Franziska’s Story

When I was a teenager, I was diagnosed with scoliosis. In order to alleviate the pain, I tried repetitive physiotherapeutic gymnastics, swimming and special breathFranziska Thieleing techniques. Some of the exercises that I had to do were very similar to the yoga exercises I teach now.

Around 2005 when I realized that yoga was not only reducing my back pain but also helped to balance my physical and mental state, I started practising Iyengar yoga seriously. Yoga improved my health but also gave me strength to develop further professionally and in my personal life.

Why I became a Yoga Teacher

A few years later my interest in yoga deepened. I realized that yoga is a comprehensive subject to study. B.K.S. Iyenger even described it as an art.

I was and still am fascinated by the high precision required in yoga which leads to boundless movement of the body. I am curios about and open to the Iyengar Yoga style. I like to observe the various effects of each pose which makes yoga interesting and fulfilling for me. I offer different ways to move into yoga postures to gain an access to individual parts of the body. True to the Iyengar yoga style, I like to help the students to experience a gradual understanding of their bodies and to increase their ability to focus, observe and to relax. This observation of internal processes involves many discoveries and perhaps a deeper understanding of ourselves. It does not matter how ‘good’ we are.

Ongoing Training

An important requirement for maintaining the Iyengar Yoga Certification is to participate in continuing yoga teacher training. I am very fortunate to have found passionate and experienced Senior Iyengar Yoga Teachers who I work with constantly to improve both my yoga practice as well as my teaching style. Some of the Senior Yoga Teachers that I work with are Christine Barnes and Ruth Willetts.

I also regularly attend teacher workshops by both Australian and internationally renown Iyengar yoga teachers.

In 2014 I traveled to Pune in India to work with Geeta S. Iyengar – B.K.S. Iyengar’s daughter. During this 10-day intensive workshop we studied asanas in very great detail. The asanas were general and similar to what we do in our classes here. However, Geeta focused us on working all the muscles involved and to perfect our alignment. The benefit for me was not only to improve my own practice but to also learn how to better teach those poses to my students.