I’m very happy to continue with the series of posts about our Berlin Yoga Conference Festival Program entitled “Berlin Yoga Conference Presents”, with this post dedicated to a very special person – Marina Präger – also known as Mari Yoga Onda.

Photo curtesy of: Mari Yoga Onda

Some background information first.

When I first planned the program for the Berlin Yoga Conference, I invited teachers exclusively from out of town. My idea for this was the following: Berliners already had access to these amazing Berlin teachers, so why not bring the teachers from other cities and countries then? Furthermore, I even set a specific ration of national (German) VS international (from outside of Germany and Europe) teachers to be 50/50, which is still very much the case.

However, with time I realized that my thinking was not wholistic. Since I wanted this to become an international yoga event that reflects on the local yoga community, I needed to get the Berlin teachers on board, to give them a chance to present themselves to an international audience and to get them involved in this major Berlin yoga happening. This is how the idea for the Berlin Yoga Conference Festival Program was born.

Photo curtesy of Mari Yoga Onda

MARI YOGA ONDA | Certified Teacher Trainer | Yoga Conditioning

Having danced ballet for over 17 years, Mari has always been active and into sports since she was little. For a long time, yoga was not really “her thing”, but then she got caught. Both, inspired by and questioning the yoga hype in the western world, Mari asked herself what was behind it. 

The offer of classes and the variety of teachers is as diverse as the people and their motivations to attend a yoga class: some practice to strengthen their body, others – to calm down the mind, or to do good for the body and the soul. Yet, often the outcome can be the opposite. So Mari decided to not just teach another yoga class, but to help her students to reach their goals. 

Dynamic exercises in flow that break the boxed thinking and adapt to the practitioner. There is always an element of pranayama and meditation., as well as having fun, because “fun brings you consistency, and consistency brings you success”.

By developing physical strength and a steady practice, yoga becomes a moving meditation to calm the body and the mind.

Photo curtesy of Mari Yoga Onda

Workshops at the Berlin Yoga Conference

Mari will be teaching the following class at the Berlin Yoga Conference May 24-26:

Yoga Conditioning | 16:45-18:00 | Saturday, 25.05

Yoga Conditioning is for those who are into the athletic aspect of yoga, but are still interested in the alignment that yoga can bring. The focus is on an accurate alignment of the body, dynamically flowing movements, and the combination of different yoga and sport styles that break the box-thinking and adapt to the practitioner. Our everyday life is already filled with paradigms, guidelines, should & musts, etc.- A real balance for Mari is only achieved with the ability to incorporate that practice into everyday life.