My name is Anna Feilchenfeldt. I am of mixed European nationality based in Sardinia and Amsterdam.
The Yoga path, just like any path is an ongoing process and mine began around 2002. I was always drawn to slowing my pace and making the experience of movement one of introspection, stillness and inner guidance, which is why my formal movement education is based on Yin Yoga and Qi Gong.
Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues - currently more often referred to as fascia - and will affect the deeper layers of the muscles, ligaments, bones and tendons. Unlike the more dynamic and muscular forms of Yoga, Yin Yoga postures are held for a longer period of time allowing for Yin tissues to respond and energy flow to be stimulated within.
Qi Gong, one of the five branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine (next to acupuncture, herbal medicine, Tuina massage and nutrition) is practiced for both healing and health maintenance, to increase vitality and reduce stress.
Both Yin Yoga and Qi Gong stimulate the major meridians that run through the body, calm the nervous system and cultivate inner peace and stillness. However, the experience of both is as individual as someone's body frame, bone structure and the colour of their eyes and will therefore always remain personal.
It is essential to explore this personal experience with all its limits and limitations and the space and freedom these provide. Yoga means to join, to unite and what we join, what we unite, how we move, how we connect dots is different every day, different from person to person and always dependent on what is accessible to the individual at any given moment. Qi Gong means cultivating energy and here too, wether we practice in a quietening manner or in an invigorating manner very much depends on the time of day and our needs.
Both have their roots in Taoism - the way of the universe and the purpose of which being to discover our own unique energy and expression.