Variety is the spice of life

Post by Liliya Rudakova,  19 June 2014 ,  Interview
We are happy to share our latest interview with you! This time I had the pleasure to meet and talk to Ewelina Bubanja – yoga teacher, lifestyle blogger and photographer passionate about holistic nutrition and well-being. 

Ewelina is the founder of Holistic Yoga Berlin. In this interview she will tell us about the yoga styles she practices and teaches, will recommend us an inspiring book to read and will finish up our ´usual set of phrases´.

Photo by  Maria HeartShapedBox.

Ewelina Bubanja, Yoga in Treptower Park

What yoga styles do you teach?

I like to teach a range of styles. Introducing new styles into my classes creates new challenges for my students and keeps them from becoming bored. 

My approach to all classes is holistic – students learn self-healing techniques and find depth in their own practice.

What is characteristic to all my classes is that I place great emphasis on the injury prevention, correct alignment and spinal integrity. This is the reason why I allow max 8 participants in all of my classes at Holistic Yoga Berlin. 

Not many people know that originally Yoga was thought 1-2-1 and overcrowded classes are not only far away from the traditional concept, but what is even more important a greater risk of an injury amongst students. 

Ewelina Bubanja, Yoga in Treptower Park

Currently I teach Vinyasa Detox Yoga in the Park, a freestyle flowing yoga where your practice becomes a meditation in movement. 

During my studio classes I combine yoga with Energy Healing (Chakra Balancing Yoga). This is an Iyengar style, which is great for beginners. It teaches you the techniques of movement and how to hold your postures for longer, giving you time to grow within the pose. 

Yoga Nidra is also a very important part of my teaching. This is a guided meditation. I talk people through their yoga practice, creating a safe space. This involves visualization. It is amazing for the relief of stress and anxiety as well as healing within the body and mind. 

For how long have you been maintaining a regular practice?

My journey with yoga has begun more than 10 years ago but it was more on and off affair until 3 years ago when I embraced it fully and it became an integral part of my life. 

I have tried many styles of yoga before including: Vinyasa, Iyengar, Bikram, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Restorative and Yin. I am an intuitive seeker who believes that variety is the spice of life. 

Yoga opens up the space for me to be my-Self. The love I feel within expresses itself and I become incredibly grateful for sharing such a sacred time with others. 

Creativity, joy, and peace are allowed to shine through. I have been able to live more true to my own heart, through the practice of yoga; trusting intuition and finding more balance in life.

Ewelina Bubanja, Yoga in Treptower Park

What book do you think everyone should read? 

Without any hesitation – it is Gabriel Cousens 'Spiritual Nutrition'. The book advocates developing a personal diet that is appropriate to individual's lifestyles and spiritual practice instead of so popular in our culture one-diet-fits-all approach. It shares the new dietary system of ‘spiritual nutrition’ which is based on the relationship between the colour of the food and the colours of the Chakra system. He explains the connection of diet to meditation, wisdom and love. It is a super inspirational book, that will definitely influence not only your yoga practice, but your life in many aspects.

Camel pose

And finally our favourite part. We start a phrase, Ewelina finishes it up :)

I have always been fascinated by how good the body is designed to feel.

I practice yoga, because it helps me to know myself better and to deal with changes gracefully, inspiring others and helping them.

I will always remember the day, when the first time I felt Energy flowing through me during a Reiki Healing Session…it blew my mind!! What an unbelievable feeling!! So many questions ran through my mind. I knew I wanted to be able to share this experience with others.

This motivated me to become a certified Reiki Healer and now I offer Energy Healing and Chakra Balancing sessions at Holistic Yoga Berlin.

Ewelina Bubanja, Yoga in Treptower Park, trikonasana, lotus

In life one often finds himself surprised to discover that one is following the expectations that are placed upon him/her by society or on a micro scale – family and friends. At times we place those invisible strains and weights on ourselves. It takes a lot of courage, and strength to be able to step back, re-assess and follow your intuition to fulfil your true calling in life and to find peace and balance.

Everything has a dual nature. When you blame and criticise others, you are avoiding some truth about yourself.

By the way… peace comes not form the absence of conflict in your life, but your ability to cope with it.

Yoga in Treptower Park, Up-ward facing dog, Pigeon pose

The best praise for me is to observe healing, and break-through during Yoga classes or Energy healing treatments in my students. Those moments where I can feel and see the shifts happening in students – not always pleasant moments, also difficult experiences. It gives me that feeling of purpose of helping others to discover the path to more present, relaxed and balanced life.

I don´t understand why the topic of ‘injuries in yoga’ is still an elephant in the room. 
Yoga can be a medicine but can turn to be poison as well. By now we all know that not only students but also teachers get injured. We are all humans. But what is crucial is to minimise the risk of students getting injured during the classes. Yoga as a physical activity, it has a very high rate of injuries if done incorrectly. This why a present, attentive teacher, as well as small groups are a ´must´.  

Looking back at ancient teachings through a modern lens enables me to find a way of practising yoga that is relevant, safe, accessible and enjoyable. Working in this way creates a deeper understanding of ourselves, and positive changes in the mind and psyche.

I love the concept of holistic living. This is a lifestyle choice. It’s not just about eating organic food and being a yogi. It’s about looking at your whole life, from your food to your career to your home to your relationships and removing what’s toxic from it. And it takes time to change your mindset from what’s easy to what’s right. 

Ewelina Bubanja, Yoga in Treptower Park, fish pose

Our mind craves… What people often forget is that no one will ever be able to fulfil their needs but themselves. Nor will anything outside of themselves will ever fulfil them or make them happy. Go within.

We live in the world where everything is possible. I get asked a lot what to do when you hate your job and want to do something else, but are not sure of what…
I personally made a massive career transition from a Contemporary Art Curator to a Wellness Entrepreneur. I believe in taking risks and following your dreams. Changing jobs or careers is scary, but if you feel you are not doing what you are meant to be doing, taking the decision and changing it is the most rewarding feeling. 

Happiness is not something readymade, It comes from your own actions." ~Dalai Lama

Ewelina Bubanja, Yoga in Treptower Park
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