MY STORY

 

' WHERE EVER YOU GO,

GO WITH ALL YOUR HEART. ' 

 

                                              CONFUCIUS

 


NIRMALA

  • SANSKRIT

  • NIR = WITHOUT; MALA = STAIN, SPOTT

  • NIRMALA = SPOTLESS, PURE

  • I RECEIVED MY SPIRITUAL NAME FROM ONE OF MY SWAMIS (SPIRITUAL TEACHERS) DURING AN INITIATION CEREMONY IN THE HIMALAYAS

  • I TRY MY BEST TO LIVE UP TO IT, RECEIVING THIS NAME WITH GREAT GRATITUDE AND PRIDE

oLIVIA

  • (AND NADINE) ARE MY SECULAR NAMES

  • I LIVE WITH MY HUSBAND AND TWINS IN BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA AND AM ORIGINALLY FROM GERMANY

  • I AM A TRUE URBANITE – BEYOND LIVING IN BERLIN AND BOMBAY, I ALSO USED TO CALL TORONTO AND SHANGHAI MY HOME

  • I LEFT MY FOOTPRINT IN MOST COUNTRIES OF SOUTH EAST ASIA

  • NEXT TO YOGA, I HAVE A PASSION FOR TRAVELLING THE WORLD, (SPICY) ASIAN FOOD, GOOD LITERATURE AND THE PATH OF ENLIGHTMENT

INDIA - WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

 

HOW DID I COME TO YOGA? I DIDN‘T. YOGA CAME TO ME!

 

WHILE SPENDING A YEAR INTERNING AT MTV INDIA IN 2002, I WAS UNEXPECTEDLY ASKED TO TAKE PART IN A YOGA TRAINING VIDEO PRODUCED FOR THE CANADIAN MARKET. I HAD NEVER DONE YOGA IN MY LIFE! SO I FIGURED IT WOULD BE A GOOD TIME TO START.

 

EVERY NIGHT FOR THE FOLLOWING TWO MONTHS I WAS PRIVATELY TAUGHT BY A WONDERFUL INDIAN YOGA GURU, YOGACHARYA SRI AVNEESH TIWARI, ON THE ROOF OF A HOTEL IN THE HOT BOMBAY NIGHTS.

 

SINCE THIS EXPERIENCE, YOGA HAS TOUCHED, CHANGED AND LEAD MY LIFE – IT HASN‘T LEFT ME
AND I HOPE IT NEVER WILL.

 

I KNEW IN MY HEART THAT I WOULD ONE DAY RETURN TO INDIA TO COMPLETE A TEACHER TRAINING, AND AM GRATEFUL TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO STUDY YOGA IN THE HIMALAYAS.

 

IT‘S AN HONOR FOR ME TO PASS ON THIS WONDERFUL TRADITION AND SHARE ITS JOY WITH ALL OF YOU.



MY YOGIC LINEAGE,
HOW I CONTINUE MY EDUCATION,
WHAT I TEACH.
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WHAT IS THE KEY CONCEPT
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