the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli. Vanda practiced a beautifully simple form of yoga based on tuning into your body and breath and moving in a way that responds to that. Vanda was born in Florence, Italy in 1908. Over decades of practice she developed her own, very unique approach to the practice of yoga. In her book "Awakening the Spine" she speaks of wholeness and beauty, paying attention instead of doing some form of exercise. She "discovered a new world in this field, a world without aim and without competition, where the body can start again to function naturally and happily, allowing expansion to take place in space."I was immediately hooked and have practiced and explored this respectful and deep approach to yoga with different teachers ever since.
Slow and Conscious are two principles which are also central to the modern somatic movement practices. Thomas Hanna used the term somatics to refer to a way of directly sensing ourselves and our experience. He described somatics as "the study of the self from the perspective of one’s lived experience, encompassing the dimensions of body, psyche and spirit." We make the unconscious conscious, and in the process gain more options for moving, acting, thinking, and living.
My entry door to the wide field of somatic study is the Body-Mind Centering® approach around Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. I'm lucky enough to be able to participate in their training programs since 2017. BMC® studies movement and embodiment through combining theoretical knowledge about anatomical, physiological, psychophysical and developmental principles and the application and integration of these principles through movement, touch, voice and mind. Each body system can be deeply investigated and integrated. This work can be quiet transformational as it lays the fundamental groundwork for developmental re-patterning with the goal to discover the ease that underlies transformation.
"To absorb the teaching requires infinite time and no ambition."
500h Somatic Movement Education Program with www.bmcnobrasil.com, Brazil
Trauma-sensitive Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training; 2020
Trauma-sensitive Yoga Nidra Teacher Training Level 1; 2020
Yoga for Mothers and Babies; 2019
30h Postnatal Yoga and Somatic movement and Developmental Baby Massage (Peter Walker) with Anne Sobotta, www.yogaparagestantes.com.br; São Paulo, Brazil
Yoga and Somatic Movement for Pregnancy; 2018
100h Yoga and Somatic Movement for Pregnancy with Anne Sobotta, www.yogaparagestantes.com.br; Santo Antônio de Pinhal, Brazil
Traditional Hatha Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Yogatherapy; 2015-17
300h Hatha Yoga, Traditional Hatha Yoga and Yogatherapy with Gerson D’Addio da Silva in the tradition of the Kaivalyadhama Institute; São Paulo, Brazil
Hatha Vinyasa Yoga; 2014
200h Hatha Vinyasa Yoga with Camila Reitz, www.camilareitz.com.br; Bahia, Brazil