How I started Spiritual Yoga
At an early age, as a child, I did stretching exercises on my bed, which, I later understood, were certain yoga asanas. I exercised a lot, but due to treatment for scoliosis, was often restricted in movement for longer periods of time. When I discovered tai chi and qigong in my college days, during a recovery period from a herniated disc, I became aware of the currents in my body, thus began many insights and changes in my life.
Over the years I learned the long form of tai chi chuan and in addition I began to study the inner power of qigong. From 2001, in addition to weekly classes, I attended intensive qigong weekend training and courses, including with the tai chi and qigong master Mrs. Lin Ji (Lin Dzi) and with Dr. Yang, Jwing Ming. From 2002, I started teaching myself and took my teacher's classes for six months, after which I followed my heart and started my own tai chi school. For several years I taught Tai chi Chuan and then after my spiritual awakening I developed my own Tai chi/Qigong forms. For almost 21 years I taught Tai chi and Qigong before switching to teaching the Spiritual Yoga®.
In January 2007, I started the Kriya Yoga classes of Paramahansa Yogananda (author of Autobiography of a Yogi) and later that year I received my initiations in Los Angeles from Brother Chidananda. That same spring in 2007, I was for the first time in contact with Prema Baba Swamiji, who became my personal teacher snd Guru. I received many of His lectures, classes and trainings and traveled to Florida for a retreat and initiations in 2010. For years I continued to develop according to His instructions. After His divine Prema Shaktipat initiation me and Niels together with our kids went to Mount Shasta, where Prema Baba encouraged me to travel. There I received an insight from the holy Mother Amma, Mata Amritananada Mayi Devi, after which I met Her and became inspired by her great yogic unity experience and example. She is and has been a great inspiration for yoga and my practical earthly spiritual development.
Through the inner attunement, guidance and blessings of Prema Baba Swamiji, I developed my own form of "Chi Manna yoga" over the years to discharge and recharge my nervous system and energy on a deeper level. The Chi Manna helps me deal with the sensitivity of my nervous system and release tension.
I practice the Chi Manna yoga exercises in combination with the Spiritual Yoga®, as taught by Prema Baba, twice a day. They give me effective relaxation of body and mind and are an important preparation for my soul for a deep meditation. By combining them with Spiritual Yoga meditation, I hope to inspire you and get you on your way to relaxing and practicing your own meditation daily.