Matías de Biedma
My first yoga practices were around 2007. At that time I had finished my university studies and had time to read about Buddhism, a topic I was truly interested in. But soon I realized that only reading would not take me to discover my inner world. After finishing my first Vipassana course, I started a daily Ashtanga Yoga practice and consider that moment the real beginning of my committed practice.
I’ve always been truly thankful to my teachers, I consider them really important in my path. They inspired me in different ways, they believed in me. They encouraged me to experience yoga within myself and that’s what I teach, only what comes from my own experience. Matthew Vollmer has been my guide on this path and each year I go to Mysore to practice with Sharath Jois at the KPJAYI.
I trust my practice, it reflects my own life. I choose it every day because it makes me more balanced and disciplined, plus it organizes me and it’s very energetically fulfilling. It’s my space, it’s my center. I would like to help others discover it because I know that just as it helped me to develop as a better person and a better teacher, it can also help others who practice and commit to it. Everybody deserves to get an opportunity to connect with their true Self.
Carola della Croce
I came across this practice in 2010 in Argentina, where I come from, looking for something to cope with the stress of my daily life. I was feeling very disconnected from my body, the people around me and myself but at the same time I was feeling something burning inside me, aching for some meaning in daily chaos.
This practice deeply transformed me and my whole life and I am forever grateful to it. I’ve developed a whole new different perspective on my body, my mind, my patterns and thus, on my relationships. Through this empowering practice, I discovered new layers of compassion and acceptance. I’m deeply committed to share its transformative power, the possibility of having a nurturing practice, intended to sustain a daily life and a new, honest and loving approach towards it.
Every year I go to Mysore in India to practice with Sharath Jois at the KPJAYI. I’m grateful for saying I’ve been practicing under Matthew and Carla Vollmer‘s guidance; a source of inspiration and teachers who remind me why I practice.
I first started practicing yoga in 2008 while living in Thailand. My curiosity for the Ashtanga tradition led me to my first Mysore class in early 2013 and my first travel to India where I encountered the Tibetan Buddhist tradition which deeply influenced me. Having moved back to Berlin to take up my Master degree in the field of Intercultural Conflict Management in 2014, I started practicing with my teacher Matthew Vollmer and since then have maintained a continuous practice. I was also fortunate to practice at the KPJAYI with Sharath Jois.
My daily practice has given me stability, joy and strength in daily life. Its meditative approach leads me to compassion, kindness and acceptance for myself and others. It brings me clarity of the mind and lightness of body. Assisting Matias and Carola during daily Mysore classes, which I have been doing since September 2017, allows me to share my love for the practice.
The first time I heard about Vipassana, and the force of this intense style of meditation, was during my travels through South America in 2012. The engaging stories impressed me, so much, that I registered for my first Vipassana course (S.N. Goenka) immediately. It was soon followed by another one in Israel. Since then, meditation has become an important element in my life. It encourages and steadies me in challenging situations.
In 2013, when I moved to Berlin in order to start my MA in Architecture, I was looking for a way to find a balance in my daily life. Immediately after the first yoga lessons, I could feel my tensions receding and a sense of inner peace returning. However, I still missed the possibility to practice at my own pace with the focus on my breath. So in 2014, I attended my first Ashtanga class with Matthew Vollmer, who was soon to become my teacher. Today, the process of inner growth, which emerges through a daily practice, positively affects how I deal with both others and myself. Since November 2016, I have started to assist my teachers daily, and I am currently learning how to teach Ashtanga in the Mysore tradition.