Yoga on the mat and off the mat... Yoga classes and yoga workshops in Spain: Marbella, Estepona, in Sweden & around the world.
Petra took her first Hatha yoga class in 2001 in the United States. She was told it would help for the extreme pressure she felt at work and help ease the physical tension that she experienced in the whole body. She claims that after the first class it was like 'coming home'. She was amazed how her life and attitudes was changing so dramatically 'just because a little bit of breathing and moving around'. Each class was a journey, more interesting and rewarding than anything else she had experienced.
She continued training with well known teachers in the states and after moving to Spain she continued her studies and started an apprenticeship to become a teacher.
She is a Yoga Alliance certified Hatha and Raja Yoga teacher, and has been teaching since 2005. Her trademark is an energizing workout, which combines graceful movements with powerful breathing and a focused gaze. Working with all students abilities, she helps to create a personal yoga program suited for each individuals needs.
Petra has studied with teachers of Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara and Raja Yoga. Raja Yoga, the Science of the Mind, brings yoga to our everyday life and not only on the mat, so students can align not only the physical body but also their heart and soul. Petra teaches in English, Spanish and Swedish.
Classes can be found from Estepona to Marbella. Workshops and retreats are currently recurring in Spain, Sweden, Norway, Sri Lanka and India.
Read also about Yoga Benefits ›› and Yin Yoga ››
Group classes offer a lovely mix of your own energy along with others. Yoga means to unite, and by attending the group classes we unite not only with ourselves, but with other people. And sometimes it pushes us to make it to the mat which sometimes is the hardest part.
MONDAY Slow Flow 19.00–20.15 • Guadalmina Alta and Zoom
WEDNESDAY Yin Yoga 19.00–20.15 • Ananda Mandira Yoga San Pedro and Zoom
Private Yoga sessions and private Zoom classes can be useful:
In private instruction, your class will be created based on your needs that specific day depending on inner and outer circumstances.
One day and two day workshops are held in Marbella, Norway and Sweden throughout the year. In the workshops we cover philosophy by digging deeper into the Sutras (verses) by the old Indian sage Patanjali alongside with a Vinyasa Flow class with focus on certain openings of the body. We always finish with deep relaxation and a short meditation.
PRIVATE RETREATS in Estepona, South of Spain. This is open for a very small group of 1-4 people. You will be guided by Petra in meditation, daily Hatha classes and plenty of time on your own. Massage, cooking classes and Life coaching is available upon request. Doubt, cloudy thinking and confusion subside to clarity of mind and an open and gentle heart.
Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort, Beruwala, Sri Lanka
COALESCING WITH THE UNIVERSE
Let us return to our blueprint of a healthy body and a peaceful mind. Daily Yoga and ayurvedic treatments will remind us of who we really are, and leave our conditioned mind and body behind us. Join Petra for this transformative Yoga and Ayurveda retreat in the world renowned Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort in Sri Lanka. This is your chance to disconnect and reconnect with your ‘prana' (or the life force energy) to help you release tension and blockages throughout your body and mind in order to create more space to connect with yourself from the physical to the deepest spiritual level of your being.
In this workshop we will move towards a complete realization and acceptance of that we ARE enough, we HAVE enough and we DO enough.
There will not be much ”fixing” us, nor the pose. Noone likes to be fixed. Instead we will quiet the mind, become still even when we move, and move from external hearing to internal listening.
That way the alignement can bloom from within instead of forcefully take a shape we "believe" is true.
Come and enjoy yoga, lovely healthy snack break and the calming spirit of Shanti Som.
During these 4 days we will work dynamically in the morning and mixing playfulness with precision and breath.
"The afternoon/evening classes will consist of Yin Yoga, Pranayama (breath work) and Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation) all while we discuss interesting topics such from Bhagavad Gita and Patanjalis Sutras.
In between our practice there will be yummie vegetarian food and also plenty of free time for hiking, being and resting.
Read my blog on the importance of finding time to retreat ››
For me the list of benefits is infinite, but can also be described with just one word: Space. Yoga creates space in the physical body so aches and discomfort may have more freedom to move around, which leads to ease. It also creates space emotionally, in your heart, so you can leave old and unresolved situations and feelings behind and welcome new more healthy patterns. Ultimately it creates space in your mind, so silence can enter, clarity will arise and perfect actions can be taken.
I have found that the benefits of yoga are continuously unfolding and as I dive in deeper into my practice, the benefits are constantly changing as well. It is almost like the result is adapting and finding exactly where it needs to go into your life or body at that specific time and space in your life. Yoga is a science that has been practiced for thousands of years. According to these ancient theories, they claim that body, mind and soul are deeply connected and that has now finally also been proven by modern medicine. They often group the benefits into three different categories-physical-emotional and mental. Yoga builds bridges not only connecting ourselves with all different aspects and parts of ourselves, but most importantly also with all living beings around us. In our practice we disconnect, but only to reconnect as the final goal.
Physically the main benefits are increasing flexibility, increasing lubrication of joints, ligaments and tendons as well as massaging of all major organs. Muscles get toned and we receive a complete detoxification. Other physical benefits are as well:
Emotionally we can let go of unsettling emotions such as anger, disappointment and fear. We learn to know who we are and grow to love and accept ourselves, with all our strengths and weaknesses. Mood stabilizes, our attention grows steadier and our heart is opening towards unconditional love and compassion.
Mentally we are getting to know ourselves and our limits, how to re-wire our mind and thoughts to be able to control them. We are realizing that we can observe ourselves and others, to tune in and tune out so we can move from a reacting state of mind towards a responding state of mind. Instead of blaming others, feeling overwhelmed by certain tasks and situations, we move towards self-realization, responsibility and a sense of acceptance of each moment each time connecting more and more to the inner core of ourselves.
All the above are as I see it great side-effects. The true benefit is to find peace, acceptance and freedom. This way we can live an easeful, peaceful and useful life, serving ourselves, our families and our community.
Most forms of Yoga practiced today are Yang, they emphasize muscular movement and contraction. By contrast Yin Yoga targets the connective tissue, such as tendens and ligaments of the hips, pelvis and lower spine. Yin postures are held three to five minutes at a time. This type of practice complements the more muscular styles of Yoga and is a great aid for learning to sit in meditation. Yin yoga will make your Yang yoga stronger and healthier.
Petra organizes Yin Yoga Workshops throughout the year as a compliment to the more dynamic classes where muscles are strengthened and lengthened.
'I came to cross paths with Petra by absolute chance... Petra has that beautiful, positive and calmed approach in her classes and I did enjoy the experience to the fullest.
'Efter 8 år med Petra och hennes yoga, har jag inte bara blivit välmående, utan även fått extra innehåll i livet'.
'Dear Petra, thanks for your sharing your knowledge and yoga experience. It helped towards giving me a lovely holiday experience.'
'Yoga with Petra has been an incredible experience for me. I'm stronger, more flexible and know myself so much better. She has a special gift and I feel so privileged to have learned from her'.
'Yoga med Petra har gitt meg et nytt liv og er den beste investeringen jeg noen gang har gjort! Føler at jeg har fått mye bedre fokus på dagens gjøremål, mann og barn sier at mor er mere i balanse.
'Thank you so much for the joy, love and playfulness you have shown me in yoga. I could not wait for the night to pass for your morning classes. I have learned so much from you...'
'Petra, thank you for amazing hours on the mat. We have learned so much from you. You are very wise and inspiring'.
'Petra, I have enjoyed your classes so much and I feel I have regained a lot of my strength and flexibility'.
'Det ar lätt att älska yoga när man landar i Petra’s yoga värld......'
'How amazing Petra is as a yoga teacher! She has watched and learnt how my body is able to do yoga poses and has stretched me to my limits which no other teacher has done'.
'Thank you Petra for the beautiful classes and the lovely energy you give to them. Keep me posted on upcoming workshops.'
'I enjoyed your classes and you really 'softened' me up, thank you for all and hope I can continue taking them in the future. You taught me to soften and stretch open my heart. You are a wonderful teacher.'
'Petra, through her experience, knowledge and talent creates a a yoga class which is challenging for the body while at the same time soothing for the soul'.
'Travelling a lot, I tried almost every yoga teacher in the world. The morning classes are not always easy for me, but I fell in love with the calm, warm and welcoming manner of your sessions'.
'I have attended several Petra's wonderful workshops. I have really enjoyed Petra's gentle, fun and supportive manner. My husband came to a workshop when he was just starting his yoga journey and felt comfortable, enjoying the experience thoroughly. Petra is an accomplished yoga teacher, who has an amazing energy. I can highly recommend her classes.'
'What can I say.... Petra we started our journey together nearly 10yrs ago! I am a different person now. Your approach to yoga has taught me and inspired me. I see the world differently, I use my body with so much more consideration and care. You have taught me calm and to listen to my mind. You have taught me control by being on the mat and breathing, flowing. I never thought yoga would work for me.. Now it is me. Thank you'.
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