I like to compare all living beings on Earth as more or less refined diamonds – unique. Through all of life’s journeys, each individual’s unique aspects are common to everyone. I discovered that my process of refining remains ongoing which means living life to the fullest while always integrating new experiences and trying to shine as bright as possible. By following an open door policy with life and especially having incorporated Yoga & Ayurvedic principles and practices, I bring better health, more serenity and even more joy into my life. At this point I would like to share a bit about my life journey…
This process began in 1981, when I was born in a little town in Germany and raised in a beautiful natural environment, riding horses and always being connected to nature. That innate link was slightly lost through the general conditioning of education and the idea of seeking security – a path that led into Frankfurt’s finance industry. Seeking more fairness, solidarity, sustainabilty, cooperation instead of competition, and peace in a globalized world always has been a concern of mine that resulted in my volunteer work with MATI NGO, a non-governmental organisation focusing on alleviating extreme poverty in Bangladesh. Shifting between these two seemingly extreme worlds, I more consciously discovered my true needs and values. While serving my individual needs – a simple, convenient, happiness-maximizing and good life – I feel a sense of responsibility towards helping the poor and creating real impact.
The career that could appease my seeking for gretater purpose in life, started with the practice of yoga in 2010. During vacations somewhere by the sea -always traveling alone- I perfectly could connect to myself, to places and to exceptional people that deeply inspired me. These experiences let me rediscover my innate desire to be in and around nature and brought me in closer contact to my own inner nature and purpose. To extend this me-time, I kissed the bank job goodbye in 2014 and gave up what I called my cozy home in order to experience another reality. I then spent ½ year in South America where my spiritual journey more consciously began to unfold. During my 1st yoga teacher training in Cusco, Peru I felt more connected as my values aligned with those of the other yogis than compared to the crowd back home. Being again on horseback in Bolivia also helped me to restore my value system. A conviction of “everything is here to serve you” and a feeling of coherence grew strong during these months in South America. I have to express how grateful I am for the opportunity to meet all the naturally openhearted people and experiences. It helped me thrive and marked a distinctive turning point in my life.
I began teaching yoga, and it was just natural for me to start a “sustainable” business that would rather fulfill a “wellbeing for all” approach matching my intrinsic values. Not too creative but with a passion for food and love for cows, I had the idea to produce Dulce de Leche with milk from regional happy cows to support local farmers. Other dimensions of sustainability were deliciousness, general food transparency, bypassing wholesale in the supply chain and especially the social mission attached to it: part of the profits supported the NGO MATI in Bangladesh. Unfortunately, “happy” cows and regional organic farming hardly exist anymore – a bitter truth. I am still willing to make a difference despite my beloved “ArgenTines Dulce de Leche” is not being commercially available anymore. It was a good experience and taught me the challenges of social entrepreneurship.
Through an ‘on and off’ relationship with a job in commercial banking that finally came to an end in 2018, I better understood my perceived inner and outer conflict between a corporate and spiritual career: everything is here to teach us something. I appreciate that the corporate job served a higher purpose to fulfill and realize my higher values: space and time to get in touch with my authentic inner Self. Furthermore, I am continuously motivated to make a living supporting an idea with an environmentally and socially responsible “wellbeing for all” approach rather than a profit-focused way to make a decent living.
Always doing, striving 24/7 and our general “busyness” make health, relationships and wellbeing suffer. We as a species seem to have lost touch with ourselves – lost touch with our ability to listen to our bodies, minds, and hearts. I feel our modern way of life due to “busyness” and unhealthful nutrition disconnects us from life energy sources important to properly nurture the body, mind and spirit. That’s why Ayurlign – aligning with life – by applying ancient wisdom in modern times makes so much sense to me.
As I integrated Yoga and Ayurveda principles naturally into my life and observed the benefits that came in the form of health, happiness, vitality and joy, I love to share my knowledge and passion of these ancient healing techniques with everyone who seeks greater fulfillment and alignment with life. I want to cultivate awareness to develop true intelligence – within myself and others – for more love and compassion in our inner and outer worlds – for the wellbeing of all.
Love, go with the flow, live and enjoy,