(Dr.) Heidi Ittner

An energy-sapping academic research career filled with constant stress and pressure to perform led me to my first yoga class “”to compensate”” almost 20 years ago. I was fascinated: immediately I felt that this would change my life – that I had finally found what I had been searching for, more or less consciously, for a long time. And so, after only a few hours, incredulous friends heard me say that “”someday”” I would do a yoga teacher training course.

Still living in Hamburg at the time, I practised intensively in the Sivananda tradition for many years and yoga quickly became not just a valuable balance, but more and more a way of life. After moving to Munich and drastic career changes, I made 2011 my “”someday””, completed the Jivamukti TT and was also intensively inspired by Iyengar and Prana Flow Yoga.

However, at this time I found my heart found it’s home in the profound magic of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and in the Sacred Dance of Thai Yoga Massage/Osteothai and Integrated Cranial Biodynamics. These spiritual practices make my soul radiate and shape my life with their own unique rhythm. In the course of many years of intensive learning (which never ends!) among others in the Sunshine House, the European “Mecca” of Thai Yoga Massage, and Ashtanga TT with John Scott and Lucy Crawford Scott, these pearls with my psychological background come together like mosaic stones to form a colorful picture – framed and held in invaluable sanghas with my teachers Lucy Crawford, Greg Nardi, Petri Räisänen, John Scott as well as Rosemary Wallace, Krishnatakis and David Lutt. And it is nourished daily, when I can joyfully teach Ashtanga Yoga, especially Mysore, give treatments and work as a psychologist in the field of conflict management, mediation and evaluation.

For me, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is meditation in motion – and at the same time always new and different – which helps to focus on the essential, my inner center, in the midst of the roaring life, to feel free and connected at the same time, and finally to arrive at the heart.

… Metta, Karuna, Mudita, Upekkha … Jai Hanuman! 🙂

My Classes at HAIRU