Practicing Yoga is one of the few constants in my life. It remains in the center, holding all the pieces together, reminding me of how, and who, I really am once I step on the mat.
I grew up in a small village in Germany and, after high school, started working in an all-women’s gym. I became certified in Spinning, Group Fitness, and Personal Training. Fascinated with Anatomy and Physiology, I chose to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy, and started working for professional sports teams in soccer, volleyball, women’s hockey, and American football leagues. While working for the football team, I met Dan, who was the Quarterback. We started dating and I moved to America in 2002 to marry my best friend. Professionally, my degree from Germany would not transfer and was not accepted so I chose to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the College of Charleston.
Yoga became part of who I am and how I viewed the world. Overwhelmed with all the changes in my life, I began to become aware of how my coping skills were very self-destructive. Yoga helped me to slowly let go of self-sabotage and to this day keeps me in balance. With my teachers’ encouragement, I completed Yoga Teacher Training with Blue Turtle Yoga in 2007, and also became certified as a Ayurvedic Nutritional Coach.
Recently, I developed a class format called Bodycology, in which I combine different workout modes like Pilates, Yoga, martial arts, plyometrics, and strength training, with lifestyle and nutritional tips and spiritual inspiration. You can find these tips also on Facebook, on my page under ‘my holistic coach’.
I love what I do and my intention is to guide my clients towards living in the present moment, as the best version of themselves, fulfilling their life’s purpose and living life to their fullest potential.
In my teens, I experienced a lot of abuse which left me disempowered, ashamed and drove me into addictions. An undiagnosed underactive thyroid caused enormous weight gain and depression, and I struggled for years with body image and self-esteem. I lived in a victim state for many years and still do at times. To me, recovery is a daily process and Yoga is my therapy, and the place where I can connect with God.
In my private life, I love to goof around as much as I like to have deep, meaningful conversations. I love to play, laugh, and be with my husband Dan. For fun, I love to hang out with friends, travel, write, cook, or play music. My favorite weekend action is a yoga class in one of the amazing local studios, a great home cooked meal with Dan, and hanging out with friends for some backyard games, or beach volleyball.
My next goal in life is to finish and publish my cookbook and to teach workshops combining Bodycology and YesUMay Cookie tasting, a company created by my best friend Ashley. Dan and I plan on moving into a spacious home to make babies and fill the house with joy and laughter! And as much as I believe in manifestations, I also believe in God as the ultimate guide.