WE’RE A FAMILY-RUN ASHTANGA YOGA SHALA
Our purpose is to nurture a space where people can heal and grow individually and ultimately bring forth that change into our community.
This is what we call a home shala.
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 looking for something to cope with the stress of my daily life. I was feeling disconnected from my body, the people around me, and myself. 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 committed to transmit it in the same way it was given to me, so as to enable others to experience it and transform with it.
I’ve received authorization Level 2 to teach from my teacher Sharath Jois, who I study with at the KPJAYI in Mysore, India. I’m grateful for saying I’ve been practicing under Matthew and Carla Vollmer‘s guidance since 2010; a source of inspiration and teachers who remind me why I practice.
I’ve broadened my studies into Ayurveda and anatomy of movement. I have a special fondness for mantra chanting and yoga philosophy, which I studied with Dr. Jayashree in Mysore, in all my trips I’ve made so far to India.
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 teach with them.
I discovered this practice during a very strange period of my life when I made a pause in my career in Finance. Quickly I found out that being in silence, breathing, and moving started bringing deeper transformations apart from the physical changes in my body. I felt new layers opening up to my own self. Something that started as a hobby, deeply but naturally transformed my life.
I cultivate a daily practice under the guidance of Matias and Carola and since 2021, I’m deepening my learning by assisting them in the shala to share the love to this method. I’ve also made trips to Mysore to study with Sharath Jois and in 2022, I took the two-month-long 300 hs Intensive Ashtanga Training under the guidance of Tim Feldmann and Kino McGregor in Miami.
It never occurred to me I would be so in love with repeating the same thing every day, and finding that every time, it changes. This truly amazes me about this practice, and how this is a powerful reflection of life.
I started practicing yoga in my teens, and got more serious about it as I grew older. In time, I discovered the power of yoga as a therapy, as a lifestyle, and as a calling.
Since 2020 I’ve been teaching yoga in Berlin, after doing a teacher training in Rishikesh, India. Since 2021, I have been assisting Bárbara Macías in the Mysore room, and I am deeply grateful for her guidance and that of all the teachers that have been a part of my path, including Matías and Carola. Currently, I am taking Body Psychotherapy studies to broaden my knowledge.