the founder of Shakti yoga retreat center
I grew up in an environment where everyone believes that happiness is all about material success and money
My parents and teachers passed to me the illusion that a great career would guarantee a great life. This mental program was my only motivation driver for many years ahead. Thankfully, since the age of 14, I had started to play the guitar and sing. Singing was my great passion, because it was my self-expression and helped me to connect with others.
After school came the University, a Masters degree in Finance and immediately my first job in a Multinational Bank. I successfully went up this career ladder for almost 20 years without a break. Though, regardless external success, my heart was calling for help. I had no idea what to do, to stop this inner pain and disappointment.
I thought there was something wrong with me. How could I be so unhappy while having all this?
Through the years, my family fell apart, I was suffering of depression, stress and anger. My job no longer served as an anchor in my life and I realised, that I had set the wrong priorities. Change in me (and not in others) was needed.
This is when yoga and meditation came into my life. I was so confident about the change ahead, that I was waking up very early to practice before going to work. I gave away my TV set. I decided to leave behind my drink-friends and move on, to create the space for new people to come in my life. My Yoga practice gained more and more focus, it gave me a lot of power and a fresh direction.
My first realisation in Yoga: Myself and my mind are two separate things. The mind is full of programs and stories, all of which are not serving the true Self.
My executive job in the Banking system became increasingly meaningless to me. I realised how it was consuming my vital energy, without serving any noble purpose. I wanted to go deeper in the spiritual exploration and I began to visit Ashrams in Europe and India. I could feel my life changing already. When you start to understand yourself, you also understand and connect with others. We are One Consciousness that is having different experiences.
From childhood, my mind was programmed with beliefs about what is abundance and how we need to work hard to make money. It’s a trap.
I know very well how it feels to be running after money and material desires that offer a short pleasure. Your heart is sad and angry inside, shouting for freedom. You try to silence it with alcohol, antidepressants and having a good time with -so called- friends.
One day, like in a flash, I managed to overcome my mental loop-fear of unemployment. Being free from fear, after a while I resigned, while at the peak of my Banking career.
Everyone said I was crazy, but I was happy and excited for my new beginning. Honestly, it was the best decision I ever made!
The biggest problem with change is, that our mind is too attached to the old familiarities. This is falsely presented as insecurity and fear of tapping into the unknown. We lack the trust in our Self and life. But with the support of daily practice and full intention, it is possible to change your vibration, the state of your mind.
When you come close to your heart, your reality changes. The heart is the seat of your true free will.
I learned to trust the universal forces, by understanding that in the end, we do not really control what is happening. Yes, we have free will, but the daily flow and every decision we make, is driven by our subconscious messages and programming. It now sounds funny, but I used to think I could consciously control my life. Nevertheless, my decisions are nowadays far less fear-driven than five years ago.
How can we learn to make adjustments in our subconscious? This is exactly what we will show you in the Shakti Yoga Emotional Detox Retreat.
A window to more awareness, a passage to the subconscious programming, a chance to make changes. Shakti Yoga and the Emotional Detox retreat, gives an opportunity for transformation and empowerment. It is a hub for connecting with the lost power of your heart, a safe anchorage for cultivating self-awareness and self-love.
The universe brought me to Koh Phangan, to create this space for everyone that is longing for self-healing and happiness, coming from inside.
It is the perfect environment to make a real pause, to evaluate where you stand and get really powerful insights. Here you will remember how to trust again.
And here I am, a year later after my first visit on this magical island, with a team of wonderful healers and – as I call them – change facilitators. We have created Shakti yoga retreat center (Shakti in Sanskrit means the energy of manifestation). A safe space for you, where you will connect with your inner guidance.
To you, who has arrived at the dead-end or at the plateau, recovering from a crisis or want a new chance in life, I can say Yes, you can manifest it. Because I have done it and so, you can do it also.