About

I’m an LSE and Cambridge educated social scientist who spent 15 years in development cooperation in various continents. The birth of my kids gave me the courage to leave a safe job at a well respected Swiss Foundation and become a full time yoga & mindfulness teacher, health and life coach.

I bring together a unique blend of experiences in "high strung" jobs in various African, Latin American and European countries, 25 years of experiences in yoga and mindfulness practice, a new love for coaching and teaching mindfulness, as well my studies in anthropology and social psychology, This combination enables me to work holistically and support people on their path to greater physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

Credentials

Certified yoga teacher (RYT® 500),

Mindfulness teacher (Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program, Greater Good Science Centers, University of Berkely with Jack Kornfield und Tara Brach),

Functional Health Coach (Functional Medicine Coaching Academy)

Yoga Nidra Teacher

15+ years in different institutions of development cooperation and child and youth development (including UNESCO, German Cooperation, Canadian Cooperation, Jacobs Foundation)  in Santo Domingo, Paris, Munich und Zürich and various countries in Africa and Latin America for shorter stays.

Studies in Social Anthropology (Ba. London School of Economics), and Social Psychology (MPhil. University of Cambridge),

Founder and President of Achtsame Schulen Schweiz and board member of Breathe International

My story

As an adolescent I wanted to do something meaningful, and be of service to people. And I wanted to be free. Both intentions led me to move to Santo Domingo right after school and make my first experiences in development cooperation. Confronted with a different culture I became interested in finding out what gives meaning to peoples lives and how they become who they are. I therefore, chose to study social anthropology, philosophy and social psychology. The first taught me, that it’s all relative and that the only thing all cultures have in common is some kind of ritual – some way to help an individual human being to feel part of a greater whole. The latter taught me, that all human beings try to construct a stable sense of identity. During my studies I discovered yoga and I felt immediately that this practice could help me on the path to freedom.

My desire to do something «meaningful» led me to work in development cooperation and live and work in various different countries and continents. I truly enjoyed meeting people form different cultures and walks of life. It’s been an honour to support NGO partners to create impact and coach them on defining and achieving measurable results. It’s been so motivating to see how much small groups of people can benefit their community if – they not only have a good intention and a strong motivation but also a competent team, the right support, as well as the willingness and courage to fail, get up again and learn from mistakes rather than be discouraged. I've been experiencing this immense satisfaction of creating impact in tiny steps together with our wonderful team from the association Achtsameschulen Schweiz over the past years.

Working in a very intense and competitive environment with a lot of international travel, I came close to burn out a few times in my professional life. And I guess without yoga & meditation proving a sense of spaciousness and freedom in the midst of it all, I would't have managed. Due to my own physical challenges of Hashimoto, IBS and fatigue I became interested in functional medicine and trained as functional medicine health coach. The training helped me to learn a lot about how to improve my own health and provided me with fantastic skills- very complementary to the skills I had acquired in my Yoga and Mindfulness trainings – to support people on their own path to better physical, emotional and mental health.  

The greatest blessing of my life are my husband and my twins born in 2013. Parenting brought it’s own challnges, trying so hard to give my best and falling short on my own expectations so often. I consider my kids my true spiritual guides. When they were small I discovered Vipassana practice and became very interested in Buddhist psychology, Eastern philosophy and Western research about the workings of the mind. My practice and my studies confirmed: we all want to be happy, we all want to be loved and we all want to belong. But often we don’t dispose of very helpful strategies to pursue our happiness. We forget the luminous nature of our own minds and hearts. And we can reconnect at any moment!

It would be a great honor and pleasure for me to support you with my skills and experiences on your path to good physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health!