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 in India, 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, who granted me Authorization Level 2 to teach the ashtanga yoga method as it is.
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.
I’ve received authorization to teach (Level I) by my teacher Sharath Jois, who I study with every year since 2016 at the KPJAYI in Mysore, India. 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.
In early 2016 after years of studying Jazz guitar, I stumbled upon the Ashtanga method, merely as something to improve my singing and unwind my body which was very crooked from years of inadequate playing position. Immediately after my first Mysore class I knew there was much more than the great healing benefits of it, a broader view of myself and others, and how from just breathing and silence I can reach others wholeheartedly. Also, I’ve been able to deepen in this practice through the Reiki healing method -Usui lineage- passed on to me by my mother in 2009.
Carla and Matthew Vollmer were the ones to show me the first touching stones on this way, and still continue to do so. Now Carola and Matias kindly and lovingly guide and support me day-in-day-out. I’m very happy to have the opportunity to assist them daily in the Mysore room.