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My story - From disorientation through fear to self-acceptance

I’m Maria. After 14 years of work in a large international corporation, I felt like something was missing, but I couldn’t quite understand what it was. I didn’t even know who I really was anymore. So I decided to literally create space between me and everything I had known so far. I quit my job, gave up my apartment and almost all of my belongings. At the age of 36 I embarked on a solo journey to myself, leaving my old safe life to travel the world with almost all my belongings fitting in my backpack. I left with the goal of feeling again who I actually am and what I really need.

The distance and new calm made me realize that I had lost myself under the chronic stress of my lifestyle.For the first time, I allowed myself to face uncomfortable emotions like loneliness and disorientation that I had been running away from under my old fast-paced lifestyle.

During that journey I dedicated my time to educating myself in the field of emotional wellbeing, training as a 600 h certified Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga teacher, as well as further eductions in Meditation, Trauma sensitive somatic practices, Burnout treatment & prevention, Philosophie, Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra.

Today I mainly teach group and individual sessions in person in Berlin or online.

Maybe our path will cross and I hope to support you on your own journey to yourself.

See you soon 🙂 Much love Maria

My mission - To heal the Planet, We must first heal the connection to ourselves

I am dedicated to honoring and sharing the roots of Yoga from the perspective of our modern busy lifestyle. I hold space for you to still the mind, feel your body and truly connect to your heart and therefor others.

Body & Mind

How do I know if I have an anxiety, stress issue, depression or maybe burnout?

“Do you suffer from permanent, increased tension, from being driven internally or externally? Do you feel overwhelmed? Do you feel hectic, aimless and a loss of overview? Are concentration and memory impaired? Then you probably have a stress problem.

Symptoms of an anxiety disorder, on the other hand, would include: tightness, a feeling of having to take a deep breath, palpitations, sweating, and negative thoughts or fantasies that involve threats.

Depression is characterized by low spirits, listlessness, feelings of meaninglessness and hopelessness combined with an inability to enjoy beautiful things in the usual way.

If you believe that complaints of this type are primarily caused by being overwhelmed at work, then you can also speak of a burnout syndrome.

All of these ailments are treatable and reversible.”

– dr medical Dietmar Hansch

Why do I feel unhappy when I actually have everything?

Yoga philosophy actually sees the main sources of happiness and life satisfaction within us. However, the zeitgeist of our western affluent societies has been suggesting the opposite for decades. Advertising shows us every day that we absolutely need this or that consumer good for our happiness. But that is wrong.

You get used to material goods quickly and then you need more or something new. A spiral begins that has no end. And dependency arises, which forces one to adapt excessively, with the risk of losing oneself in the end.

Modern happiness research shows that true and long-lasting life satisfaction comes to about 80% from internal sources and only 20% depends on external circumstances.

Can I control my feelings at all?

Animals only react reflexively to stimuli. We humans, on the other hand, are able to choose our perspectives and interpretations. We have the ability to make conscious decisions before we react. This is not easy and requires a lot of practice, but it allows us to control our feelings. Our brain is very capable of learning and adapting.

What are thoughts?

“First of all, thoughts are just fleeting neural blink patterns, and nothing else. Sometimes they come close to reality, but often they don’t. Some of them are helpful, but many are not.”

– dr medical Dietmar Hansch

Our sensory organs mainly record the key data that is important for survival. Our brain creates our reality from it. However, this reality is subjective. So there are no objective truths at all, only personal interpretations.

Mental health has a lot to do with being able to allow different possible perspectives. When we can distance ourselves from our own thoughts, we don’t identify with our subjective reality. This forms a central aspect of mental health and inner freedom.

Breath, Meditation and Yoga

What are breathing exercises good for?

In stressful situations we fall into the so-called „fight or flight reaction“. All non-vital functions in the body are reduced, such as digestion or regeneration. This means that our natural cycles are disrupted and thrown out of balance when we are chronically stressed. Through targeted breathing exercises, we are able to independently return from the stress reaction to a state of relaxation

Why do we do yoga exercises?

Emotions are stored not only in the mind but also in the body. The classes are focused on mobilizing tense areas such as the back, shoulders, chest and hips, as these areas tend to cramp when emotionally stressed. By doing certain yoga exercises, we also train to be aware of what is happening in our body. In this way, we can recognize warning signals from our body at an early stage.

What is the goal of meditation?

By stilling the body and sitting still in meditation, our mental awareness also comes to rest. So we are able to see things more clearly. We train our minds not to respond automatically with the usual stress reaction in everyday life. We are evolved to prioritize the negative in order to recognize danger and survive. Our emotion center in the brain does not differentiate whether something is happening in our thoughts or in reality, the stress response is the same. That’s why we want to learn to recognize and let go of unwanted & negative thoughts.