Hi dear people! As many of you probably know from Facebook that I am teaching in Southern Austria this month. The first time I came to Woerthersee (In German is Wörthersee) was October last year. Thanks to social media, I participated the Instagram challenge of BryceYoga, a yoga parent, lover who are now teaching three times a year in the region of Carinthia. From there, I connected with local people who are in the wellness and health industry. Then soon after that, I received an invitation to teach here. Oh, isn't life full! Full of adventure and surprises.
The Original FX Mayr Health Center is where I work, my off days are Mondays and Tuesday, from Wednesday to Sunday evening, I teach public and private lessons. The center specializes in cleansing, detoxing and regenerating for those who are a bit out of shape, who have burn out or any other similar matter. I also met a few elder clients who have been coming here since the 90's. Clients normally stay approximately from 7 - 14 days with the minimum of one week.
Yoga awareness is growing quickly here, and Woerthersee being the Monte Carlo of Austria, doing yoga gazing over the beauty of the Alps and the lake is definitely one of the kind. The people are also very friendly and easy going as it is more South, quite close to Slovenia and Italy. The climate is very sexy in my opinion, sunny throughout the day, and a storm or thundershower somewhere in the late afternoon. After that the sun peaks out again.
Wherever you go on the lake, it has its beautiful scenery. Everyone I talk to and know who works at the Center love working here. The environment and the team really teach me how to be a good team player. The security of the clean water, the discreteness of the staff team and the fresh air makes people so comfortable to shred their layers and fully relax here. Of course, teaching private lessons are my favorite because I can work deeply with students body. The public lessons are held at the beach dock and outside in the grass garden if no rains. Occasionally the new born furry swans and their mom and pap would visit us after the Savasana, it's like a blessing from heaven. So, I got absolutely nothing to complain working here, only I enjoy a little too much!
I am learning a lot as I teach, knowing these people may not have experience with yoga, or they've been fit before and now out of shape, the classes are providing them inspiration, hope and push to stand back up again. So the postures I teach here are rather foundational, working a lot with breaths, balance and the basics. It's been inspiring me to make The Beginner Series Yoga Videos #1 & #2, I'lll post more series as well as Tutorials and Meditation guidance each week.
Over the "weekend" we went to the Lake Sauna at Werzer's Hotel, which is just the opposite side of the lake. After the sauna just go swim naked into the lake, of course, at the naked zone. It was indeed refreshing and relaxing. The locals said you can drink the lake water. Yes, it's that clean!
We made a trip to the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. Gosh, it's a difficult word to pronounce and spell. About one and half hour drive from Woerthersee, you'll in the city. Ljubljana is surprisingly charming and artsy, I never anticipated that. We walked around the old town, ate Slovenia food (a bit similar to Italian food) then bought some fresh local fruits. Compare to Switzerland, the price was a bargain.
For dinner, we made fruit platters and just enjoy eating fruits from warmer places. The strawberries taste so sweet, the apricot is juicy and the cherries are ripe!
This is it for now, I'll be posting again soon. Now, I am off to do what I love and do best - to teach yoga and connect with people.