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.
Matias de Biedma
I was quite a skillful sporty kid who found himself being at ease at any of them, but it wasn’t until I discovered surf in my early teens that I lost interest in competitive sports. The ocean, the contemplation in between waves, and the action of nature calmed my mind; I could feel there was a connection to something bigger. Surf woke something inside me I would keep searching for years later. I tried adventures and trips, setting up and achieving goals but it would only bring some ephemeral happiness. Something inside myself kept asking me to keep on searching until I found meditation. Being determined as I am, it was not easy: my body, which had been so athletic, couldn’t sit for not even 20 minutes, and my knees were bursting with pain. This is how I understood that I needed something to help my physical body to sustain my meditation practice. That’s how I got to know Hatha Yoga and eventually Ashtanga Yoga. After some years of practice and having experienced its benefits, I began to teach this method in 2012 with Matthew Vollmer as my guide. After several trips to Mysore (the source of Ashtanga Yoga), I received authorization Level 2 from Sharath Jois in 2019. Today I am still first and foremost a student, but I have also discovered that being of service and bringing some light to other people is very gratifying. I am grateful for the different teachers I had along my path and also for the students who continue to teach me every day. The greatest gratitude goes to my wife and my daughters who are my pillar on this path.
Carola della Croce
This practice deeply transformed me and my whole life and I am forever grateful to it as it opened up a new 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. This is why I’m committed to transmitting 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 in 2019 to teach from my teacher Sharath Jois, who I study with 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.
My yoga journey began while finishing my studies at the University of Art and Design (HfG) in Offenbach, Germany in 2009.
I started a daily, traditional Ashtanga practice under certified teacher Lucia Andrade, and soon after made my first trip to Mysore, India to study under Guru R. Sharath Jois. Finding the experiences so profound, I have continued to go back almost annually.
In 2016 I received level 2 authorization from Guru R. Sharath Jois.
Before moving to Berlin in 2018, I taught at Ashtanga Yoga Frankfurt, the place where my own practice began. In January 2019 I had the privilege to assist my teacher R. Sharath Jois in Mysore, India.
I am deeply grateful to my teachers who guide and support me on that path.
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.