Team

Gabriele Meder

Yoga teacher certified by Lino Miele, AYRI, qualified biologist, naturopath with a focus on osteopathy
 
I started to practice yoga in 2003 and for 3 years I have been practicing different styles of yoga with different teachers. In 2006 I came into contact with   Ashtanga Yoga at a yoga conference and found the right method   for myself. I love the dynamic flow and sheer beauty of this practice and was able to experience the effectiveness for myself.
 
Not only my yoga experience but also my knowledge as an osteopath flow into my lessons. It is important to me to respect the individual limits of each body and to show a path to health and healing.

In 2013 I founded Ashtanga Yoga Basel to create a place where traditional knowledge can be passed on. In the past few years we have been able to win almost all known senior teachers for seminars and learn from the intensive exchange with them.

Christina Hug

I attended the first yoga classes during my studies, but the practice only became a part of my life after my stay in India. During the 6 years there I was able to spend several months in different ashrams, which is why the philosophy and cultural aspects of yoga have always been in the foreground for me.

My first Ashtanga teacher was Yamini Muthanna, who had studied in the Mysore tradition from BNS Iyengar, so he was also my first teacher in Mysore. An important part of the trip were various long-term trainings at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, where I was able to specialize in Vedic Chanting, among other things.

In the spring of 2018, I received authorization from my main teacher, R. Sharath Jois. Since I have benefited incredibly from his knowledge and experience, I try to organize my lessons in his interest. After many years in Berlin, I am now looking forward to getting to know and accompanying the students in the Ashtanga yoga studio in Freiburg.

Miriam Schlotter


Yoga teacher training (BdY-2 years), teacher in secondary school (sports, maths, French), degree in sports/business administration at the German University for Sports in Cologne, intensive mentoring and support by  Susanna Finocchi and Jens Bache, Copenhagen.

Since 1998 I have been practicing hatha yoga regularly and in 2000 I started training to become a yoga teacher with Dr. Christian Fuchs (BdY). In 2005 I discovered Ashtanga yoga and since then I have been practicing daily. I was lucky to find Susanna Finocchi and Jens Bache (Astanga Yoga Copenhagen) to go to and ask for advice regularly. Being a mother of two boys, it wasn't easy for me to go abroad for a long time. But with Susanna and Jens so close by, Katharina and I could fly to Copenhagen and Susanna and Jens could come to Freiburg to teach us and the yoga community in Freiburg on a regular basis. Susanna and Jens have given us guidance from the first moment onwards. I feel like this has rooted our shala in the Mysore tradition. Since 2011 we have been attending Sharath's workshops in Copenhagen. Finally, for the first time in 2014, I was able to go to the source, Mysore, and study with Saraswathi Rangaswamy. This time my family could come along as it was August and the kids were on holiday from school. In 2015, due to an illness, I could study and deepen my practice with Paramaguru R. Sharath Jois. 

Ashtanga yoga is intriguing to me especially because it is very structured and guides you in your daily life. Practicing the same sequence every day does not become boring and monotonous to me but instead I feel how intense and deep my practice has become over the years. My body has changed and I have become so familiar with the practice that I can say it is a kind of meditation for me. 

In April 2009 Katharina and I founded the Ashtanga Yogastudio Freiburg. It is supposed to give space to people interested in this demanding and highly beneficial from of yoga.

Katharina Krank

Teacher at High School (German, English), Master of Applied Linguistics, Intensive Support and Mentoring by Susanna Finocchi and Jens Bache (Astanga Yoga Copenhagen)

In 2008 I had the chance to travel to the source of yoga in Mysore, India, and study with Paramaguru R. Sharath Jois. The last class of my visit was a led class conducted by Guruji, Pattabhi Jois. Even today I remember how blessed I felt after this month. Since then I have been practicing daily. I kept practicing with Miriam and from 2007 onwards we were lucky to find Susanna Finocchi and Jens Bache from Copenhagen, who have been guiding us as friends and mentors for several years now. They encouraged us to deepen our connection with the source and thus we have been attending Sharath's workshops in Copenhagen every two years since 2011. Thanks to Susanna and Jens for making this happen. 

I gave birth to my daughter Alma in 2013 and eight months later I managed to return to Mysore with my family studying with Saraswathi Rangaswamy, Sharath's mother, for one month in August. It was a special time to be in Mysore with my family and this is why I really wanted to return. After my son was born, we went again as a family of four and this time I was blessed to be able to study under the guidance of R. Sharath Jois in January 2016. Especially being a mother has deepened my practice and more than ever I daily feel the need to be on my mat. 

For me, Ashtanga yoga is how I find balance and serenity for all the other areas of my life. It is so fascinating how the body develops with a regular practice, how your own limits are tested on the mat and then gradually transformed.  

I deeply look forward to sharing this experience with you! 

Caroline Sallawitz

Teachers Training (2013) Ashtanga Studio Berlin with Andrea Lutz
Teachers Training (2013) Manju "Primary Series"
Yoga therapy (2012) Yoga Academy Freiburg
Children's yoga teacher (2012) Yoga Academy Freiburg
Yoga teacher (2011) Yoga Academy Freiburg
Graduate engineer (FH) (2006) clothing technology

In 2006 I encountered yoga in the form of the sun salutation during my stay in Brazil. I completed my training as a yoga teacher, children's yoga teacher and yoga therapy at the Yoga Academy Freiburg in 2012. Inspired by my own Ashtanga practice, I completed a one-year teacher training course with Andrea Lutz in Berlin in 2013.
My son actually brought me to Ashtanga Yoga, which I started to practice in 2011. By offering childcare, I was able to practice yoga three times a week without any organizational stress. It quickly turned out that this yoga system corresponds exactly to my type and that it gives me access to a deep, authentic relationship with myself. Since then I have been practicing every day and am very grateful to have found professional guidance and support in Miriam Schlotter. Various workshops and training courses with Susanna Finocchi (Copenhagen) and Jens Bache, Andrea Lutz, Manju Pattabhi Jois (son of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois) and Saraswathi Jois (daughter of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois) enrich me on my way of traditional Ashtanga Yoga .
In addition to my personal Ashtanga practice, I regularly teach yoga in very different forms. Therapeutic yoga in individual sessions (room for yoga and meditation), yoga with people with mental disabilities (Caritas), children's yoga (Kinderladen e.V.), Hatha Yoga (Yoga Academy, Fitness Palast Bad Krozingen), and Vinyasa Yoga (Soma Yoga)
I am happy to pass on the diversity and diversity of Ashtanga Yoga in the Ashtanga Yogastudio Freiburg.