I started practising Hatha and Vinyasa yoga in the 90’s. At the same time, my fascination with Shakespeare’s spiritual dimension led me on the path of Zen Buddhism. Combined with Zazen, Zen meditation, my yoga practice became “a dance into silence”.
Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
My teachings are based on the techniques of Mindfulness yoga, as developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, and Svastha yoga in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and A. G. Mohan. I have a 500 HR Yoga Alliance licence and a Yin Yoga license.
Adapted to the level and the needs of my students, my teachings aim for physical well-being and peace of mind. Yoga connects body and mind and leads you to your original state of being: a space of freedom and creativity.
During a rehearsing process, I am often confronted with stress, doubt and the “crisis of creativity”, caused by the loads of “self-made pressure”. Self-criticism often leads to self-hatred, or vice versa. Our yoga practice is a tool to detach from stressing thoughts, and to focus our mind on the source of our existence: the breath. Focussing the breath calms the mind, and a calm mind leads to a stress-free body. A relaxed body creates positive emotions. Practising yoga on a daily basis gives you back the natural joy every human being is gifted with. Yoga brings you to your “inner child”, and gives you the strength and the joy of the effortless effort. This is not only important for actors or artists – we all have a need for happiness, joy, compassion, and a focussed, peaceful mind…
As soon as we are successful in silencing the restless activity of the thinking mind and give a chance to intuition, the pure all embracing spirit in us will manifest effortlessly.
For thousands of years the theatre has been a ritual place to share questions about life and death: “to be or not to be” is one of the many existential questions we ask ourselves on the stage. Questions we have no answers for. These questions give us the solidarity of “not knowing and seeking”, but also the awareness and humility of our vulnerability and interdependency. In the theatre I found the space to work with my existential questions, to give them a theatrical form. My yoga practice doesn’t answer these questions, but it gives me the awareness of my physical, mental and emotional attitude towards all the conflicts I am confronted with. Yoga is a tool to live your life in full awareness, and to take the responsibility for your life, instead of being lived by all the demands and the storms that are affecting you.