01 Mixed Martial Arts
I was involved in Mixed martial arts competitions from about 24, having competed and trained in The Philippines, Taiwan, China, Thailand and The UK, holding a 5-4 record in MMA, 1-0 record in Muay thai, also competing in multiple Brazilian jiujitsu competitions, winning medals in the Bangkok open and currently holding a purple belt.
I think I originally got into MMA to overcome fear of conflict, but also because I was angry. I think it helped me channel my aggression, and while it did give me a lot of structure and form, it wasn't until I started to do the inner work, therapy, meditation, energy psychology that I started to integrate those feelings properly and understand a bit about what deeper self acceptance actually felt like.
It continues to be a journey.
I started doing yoga around 2013. Practicing Hatha and hot yoga, then moving onto Ashtanga, its a practice I move in and out of depending on the other physical activities I'm doing, but the practice of stretching has stayed close throughout the years as a way to rehabilitate old injuries and ward off new ones. I also find much value in the philosophies that underpin yoga - union with all aspects of yourself. It brings up more than I had bargained for when I first got into it and is a useful ally in shadow work.
I did my first 10 day silent retreat vipassana course in 2013. I've since been on three more courses including service periods. We also held a vipassana style retreat at our project the energy school in Switzerland. I practice vipassana, metta and some other meditation techniques pretty much daily. I find it extremely grounding and centering, it's become a staple part of my life and mental health care. I can't imagine life now without it.
04 Breathwork & Inner dance
I was initiated into breathwork in 2011 by a kundalini yoga teacher. My first experience was so noteworthy I began to pay a lot of attention to the breath, focusing on circular breathing, rebirthing and various pranayama techniques. Since then I also studied the Wim Hof Method, amongst other forms of hyperventilation, and it's opposite, hyp-o-ventilation with the buteyko method.
I ran into inner dance in 2012 and have been using it as a therapeutic tool since then. Inner dance and breathwork have helped me get in touch with hard to reach emotions and deep rooted emotional trauma, helping me self regulate while processing stuff through the body.
A natural synthesis between inner dance and breathwork was born around 2014
I've been holding inner dance workshops since 2012, breathwork classes and facilitator trainings around the world since 2014. For a list of past and upcoming retreats you can see our services page.
You can read more about breathwork here.