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2018

May 2018

Initial Yoga Teacher Training

This is where it all began. Struggling deeply with depression and addiction I quit my job in Barcelona, started traveling and discovered Yoga. I enrolled in a 200h Yoga Teacher Training Course at Samma Karuna, Koh Phangan, Thailand. An eye-opening experience that changed my life forever. I have been practicing and teaching Yoga since.
July 2018

First public studio/resort class

I was eager to teach immediately. My applications were successful and I started teaching Yoga classes at Wonderland, The Yoga Retreat and Orion Healing Center on Koh Phangan, Thailand – three beautiful retreat centers. I remember vividly my first classes, so exciting and rewarding. I loved it!
August 2018 – March 2019

Yoga for Muay Thai Kickboxers

Leading the Yoga classes at the Diamond Muay Thai Dojo on Koh Phangan, Thailand for nearly 8 months was a tremendous experience. The synergies between Yoga and Muay Thai (or any other martial arts training) are incredibly beneficial. Yoga increases flexibility, grants extreme body control and movement accuracy, reduces the risk of injury, speeds up the mental and physical recovery, supports the more intense training regimes, and allows for more frequent trainings. Bringing the Yin to the Yang, a Yoga and Muay Thai success story!
October 2018

Yoga Nidra Certification

I discovered Yoga Nidra, the Yogic sleep and wanted to learn more. So I joined a facilitation training with Betty Kah from Pujan Yoga, who has over forty years experience of yoga practice, teaching and working with all forms and levels of Yoga Nidra. It has become part of my practice and teaching.
November 2018

First private Yoga class

Perhaps you can imagine my excitement, when I was contacted to teach a private class for the first time. We met on a beach on Koh Phangan, Thailand, did a wonderful practice together and attracted some visitors (as you can see in the picture). I really enjoy the undivided focus on one student during a private class, perfect for individual alignment.
 

2019

March 2019

Agape Zoe Holistic Gathering

In 2019, Agape Zoe, the worldwide holistic gathering was organised for the first time on Koh Phangan, Thailand. Five days of Yoga, Meditation, Dance, Workshops, Culture and Nature with local and international artists. This was my first occurrence teaching a Yoga class on such a festival. It was fantastic! Please book me again Toni :)
April/May 2019

Working with children in Bali

The NGO Let’s Imagine partnered with the Bali Children Foundation to host a Yoga camp in Lovina, Northern Bali, with around 60-100 students aged 8-18. Their vision is to provide an educational pathway for disadvantaged Balinese children – a journey leading to growth and long term sustainability. What a humbling experience to have been part of this project, giving the poorest children of Bali a moment of peace and happiness through Yoga.
June 2019

Second Teacher Training Course

I was already practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and I wanted to deepen my knowledge and also teach it. So I went to Mysore, India to enroll in a 300h Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training Course at Ashtanga Yoga Mysore. This was four challenging and intense weeks of Primary and Intermediate Series of Ashtanga, a transformational experience.
August 2019

Teaching future teachers

I was asked to join the team of Yoga teachers for an upcoming 200h teacher training at Chinmay Yoga in Dharamshala, India. This was a dream come true in one of the most stunning places on this planet, the Himalayas. I was an alignment teacher working alongside the head teacher and gained invaluable insights during these weeks.
September - December 2019

The Buddhist Monastery

I always wanted to visit Nepal, and when I arrived in Pokhara, the second biggest city of Nepal, I was invited to live in a Buddhist Monastery in exchange for teaching Yoga. I mean, could it get any better? It did, I met Amit and Rajesh. Together we established a retreat center called Holy Garden Yoga, overlooking Phewa Lake and surrounded by Himalayan mountains.
September 2019

Interview with Radio Safalta

In September 2019 I was interviewed by Radio Safalta in Pokhara, Nepal about the background and benefits of Yoga and more specific Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. This was part of their Talkies Series, where foreigners who engage in social activities in Nepal are interviewed about their projects. You can listen to the full interview on my Youtube channel.
November 2019

The Ashtanga community in Pokhara

I noticed a lack of and a demand for Ashtanga classes in Pokhara, but no community or teachers. In order to address this I created an Ashtanga Pokhara Facebook group to inform and coordinate, as well as started to teach daily Mysore style and led Ashtanga Primary series in the monastery where I still lived. I also trained my friend Rajesh to take over, when I should leave Nepal. It was such a good time...
December 2019

Yoga trek to Panchasee Peak

To finish this crazy year I worked with Kamala Yoga to facilitate a 3-day Yoga trek to Panchasee Peak starting from Pokhara, Nepal. Excellent weather and stunning views of the Annapurna range as a daily companion, an awesome group from Australia and Yoga to top it all off. Trekking and Yoga is such a good combination – I will keep offering this, as long as I live here in Nepal. You can see a video of this trek on my YouTube channel.
 

2020

January 2020

Yoga Fest Pokhara

I was part of the Yoga Fest in Pokhara, Nepal, a cooperation of YogConnection, The Juicery Café and me with around 40 people from all over the world. Pokhara is in the Annapurna area of Nepal, and this is the reason why you get this amazing mix of travelers, characters and stories.
February 2020

Teaching future teachers, 2.0

My second opportunity to teach at a Yoga teacher training. Himalayan Yogini is a well established Yoga School in Pokhara, Nepal and we had a very small group of 7 students for a 200h course. I introduced them to a variety of different Yoga styles and traditions and again, gained some invaluable knowledge of how to conduct such courses.
March 2020

First Yoga retreat

In March 2020 I had the opportunity to organise my first Yoga retreat at a small scale. 2 weeks with Yoga, meditation, walks in the mountains, excellent Nepali food (Dal bhat!) and a beautiful location 10min from Pokhara lakeside in an beautiful area called Happy Village (Khapaudi). It was fantastic – more to come! The Covid-19 pandemic hit Nepal just when the retreat finished, and the country went into lockdown.
April 2020

TTC Anatomy Teacher

And it happened again! I was asked to teach at a teacher training course at the Pokhara Yoga School, this time anatomy. I was thrilled. I love anatomy. For me anatomy is more important than any tradition – if the anatomy of your body doesn't allow a certain movement, adapt and variate. I was humbled to teach two daily anatomy classes during a 200 and 300 hour Yoga teacher training to about 30 students. This was my first time teaching anatomy and definitely not the last!

The End

I hope you enjoyed the ride :)