My name is Victoria and I am a Swedish-born, Berlin-based yoga teacher. I am also a writer and a reiki practitioner. Curious. About people. The body. Psychology. Mystical experiences.

I am a feminist, a Sagittarius, a Pitta, a friend, sister, daughter and dog lover.

 

I went to my first yoga class in 1995 or 1996. I explored different styles, teachers and studios in New York City, where I then lived. But it wasn’t until year 2000 when Go Yoga opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that I got truly hooked. In the coming years yoga helped me through 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, stormy break-ups and the general chaos in my life. It was a safe haven for me. I realized quickly that yoga would become a big part of my life. In spring/summer of 2007 I completed my 200-hour Yoga Alliance-certified teacher training in New York. Then I moved to Stockholm and started teaching there. I relocated to Berlin in 2009. And in 2010 I did a Yin Yoga teacher training with Ulrica Norberg.

 

I have also studied with many renowned teachers such as Ana Forrest, Sharon Gannon & David Life, Lino Miele, Doug Keller and Eddie Stern.

 

And I have stayed at ashrams for long periods of time. Done a lot of Vipassana-meditation. Studied Ayurveda. I have led many yoga retreats. In Italy, Germany, Spain and Sweden. I have also taught in South Africa and India. 

 

For me the mental and spiritual effects of yoga are way more interesting than the physical ones. Of course it’s great to become strong and flexible, and to be able to heal hurts and imbalances. But ultimately, the practice is about ending suffering. If the practice isn’t improving the overall quality of your life, if it isn’t making you happier, then I don’t see the point. Of course, change doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time. I don’t believe in shortcuts.

 

As far as my classes go, expect an experience, a highly curated event. As music is one of the highest most mystical forms of art, and one of my passions, I take pride in crafting interesting soundtracks, although every now and then I may choose silence. Expect a challenging yet non-competitive vibe, lots of hands-on assists and a framework for BEING. HERE. NOW. Experience yin and yang. Darkness and light. 

 

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