Yoga Teacher Training Instructor ~ Maria Abel

Maria Abel Frog Lotus Yoga Teacher Training

Ever since I can remember I was fascinated by the human body and mind. As a child I was passionate about learning and understanding physical movements of any kind. I watched people move, trying to read the stories their bodies were telling and from it every time. At the age of 20 I wanted to become a professional dancer. But soon I figured out that I was more interested in preventing injuries than just entertaining folks. So I decided to study physiotherapy. In 2005 I started my love affair with yoga. First I got in touch with Shadow and Bikram style. Then I explored further styles like Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow. In 2010 I graduated from university and started working as a physiotherapist in different hospitals and institutes. In March 2012 I did the 200h Yoga Teacher Training with Vidya Jacqueline Heisel of Frog Lotus Yoga. I volunteered at Suryalila Retreat Center and assisted several YTTs for Vidya. In February 2014 I did a Thai Massage Training followed by a Forrest Advanced Teacher Training with Ana Forrest in July. In March 2015 I completed the 200h Forrest Yoga Foundation Training.

Many other teachers have inspired me on my yoga journey such as Sri Louise, Amir Jaan, Simon Low, Les Leventhal, David Swenson and Tiffany Cruikshank.

Life and body are constantly changing – so am I. I love the challenge to discover new perspectives and ways to be authentic and to unfold my full potential. The deep yogic breath always supports me.

Why all that effort? Not only because it makes me feel alive and connected to my body and my environment but also because it makes me feel independent and free. That vitality nourishes my creativity and optimism.

I will always encourage you to explore your own body, to create a sacred space for healing, to realign your body and mind and to cultivate healthy habits.

“Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” (Oscar Wilde).