ALEXANDRA COLOMBO

My yoga journey started during my pregnancy, in 2007. I was amazed at how the practice helped me achieve a much needed physical, mental and spiritual balance during this wonderful period of my life.

Afterwards I noticed that yoga was giving me something that I had always yearned for, the ability to grow into a more compassionate, strong and balanced human being. In fact the more yoga classes I took part in, the more I discovered that the discipline of yoga had the power to soothe whatever my physical, mental, and emotional state may be. For me it seemed natural that the next step would be to share my passion with others, so with this in mind I enrolled in a 100H Anusara Immersion course in Bruxelles, under the guidance of Jayendra Hanley. During this time I stumbled across Jivamukti Yoga through a workshop in, of all places, Luxembourg! My love for yoga became my passion and the practice and teachings of the Jivamukti method became my vocation. In 2014 I stepped out of the world of business to become a Jivamukti Yoga Teacher. I completed my 300 hour Jivamukti Teacher Training in India in early 2015 and upon returning to Luxembourg I joined Dancing Kala Yoga Studio. In September 2016 I co-founded Yoga Palais. In March 2019 I co-founded Jivamukti Yoga Luxembourg, the first official Jivamukti center in Luxembourg. I became an advanced certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher in 2019. I am grateful to my family and to my children because of their deep love and support and to my teachers Sharon Gannon, David Life, Lady Ruth and Jules Febre who inspired me and compassionately accompany me on my path.

DR. MAGALI LEHNERS

My Yoga journey started in 1998, when a friend took me to my first yoga class during a stressful period of exams at high school. After that, I started to practise Yoga regularly.

Later, during my studies in Geography, Sociology and Ethnology in Heidelberg and Munich, I couldn’t let go of it and when I graduated, I travelled to India, eager to get to know the country where Yoga originated. There, in a Sivananda ashram in the Himalayas, I did my first Yoga teacher training course. Back in Munich, I discovered Jivamukti Yoga, in which I found my vocation and undertook Jivamukti teacher training. Since 2007, I have worked in Munich as an 800 hours certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher and became an advanced certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher in 2016. In 2014 I became co-founder of Dancing Kala Yoga in Luxembourg and Yoga Palais in 2016. In March 2019 I co-founded Jivamukti Yoga Luxembourg, the first official Jivamukti center in Luxembourg. Alongside my Jivamukti Yoga practice, I also took an Ashtanga teacher training course with David Swenson and Kidsyoga teacher training with Thomas Bannenberg. Furthermore, I have taken part in workshops and retreats all over the world. In tandem with this Yoga path, I studied for a PhD in Urbanism at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. I see Yoga as the best way to take care of oneself, to be stronger in every situation. Yoga gives us a feeling of security, because it helps us to be less influenced by the trivial things in life. We can become more independent through practicing Yoga, while the basis for the acceptance of ourselves as we are, with all anxieties and insecurities, is fortified. There have been many situations in my life, in which I had to make decisions either to grow and face a problem bravely or simply drop it. Yoga has helped me to make appropriate decisions, decisions more connected to myself. Through this, I have realised more clearly what I want and can easily act accordingly. In essence, Yoga gives us the rooting feeling that everything is good as it is. For this, I am grateful to all the teachers that have accompanied me to where I am now. And also to the little person who is probably my most important teacher: my daughter Lou Kali.

STEPH KNIGHT

Steph is a certified Yoga Teacher, Meditation Teacher and Holistic Therapist, she has been practicing since 2000 and teaching internationally since 2009. Steph undertook the Jivamukti Yoga Teacher training with Sharon Gannon and David Life in New York before completing an apprenticeship with Cat Alip-Douglas in London.

While continuing to study, practice and teach yoga, Steph is currently studying Psychology with a special interest in Existential Psychotherapy and Phenomenology. “My hope is that we collectively wake up to who we really are, becoming more authentic in our humanity, setting about living on this earth in a way that causes the least amount of harm possible, while becoming more realigned with nature. I believe that a committed Yoga practice and honest Self-enquiry, over time, enables us to directly experience the inter-connectedness of life while becoming gradually de-hypnotized from oppressive cultural norms and conditioning. Yoga teaches us to be courageous and kind, strong but also soft, to be flexible so as to not to become bent out of shape or broken – not just in our physical bodies but in our minds, hearts and attitudes. Yoga calls on us to let go of divisive world views and to come together in pursuit of common goals.” www.steph-knight.com

EMILIE DITTBERNER

My name is Emilie, I’m a certified multi style yoga teacher from the Trimurti Yoga school in Goa, India. I teach a variety of different styles of yoga classes revolving around Vinyasa which means harmonizing breath with movement.

My yoga journey started long before my physical yoga practice when I learned about mindfulness through books and people I met while travelling that really opened up my eyes to what truly matters in this Universe- connection, gratitude, love, empathy, surrender, trust were among some of the most powerful things I learned and try to incorporate into my every day life to live as fully and happily as possible. I started practicing yoga religiously when I was living in Cape Town, South Africa and had a side job mopping up the floor of a hot yoga shala just so that I could practice for free in return. I found what I had been looking for all my life right there on my mat, and it has transformed and defined my life ever since. Yoga for me is an integral and holistic practice. It’s so much more than just a physical sequence of movements, it’s a philosophy and a way to live your life. My purpose is to be your guide through your yoga journey and hopefully make you discover some of the same benefits yoga has brought to my life.

SARAH KETEMA

My name is Sarah and I am an avid Yin yoga practitioner who also dabbles in Hatha.

My functional yoga classes are carefully crafted to offer a range of modifications that accommodate all levels of practice. I place a strong emphasis on mindfulness and advocate for students to develop a home practice. Other than yoga, I am a fitness enthusiast, an amateur artist and keen cook.

ANNABEL STENDER

I started practicing Yoga after my usual fitness routine started to get boring. At that time I tried out different fitness classes like pilates, barre etc. which she found to be okay, but once I took my first yoga class I was completed hooked! I was fascinated by the holistic approach in yoga and I saw a lot of potential to improve my physical status. With time I also discovered the mental benefits of yoga.

After more than 5 years of practice I decided to complete a 200hr teacher training with INSIDE Yoga in Frankfurt. Nowadays yoga is an integral part of my life helping me to stay physically healthy and mentally balanced. The more I practice, the more I manage to adapt my practice to what my mind and body need in that current moment, turning the approach inside out and seeing the practice as a possibility to learn about myself and connect to what I need off the mat. I am originally from Düsseldorf, Germany and I hold a Masters Degree in Psychology. Currently I am working at the university of Trier as a part of my post graduate program to become a psychotherapist. My biggest passion in life is yoga but I also enjoy healthy vegetarian cooking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.