Miriam Schlotter

Yoga teacher training (BdY-2 years), teacher in secondary school (sports, maths, French), degree in sports/business administration at the German University for Sports in Cologne, intensive mentoring and support by  Susanna Finocchi and Jens Bache, Copenhagen.

Since 1998 I have been practicing hatha yoga regularly and in 2000 I started training to become a yoga teacher with Dr. Christian Fuchs (BdY). In 2005 I discovered Ashtanga yoga and since then I have been practicing daily. I was lucky to find Susanna Finocchi and Jens Bache (Astanga Yoga Copenhagen) to go to and ask for advice regularly. Being a mother of two boys, it wasn't easy for me to go abroad for a long time. But with Susanna and Jens so close by, Katharina and I could fly to Copenhagen and Susanna and Jens could come to Freiburg to teach us and the yoga community in Freiburg on a regular basis. Susanna and Jens have given us guidance from the first moment onwards. I feel like this has rooted our shala in the Mysore tradition. Since 2011 we have been attending Sharath's workshops in Copenhagen. Finally, for the first time in 2014, I was able to go to the source, Mysore, and study with Saraswathi Rangaswamy. This time my family could come along as it was August and the kids were on holiday from school. In 2015, due to an illness, I could study and deepen my practice with Paramaguru R. Sharath Jois. 

Ashtanga yoga is intriguing to me especially because it is very structured and guides you in your daily life. Practicing the same sequence every day does not become boring and monotonous to me but instead I feel how intense and deep my practice has become over the years. My body has changed and I have become so familiar with the practice that I can say it is a kind of meditation for me. 

In April 2009 Katharina and I founded the Ashtanga Yogastudio Freiburg. It is supposed to give space to people interested in this demanding and highly beneficial from of yoga.

Katharina Krank

Teacher at High School (German, English), Master of Applied Linguistics, Intensive Support and Mentoring by Susanna Finocchi and Jens Bache (Astanga Yoga Copenhagen)

In 2008 I had the chance to travel to the source of yoga in Mysore, India, and study with Paramaguru R. Sharath Jois. The last class of my visit was a led class conducted by Guruji, Pattabhi Jois. Even today I remember how blessed I felt after this month. Since then I have been practicing daily. I kept practicing with Miriam and from 2007 onwards we were lucky to find Susanna Finocchi and Jens Bache from Copenhagen, who have been guiding us as friends and mentors for several years now. They encouraged us to deepen our connection with the source and thus we have been attending Sharath's workshops in Copenhagen every two years since 2011. Thanks to Susanna and Jens for making this happen. 

I gave birth to my daughter Alma in 2013 and eight months later I managed to return to Mysore with my family studying with Saraswathi Rangaswamy, Sharath's mother, for one month in August. It was a special time to be in Mysore with my family and this is why I really wanted to return. After my son was born, we went again as a family of four and this time I was blessed to be able to study under the guidance of R. Sharath Jois in January 2016. Especially being a mother has deepened my practice and more than ever I daily feel the need to be on my mat. 

For me, Ashtanga yoga is how I find balance and serenity for all the other areas of my life. It is so fascinating how the body develops with a regular practice, how your own limits are tested on the mat and then gradually transformed.  

I deeply look forward to sharing this experience with you! 

Jessika Cornelissen

Degree in social pedagogy (BA 1999), outdoor education (2006), fitness coach with a b-licence (BSA Akademie 2012), instructor "Healthy during pregnancy“ (BSA Akademie 2012), coach for healthy eating (BSA Akademie 2013), coach for relaxation (BSA Akademie 2013), pilates coach (BSA Akademie 2013), nordic walking basic instructor (ÖNV 2013)

After giving birth to my second child in 2011 I happened to get in touch with Ashtanga yoga in Egypt and I was instantly enthusiastic about learning more about the practice. Back in Freiburg I started practicing with Miriam and Katharina and thus gradually learned the sequence of asana of the first series. Because Ashtanga yoga is a mixture of relaxation, movement, dynamics, breathing and meditation my life has slowly been transformed and after two years of parental leave I started turning meditation and movement into a living. Since 2013 I have been teaching ashtanga yoga in Freiburg and since 2014 I am part of the Ashtanga Yoga Freiburg team.     

I am looking forward to going this fascinating Ashtanga yoga path with you and getting to know you on the mat! 

Christian Lintner

Intensive Workshop Susanna Finocchi (2012/13),
Teacher Training Course Primary Series with Manju Jois (2013)
Training with Susanna Finocchi und Jens Bache, Astanga Yoga Copenhagen (2013)

Rather accidentally I started with Ashtanga yoga in 2010. Because this dynamic practice which combines movement and breath fascinates me until today I went to several workshops with Susanna Finocchi. After meeting Manju Jois in a primary series teacher traning I had the chance to deepen my education in yoga with Susanna and Jens in Copenhagen. Since 2013 I have been supporting the Ashtanga Yogastudio Freiburg team and thus become the chance to share my enthusiasm for this wonderful and special style of yoga. 


Anett Falkenhagen (teaches yoga during pregnancy)

Yoga teacher (teacher training with Spirit Yoga Berlin 2006, YogaAlliance)
Teacher of F.M. Alexandertechnik since 2005 (ATDV)
Pre- and Postnatal Yoga teacher training 2007 with Spirit Yoga Berlin (YogaAlliance)
Degree in political economy

My first deep encounter with yoga happened when I started my Alexandertechnik-traning in 2002. I first came in touch with the study of yoga philosophy, meditation and only a few asanas practiced in hatha yoga. Later in 2004 I then learned about Ashtanga yoga, which I then practiced intensively for two years, before I started my Vinyasa teacher training in 2006. But Ashtanga yoga has always remained part of my life. I am fascinated by the flowing change of movements which gives energy and also has a healing effect. After the training in pre- and postnatal yoga I was pregnant myself and thus I could feel in my own body how much yoga can help during this intense and special time for body and soul.    

Julia Müller (teaches the thursday class)

2010 entdeckte ich Yoga für mich in einer kleinen Yogaschule in Heidelberg. Seit 2011 liebe und praktiziere ich Ashtanga Yoga.

Vor allem faziniert mich daran der ständige Wechsel zwischen Bewegung und Statik, die kraftvollen und herausfordernden Asanas in ihrer Präzision, das Zusammenspiel von Atem, Bewegung und Geist und die daraus resultierende tiefe Meditation in der Bewegung.

Seit 2012 praktiziere ich im Asthanga Yoga Studio bei Miriam Schlotter und habe dort sehr inspirierende Lehrer_innen gefunden.

Außerdem habe ich an Workshops mit Saraswathi (der Tochter von Guruji K. Patthabi Jois), David Roche und Susanna Finocchi teilgenommen und fahre mehrmals im Jahr nach Lissabon, um mich auf meinem Yogaweg von Isa Guitana begleiten zu lassen und meine eigene Praxis zu vertiefen.

Von 2014 bis 2016 habe ich eine Ausbildung zur Yogalehrerin bei der Yoga Akademie Freiburg (500h) absolviert.

 Ich habe Germanistik, Geschichte und Romanistik an der Universität Heidelberg studiert und unterrichte seit 2012 Deutsch, Deutsch als Fremdsprache, Geschichte und Politik.

Kelly Mahon (childcare)

Hallo zusammen!

Ich bin Kelly – die neue Kinderbetreuerin bei Ashtanga Yoga Freiburg. Ich bin 26, komme ursprünglich aus Schottland und habe in Glasgow Englisch und Italienisch studiert. Mittlerweile lebe ich seit August 2015 in Deutschland und habe hier in einer Schule gearbeitet, bevor ich im Anschluss in einem Kindergarten eine Stelle fand. Die Arbeit dort habe ich sehr geliebt, aber mich dennoch dazu entschlossen mit meinem Partner (aufgrund seines Jobs) nach Emmendingen zu ziehen.

Ich liebe es mit Kindern zu arbeiten, deshalb werde ich auch nebenher noch ein Fernstudium absolvieren, um am Ende als Erzieherin noch qualifizierter zu sein, bzw. sogar an einer Grundschule unterrichten zu können.
Ich freue mich sehr darauf, eure Kinder und euch kennenzulernen