1. How would you define your personal practice?
My practice is an evolving exploration, open and prone to many influences. I could not say that I have specific goals or work on particular projects but feel myself drawn to different things over and over again (handbalancing is one such thing for me). I have tried and found meaningful experiences (and progress in a way) in stuff like kettlebell training, stretch therapy, to Osho-style dynamic meditations.
2. What turning points have you encountered on your movement journey?
One turning point definitely was getting to a free standing handstand: after being able to hold it for a while the notion that there is one single thing such as being able to handstand completely disappeared. It was amazing and opened up many further possibilities for me.
3. What role has injury played in cultivating your current niche?
I injured my knee playing soccer many years ago. After that I more or less quit team sports. But within my movement practice injuries have so far not played a large role, fortunately.
4. Do you consider yourself a teacher? Why or why not? No.
5. What has been your experience with physical education, both in the schooling system and sought out knowledge/ know-how elsewhere?
My PE experiences in school make rather unpleasant memories. It was exclusively about testing performance with minimal practice so that the idea that some people are good in that, some are good in this, and some aren’t good in anything got reinforced. I was a pretty unfit kid and not good in most sports. It was only later that I found out, realized in my body, that you could actually train and improve. The idea hasn’t lost its magic.
6. How do you involve your mind/ emotions into your physical routines?
I found that I could only develop in a more serious way after accepting myself as I am. I trained literally for years with the idea that I needed to change, that I needed to improve. It yielded minimal success. After I began accepting myself, taking me as good enough as I am, things changed.
7. What are your personal aspirations regarding movement? How do you hope to find purpose and use in the skills you have built?
I am very grateful for my low-gait, crawling mobility playing with my daughter these days! I hope to make more discoveries in movement, learn more, but also to meet more like-minded people.
8. How can people find/ contact you? Do you have a site or social media handle to share?