INA & PIA
Why are we having so much fun together?
The yoga immersion is deeply rooted in our lives and we continue discovering yoga like children do - with our own curiosity, lightheartedness and joy. We find beauty and unity in apparent opposites. Stability and ease, strength and smoothness, seriousness and childish joy. We share the same desires: finding our inner peace, meeting other beings with love and compassion and trying to be part of forming a world at peace.
Seeing yoga in a holistic way is important to us. Practising asanas, meditation and pranayama raises our awareness and thus transforms our perception which eventually leads us to complete self-acceptance and equanimity in life. We practise and teach our asanas with sensitivity to our body 'ahimsa' and with contentment 'santosa'. It is no game of showing off or being ambitious but about finding our way back to ourselves and to nature, to deeply perceive and experience the interconnectedness of all. Nowadays we are often disconnected or ignore what our bodies tell us. Our bodies are truly intelligent and we need to re-learn how to listen to our body by developing a delicate sensitivity for signals and signs of our body. Ground, relax, breathe, play, experiment.. and find joy, openness and self-love!
Yoga does not just take place on the mat. Often it is reduced to asanas, however yoga is tremendously more than that. It is a world view, an attitude and approach towards life. It is discovering and connecting with our true nature.
Ina is a sun seeking free spirit with a laughing heart who likes to play, relax and discover beauty in nature. Her yoga seed was planted more than 10 years ago. She was still half a child when her mom asked her to join a yoga class with her (thank you mom!). Roots grew but it was not until she was in a difficult personal life phase when she deeply immersed in yoga and found back to her nature. Today, she is certified as an Ashtanga Vinyasa based yoga teacher and is based in Berlin, Germany.
Ina’s classes emphasize connecting body, mind and spirit by breathing mindfully and slowing down consciously. She likes linking breath to movement for creating dynamic flowing as well as relaxing yoga practices. Her long year yoga immersion allows her to understand and pass on body sensitivity, flexibility sensations and appropriate alignment.
With her calm and soothing voice Ina encourages each one to connect to their inner self for cultivating tranquility and self confidence in one’s own practice. She teaches yoga as a healing transformational process experiencing the expansion of perception of each individual.
Pia is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher (Ashtanga Vinyasa based), world traveler, mover, and lover of life and of ancient traditions (as the Mayan or Inca people). Born in Germany, she is living to travel the world and share her loving kindness and patience to all beings. Being a late starter, it was not long ago that she experienced her spiritual awakening in the ancient mountains of the mystic mountains of Guatemala at the magic lake Atitlan. She was on the Yoga Path long before being conscious about it, though: Practicing the path of Karma Yoga in spending many month with volunteer works in Ecuador, Namibia or even in her hometown, helping out in the refugee crisis.
Becoming a yoga teacher was a transformation on a physical, spiritual and mental level: “If you have a “tapas” it ignites the change in your life.” She is passionate to share this fire and knowledge about yoga (and the ways to live a peaceful life) and the self-acceptance and peacefulness she feels while practicing on her mat. Like a Child in the Sun ;)
Not long ago she was struggling with physical restrictions of her own body (and still is), so she understands persons who feel inflexibilities in their body and even absolute beginners. “Saying you're not flexible enough for yoga is like saying you're too dirty to take a bath ;)”. To ease the fear for beginners and opening the way to feel and explore your bodies she teaches yoga with a positive attitude to ahimsa (sensitivity to the body) and she also has knowledge about the right alignment and appropriate adjustments encouraging also more experienced yogis to find their own edge. She also gladly delights you with a rejuvenating thai massage.