The word “Aloha” has been interpreted in different ways, but it pretty much always implies peace, love, hospitality and compassion. To me, “Aloha” is a term that goes hand in hand with yoga, because “the spirit of aloha” is not so different from the yogic spirit. The word "namasté" in Sanskrit is sometimes translated as "the light within me, sees and honors the light within you," and in many ways the word "aloha" resembles this. If we are seeking a happier, more balanced life, we can let ourselves be Inspired by Aloha.
As a yoga teacher, my focus is on sharing the experience of yoga. Yoga is so much more than physical movement and postures, and it is important to me to incorporate the philosophical, spiritual and more “personal” aspects of yoga into the practice. I try to connect the dots between practicing on the mat (physical) and how we use yoga in daily life (philosophy/lifestyle). When it comes to the physical practice of asana, my focus is on finding a practice that is therapeutic for your body, mind and soul, and that suits your individual needs in that moment.
Teaching style: My classes draw on both Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga. I have taken teacher training with YogaWorks, and also trained with independent teachers who blend the two teaching styles, but all have in common that there is a focus on anatomically "correct", safe and therapeutic practice. We practice Surya Namaskar (sun salutations) to warm up the body and connect with our breath before we move into other asana (physical yoga postures). Correct alignment and practicing the asana slowly with attention and awareness is key in order to make the practice of yoga enjoyable, safe and therapeutic. I focus equally on the physical aspect (postures or asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama), as I do on the mental aspects through simple techniques of meditation and relaxation. The various exercises bring strength, flexibility, balance and relaxation to the body and mind. It is important to me that we practice in a way that is therapeutic for the body, mind and soul, so all exercises can be modified if necessary. I teach yoga philosophy and how we can connect our practice on the mat to our daily lives, relationships and lifestyle.
I love yoga. I think it is such a generous philosophy, lifestyle and activity (mentally and physically). From my experience it appears that most people who give yoga a chance (for example those who whole-heartedly go to a yoga class to learn what yoga is all about), become positively surprised about how much yoga can offer them. After just a few hours of yoga, many experience increased inner peace, better concentration and of course many of the physical benefits, such as increased flexibility/fluidity and strength.
I started practicing yoga in 1997, and since then yoga has become an important part of my life. I have a background as a professional athlete in windsurfing, kiteboarding and surfing, and yoga has always helped me toward balance between “extreme sports” and softer uses of my body, toward balance between competition and inner peace.
In 2007 I decided to let yoga have an even greater role in my life, and did a 200-hours Yoga Teacher Training with Nadia Toraman (who has been working as a yoga teacher since the 90s and is a student of Chuck Miller/Maty Ezraty/Yogaworks). In February 2016 I completed my +300 hours with YogaWorks (with mentors Anne Van valkenburg and Kari Katsimpas), so that I am a "E-RYT 200, RYT-500" with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT= Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher). I have also attended other teacher trainings and intensives with experienced yoga teachers Chuck Miller/Maty Ezraty and Eddie Modestini/ Nicki Doane. From 2007 to 2011 I ran my own little yoga-school in Tahiti, French Polynesia. Now I teach weekly classes and hold yoga workshops and retreats. After close to 17 years abroad I moved back to Norway in 2011 with my family. After 6 years in Norway, we are moving back to warmer climates; Fuerteventura (Canary Islands) will be our home from November 2017. My aim is to spread peace, happiness and gratitude for yoga.
I have classes for all levels and ages.
Available upon demand:
- Private one on one classes (Online through Skype or on location in Oslo or Fuerteventura)
- Private groups (Fuerteventura)
- Workshops (various locations)
- Classes in your home/work place/ desired location (Fuerteventura)
- Yoga retreats in some of the world´s most beautiful and serene places.