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Gabriel Axel

What is your daily ritual? And why?

I do some movement to open up physiological processes, chi kung, amplify positive emotion/affect, clear out energies that aren’t mine, expand bliss-emptiness in various anatomical (gross, subtle, causal) areas, abide in non-dual awareness, and ground in the gross body…

 

When and how did you first come across yoga?

I came across yoga in 2005 when I wanted to spend an hour daily doing a form of exercise that would give me the most return-on-investment, in which I could work out my body, mind, and spirit. I decided on yoga asana, and started practicing out of books for a long time before going to any classes.

 

What do you love about yoga festivals?

The conversations.

 

What kind of world do you dream of?

One where every person is sovereign, grounded in knowing their capabilities at any given moment, altruistic, loving, and interested in intelligently balancing their the agency and communion of themselves and others. Ultimately, I am interested in the realisation that All is the Self, beautifully differentiated in duality as the play of the omnipotence of consciousness.


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Kristine Marie Rost

What is your daily ritual? And why?

I squeece a lemon into a glass of water with half a tsp himalayan salt first thing in the morning, then I do 3-4 yin yoga poses. It helps the bodys natural detoification and powers my system to rise and shine.

 

When and how did you first come across yoga?

When I was ten years old and my stepmother came home from a yogaclass and shoed me and the family the pose they called Clown – which I later learned was Crane pose. I startet my yogapractise when I turned 30 with Hatha and Iyengar yoga and later on hot yoga until I finally found complete healing of my 15-17 years of cronicle headache and whiplash issues with Yin yoga back in 2010.

 

What do you love about yoga festivals?

Its the best place to meet up with all my great colleques from all over Denmark for a coffee. I get to chill out with lots of people who are all there for one reason. To breathe, do kindness and be grateful. Whats not to like <3

 

What kind of world do you dream of?

More strait forward kindness. If you can not talk, write or be kind your practise is wrong. <3


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Veronica Jäderlund

What is your daily ritual? And why?

My only daily ritual is to Breathe. There is so much pressure and expectations and what to do, how to live, when to performe. I work on cutting myself some slack and just breathe. Then it’s usually followed by sweaty vinyasa flow, a curius hatha pracitce a run or some kettlebell play. I do what my body tells me it needs. As long as I’ve remebered to breathe I’m satisfied with my day.

 

When and how did you first come across yoga?

It was so long ago I can’t remember what sparked my interest. But I tried so many teachers and styles until I found my thing. Something drove me to not give up all though I didn’t event know what I was looking for. Just a feeling of something I knew I needed.

 

What do you love about yoga festivals?

The people! Everybody is so curious and just want to share, learn and kick ass!

 

What kind of world do you dream of?

A world where everyone is given the foundation to get to know oneself. And where differences would be embraced, not barley accepted.


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Svend Trier

What is your daily ritual? And why?

Meditating for at least one hour every morning to connect to my deeper Self

 

When and how did you first come across yoga?

In 1967 when I read Paul Brunton’s book “A Search in Secret India” where he writes about his meetings with yogis and sages during his travels in India – among those the great Ramana Maharshi.

 

What do you love about yoga festivals?

All the open minded beautiful people searching for a deeper truth

 

What kind of world do you dream of?

A world with a better balance between material and spiritual values and where there is a generel understanding of the interconnectedness of all life and all beings


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Marina Calado

What is your daily ritual? And why?

It changes every day. I am mostly guided by whatever I need that day. Sometimes, I need to sit in the quiet. Sometimes, I need to move. Sometimes, I need to dance. Sometimes, I need to spend remembering what was, so that I catch my own patterns and work with myself. I love that. I love the inner work. Mostly my daily ritual is one of listening and paying attention.

 

When and how did you first come across yoga?

More than 13 years ago, I was deeply fascinated with the Eastern way of living, and came across a book of yoga and thought that was something I could try. And so I did. The rest is history…

 

What do you love about yoga festivals?

The community! As a teacher, I love being around people who are curious, or in love with yoga. I also love being in the seat of the student, and play alongside people I’ve never met in my life, or old friends. I love the natural joy that erupts from these gatherings. People love sharing and connecting. I believe that yoga festivals are an amazing playground for that. More than the classes, it’s the union that yoga speaks to and that people seek.

 

What kind of world do you dream of?

What a beautiful question. I dream of a world where everyone can follow their dreams. A world that welcomes and potentiates those dreams. A world where we learn from each other instead of compete against each other. A world where everyone is respected and not frowned upon or considered “different”. A world where people understand that we’re all the same one. And that one is the all.


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Birgitte Gorm Hansen

What is your daily ritual? And why?

My daily practice is Copenhagen.

 

When and how did you first come across yoga?

My grandmother practiced yoga with me when I was a little child in the same way she taught me to brush my teeth and dry my toes after the shower. Her guided savasana was pure love.

 

What do you love about yoga festivals?

The diversity. It makes me feel so happy I almost can’t take it.

 

What kind of world do you dream of?

A world where we truly appreciate each others differences. (And if I can’t have that, maybe a world where you can jump around in those big white fluffy clouds you see from airplanes? That would be SO cool!)


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David Lurey

What is your daily ritual? And why?

Milking my tongue each morning… the tongue is the gateway between the gross & subtle bodies, it controls our communication and taste and is often neglected as much as we use it. To keep clear & conscious communication, a healthy and flexible tongue is essential! Also rolling the joint.

When and how did you first come across yoga?

1995 while working as a Food & Beverage Manager for Hyatt Hotels in San Francisco, CA. I needed it… so it came to me.

What do you love about yoga festivals?

The collection of people coming together to explore the WIDE variety of practices that Yoga offers. I love exploring new ways of getting to the same place (self-realization) and also… a chance to play & sing music with lots of people!

What kind of world do you dream of?

This one we are in. It is not so easy, but this keeps us on our path of IN & EV -olution… looking inwards and working outwards.


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Shannan Hansen

What is your daily ritual? And why?

I have four children and am a single parent, so everyday for me is a bit varied but always busy. I teach yoga 6 days a week and I manage a yoga studio and my online studio as well! Getting the kids to school, keeping our house clean, and making sure I spend some quality time with my children—I’m not going to lie—it’s a very busy and demanding schedule. In an effort to stay healthy and practice samatva, or evenness and balance, I also make sure I either take a yoga class myself, do an at home yoga practice, or do some kind of exercise everyday (hiking, gym, swimming, etc.) Somehow everything always works out.

 

When and how did you first come across yoga?

I was a dancer as a child, in high school and in college. But after college there was no real outlet as an “adult” for dancing. When I was 24, I attended my first yoga class at a gym and felt like I was home again! Being able to express myself through movement, gain strength, use my flexibility and then learning how to connect it all with breath—it was transformative. The mental benefits of yoga, the spirituality if you will, came much later for me with continued time, practice and study.

 

What do you love about yoga festivals?

I love the physical aspect of it being like a yoga-thon, class after class after class. I love trying new styles of yoga with new teachers. And of course I love the connections you make with new people! That’s the best part! And you come away with a journal full of notes, your heart full of wisdom, your social media full of new friends, and every good intention of staying in touch!

 

What kind of world do you dream of?

I dream of a world where everyone feels seen and everyone feels heard. I love the quote by David Augsburger, “Being heard is so close to being loved that for the average person they are almost indistinguishable.”
That’s the kind of world I want to live in—where we really see each other, where really listen to each other. Imagine how it would change our actions if we truly understood each other. I believe it would create a world with more compassion, more forgiveness, less greed and more love.


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Matt Corker

What is your daily ritual? And why?

While I don’t have one specific thing I do daily, I make sure I eat well, move my body, and connect with people I love every day. Oh – and have a dance party while I get ready in the morning.

 

When and how did you first come across yoga?

I was on the rowing team at my University and yoga and cycling was used as cross-training/recovery. I started with Bikram yoga and then quickly discovered Yin yoga – which opened up my mind to the whole world of styles and lineages of this beautiful practice.

 

What do you love about yoga festivals?

The teachers that come to yoga festivals are top notch! They truly love what they share, which creates such an exciting experience as an attendee.

 

What kind of world do you dream of?

Dreams are nice. Goals are more fulfilling to me though. My goal is that before I die, I live in a world where equality is an experienced reality for all ages, races, genders, orientations, and beings.


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Hrönn Kold Sigurdardottir

What is your daily ritual? And why?

Taking time in the early morning hours to be with my self in chanting, prayer and meditation help me to set the tone for my day. These practices instantly connect me to the highest and to remember the abundance of life.

 

When and how did you first come across yoga?

I met meditation in my early 20’s and that became my entrypoint to the other practices of yoga. In that first experience with meditation I learned that it’s possible to connect to a place of peace and joy within my own being even as the world around me may be chaotic and stressful.

 

What do you love about yoga festivals?

The gathering of practitioners from many different styles of yoga and the supportive energy created as we move, chant, meditate, dance and play together.

 

What kind of world do you dream of?

A world driven by love and compassion between all sentient beings. That we remember our connection to each other and mother earth – and that we’re all growing together.


COPENHAGEN YOGA FESTIVAL

25 - 27 AUGUST