Integral Vinyasa yoga
After many years of Ashtanga practice, I found my body needed to explore different movement. I found my mind needed to expand more using different techniques and teachings. So I started to explore other yoga schools, lineages and different philosophies to get a deeper understanding of the physical and subtle and how it all interconnects. My mind is very scientific and I needed to find answers to many questions. This journey took me to many teachers and teachings, and I am grateful to all. They are too many to name here (see my bio) but I can say that the teacher that most influenced my yoga practice and the method that I am teaching today was Vinyasa flow pioneer Shiva Rea and her Prana flow movement alchemy.
During many years through my studies, my own personal practice and trough teaching, I started to spontaneously develop a method in order to make asana sequences more accessible to my students, to fit different bodies and minds, including my own. The system was first called The art of flow and later renamed to Spanda Vinyasa - Integral Vinyasa yoga. The method has been unfolding for many years to what it is today, an it is still unfolding and evolving, just like everything else in life. Spanda Vinyasa was born out of my love and passion for yoga, movement dynamics, bio-mechanics, therapeutics, anatomy of our amazing bodies and the beautiful subtle part of us, as well as out of many years of practice, study, reading, exploration and inspiration I find in teaching classes, workshops and teacher training for many years now.
For me Yoga is an Art of healing, of living our full potential and a Science of life. It's a tool for reaching higher states of conscious, a light in search for the Truth, a path that leads to our essence. As we, human beings evolve and change, so does the paths and practices we choose to take, and the practices we do on the mat, especially asana sequences should be serving this path. Spanda Vinyasa is a method based on the intention to create safe and healing yoga practice with respect to individual body, mind and soul, using the understanding of traditional yogic concepts, techniques and philosophy as well today's science and different modern techniques that have evolved in the recent past. The method integrates different yoga tools like asana, different connecting vinyasa, pranayama, mantra, mudra, yoga philosophy into a practice and is based on Vinyasa Krama, a system of progressions and preparation to serve the unfolding of our body and mind. It respects our own cycles and moods as well as nature's cycles and moods. The practice depends upon our own state of body/mind, the time of day we practice, the season we practice, the moon phase, our own personal cycles, moods, energy levels, our health. Spanda Vinyasa yoga method takes all into consideration to create different sequences that fit our different cycles, and create a practice that is healing and that supports one's own spiritual growth.