ABOUT SWAN MOUNTAIN YOGA
My name is Victoria and I am a originally from Sweden. I lived in the United States and then in Berlin for most of my adult life. Now I am based on the island of Mallorca, Spain. I am also a writer and a Reiki master. I am incredibly curious. About people. The body. Psychology. Mystical experiences.
I am a feminist, a Sagittarius, a Vata/Pitta, a friend, sister, daughter and dog lover.
I went to my first yoga class in 1995 or 1996. I explored different styles, teachers and studios in New York City, where I then lived. But it wasn’t until year 2000 when Go Yoga opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that I got truly hooked. In the coming years yoga helped me through 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, stormy break-ups and the general chaos in my life. It was my safe haven. I realized quickly that yoga would become a big part of my life. Then, in spring/summer of 2007, after consulting with my teacher Michelle Baker, I completed my 200-hour Yoga Alliance-certified teacher training via Sivananda in New York. Then I moved to Stockholm and started teaching there. In 2009 I relocated to Berlin and in 2010 I did a Yin Yoga teacher training with Ulrica Norberg.
I have taken numerous immersion workshops, and studied with many renowned teachers such as Ana Forrest, Sharon Gannon & David Life, Lino Miele, Doug Keller and Eddie Stern.
I have also stayed at ashrams for long periods of time. Done a lot of Vipassana-meditation. Studied Ayurveda. I have led yoga retreats in Italy, Germany, Spain and Sweden. And I have also taught in South Africa and India.
For me, the mental and spiritual effects of yoga are way more interesting than the physical ones. Of course it’s great to become stronger and more supple, and to be able to heal chronic pains and aches. And exploring the body is a lot of fun! But ultimately, THIS path, this practice is about ending suffering, and about becoming a better fellow human (the two are inter-weaved). This practice is about improving the overall quality of your life. not about mastering fancy asanas. Of course, profound change doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time. I've never believed in shortcuts.
As far as my classes go, expect an experience, a highly curated event. As music is one of the most powerful and mystical forms of art, and a life-long passion of mine, I take pride in crafting interesting soundtracks, although every now and then I may choose silence as the backdrop for a class. Expect a challenging yet non-competitive vibe, lots of hands-on assists and a framework for BEING. HERE. NOW. Experience yin and yang. Darkness and light.