I was was born and raised in Basel, Switzerland, and began my ‘informal’ practice about 1984 and started the ‘formal’ practice of yoga in 1992.
My training has come through the long established Integral Yoga School as taught by Sri Swami Satchidananda.
I graduated as an Integral Yoga Teacher at the Satchidananda Ashram and Headquarters of Integral Yoga Institutes in Buckingham, Virginia, USA and have completed over 700 hours of teacher training. The training was styled in the traditional ancient model of ‘Gurukula’, living and working with fellow students under the instruction of yogic masters in a spiritual community. I am fully qualified to teach Hatha Yoga for Beginners, Intermediates and Advanced students, Pranayama (breath control) and Meditation and in addition to this I have also completed the qualification to teach Raja Yoga (Science of the mind/Yoga philosophy). Two of my main passions happen to be Raja and Jnana Yoga.
In my Hatha practice I have been through many transformations where I had to start from the beginning many times and looking to other yoga traditions and non yoga traditions in order to help me with the various challenges that I had to face. All this experience is contained in what I share.
I have the privilege of continuing my development and studies with my own personal practice, retreats, workshops and satsangs.
Since 2005 I have been studying extensively with Satyananda, a Self-realised master from the Ramana Maharshi lineage. His work inspires me enormously and guides me into a deeper understanding of who I am.
Since 2001 I have been teaching internationally as well as in a variety of UK settings like sports centres, local schools and prisons, and for drug and homeless oganisations.
In the past I taught autistic children, special needs young adults, olympic medal winners and I have also taught the England woman’s rugby team.
I have also had the great blessing to have received my spiritual name 'Siva' by Sri Swami Satchidananda (Gurudev) directly. The Swindon Centre is dedicated to all those who seek peace in the heart and to honour and continue the teachings.
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