My first love was running, I competed in Triathlons and running events. Along the way around 2008 I came in touch with Hatha Yoga and found that it blended well with running and with the breath, so I began to integrate yoga more and more into my life. I attended yoga fasting retreats and realized that I needed to deepen my knowledge in order to become a yoga teacher. In 2012 I completed a yoga teacher training course in Sivananda Yoga at Yoga Vidya and in 2013 I returned to Yoga Vidya for a Ayurveda Panchakarma Retreat. After becoming exposed to Ayurveda which a sister science to yoga I knew it would be useful to include some Ayurvedic guidelines into my personal life and into my classes also.
In 2014 I travelled to California to an intentional community called Mount Madonna Center to participate in their 3 month Yoga, Service and Community program.
Here I first came in contact with classical Ashtanga Yoga as taught by the master yogi Baba Hari Dass, a silent monk, now 94 years old, who began practicing yoga before he was a teenager.
This eight limbed yoga (Ashtanga) is a complete system with all the foundational practices as well as the advanced practices of concentration, meditation and ultimately liberation from all suffering.
In 2015 I returned to California to continue with a one year supplement in Ashtanga Yoga completing the 300 hour Yoga Teacher training, with a emphasis on self study (Swadhyaya), and I participated in some workshops on Ayurveda taught by visiting Ayurvedic Acharyas.
Though I have given up running at this time I very much enjoy walking and biking. I lead a simple and disciplined life. I’m open and interested in all life stories. I will continue to deepen my education and practice and hope create and become part of a small group of sincere seekers and practitioners.
Namasté, Ulrike Meyer Aguirre