How and when did you get into yoga?
A friend brought me the Yoga book “Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha” back from his trip to the Himalayas in 1998. We’d been into spirituality for a while – searching for answers to all the big questions by reading Dalai Lama books and that sort of thing. Suddenly there was a way to get that deeper understanding I was looking for, but by using my body instead of my mind, by feeling instead of just thinking. Over the following five years I mixed all sorts of yoga styles. Then on medical advice I started Ashtanga to treat recurring childhood back pain. From there the light of Yoga just grew stronger and stronger for me, and it fixed my back too.
What do you do in your spare time?
Mostly I spend time with family and friends, but I also love reading while eating chocolate and since moving to Sweden have developed a love for coffee as well. I love to explore and go on adventures, so am often travelling or learning new languages. As a typical “Yoga dork” I spend time meditating and chanting, but I’m not a quiet person – I talk a lot, like really a lot, and probably ask too many questions, but I can’t help it.
What makes you happy?
I love that moment in a plane when it first lifts off the ground and it’s like time stops for a second. I love the first duck-dive of a morning surf when the cool water first touches your face. And when new green shoots first pop up out of the ground in the garden. I love it when you see a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while and you can’t stop smiling. I love inviting people over for coffee and snacks and having laughter echo around the house. And chocolate. I really really love chocolate.