My first priority is to help students explore tools to release tension, grow strong to the core, and become well-aligned in body, mind, and spirit. Rather than 'pretzeling' our body into classical forms (asanas) and risking injury, we approach these poses using balanced and anatomically healthy joint alignment and muscle activation. This way, we can strengthen our own individual weak areas and open tight spots that are often caused by years of one-sided workouts and 'office-and-iphone asana'.
My classes (Hatha AND Vinyasa) incorporate cutting-edge techniques from physiotherapy and movement science to 'unlock' the powers of traditional asana, pranayama and meditation. All classes celebrate the joy of movement.
My passion for teaching comes from direct experience: a belief that yoga can turn your life around as you reconnect to your innate physical and mental freedom. My yoga journey began over a decade ago as a stressed-out, pained young mother and museum professional, in a German Ashtanga studio. Here, I found the gracefulness I was missing from my years of dancing Ballet; yet what intrigued me most was the peace I experienced in the practice. In California, I encountered Anusara Yoga, whose alignment-based and heart-centered method helped me overcome chronic pain and reframe my approach to life’s ups and downs.
Born and raised in Munich, Germany and a New Yorker at heart, I have been fortunate to study in-depth asana, anatomy, therapeutics, and the various Yogic traditions and philosophies with world-renowned Hatha and Vinyasa teachers. With Noah Mazé, I earned my 300-hour Yogamazé teaching certificate during a year-long course of study in Berlin, focusing on Iyengar-based alignment Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. I am a graduate of the 200-hour Anusara-based yoga teacher training with Siri Peterson, Chrissy and Kenny Graham, and have further studied with Abby Tucker, Jim Bernaert, and Sianna Sherman. I've taught at various studios in Stockholm, Munich, and the Bay Area, and run a yoga-program for students and teachers at the German International School of Silicon Valley (Berkeley campus).
Yoga classes with me are upbeat and humorous, challenging and reflective. I like to interweave ancient myths (with a grain of salt), tapping into timeless universal truths as we explore asanas, pranayama, and meditation on the mat. I'm happiest when my students come out of class feeling balanced and energized, strong to the core, and well-aligned in body, mind, and spirit. When not on the mat, I am practicing the yoga of being an art historian and translator, dedicated wife, and mom to two spunky and hella-precious kids.