How and when did you get into yoga?
I took my first yoga class in 2005 when I was training as a professional gymnast. I assumed that it was going to be some easy breathing exercises and simple stretches; but to my surprise, the class was really quite challenging. I was immediately drawn to yoga and started practicing whenever I could. Yoga gave me much more focus, balance, and flexibility, which greatly improved my gymnastics performance. At the time, I considered it as a supplement to my training, but I became much more involved in it after I retired from the sport. I no longer considered yoga as a supplement to a sport, but as a practice in and of itself. Yoga provided me the opportunity to get the physical challenge I was no longer getting from gymnastics, and with the added benefit of building my body up rather than breaking it down!
What do you do in your spare time?
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family: my sambo and my dog. We enjoy taking the dog for walks and on trips to the many dog parks around Malmö (his favorite is Ribersborgs Hundrastplats). Besides that, one of my biggest hobby is coffee. I enjoy reading about new cafés and coffee equipment, and I enjoy trying out new various coffees and brewing techniques. I also like to spend time learning about any number of subjects, spending a great deal of time reading at my computer, studying Swedish or French, or watching YouTube tutorials on how to knit. And always with a cup of coffee at my side.
What makes you happy?
I feel happy when I feel I’ve made a positive impact on someone. This is one of the largest driving forces that led me to becoming a teacher: I derive great joy when I can teach a student something, be it academic or physical. For example, I love it when I lead someone into a pose they had never done before, particularly if they never thought they could do it! Yoga is an incredible activity and can bring benefits to anyone and everyone, so when I play even the smallest role in bringing a positive yoga experience to a person or a class it makes me exceedingly happy!