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How I got into yoga and what it means to me...

My yoga journey goes way deeper than just posting a tree pose on instagram...today I want to tell you all about it.




Frequently I get asked about how I got into yoga, why I love it so much and how you can get started or stay motivated. That is why I am telling my personal yoga story today.


I first started yoga, when I was about 13 or 14 years old. Back then, it was just a fun thing to do. I had practiced ballett for over 8 years and therefore was quite flexible. A lot of poses and stretches seemed easy and exciting. I didn't practice regularly, but i always noticed a calming energy coming from it.
When I was about 16, I started to developed an eating disorder. I was caught up in my thoughts and trapped in my head. The only thing that was able to relax me somehow, was meditation and yoga. When i practiced yoga and focused on my breath and every move I made, I started to calm down and appreciate my body. 

The art of yoga showed me, that every body is beautiful and told me to be thankful to even have a healthy body and to be able to move around and live. It showed me, that there is no such thing as perfection and that it is ok to struggle sometimes, as long as you are happy and healthy. 
Now I can honestly say, that yoga was a big part of my recovery and I always feel amazing after a good flow. 
There are so many different kinds of yoga out there. In my recovery I was super week and i practiced a lot of restorative yoga. A restorative yoga sequence typically involves only five or six poses, supported by props that allow you to completely relax and rest. It is not about burning calories or being super active, it's about a deep stretch and relaxation - letting the mind and spirit wander.






Until today that is one of my favorite yoga styles to do, but I would totally recommend to try other styles as well. Some of my faves are:

  • Kundalini Yoga (An uplifting blend of spiritual and physical practices, Kundalini Yoga incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation, and the chanting of mantras, such as Sat Nam, meaning "truth is my identity." The goal is to build physical vitality and increase consciousness. I love this, because it connects the mind and spiritual aspects with the body and therefore is the perfect allround yoga experience.)
  • Ashtanga Yoga (A sequence of different poses. Ashtangis move rapidly, flowing from one pose to the next with each inhale and exhale. This yoga practice is way harder, than others and can be exhausting as well. For me an ashtanga yoga practice is similar to a small workout and the right breathing can be a challenge at first, but you will get the gist of it fairly soon.)
  • Power Yoga (An active and athletic style of yoga adapted from the traditional ashtanga system. Power yoga doesn’t stick to the same sequence of poses each time like ashtanga does, so the style varies depending on the teacher. I am not too experienced with power yoga and I can tell you, you will sweat like crazy during most sessions. It is better than a regular workout, cause these flows will focus on strength as well as endurance. Here you will focus on your body and not so much on your soul.)
There are obviously so many more different kinds of yoga, like hot yoga, prenatal yoga...hatha yoga and so on. But these are my fave styles so far and a great start to your personal practice. 
Make sure to try a variety of studios and teachers, because it can be different every time and it is important, that you feel comfortable and confident during your session.

Now I have decided to even go through a yoga teacher training and I can't wait to take you along on that journey with me.

Feel free to ask any other questions you may have.
Have a great day,
Hannah



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