When I began my Yoga journey due to back problems and a need to de-stress after a long day at work, I had no idea that Yoga would change my world profoundly.
That all changed in 2012, when I found my world shattering due to life events that challenged me on a very deep level. After attending a Suncokret Retreat, led by co-founder Evening-Marie, I made the decision to sign up for a Yoga Teacher Training Course in India with Evening’s beloved Yoga Teacher, P.K. Saji; founder of Vasishta Yoga Research Foundation in Kerala, India. From then on my life was not the same any more.
Saji is a wonderful and profound Yoga teacher, who is not only conveying the typical contents of a Yoga Teacher Training like Asanas and Pranayama but also the depths of Mantra chanting and Yoga Philosophy with the knowledge, that we are all Brahman, divine beings, on our path. Together with Shajesh, who is teaching the Tantric techniques like the Gayatri mantra or how to use a Japa Mala, they are giving a lot of insight, which you usually don`t learn in a Western Teacher Training. And what is especially important is the Gurukala, where the students live near their Teacher in the same Ashram for one month. In this case the beautiful Chinmaya Ashram, the birthplace of Adi Shankaracharya in Kerala, where you also learn a lot about Indian people and their traditions.
In 2014 and 2016, I returned to Saji to study and complete training in the Intregrated Approach to Yoga Therapy and, in February 2017, I completed Saji’s Advanced Yoga Teacher training course. For me, the trainings with Saji and Shajesh have opened up the spiritual pathway behind the practice. They have helped me grow as a human and spiritual being and heal at the same time.