Beginning the Yoga Journey

In June, I will hop over to Koh Phangan and do the first 200 hours of the Yoga Teacher Training. While I am getting really excited and ready for that adventure, reading the required books and practicing with the best of the best here on Koh Tao (yes, you Cynthia), I am thinking back on how I got into Yoga. Believe me: back then I was the last person to become passionate about it!


But that was probably because I didn’t have a clue about Yoga, nor did many of the teachers I had along the way. Like most people, my first Yoga experience was useless  with a teacher who didn’t really know what she was doing herself. I did ballet for twenty years so what could Yoga possibly do for me? Increase my flexibility? If I wanted to increase my flexibility, I just needed to train harder. Yoga was just a very long and stretching session after all…

When I moved city a few years ago, I switched to a bigger dance school where they offered Yoga, Pilates and all sorts of other classes. So I gave it another try and began to enjoy it  as an addition as well as a change to all the dance classes. Thanks to my flexibility and basic strength, I was able to get into a lot of poses right away, which was very rewarding. There were some good teachers and some bad teachers.

If I had to name the one teacher, though, who really made me change my perspective of Yoga, who made me see more than the physical part and showed me other aspects of it was Susan Tomasko. She was and still is teaching once a week at the company I worked before I left Switzerland. Her approach was so different to everything I had experienced so far and I began to understand what Yoga was really about. Suddenly, I couldn’t wait for the next session cause, finally, I saw and felt the benefits, the challenges, the beauty of the practice. For the first time, I heard about Pranayama and the importance of the breath. For the first time, I was surrounded by people who did Yoga for Yoga’s sake and not for the workout. I started to take classes in her studio as well which was also my first time ever in an actual Yoga surrounding: it was warm, welcoming, full of like-minded people and I swear Buddha was there in spirit at all times. Before I knew it, I was even attending her amazing Kirtan sessions! One day, hopefully sooner rather than later, I will attend one of her retreats. If you’re looking for a Yoga teacher in Zurich, Susan is the real deal!

To be continued…

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