On Fire

„Visualise the moment in which you reach the end of your path!“ Once or twice per year, Irina and Valentin from Yoga-Team Berlin organise a magical ritual in and around an old granary on Rügen. During the so-called “Feuerlauf” (fire walk), the roundabout twenty participants spend 10 hours with intense preparation of meditation, energy work, body work and reflection before they walk barefoot across a ten-metre-long path of the glowing, no burning, 900 degree hot embers from a pile of wood burnt down during the day. Without this intense preparation, even experienced fire walkers suffer severe burns. But if the participants, one by one, start the path with their mantra and walk towards their personal goal step by step at the end of the fire, no one is hurt. The heat wave shoots through the body and catapults toxins and negative thoughts out. Each and every one arrives at the other side unharmed. And afterwards, everything is different. Because if you can do that, if you can defy the boundaries of nature with you own, weak and totally normal body, then anything is possible! Just like bald monks can split rocks with their foreheads and seem to defy the laws of gravity, firewalking shows us what can be done with the power of our minds when we manage to concentrate entirely on one goal. It’s difficult to explain. And easier to experience for yourself. Dates and information can be found at www.yogateamberlin.de. It will change your life. So, we’ll see you on the other side. Liebekannalles #Dubistperfekt
Feuerlauf on Rügen | Yoga Team Berlin  | yogateamberlin.de | Photo: Yoga-Team Berlin


Kategorien: Events | Autor: | Datum: 30. Dezember 2016 | Tags: , , , , , Keine Kommentare

A healing experience


A healing experience

Let’s hear it for modern medicine! Never before was humanity able to cure diseases, repair injuries and significantly prolong life to the extent it can today. Despite this fact – or precisely because of it – we’ve pretty much distanced ourselves from almost everything our forefathers have achieved to alleviate and cure physical maladies. Thank heavens one might think, considering traditional treatments including herbal elixirs, the universal weapon of cod liver oil or sawing open the top of skulls due to depression or any other emotional instability. Nowadays, we swallow antibiotics, correct or replace faulty parts and by doing so we’re inhibiting our body’s ability to heal itself. But in fact, our body is capable of amazing things and sometimes we just get in the way with all of our remedies and ad hoc solutions. To heal also means to build a foundation for health, well-being, strength and energy. There is a difference between feeling sick and actually feeling healthy and vigorous. This is exactly where  the Agape Zoe Healing Arts Festival, which is taking place for the second time in Berlin this weekend, comes in. More than 30 international „healing artists“ such as massage specialists, meditation gurus, yogis and osteopaths invite visitors to explore modern alternative healing practices for body, mind and soul. Ancient healing arts are transported into a contemporary context and interweaved with modern disciplines, such as, for example combining yin yoga with sound healing. This generates synergies and encourages visitors to try new methods and integrate them into their daily lives. Therapists will practise and demonstrate the Grindberg Method, osteopathy, Theta Healing, holistic bodywork and massages on the „Healing Floor.“ The „Silence Healing Room“ offers dynamic breathing and healing meditation in small groups. Highlights include a „Soulful Piano Journey“ with pianist Laura Weider, who once made it into the Guinness Book of World Records by playing a 40 hour solo piano set (!), a Thai-massage-workshop with Pascal Beaumart, the LOMI LOMI SISTERS with their Four Hands Hawaiian Massage, and festival founder Serap Kara’s Cacao Meditation. Day tickets are 39 Euros apiece, festival tickets for both days are available here for 59 Euros: send an email titled HEALING IS THE NEW YOGA to hurra@muxmaeuschenwild.de.
Agape Zoe Healing Arts Festival | 30.-31.01.2016 | EDEN STUDIOS, Breite Straße 43, 13187 Berlin | Tickets | www.healingberlin.com | Facebook


Kategorien: Events | Autor: | Datum: 27. Januar 2016 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare

Through space and time

Through space and time

Inhale, exhale, feel the moment. Yoga in itself is wonderful and since it’s mostly about a journey to your inner self, it doesn’t really matter where you practice. But sometimes there are places that can help us to relax and let things go and maybe even give our spiritual journey a new direction. The König Galerie in the former St. Agnes Church in Kreuzberg is a place just like that. The massive concrete church interior is like a resonating sounding box and feels like an extension of oneself. A truly magical place! Tonight, Yoga returns to St. Agnes and none other than marvellous Eva Kazcor (whom we introduced a couple of weeks ago) will be leading the session. Doors open half an hour before the class starts at 6.45 p.m. Enjoy this 75 minute session for just 10 Euros. Inhale, exhale, and experience the moment.
Yoga Meets Art at St. Agnes | tonight 6.45 pm | König Galerie, Alexandrinenstr. 118-121, 10969 Berlin | 10 Euro, no registration required | Facebook



Kategorien: Events | Autor: | Datum: 18. November 2015 | Tags: , , Keine Kommentare

Eva Kaczor




Eva Kaczor

The 2 minutes-Interview

We are a little bit in love with Eva. Why? Because her way of life and her attitude towards life so perfectly represent the connection of spirituality and lifestyle, which we and many others admire. Four years ago, she founded the very successful art blog ARTberlin.de giving the art scene in the German capitol a face and a voice. She teaches yoga every Wednesday at the König Gallery, St. Agnes in Kreuzberg and occasionally she likes to go to bed early to then electronically dance the night away. Yoga + Art + Techno = Eva. Any questions? Yes. Is synchronicity magic? Who is afraid of failure and why the hell have we never been to Tullum?


Name: Eva Kaczor
Age: 38
Wohnort: Berlin
Job:  yoga teacher and founder of ArtBerlin
Shoe size: 38
Favourite asana: each one does its magic
Contact: for Yoga, for art eva.kaczor@artberlin.de

What inspires you?
People. Especially the crazy ones. With all of their wonderful fears, hopes and passions.


What is good art?
Good art reminds you of something that is neither visible nor nameable. It reminds you of something that is very personal yet universally valid at the same time. Good art lets you feel a connection and most certainly it lets you feel true beauty. And beauty may be disturbingly ugly.


Your next vacation: yoga retreat, city trip or island hopping? And why?
To be honest, none of the three. Instead I’ll visit my shaman-friend in the jungle with my closest friends from Berlin, then meditate in a tree house in Costa Rica, go to a festival afterwards and pick up the healer community in Goa and take them back to Berlin to join the Agape Zoe Festival organized by my friend Tony.


Share a magical place anywhere in the world!
Tulum – three years ago.


What would you like to be better at?
Replacing fear with love.


Do you believe in fate?
I believe in synchronicity aka magic. Every encounter in life is an experience I need to grow. Sometimes it’s easy. Sometimes it’s pretty damn hard.
What should everybody do at least once in his or her life?
Look yourself in the eye and say I love you. That’s a hard one…


What is the meaning of life? To hear and feel your soul and to live accordingly.


How do you keep your balance?
Every morning, I do a short but hard workout. Then I cleanse my body with yogic breathing techniques and prepare my mind for meditation. And: I dance to techno music with my friends as often as possible.


Which piece of art would you like to possess?
A wooden sculpture by Martin Eder.


When was the last time you did something good for yourself?
Luckily, every day – at the moment. Yesterday, for example, I just crawled back into bed at 4 pm.


What do you spend too much money on?
All the money I earn I invest in good food, plane tickets and trainings. Luckily that never seems be „too much“.


What would you cook for us if we visited you at home?
Oh God! I can make roasted pumpkin…and hummus!


What are you afraid of?
I’m afraid my fear could keep me from doing the things my soul whispers to me.


When was the last time you did something for the first time and what was it?
It feels like I do new things every day. But one of the greatest recent experiences was about two months ago, teaching a yoga class for the first time in the breath-taking St Agnes church that is part of GALERIE KÖNIG. Surrounded by art and with 50 Yogis. Since then, I’ve been doing it every Wednesday and it feels like a new experience every single time.


What should no one know about you?
Good question. Honestly, I’d like to share my weaknesses with more people. I’ll start with that right now: Sometimes, I have a strong fear of failure.


Which question should we have asked?
Which piece of advice would you have given little Eva 20 years ago? Answer: Absolutely everything that you have the slightest notion of and love will come true eventually. ;-)


Last Words:
Thank you for giving so many wonderful people a platform here.


Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 14. Oktober 2015 | Tags: , , , , , Keine Kommentare

Non-Stop Now


Non-Stop Now

 So, what if there was a festival that combined all aspects of our contemporary and holistic lifestyle that is (all about) yoga, selfness, spirituality, materiality, community and pleasure with a splash of intellectual stimuli, triggered personal and social transformation processes and yet was none the less en vogue? Well, that is actually exactly what the FORVER NOW Festival – taking place for the first time from September 3rd till 6th at Neue Heimat – is all about. Or in their own words: It’s about „knowing where I stand. Understanding what I need to do. And doing it. “Hmm, that might seem easier than it sometimes is being caught up in an „I-yoge-therefore-I-am-reality“ – all too often focused on self-optimization and self-expression. Thinking esotericism? Well, think again! At the FOREVER NOW Festival, it all boils down to a modern, reflected spiritual practice. It’s about creating an approach characterized by openness, awareness and passion. Half-assed solutions just won’t do. Transformation begins in the individual, but at a certain point, progress is only possible together. Each festival day begins with morning yoga and meditation. Afterwards, keynote presentations held by very bright thinkers inspire us with new approaches and concepts. In workshops focused on various socially relevant topics (such as reform of the education system, female leadership, and refugees), ideas will be developed and discussed in collaboration with top-class movers and shakers to directly apply new approaches. Enjoying yummy street food at concerts (e.g. Patrice, Tentakel von Delphi and Taksim Trio) and parties the new thoughts and experiences collected will resound deep into the night. So, let’s sum up: yoga, input, output, art, music, street food plus party! Where do I sign? Right here (http://www.forever-now-festival.com/tickets/)! Tickets are available from 29€ (music only), 69€ (one-day ticket) and 179€ for the complete festival. Ticket sales have started.
FOREVER NOW Festival | 03. – 06.09. | Neue Heimat, Revaler Str. | forever-now-festival.com | Tickets

Kategorien: Events | Autor: | Datum: 08. Juli 2015 | Tags: , , , , Keine Kommentare

Matthias Ruff


Matthias Ruff


Das 2 Minuten Interview

Matthias Ruff describes himself as an initiator and catalyst for transformation projects. Let’s translate: Matthias is cool and does fantastic things. His latest coup being the Forever Now Festival, which is all about self-perception, self-fulfillment, mindfulness and fitness and will take place for the first time this autumn at Neue Heimat in Berlin. The best yoga teachers, mentors and media will be gathering. Forever in the moment, forever now. Find out here about what else he does when he’s not smuggling revolutionaries from Egypt or cooking children’s meals. And, of course, it goes without saying that we also asked him about the meaning of life. ;)


Name: Matthias Ruff
Age: 48
Location: Berlin-Mitte
Occupation: artist, yoga and meditation teacher, process moderator
Shoe size: 43
Favourite thought: The moment has its special significance, particularly due to its timeless dimension.
Contact: matthias@forevernow.eu


Transformationsfestival/Neue Heimat
Who or what inspires you?
Good art. I last came across some during the Gallery Weekend at the Ngorongoro exhibition in Berlin-Weißensee.


When was the last time you did a good deed for someone and what was it?
I try to do good everyday. Today, I was there for a friend and colleague and just listened to her for half an hour.


And when was the last time you did something good for yourself?
I try to do that everyday, too. My daily yoga and meditation practice treats me to something good and valuable every day.


Tell us your favourite magical place!
The Sinai. This mountain desert in Egypt has a magical power.


What is the meaning of life?
It is important to find the meaning of life again and again, to keep redefining it over and over. I can only answer the question on an existential level — and not with concepts of philosophy or the financial world’s motives for profit. For me the meaning of life is the reality of being and becoming, of space and form. It’s the differentiated experience of this deep creative power of connectedness, unity and love — and letting it unfold its full impact.


If you could change the world over night, where would you start?
I would immediately start changing the food industry. We throw away about 50% of food in Germany while people are starving in other parts of the world. In my opinion that is the No.1 scandal. And it’s caused by the system.


What is your generation’s greatest problem?
Unfortunately many are at a standstill and to this day, sticking to approaches from the nineties.

Which book, film and record should everyone have read, seen and listened to?
The underground techno record „The Rings of Saturn“ by X-102 has stuck with me for many years. Gilles Deleuz’ book „Negotiations“ has had a lasting effect on me. It is extremely rich in content — it’s practically the complete twentieth century squeezed into one book. The film „Pride“ has recently touched me. It is also a very funny film about transformation.


You will be reborn as what?
I’ll stick to Franz Beckenbauer and his legendary interview in the BILD paper: I’d like to be reborn as a woman.


With which celebrity (dead or alive) would you like to have a yogi tea?
With Rainald Goetz. But I’d prefer an after-work beer.


If we came to visit you at home, what would you cook for us?
Chicken wings with mashed potatoes. It’ll sort of be like a kid’s meal.


What are you afraid of?
Not getting enough sleep.


What should no one know about you?
About how we brought an injured and traumatised revolutionary from Egypt to Germany.


Which question should we have asked?
What is so exciting and sexy about silence and meditation?


Last Words:
Partial solutions are not real solutions. Anybody who wants to make a difference must see things in their entirety. That is why our festival consists of really quiet and very loud moments alike.


Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 27. Mai 2015 | Tags: , , , , Keine Kommentare

Can you feel it?


Can you feel it?

You know that moment when you are all there, completely at ease with yourself – content, grounded, balanced. The moment you free yourself from anything that keeps you small, feeling your greatness, your strength and your potential. The moment you truly feel your environment and feel connected. The moment you realize you can achieve anything and everything you need to do so already lies within you. This is exactly what Somuchmore is all about. It’s about unwinding, making progress, finding your true self. Earlier this year, Somuchmore launched their holistic platform for fitness, health, nutrition and mindfulness in Berlin. One single card gives you access to the city’s best gyms and yoga studios so you can choose from different coaches, classes and workshops and, and, and ­– without signing up or worrying about long-term membership contracts. Exercise your body, mind and soul – anytime and anyplace – try new things or follow your favourite yogi. This concept has been so successful, that Somuchmore’s service is now also available in Hamburg, Munich and London. More cities throughout Germany and Europe will follow soon. (The card grants cross-city admission, too!) And since everything has been happening so quickly, there’s not even been time to say hello properly. That’s no way to start an inspiring friendship, is it? Somuchmore wants to make up for that and is inviting you to the Somuchmore Holistic Days so everyone can get acquainted. Three days in three cities ­– devoted to inspiration, experiences and self-awareness (Munich – May 10th, Hamburg – May 16th, Berlin – May 17th). Mind-expanding activities and inspiring guest contributions about attentiveness, nutrition and fitness encourage to participate and share thoughts, give an interesting insight and provide absolutely useful ideas for a daily development of body, mind and spirit. The agenda follows Somuchmore’s principle that we can only fully reach our potential and truly find ourselves trough a combination of motion, mindfulness, a conscious diet and a certain joie de vivre. Have the experts put your workout schedule together for you on site, boost your energy with smoothies and get to know coaches and cooperating studios. We’ll be there too!
Somuchmore Holistic Days | 10.05.15 Munich, Zillertalstudios, 81373 Munich| 16.05.15 Hamburg, betahaus, Eifflerstraße 43, 22769 Hamburg | 17.05.15 Berlin, Generator Hostel, Oranienburger Str.65 (entrance via elevator outside) | Facebook | www.so-much-more.de


One Pink Elephant

One Pink Elephant

Yoga teachers Heather Donaldson aka Daisy and Martin Riede, also known as Flippo, are from Ansbach, Bavaria. Being the “kiez-potatoes” that we are, we probably never would have heard of them, if they weren’t just about to launch their first cookbook and we hadn’t been able to get a sneak peek at it (past perfect + future subjunctive?!). Flippo and Daisy have known each other for years and have a similar story: loads of work, complete exhaustion, yoga as a lifeline, a professional reboot. Being convinced that a healthy diet contributes just as much to the harmony of body and spirit as exercises on the mat, they founded a yoga school and started a catering business at the same time. Pink Elephant Cooking prepares vegan, sugarfree, soyfree, sometimes raw but always freestyle meals enriched with superfoods for yogis (and non-yogis, of course) around the world. Apart from best quality produce – regional whenever possible and mostly organic –, love and enthusiasm are the main ingredients for their cuisine. It’s not unusual to find Daisy and Flippo singing aloud and moonwalking on the kitchen tiles that mean the world. But what’s most important: Pink Elephant food doesn’t only make you fit and happy, it actually fills your belly, too. And let’s be honest: that isn’t always the case with vegan or raw food, is it? Prior to the official release, we are giving away two copies of their cookbook. Send an email with the subject “THINK PINK” to hurra@muxmaeuschenwild.de and keep yoging!

Pink Elephant Cooking – Vegane Rezepte und Yogi-Weisheiten | 19,99€ | released on March 23, 2015 | pinkelephantcooking.de



Kategorien: Products | Autor: | Datum: 18. März 2015 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare