As far as I can remember I have been fascinated by what it means to be human, by who we are and how we are. By how we experience life and how experiences shape us. I studied psychology, sociology and political philosophy because I wanted to get as many angles on what moves us, shapes us and informs us.
As far as I can remember I have always given massages. My parents at first, their hands, feet, heads, backs, friends, family friends, people I got to know through my travels, my studies, my wanderings in life. Getting in contact with someone, with their body and through that easing tensions, being curious about what is going on in and with them has always been an integral part of my life.
So that is the origin of why I do what I do, I guess. My curiosity for the experience of being human.
The beauty of it is that I have learnt so much about myself through those studies and experiences. I have learnt to recognise how and why I get affected by what, how and why I resonate with some people, some places, some experiences and ideas more than others. I have learnt how all that affects how I evolved, how I behave, how I think. I have learnt, most of the times, to choose that which is good for me, to understand how to work with myself.
My practice of yoga has also sculpted my understanding and approach. I experienced deeply inside of my own body how it could release not only pains and discomforts of a physical nature, but also how moving, and through experiencing movement, I could come in contact with emotions and thought patterns held within. Yoga has been a very profound healing tool on the level of the body, the mind, the heart and the soul. It has made it possible to uncover hidden/buried memories and feelings, to challenge my perception of what I can and can’t do. And of course, it has helped me fine tune my senses, my awareness of how I am feeling, of what is going on for me at the time. It has brought me strength and conscious flexibility.
And so I do what I do because I want to share those gifts, those experiences, those ‘aha’ moments.
Through my practices I reconnected to a sense of curiosity for life, and myself, that I wish to help others cultivate. Curiosity is a state with which we are naturally born, and a state that makes life much more enjoyable, much more fruitful, much more engaging. It helps to reengage with aspects of ourselves that are difficult. It helps to shift relationships with ourselves and others, and the world at large.