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3,000 years of yoga! When searching for your true core - yoga - you can draw upon a great reservoir of experience. The AYI Magazine provides you an overview of all the different aspects of Ashtanga Yoga, introduces practitioners, students and teachers and gives you new inspiration for your own practice. Have fun browsing!

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Nadi Shodhana: A Rollercoaster Ride for the Nerves

From feelings of disappointment and discouragement to those of contentment and balance: Sandrine Bremer spoke with us about her experiences while practicing the Second Series and how they have affected the way she shows up on and off the mat.

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This Skin We’re In: Manifesting Subtle Movement through the Sense of Touch

The skin is the largest organ of the human body. It is the skin that gives us our faculty to feel (and to touch), which is arguably the most important sense we possess. As early as within the womb we are able to sense our environment through our skin. That being said, we are often unaware of the function of the skin. Through this article series we hope to bring more awareness to our skin, whether on or off the mat.

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Laughter Yoga- Is that supposed to be a joke?

No, it's no joke... it really exists! This yoga form is growing in popularity and more and more people meet regularly to laugh together. In order to find out more about what is behind Laughter Yoga and for whom it might be suitable, we spoke with yogini Katja Schneider about her experience with this particular yoga form and why she would like to offer Laughter Yoga at AYI Ulm.

Tradition

The Mysore style, self practice and how the "Ashtanga Religion" came about

“Old student” and certified teacher Prem Carlisi talks to AYI about studying with Pattabhi Jois, tradition and change, as well as guinea pigs

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KraftQuelle in Kitzbühel: Interview with Martina Egger

5 years ago Martina Egger opened the doors of KraftQuelle (German for Power Source) in Kitzbühel, creating a unique space where yoga and midwifery go hand in hand.

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Congratulations to the TRIKA 6 graduates!

After 4 years of hard work, aspiring teachers of the BDY / AYI® teacher training successfully completed their final weekend in Munich. This special weekend was a culmination of what was covered over the teacher training where the trainees demonstrated the knowledge they had acquired under the guidance of Anna Trökes and Dr. Ronald Steiner. The final exam tested their understanding of theory and the practical application of the material covered.

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SEOM: Sensitivity, Energy, Orientation and Moxie

Profound content interlaced with modern beats: musician and songwriter SEOM sat down to talk with us about his lyrics, ancient truths and what really matters in life.

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AYI® Interview with Marcell Laudahn

AYInnovation®, Thai yoga massage and Nonviolent Communication - AYI® teacher trainer Marcell Laudahn talks with us about his multi-faceted approach

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Mysore, magic and the essence of yoga

Asthanga, Mysore, magic and what yoga is essentially all about – AYI® talks to Andrew Eppler

Alignment & Yoga Therapy

Rolfing & Ashtanga Yoga: The Power of Touch and Movement

At first glance, it may seem like two very different areas - but after taking a closer look it becomes clear that there are actually quite a few commonalities. Physical therapist and body worker Andreas Lutz talks with us about the potential of combining both approaches.

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Yoga Festival at Überlingen

Stormy days at Lake Constance - but even those didn't deter over 550 enthusiastic yogis and yoginis from coming to the Überlingen Yoga Festival to experience yoga in all its different shapes. AYI® Teacher Barbara Kittel-Holmgren was one of them.

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TKV Desikachar - Adapting Yoga to the Individual Practitioner

Son and student of Sri Krishnamacharya, pioneer, famous yoga Guru and founder of the world-renowned institute "Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram" - TKV Desikachar passed away leaving behind his legacy as a central figure of yoga in the 20th Century.

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The ability to empathize with other people

Structured creativity and a lively balance thanks to Ashtanga Yoga. AYI® interview with yoga teacher and AYInnovation ® Teacher Trainer Romana Lorenz-Zapf.

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Yogability: entering the world of yoga

On 1 May 2016 it was finally the big day: Yogability Herdecke opened its doors for the first time and will from now on offer perfect conditions for practice, reflection and relaxation on 130sqm.

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Richard Pilnick on the “Yoga Photography“ project

Photography = Meditation = Yoga? Exlusive insights: gifted photographer and enthusiastic yogi Richard Pilnick on his latest project and his ideas on yoga and photography in general….

Alignment & Yoga Therapy

An Imaginary Dresscode for Yogis - Bandha made easy!

Bandhas are one of the central techniques in yoga practice. In this interview, yogini Katarina Tauber tells you how, with the help of a number of simple images, you can lern to set the bandhas in accordance with the AYInnovation® / Bandhalign® Method.

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Learning to fly: Aerial Yoga at the AYI Ulm

Take off in colorful yoga hammocks, let yourself drift and find new energy - thanks to Aerial Yoga this will now also be possible at the AYI Ulm. Discover numerous options for backbends, acrobatic experiments and much more.

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Open day at Sampurna

5 years "house of plenty" - certainly a reason to celebrate! Which the Sampurna team will do with an open day. AYI® sends their best wishes and a big thank you for the great cooperation over those years!

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108 sun salutations to celebrate the International Yoga Day in Ulm

What is it that you experience when doing 108 sun salutations? On 21 June 2016 - the first International Yoga Day celebrated in Ulm - the AYI® Team gave it a try and was suprised how exciting this experience was.

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Former competitive athlete turns yoga teacher

From outdoor sports such as skiing and climbing to Ashtanga Yoga and AYI® teacher: how Barbara Kittel-Holmgren found her way to a pain-free and holistic balance

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Regaining faith in one's own abilities - with yoga

Professional guitarist and music teacher Lisa Duhm visits a yoga class at AYInstitute Ulm - and experiences that she can trust her back and her hands. With increasing confidence on the mat, the confidence for other things in life grows as well. Ultimately, all (pleasant) effort results in the realization: "Everybody has the right to be their individual selves."

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AYI® goes Urban Gardening! Raphaela Gerlach at the AYI Ulm

"Urban" and "gardening" is a contradiction in itself? Not at all! Together with the Ulm yogis, Raphaela proved that even on a roof terrace a small green paradise can be created.

Alignment & Yoga Therapy

Yoga works – meta-study shows the positive effect of yoga on mental disorders

Now we even have scientific proof: according to a meta-study, yoga has a profound, significant effect in the treatment of mental illnesses.

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AYInnovation® at Mattengold (Stuttgart)

Last summer, I started an Ashtanga Yoga Innovation Training. Not because of Ashtanga Yoga, which I had hardly practiced at all up to that point, but because of Dr. Ronald Steiner, the training supervisor and founder of Ashtanga Yoga Innovation (AYInnovation®).

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The AYInnovation® Method - Traditional. Innovative. Individual.

AYInnovation® - Traditional Ashtanga meets cutting-edge science for a mindful alignment towards life - by Dr. Ronald Steiner.

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Christian Easter seen from the point of view of the Upanishads – is that even possible?

During our Easter Retreat, we asked ourselves what the meaning of the Christian Easter festivities and the teachings of the Upanishads have in common.

Alignment & Yoga Therapy

Roots turning into wings

Our feet are our roots and our hands our wings... Yet on the yoga mat, this can sometimes be exactly the other way round - for instance when we use our hands to support part of our weight or even all of it.

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In a few words

The Yoga-Aktuell interview with Dr. Ronald Steiner

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Retreat selbstgemacht

1 Woche im Ashtanga Yoga Institute und in der zweitschönsten Stadt Deutschlands. Wer die Dinge gerne selbst in die Hand nimmt und sich abseits von den üblichen Retreat Angeboten seine innersten Wünsche erfüllen möchte, der sollte nach Ulm kommen und sich sein eigenes Ashtanga Yoga Innovation Retreat zusammenstellen. Dieser Artikel gibt Tipps, wie, wo und warum ein Retreat in Ulm und um Ulm herum eigentlich obligatorisch sein sollte.

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No Change?

Ashtanga yoga is known to be extremely challenging and structured. Nevertheless, it leaves room for development. A conversation about tradition and innovation, about misunderstandings and typical Western thinking towards Ashtanga yoga, with teachers Ronald Steiner and Janosh Steinhauer.

Alignment & Yoga Therapy

Why strength deserves more attention

For many yogis, stretching seems to be the only way to release tensions. But what precisely is it that causes muscular tensions in the first place?

Alignment & Yoga Therapy

Take a deep breath and relax

Nothing counters stress better than taking a few deep breaths into your belly. Into your belly? How is that supposed to work? With the help of the diaphragm, our most important respiratory muscle...

Alignment & Yoga Therapy

The right twist for a healthy back

In Germany, back pain is one of the main reasons for sick leaves and even applications for a pension. No surprise, then, that back pain is also one of the most frequent reasons to start practicing yoga.

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Yoga? - But I'm too old for that...

... as if! A join-in workshop including the sun salutation. All you need to participate: a chair

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YOGA IN BERLIN ❤ by Wari Om

So sieht Yoga in Deutschland 2013 aus. Der Photograph Wari Om hält in Berlin bekannte Yogis im Bild fest, während Babeck Bodien dafür Musik komponierte.

Alignment & Yoga Therapy

A blessing for your knees

As our most complex joint stabilised mainly by ligaments, the knee is particularly prone to chronic misload and overstrain. Most injuries and pain in the knee resulting from yoga practice could be avoided, though.

Alignment & Yoga Therapy

What precisely is being stretched here?

You might already have tried one of those 'hip-opening' exercises so popular in yoga. If yes, did you feel a stretch on the outside of your hip, deep under the superficial muscles of the buttocks and ask yourself which muscles precisely were being stretched? And why relaxing this part of the body felt so particularly good?

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The origins of Ashtanga Yoga (Part 1/3)

»Never changed anything« – was Pattabhi Jois's standard reply when asked by pupils where the type of yoga he taught came from. Pattabhi always referred to his teacher T. Krishnamacharya, who, by his own account, had taught him everything and whose knowledge he passed on in an unchanged form.

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The Founding Fathers of Ashtanga Yoga (Part 2/3)

In almost any German city, there is by now at least one school that inscribes itself in the tradition of Ashtanga Yoga. This yoga style shaped to such a great extent by Pattabhi Jois has also found a home in several other Western countries.

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A vivid tradition (part 3/3)

Ashtanga Yoga practice is characterised by both a universal tradition and regional as well as individual differences. Up to a certain degree, many practitioners of Ashtanga Yoga feel at home in the world.

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Yogapiano Vorführung auf der Yoga Expo in Stuttgart

Ronald Steiner (Yoga) und Andreas Loh (Piano) bei der Yoga Expo Stuttgart am 12.04.2013.

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The yoga treasure vault

When you have already spent some time on the yoga journey, you might ask yourself at a certain point whether you might now feel "advanced". In an interview with the YOGA JOURNAL Ronald Steiner, author of the book "Yoga für Fortgeschrittene“ (Yoga for Advanced Practitioners) written in cooperation with fellow yoga teacher and author Anna Trökes, answers this question and explains how a deeper understanding of yoga can be achieved...

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Interview in the EYU Conference Zinal 2012

Zinal ist Zentrum der Gelassenheit in dieser Woche. 400 Hobby und Profi Yogis kommen hier zum Europäischen Yogakongress zusammen. Der Stundenplan umfasst Praxis, Schulungen und Konferenzen. Dieses Video bietet einen Einblick eine der renomiertesten Yogaveranstaltungen.

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Ashtanga Yoga with Kino MacGregor in Mysore, India

A short glimpse into the Ashtanga Yoga world. If you want to practice Ashtanga Yoga at the source, just do it!

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The complexity of the exercise is not significant

When we talk about yoga, Dr. Ronald Steiner is currently one of the most sought-after people in Germany. The Byoga Studio in Sindelfingen, which is now under a new management and places its focus on the so-called Ashtanga, is right to his taste. For this reason, the Ulm-based expert was happy to drop in on the opening day.

Alignment & Yoga Therapy

Two energy circles for the feet

In all yoga positions, a good alignment is important to maintain the health of the entire system. A correct alignment allows for a healthy practice, an ideal positioning of the joints and prevents injuries.

Alignment & Yoga Therapy

Yoga as a form of pain therapy

At YogaExpo 2012 in Stuttgart, Dr. Ronald Steiner gave a talk on yoga as a form of pain therapy and on the general health-promoting effects of a yoga practice adjusted to the individual needs of the practitioners.

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Mysore Magic - Yoga at the Source

What is that indefinable energy that attracts Yoga practitioners back to Mysore, India year after year? There is something that cannot be explained...and this film captures a bit of that magic...Mysore Magic: Yoga at the Source.

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Convict Conditioning

Training ohne Hilfsmittel im Gefängnis, von harten Typen für harte Typen, aber mit einem Foto von Ronald Steiner.

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The essence of Ashtanga Yoga

Warm, humid air and the sound of flowing breath permeates the room. People move, all of them through different positions, following a familiar pattern and each in tune with their own breath. A teacher walks through the room and, in a whispering voice, talks to single students, explains, assists. Apart from that, not a word is spoken, everybody practices on their own.

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Yoga Expo 2012

Die große Messe für Yoga und verwandte Bereiche geht ins dritte Jahr. Yoga Aktuell hat mit den Veranstaltern über Neuerungen und Highlights gesprochen und einige Stimmen zur YogaExpo eingeholt.

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Yoga & Sports

Dr. Ronald Steiner on yoga as a complement to other sports and a therapy for sports injuries

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Body Art

Ashtanga Yoga, vorgestellt von Ronald Steiner, als Ur-Inspiration für BodyArt nach Robert Steinbacher.

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How do I find the right style for me?

Ashtanga Yoga - "Explore your own limits and learn how to focus your mind. Learn how to get deeper into individual positions without sustaining an injury. Learn how to meditate."

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Nine questions to...

At varying intervals, the Deutsche Yoga-Forum presents the »emerging« generation of new yoga teachers from different traditions. In this edition: Dr. Ronald Steiner.

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Weck den Fakir in Dir

Auf der ersten Yoga-Expo in München findet sich eine Mischung aus spirituellen und materiellen Angeboten.

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Wem hilft Yoga

Die Haltungen und Atemübungen der indischen Entspannungslehre lindern Beschwerden wie Kopfschmerzen, Nervösität oder Bluthochdruck. Unabhängig davon, ob man gelenkig ist oder nicht.

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Yoga Anatomy

Das Yoga-Anatomie Buch von Leslie Kaminoff. Mit einem Bild von Ronald Steiner.

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Yoga - mehr als nur "OM" und Räucherstäbchen

Im Rahmen des Gesundheitsjahres 2005 in Erlangen, das unter dem Motto "Gesundheit erleben, Gesundheit ERLANGEN" läuft, finden am Samstag und Sonntag, den 10. und 11. Dezember ein Symposium und Workshop zum Thema Yoga statt.

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Das Gesundheitsjahr geht in den Endspurt

Neueröffnung einer Yoga-Schule - Das Gesundheitsjahr 2005 in Erlangen das unter dem Motto "Gesundheit erleben - Gesundheit ERLANGEN" steht neight sich in diesen Wochen dem Ende entgegen.

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Yoga neu erleben

Was Yoga wirklich ist, will ein Symposium mit Workshops interessierten Bürgerinnen und Bürgern näher bringen. Dazu veranstaltet die Integrale Yogaschule NaradaYoga ... einen zweitägigen Kongress.

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Hohe Infektions-Gefahr

Künstler und Mediziner planen gemeinsames Projekt. Ab 25. Mai verwandelt sich das Anatomische Institut I (Krankenhausstraße 9) zur Kulisse eines Kunstprojekts. Die Planungen dafür laufen derzeit auf Hochtouren.

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Auf den Spuren des siegreichen Fussballteams

Das Angebot des Allgemeinen Hochschulsports an der Uni Erlangen-Nürnberg wir sehr rege angenommen. ... Der Yoga-Kurs ist jedes mal in der ersten halben Stunden nach Einschreibungsbeginn voll. Die Folge: Wir expandieren ...

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Da stehen Stars drauf

"Sting und Madonna tun es schon ..." In der Schellingstraße wurde jetzt die Eröffnung des ersten "Jivamukti Yoga Centers" in Deutschland gefeiert. Extra eingeflogen wurden Sharon Ganon und David Life (beide 51, sehen aber aus wie Mitte 30) die "Jivamukti Yoga" in New York entwickelt haben. Madonna nimmt bei ihnen Privatstunden. Sting und Top-Bodel Christy Turlington gehören ebenso zu ihren Kunden wie Mededesignerin Donna Karan oder Hollywood Star Sharon Stone.

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You, tradition and the yoga-mat

What has your daily practice on the yoga mat to do with the tradition of Ashtangas? Should we only believe what has been scientifically proven? And what about the kaleidoscope of experiences, i.e. everything I'm experiencing in my practice?

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Asana + direction = alignment

An asana alone does not define you as a yogi. Only the interaction of breath and energy, lightness and stability, falling back and advancement will open the door for you to the wealth of experience of the infinite cosmos of yoga. If this is understood, the direction, or alignment, results in the asana arising almost by itself.

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Using bandha to control energy from the breath

Two poles of a battery between which energy flows – in this way bandhas conduct breath through the body. Working against the force of gravity and achieving lightness. Here you will find the necessary bandha know-how...

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Vinyasa - like beads on a garland

Vinyasa arises from merging breath and movement into one another. Asanas become the pearls on a thread, thoughts like raindrops in the ocean, practice becomes an energetic track in the ether, the breath like the rush of the sea...

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Ujjayi Pranayama - the victorious breath

The beauty of unifying breath and movement is truly majestic. With the breathing techniques of Ujjayi pranayama we can open a gateway, melt snow, or ride the waves like a surfer. Experience it here …

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Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga travels the world

From Jivamukti to Sharon Gannon and David Life, to Brian Kest’s Power Yoga - many modern styles of yoga are children of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. So you can be anywhere in the world and feel a bit at home...

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How Ashtanga Yoga found its way to the West

It was just a small photo in one of many yoga books. And yet this picture set a revolution in motion. It brought Europeans and Americans to Pattabhi Jois in India, and Ashtanga Yoga to the West.

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The roots of the living tradition of Ashtanga Yoga

Looking back at the legendary lineage of the Ashtanga tradition: From Patanjali to Vamana Rhishi, and Krishnamacharya to BNS Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois - an ancient yoga tradition with refreshing vitality in the present.

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Krishnamacharya – the guiding light of Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga yoga, as well as many other types of yoga in the world, would probably be absent without him: Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1888-1989) saved traditional yoga from oblivion and created the basis for our present-day yoga practices. Just a myth?

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Tristana – The Lotus Blossom of Ashtanga Yoga

When movement and breath fuse together, the energy carries the body seemingly effortlessly and focus moves from the exterior to the interior, we reach Tristana. Or: through vinyasa, bandha and drishti we achieve the spiritual dimension in Ashtanga yoga practice.

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A physicist at AYI®

A physicist at AYI® in Ulm - Kati Tauber visits the Ashtanga Yoga Institute.