By Tatjana Mesar, a founder of Dynamic Mindfulness
"Through my years of studying and practicing yoga, meditation and shiatsu, I came to perceive the body as a continuum of experiences. The body doesn’t really begin or end anywhere.
I teach my students to step out of logical, compartmentalized thinking and into an experiential journey. The pose is not ‘a form to achieve’, but an expression of a journey.
I've created Dynamic Mindfulness school of yoga as a contemporary fusion of holistic asana flow, mindfulness meditation and applied anatomy of postures, movement and breathing for the modern body.
Holistic movement from the core (hara) enables one area to support another, intelligently moving from place to place and expressing mindfulness in motion. The way we align the body mirrors and affects the way we align in the mind, heart, our relationships and life.
I truly believe that, in order to practice Yoga authentically, we need to inquire, understand and appreciate where we come from as Westerners. Dynamic Mindfulness school of yoga encourages in-depth study of ancient teachings in the context of contemporary Western culture. Emulating Eastern traditions (including culture and folklore) without critical thinking can lead to a ‘misaligned’ identity.
There is no right or wrong way to be.
I've founded this school on the principles of non judging – the way things are is the way they should be at this particular moment – everything happens due to certain causes and conditions. The Dynamic Mindfulness perspective is centered in Buddhist philosophy, ethics and methodology. From there, it offers comparative perspectives on Yoga.
You don’t need to be a Buddhist to practice or teach the Dynamic Mindfulness style of Yoga or to benefit from the effects of this practice – such a decision should come from a deep personal resonance with its teaching and path.
By relying on one’s own strengths and trusting our inherent human potential for awakening, we can take our lives into our own hands. We become the creators of our lives, instead of being victims of circumstances."
Thank you so much Tatjana....
As a yoga, shiatsu and meditation teacher, Tatjana works with busy urban people whose jobs require them be in their head, usually in front of a screen, and who are totally ready for change.
She teaches them how to get centered, strong, flexible and balanced, while feeling more ease in their body and mind. Through her down-to-earth approach to spirituality, spiced up with musical and philosophical referrences, she shakes up assumtions about physical practice, making it feel like an inner inquiry that extends far beyond the yoga mat.
Tatjana holds a Master Degree in Music and in a not-so-distant past, she’s played flute in both highbrow classical settings and progressive theaters in Berlin.
When she moved from New York to Berlin in 2009, Tatjana founded ‘Zen Yoga Berlin’ and consequently ‘Dynamic Mindfulness’ yoga teacher training, which quickly grew into a lively community of international yoga practitioners and teachers.
And when she's not teaching, massaging and creating fun audio podcasts about mindfulness in daily life, Tatjana can be found reading in her hammock, listening to concerts at the Berlin Philharmonic and, occasionally, dancing till dawn at Sisyphus.
Meet Tatjana's yoga community at zenyoga-berlin.de + get ready to download her free eBook “Zen and the City” at dynamicmindfulness.de.