Über Hypermobilität und das Bild in unseren Köpfen

„Du bist nicht unflexibel, wenn du dich nicht verrenken kannst.“

Heute ist mir ein Post von Alexandria Crow, YogaPhysics.com untergekommen. Genau das ist es, dachte ich mir. Sie schreibt:

(Bild-) Botschaften über Yoga, sowohl innerhalb als auch außerhalb der Yoga-Welt, sind meist auf Flexibilität ausgerichtet. Erzähl einem Nicht-Yogi, dass du regelmäßig Yoga übst, und er wird davon ausgehen, dass du „super flexibel“ oder sogar „ein Schlangenmensch“ bist. Zumindest, wenn du „gut im Yoga“ bist. Die Erwartungen an Yogalehrende sind noch höher, obwohl Flexibilität oft NICHTS mit ihrem Unterricht oder ihrer Praxis zu tun hat.

Den meisten Menschen ist überhaupt nicht klar, dass der individuelle Bewegungsspielraum unserer Gelenke genetisch veranlagt ist. Ohne wirklich überbeweglich zu sein, können wir unseren ROM Range of Motion um vielleicht gerade mal 10-20% erhöhen.

Viele der Asanas, die wir auf Instagram & Co. sehen, setzen eine Überbeweglichkeit voraus. Das bedeutet, die Gelenke bewegen sich ÜBER den FUNKTIONALEN ROM hinaus. Nur etwa 20% der Bevölkerung ist tatsächlich hypermobil, also überbeweglich. Der Anteil in der Yoga Community ist hierbei stark vertreten.

Überbeweglichkeit und die Folgen

Die Überbeweglichkeit kommt jedoch immer im Bundle mit Schmerzen. Während man in der Jugend noch schnell darüber hinweg kommt, wird es im Alter schwieriger, wenn nicht unmöglich, wenn man sich weiterhin auf die Überbeweglichkeit verlässt und nichts tut, um die Struktur, das Skelett zu stabilisieren.

Das Erreichen dieser Art von ROM ist kein universeller Maßstab für die Hingabe oder für die harte Arbeit, der in irgendeiner Weise auf Nicht-Überbewegliche angewendet werden kann.

Deine Asanapraxis, die physische Yogapraxis (wie auch jede andere Bewegungsform) sollte definitiv NICHT auf Hypermobilität beruhen, schon gar nicht darauf angewiesen sein. Überbeweglichkeit hat nichts Tugendhaftes, hat nichts mit dem Wert deiner Praxis zu tun. Wenn die eigene Yogapraxis zu Schmerzen und Einschränkungen führt, bist du es dir selbst schuldig, einen anderen Weg zu finden.

Das habe ich getan. Mein Körper ist immer noch sehr beweglich. Es fällt mir trotzdem sehr schwer, dort weiter zu machen, wo ich vor der OP aufgehört habe. Andrea 2.0 hat viele Posen in die Rente geschickt, dafür wird ausgiebig an der stabilisierenden Muskulatur gearbeitet. Meine Yogapraxis ist auf Funktionalität, Stabilität, Langlebigkeit und Freude ausgelegt. Die Wertigkeit dieser Art der Yogapraxis hat dabei nichts mit Flexibilität zu tun.

Warum wird es also als etwas interpretiert, wonach man streben sollte?

Die Tatsache, dass westliches Yoga auf diesem Körpertyp beruht, hat einen großen Anteil daran, obwohl dieses Bild von Yoga nichts mit den darunterliegenden Philosophien zu tun hat.

Aber hier die guten Nachrichten. Eine Yogapraxis, die nicht auf Hypermobilität angewiesen ist, ist FÜR JEDEN MENSCHEN MÖGLICH und genauso wertvoll und ergiebig. Und das hat mal so gar nix mit Flexibilität zu tun.

Wie geht es dir dabei? Hast du dich aufgrund deiner “Unbeweglichkeit” jemals eingeschüchtert gefühlt? Vielleicht sogar gedacht, dass Yoga nichts für dich wäre, weil du dies und jenes nicht kannst?

Freue mich auf das, was du dazu zu sagen hast.

Bis zum nächsten Mal

Es hat mich ein wenig Überwindung gekostet, genau dieses Bild für diesen Artikel zu verwenden. Ich habe es vor etwa zwei Wochen aufgenommen. Warum es mir schwer gefallen ist? Vermittelt es doch genau dieses Bild von Yoga, das ich hier an den Pranger stelle.

Mir ist dabei auch durchaus bewußt, dass mit genau solchen Bildern mein Instagram Account gewachsen ist. Jedoch bin ich froh und schätze es sehr, dass mehr und mehr Menschen immer größeren Wert auf Funktionalität in ihrer Yogapraxis legen.

If 2020 taught us anything then this: Plans have a mind on their own.

Ok, I didn’t plan too much for today. 2020 taught me well.

Ok, I had to wait for 90mins for the automobile club.

Ok, I had no coffee or a restroom.

Ok, I learned that I will lose most of my in-person classes.

 

But Damn you, 2020!

I don’t need resolutions because I am the resolution.
Let’s see what changes I am going to make … due to 2020.

 

 

 

Have you all a great New Year’s Eve and a perfect beginning of 2021.

Wishing everyone a very happy welcome to 2021.

From Slavery to Shackles

I never considered myself biased or felt complicit. Growing up with all kinds of people from different countries, one of my first lovers was an African-American, I work with Indians, African-Americans, Italians, Russians, … my godson is the love of my best friend and her African-American partner. I never felt any different towards anyone ever in my life.

And then .. I don’t have ANY PoC (People of Colour) in my yoga classes and I ask myself why is that so? Is it because the studio is too expensive? Is it because PoC don’t feel welcome in that studio? Is it because of me? I really don’t know. I was wondering if it is something I DO or DON’t do.

From Slavery to Handcuffs.

I want to learn more about the history of slavery now & then and what this White Privilege is all about.

I am determined to learn

– about white supremacy, racism, and bias in my own life and how I am complicit

– how I can leverage my privilege to create actual change

– how to show up better and embody anti-racism every day and not only when it’s prominent in news and media

To make a start I watched this documentary on Netflix last night. It gives you a searing understanding of the historic context of the systemic race problem. I was stunned. Not only because I saw what I saw but seeing the similarities to our – the German’s – own history of racism during German Reich.

“People say all the time, ‘I don’t understand how people could’ve tolerated slavery. How could they have made peace with that? How could people have gone to a lynching and participated in that? How did people make sense of the segregation, this white and colored-only drinking … This is so crazy. If I was living at that time, I would have never tolerated anything like that.’ – And the truth is, we are living at this time, and we are tolerating it.” ~ Bryan Stevenson, Interviewee

Justice too long delayed is justice denied. Now is the time to understand, and the whole world has to deal with it.

🖤🖤

(I am aware this is not my area of expertise. I am simply sharing a documentary recommendation.)

Info & Schedule ::: Mar 9 to Mar 15

When you revolve around your center, you are able to reveal new insights.

LEARN HOW TO BE REVOLUTIONARY.

Still a few spots available for my next 30 hour TT in Paris Mar 19-22, 2020.
Check out Tigre Yoga Academie for more information.

Practice with me at my home base on

Monday Mar 9, 800 ~ Jivana Yoga Studio, Stuttgart

Wednesday Mar 11, 1630 ~ Jivana Yoga Studio, Stuttgart

Thursday Mar 12, 1800 ~ Yoga @ PwC, Stuttgart (Closed Group)

::: next class Monday Mar 9, 8:00 ~ Jivana Yoga Studio :::

 

Events 2020

I am utterly proud and honoured to be part of the 2020 EUROPE Katonah Yoga® 200 hour training at Tigre Yoga Academie, Paris (F). In module 3 (Mar 19-22) I will teach what I found very helpful to understand the material through functional movement. I will talk about this more over the course of the next weeks. But that’s not all. GREAT NEWS. My beloved teacher and founder of Katonah Yoga® will teach a  weekend in June 2020 in Paris and I am beyond stoked she wants to have me as her assistant. I am so lucky & grateful ❤️

➤ Katonah Yoga® 30hr Intensive, Mar 19-22,  Tigre Yoga Academie, Paris (F)- accredited education

 YogaConvention, Linz (A), Apr 4-5

 Katonah Yoga® 5hr Training, Apr 18, Balance Yoga Frankfurt (GER) – accredited education

 Katonah Yoga® MasterClass, Apr 19, Balance Yoga Frankfurt (GER)

 YogaVergnügen, Coburg (GER), Apr 24-26

➤ YogaConvention, Darmstadt (GER), May 3

➤ Gesundheitstage Bad Gögging (GER), May 9-10

 BeWell, Buxtehude (GER), May 23

 RETREAT “Katonah Yoga® meets Ayurveda” with me and Sunita Ehlers, May 24-28, Das Kubatzki, St. Peter-Ording (GER)

YogaFestival, Jun 7, Rietberg (GER) (details coming soon)

 Katonah Yoga® 40hr Intensive (Part 1/2), June 26-28, NowYoga.Today, Wiesbaden (GER) – accredited education

(please check :::here::: for sign up & details)

Looking for a Katonah Yoga® Teacher training in Europe? Check it out HERE.

In need of some book recommendations? Check it out HERE 

*** Interested in a private session? Lots of options available, please email me or check out the website for a studio close to you ***

 

 

 

 

Info & Schedule ::: Mar 2 to Mar 8

We build stability not so that we can stay in one place, but so that we can travel terrain. So that we can embody our vision without losing it. And so that we an take the risk of stepping out into the world. Stability is what helps us move, what helps us get around ourselves.

LEARN HOW TO GET AROUND YOURSELF. Still a few spots available for my next 30 hour TT in Paris Mar 19-22, 2020. Check out Tigre Yoga Academie for more information.

Practice at home base with me on

Monday Mar 2, 800 ~ Jivana Yoga Studio, Stuttgart

Wednesday Mar 4, 1630 ~ Jivana Yoga Studio, Stuttgart

Thursday Mar 5, 1800 ~ Yoga @ PwC, Stuttgart (Closed Group)

::: next class Monday Mar 9, 8:00 ~ Jivana Yoga Studio :::

Events 2020

I am utterly proud and honoured to be part of the 2020 EUROPE Katonah Yoga® 200 hour training at Tigre Yoga Academie, Paris (F). In module 3 (Mar 19-22) I will teach what I found very helpful to understand the material through functional movement. I will talk about this more over the course of the next weeks. But that’s not all. GREAT NEWS. My beloved teacher and founder of Katonah Yoga® will teach a  weekend in June 2020 in Paris and I am beyond stoked she wants to have me as her assistant. I am so lucky & grateful ❤️

➤ Katonah Yoga® 30hr Intensive, Mar 19-22,  Tigre Yoga Academie, Paris (F)- accredited education

 YogaConvention, Linz (A), Apr 4-5

 Katonah Yoga® 5hr Training, Apr 18, Balance Yoga Frankfurt (GER) – accredited education

 Katonah Yoga® MasterClass, Apr 19, Balance Yoga Frankfurt (GER)

 YogaVergnügen, Coburg (GER), Apr 24-26

➤ YogaConvention, Darmstadt (GER), May 3

➤ Gesundheitstage Bad Gögging (GER), May 9-10

 BeWell, Buxtehude (GER), May 23

 RETREAT “Katonah Yoga® meets Ayurveda” with me and Sunita Ehlers, May 24-28, Das Kubatzki, St. Peter-Ording (GER)

YogaFestival, Jun 7, Rietberg (GER) (details coming soon)

 Katonah Yoga® 40hr Intensive (Part 1/2), June 26-28, NowYoga.Today, Wiesbaden (GER) – accredited education

(please check :::here::: for sign up & details)

Looking for a Katonah Yoga® Teacher training in Europe? Check it out HERE.

In need of some book recommendations? Check it out HERE 

*** Interested in a private session? Lots of options available, please email me or check out the website for a studio close to you ***

 

 

 

 

Info & Schedule ::: Feb 24 to Mar 1

Trick your mind – another phrase for brain mapping.

Not gonna lie. After a few weeks into the online training I feel like I am losing pieces of my identity as a teacher. I took a break to think about what and why this is happening. Turns out .. I want too much in a too short amount of time. Once I decided to slow it down, to study and give myself the opportunity to let all the stuff sink in I instantly felt better.

Together we can make it through on

Monday Feb 24, 800 ~ Jivana Yoga Studio, Stuttgart

Wednesday Feb 26, 1630 ~ Jivana Yoga Studio, Stuttgart

Thursday Feb 27, 1800 ~ Yoga @ PwC, Stuttgart (Closed Group)

::: next class Monday Mar 2, 8:00 ~ Jivana Yoga Studio :::

 

Events 2020

I am utterly proud and honoured to be part of the 2020 EUROPE Katonah Yoga® 200 hour training at Tigre Yoga Academie, Paris (F). In module 3 (Mar 19-22) I will teach what I found very helpful to understand the material through functional movement. I will talk about this more over the course of the next weeks. But that’s not all. GREAT NEWS. My beloved teacher and founder of Katonah Yoga® will teach a  weekend in June 2020 in Paris and I am beyond stoked she wants to have me as her assistant. I am so lucky & grateful ❤️

➤ Katonah Yoga® 30hr Intensive, Mar 19-22,  Tigre Yoga Academie, Paris (F)- accredited education

 YogaConvention, Linz (A), Apr 4-5

 Katonah Yoga® 5hr Training, Apr 18, Balance Yoga Frankfurt (GER) – accredited education

 Katonah Yoga® MasterClass, Apr 19, Balance Yoga Frankfurt (GER)

 YogaVergnügen, Coburg (GER), Apr 24-26

➤ YogaConvention, Darmstadt (GER), May 3

➤ Gesundheitstage Bad Gögging (GER), May 9-10

 BeWell, Buxtehude (GER), May 23

 RETREAT “Katonah Yoga® meets Ayurveda” with me and Sunita Ehlers, May 24-28, Das Kubatzki, St. Peter-Ording (GER)

YogaFestival, Jun 7, Rietberg (GER) (details coming soon)

 Katonah Yoga® 40hr Intensive (Part 1/2), June 26-28, NowYoga.Today, Wiesbaden (GER) – accredited education

(please check :::here::: for sign up & details)

Looking for a Katonah Yoga® Teacher training in Europe? Check it out HERE.

In need of some book recommendations? Check it out HERE 

*** Interested in a private session? Lots of options available, please email me or check out the website for a studio close to you ***

 

 

 

 

Info & Schedule ::: Feb 17 to Feb 23

We build stability not so that we can stay in one place, but so that we can travel terrain. So that we can embody our vision without losing it. And so that we can take the risk of stepping out into the world. Stability is what helps us move, what helps us get around ourselves.

Being into my week 3 of my online TT by @lytyoga is keeping me busy. To stay on top I watch and practice at least 3 hours a day, taking notes, finding the similarities, the differences between my beloved Katonah Yoga® and LYT™ only to realise (as if I haven’t known before) that it’s all the same. We LOVE to EVOLve (thanks to Brian Nygard for this one).

pc: Sigismondi Photography

EVOLve with me this week on

Monday Feb 17, 800 ~ Jivana Yoga Studio, Stuttgart Wednesday Feb 19, 1630 ~ Jivana Yoga Studio, Stuttgart Thursday Feb 20, 1800 ~ Yoga @ PwC, Stuttgart (Closed Group)

::: next class Monday Feb 24, 8:00 ~ Jivana Yoga Studio :::

Events 2020

I am utterly proud and honoured to be part of the 2020 EUROPE Katonah Yoga® 200 hour training at Tigre Yoga Academie, Paris (F). In module 3 (Mar 19-22) I will teach what I found very helpful to understand the material through functional movement. I will talk about this more over the course of the next weeks. But that’s not all. GREAT NEWS. My beloved teacher and founder of Katonah Yoga® will teach a  weekend in June 2020 in Paris and I am beyond stoked she wants to have me as her assistant. I am so lucky & grateful ❤️

➤ Katonah Yoga® 30hr Intensive, Mar 19-22,  Tigre Yoga Academie, Paris (F)- accredited education

 YogaConvention, Linz (A), Apr 4-5

 Katonah Yoga® 5hr Training, Apr 18, Balance Yoga Frankfurt (GER) – accredited education

 Katonah Yoga® MasterClass, Apr 19, Balance Yoga Frankfurt (GER)

 YogaVergnügen, Coburg (GER), Apr 24-26

➤ YogaConvention, Darmstadt (GER), May 3

➤ Gesundheitstage Bad Gögging (GER), May 9-10

 BeWell, Buxtehude (GER), May 23

 RETREAT “Katonah Yoga® meets Ayurveda” with me and Sunita Ehlers, May 24-28, Das Kubatzki, St. Peter-Ording (GER)

YogaFestival, Jun 7, Rietberg (GER) (details coming soon)

 Katonah Yoga® 40hr Intensive (Part 1/2), June 26-28, NowYoga.Today, Wiesbaden (GER) – accredited education

(please check :::here::: for sign up & details)

 

Looking for a Katonah Yoga® Teacher training in Europe? Check it out HERE.

In need of some book recommendations? Check it out HERE 

*** Interested in a private session? Lots of options available, please email me or check out the website for a studio close to you ***

 

 

 

 

Info & Schedule ::: Feb 10 to Feb 17

The biggest difference between luck and magic is technical. Magicians want luck, too. But really their game is technical. They always know how to pull a rabbit out of the hat because it’s a trick. It’s not a guess. ~ Katonah Yoga

After a weekend in Dublin, spending time with some amazing women (and one man), learning to connect the dots, applying this knowledge to the brain, to the mind & body I am happy to bring all of this to you.

Be technical to pull some tricks on

Wednesday Feb 12, 1630 ~ Jivana Yoga Studio, Stuttgart Thursday Feb 13, 1800 ~ Yoga @ PwC, Stuttgart (Closed Group)

::: next class Monday Feb 18, 8:00 ~ Jivana Yoga Studio :::

Events 2020

I am utterly proud and honoured to be part of the 2020 EUROPE Katonah Yoga® 200 hour training at Tigre Yoga Academie, Paris (F). In module 3 (Mar 19-22) I will teach what I found very helpful to understand the material through functional movement. I will talk about this more over the course of the next weeks. But that’s not all. GREAT NEWS. My beloved teacher and founder of Katonah Yoga® will teach a  weekend in June 2020 in Paris and I am beyond stoked she wants to have me as her assistant. I am so lucky & grateful ❤️

➤ Katonah Yoga® 30hr Intensive, Mar 19-22,  Tigre Yoga Academie, Paris (F)- accredited education

 YogaConvention, Linz (A), Apr 4-5

 Katonah Yoga® 5hr Training, Apr 18, Balance Yoga Frankfurt (GER) – accredited education

 Katonah Yoga® MasterClass, Apr 19, Balance Yoga Frankfurt (GER)

 YogaVergnügen, Coburg (GER), Apr 24-26

➤ YogaConvention, Darmstadt (GER), May 3

➤ Gesundheitstage Bad Gögging (GER), May 9-10

 BeWell, Buxtehude (GER), May 23

 RETREAT “Katonah Yoga® meets Ayurveda” with me and Sunita Ehlers, May 24-28, Das Kubatzki, St. Peter-Ording (GER)

➤ YogaFestival, Jun 7, Rietberg (GER)

 Katonah Yoga® 40hr Intensive (Part 1/2), June 26-28, NowYoga.Today, Wiesbaden (GER) – accredited education

 

(please check :::here::: for sign up & details) 

Looking for a Katonah Yoga® Teacher training in Europe? Check it out HERE.

In need of some book recommendations? Check it out HERE 

*** Interested in a private session? Lots of options available, please email me or check out the website for a studio close to you ***

 

 

 

 

Info & Schedule ::: Feb 3 to Feb 9

You do not serve your practice, your practice serves you. So that you can live well. So that you can cope. So that you can be well adjusted in a world that is utterly demanding. 

I am going to spend next weekend in Dublin, Ireland. I have never been there. It’s a weekend to serve me. Learning new skills and techniques. Some will work for me, some won’t. But these experiences will make me more competent, more able and will give me more stability and safety. With that my vision gets clearer and I get stronger in body & mind.

©Katonah Yoga Center. Material by Nevine Michaan. Art by Susan Fierro

Practice with me these magical techniques on

Monday Feb 3, 800 ~ Jivana Yoga Studio, Stuttgart Wednesday Feb 5, 1630 ~ Jivana Yoga Studio, Stuttgart Thursday Feb 6, 1800 ~ Yoga @ PwC, Stuttgart (Closed Group)

::: next class Wednesday Feb 12, 16:30 ~ Jivana Yoga Studio :::

Events 2020

I am utterly proud and honoured to be part of the 2020 EUROPE Katonah Yoga® 200 hour training at Tigre Yoga Academie, Paris (F). In module 3 (Mar 19-22) I will teach what I found very helpful to understand the material through functional movement. I will talk about this more over the course of the next weeks. But that’s not all. GREAT NEWS. My beloved teacher and founder of Katonah Yoga® will teach a  weekend in June 2020 in Paris and I am beyond stoked she wants to have me as her assistant. I am so lucky & grateful ❤️

➤ Katonah Yoga® 30hr Intensive, Mar 19-22,  Tigre Yoga Academie, Paris (F)- accredited education

 YogaConvention, Linz (A), Apr 4-5

 Katonah Yoga® 5hr Training, Apr 18, Balance Yoga Frankfurt (GER) – accredited education

 Katonah Yoga® MasterClass, Apr 19, Balance Yoga Frankfurt (GER)

 YogaVergnügen, Coburg (GER), Apr 24-26

➤ YogaConvention, Darmstadt (GER), May 3

➤ Gesundheitstage Bad Gögging (GER), May 9-10

 BeWell, Buxtehude (GER), May 23

 RETREAT “Katonah Yoga® meets Ayurveda” with me and Sunita Ehlers, May 24-28, Das Kubatzki, St. Peter-Ording (GER)

 Katonah Yoga® 40hr Intensive (Part 1/2), June 26-28, NowYoga.Today, Wiesbaden (GER) – accredited education

(please check :::here::: for sign up & details) 

Looking for a Katonah Yoga® Teacher training in Europe? Check it out HERE.

In need of some book recommendations? Check it out HERE 

*** Interested in a private session? Lots of options available, please email me or check out the website for a studio close to you ***