And we continue with another inspiring interview – today with lovely Jasmin, yoga teacher and founder of Beyond my Mat, who currently lives in Bali as well. Enjoy!
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself – who are you and what is “Beyond my Mat” about?
My name is Jasmin and I’m 28 years old. I enjoy traveling a lot and practice yoga with love and enthusiasm. More than a year ago, I made these two passions my life’s content. I left my life in Germany behind and moved to Bali in October 2016. There I did my 200h RYT and then started my yoga blog Beyond my Mat. On my blog I share my thoughts and experiences with yoga, spirituality and my life on the island of gods, with all the steps backwards and doubts that accompany me. In addition, I do some “yogi deshaming”, because I find that the yoga world can be characterized by arrogance and fanaticism.
2. What made you start practicing yoga and leading a healthy lifestyle?
I moved to Munich in the beginning of 2015 to start my new job as a project manager. I came directly from New York to Munich and the jet lag had blown me away. When my friend persuaded me to go with her to the yoga studio Jivamukti, I was thrilled. Tired of the move, my new job and the jetlag, I was able to get the right amount of energy in the yoga class. I had already attended a few yoga classes before, but never with any spiritual teaching. The experience at Jivamukti was a real treat both physically and mentally. I felt I had finally gotten a tool that leads me more to myself. I attended more and more yoga classes, bought inspiring literature, and watched yoga become more and more part of my everyday life, making it more beautiful.
3. What does a typical day in your life look like?
I get up with the sun, that is between 6 and 7 o’clock in Bali. Then I practice yoga and meditate. After a hearty breakfast with friends, I dedicate myself to work. Incidentally, I only take one day off a week here. That’s why I work less than eight hours a day. In the afternoon I go to the beach to drink my daily coconut and watch the sunset.
4. What are the 3 foods you couldn’t live without?
Nuts, apples and – not so “yogic” – CHOCOLATE!
5. What’s your go-to snack for days when you’re on the run?
I always like to have a few dates with me, my favorite superfood.
6. What is your favorite asana and why?
Dhanurasana (the bow): I love the energetic effect of backbends.
7. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Hard to say, there are certainly countless advices. Nevertheless, I am learning a lot more to listen to myself and trust my inner voice. So now I’m looking for less and less advice from others and instead go inside to find my answers. And that works quite well. 🙂
8. What is your life motto or mantra?
“I am not this hair, I am not this skin. I’m a big Rumi fan, but isn’t this quote totally yogic? The reminder that I am not my appearance or what others think of me helps me a lot to keep up with my calling and not let me shy away from superficiality. I silently say this mantra when insecurity or fear slow me down.
9. What ignites your passion for what you do?
I am enthusiastic about things that bring me into the present moment. That is traveling, yoga, love, family and friendship. Everything that creates presence.
10. Do you have any tips for those of us who are just starting their yoga journey?
I think as a yoga beginner it is important to attend a guided yoga class. Many beginners start yoga with Youtube. Generally, I do not find Youtube Yoga wrong. However, just as a beginner, it is nice to feel the dynamics of a yoga class, to tune into the yoga shala and to be led by an experienced teacher.