Mission: Building Bridges
I want to make science easy to understand and implement, and practices more profound and deep through better understanding how and for whom they work. I believe this integration will lead to more sustainable, long lasting change.
How my journey as a psychological researcher and teacher, my burn-out, my yoga practice, and science all link together.
How I got here
I studied psychology for many years because I am a curious person, and humans are a fascinating breed. I always envisioned myself helping people through becoming a therapist, but during my studies, my curiosity got the better of me. Curiosity led me into research because I simply needed to learn more and understand better.
I have always been passionate about my work as a researcher. The upside of that passion or purpose, is curiosity, exploration, discipline, and persistence. The downside, is pressure, ambition, and in my case, a huge burn-out.
In my year(s) of recovery, I finally made time to reflect on my experiences from a peaceful perspective. Reading through the scientific literature on stress, burn-out, and yoga, and exploring yoga philosophy and practice on my teacher trainings in India and Thailand, this bridge was a path to reinvention when I needed it most.
The practice of yoga helped me deal with stressors, regulate emotions, and build a solid health routine that supports me to stay focused and relaxed while working with passion.
For me personally science is still a passion. I long for an understanding of the world and the people in it. That is why I studied psychology: I wanted to know how people 'work'. What makes us think, what makes us feel, what makes us move? In a broader sense, science is relevant because is the most important tool we have (yet) to understand the world a bit better every day. So if you care to understand what makes you tick, science is the best way to gain that understanding.
In the realm of health, science helps me to understand why and how yogic and psychological practices can help to make a difference in people's lives. I have never been someone to blindly follow a routine. A deeper understanding always brings more to the practice, and helps to separate sense from nonsense.
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