Sabine

Who am I?

My name’s Sabine, nice to meet you, I’m not Italian but come from Germany (at least my body was born in Germany).

My searching for a healthier and more humane way of life brought me to the Tuscan mountains. Almost thirty years ago we bought a small farmhouse in the Tuscan-romagna Appenines to live immersed in nature far from the city’s noise, with the desire to bring up our children in harmony with the environment, animals, the earth and the sky. We kept cows who pastured freely and voluntarily gave their milk until, at the end of a long happy life, they died of old age.

Why Yoga is Magic?

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Already at that time I was extremely interested in natural organic food and holistic medicine: homeopathy, Bach flower remedies and herbal medicine. Long and extensive personal studies of the above listed subjects have permitted me to keep the whole family healthy and cure them without having to use antibiotics or other synthetic drugs.

My passion for cooking, which became vegetarian after we experienced at first hand that the animals we eat have to be “killed”, led me to experiment new recipes until cooking became my profession over the years, and selling organic baked goods at the organic markets in the area has permitted us to make a living in a dignified manner “without selling our souls.”

However, I perceived that a deepening of the spiritual aspect was still lacking. I started to explore the Indian culture with its deep and comprehensive explanation of the phenomena of life, death and God.
I took initiation from the bhakti-yogi Bhakti Vaibhava Puri Goswami Maharaja in 2003, who gave me the name of Satyabhama devi dasi.

My searching for a healthier and more humane way of life brought me to the Tuscan mountains.

Years back, because of my interest in healing in a holistic and alternative way and in prevention, I started to practice hatha-yoga, but only 15 years later when I met my present-day teacher Gabriella Cella Al Chamali and got to know her Yoga-Ratna method did my true passion for yoga emerge.

I was overwhelmed, disturbed and transformed. Having frequented various of her workshops I decided to enroll in her S.I.Y.R. (School for yoga-ratna teachers), in the 4-year high-quality teaching course. In 2009 I graduated with full honors and I’m happy to have learnt this fascinating and captivating method. My interest is still directed mainly towards the therapeutic content of yoga, seeing as most pupils arrive with problems, aches and pains, etc. and Yoga-Ratna is particularly indicated because of its emphasis on listening to one’s own body, perceiving and accepting one’s own limits and then gradually increasing (with patience and constant practice) the capacity of the body.

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For a yoga teacher it’s very pleasing and rewarding to see and accompany one’s own students in this evolutionary path of transformation and personal growth.

I have been teaching for fivteen years now, at the outset to finance my yoga studies and subsequently as a passion and with the mission to bring this style of yoga, yoga-ratna, among the people. The last year my teaching activities increased a lot so that I opened my own Yoga Center in Casentino, Centro Yoga e Salute “Bhakti Shakti” where I give regular yoga classes and I offer regularly retreats and Yoga Vacations.

I am still continuing my education (because one never stops learning), with my yoga teacher, and also with other schools and teachers in Italy and India.

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The ‘Yoga is Magic Newsletter’ highlights the best in poses, sequences and advice. Learn about special programs, retreats, vacations and events. After signing up to the newsletter, you will receive my 'Yoga Ratna' video course completely free (€ 27 value), and the diploma thesis I wrote while studying at S.I.Y.R. School (School for Teachers Training of Yoga-Ratna). For my thesis I wanted to elaborate yoga sequences which could help reactivate the femininity inside us. By reading my thesis you will learn four yoga sequences - I created one sequence for each element: earth, water, fire and air. I called my thesis "The Feminine Dance", because I perceive life as a dance, sometimes frenetic, sometimes slow, sometimes serene and so on. I hope you enjoy the magical world of Yoga Ratna!

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Gabriella,-Bibbiena
Very nice! I wish I had the opportunity to practice moreover, it is excellent for body and mind. Sabine is patient, kind and she explains very well!
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