Hi, I’m Nina, a British expat based in Berlin.
I teach Hatha Yoga and Meditation to beginners and intermediate students.
Having practiced yoga for over 10 years, I qualified as a yoga teacher at Yoga Vidya Gurukul in India, December 2010, and as a yoga therapist in March 2013. The School teaches Indian traditional yoga, a synthesis of Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga and is joined to the tradition of Guru Swami Satyananda Saraswati of Bihar School of Yoga.
My training focused on different aspects of Hatha Yoga while remaining under the guiding principles of Patanjali’s Yoga (Ashtanga Yoga), which incorporates awareness and flow of breath, breathing techniques and meditation.
My background in general nursing and the yoga therapy training gives me a deeper knowledge of varying health issues and enables me to make holistic plans for individual students.
I am also a certified Rainbow Kids Yoga teacher. http://rainbowkidsyoga.net
Since qualifying I’ve taught fellow travelers & friends, adult & kids classes in India, Thailand & Germany.
I believe that yoga is for everyone & everyone’s body is unique. Not being able to touch your toes is of little importance. Your journey is personal & should be within your own personal limits & comfort zones. We start from where we are & concentrate on ‘how’ rather than ‘where’ we are going. More knowledge & respect of body & mind is experienced through increased awareness.
Awareness of breath, of how you feel in the posture, of the present moment during yoga practice leads to awareness in other areas of your life. Being present changes you, you notice more. You appreciate more. Through getting more in touch with the breath, body & the senses, day to day activities become less automatic, more joyful & alive.
When practicing asana (yoga postures) close your eyes, ask yourself if you are comfortable and steady. If not, how does it feel if you soften your efforts? Are you aware of your breath smoothly flowing in and out? Are you in the present moment or are your thoughts elsewhere?
The word yoga means union. Union of body, mind & core self.
It is an ancient Indian science & philosophy, it’s practice aimed at developing physical & psychological well being, increasing awareness & raising consciousness.
My classes combine a range of Hatha Yoga asana (steady comfortable physical postures) & pranayama (breathing techniques) to help align body & mind, promoting inner & outer strength, balance & the slowing of incessant ‘mind chatter’ preparing the path to meditation. The last 30 minutes of class are dedicated to yoga nidra practice.
Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.