Steffo Shambo – Tantra Yoga for Men

Tantra is the practice of being in a full relationship with life, a living connection with what is opening yourself, your senses, awareness, and emotions to the present moment, and experiencing reality from that place of openness. It creates an active merging of body and spirit. 


Many people tend to associate Tantra with the awakening of the senses and connection. Sometimes, even with an unbridled lust for life and sexuality.


Some practitioners say that Tantric practices are more of a strategy that helps quiet the mind and soul and helps activate sexual energy in an individual. It helps instill a better sense of wellbeing and higher states of consciousness, igniting the overall mind, body, and soul of an individual.


In this podcast, Steffo Shambo, a men’s relationship coach, talks about tantra yoga for men. He is the founder of Tantric Academy. He helps empower men to realize and tap into their full masculine confidence, intimate power, and their ability to connect with themselves and their partners on a deeper level than ever before.


Men have challenges, too. Sometimes, it is even harder to navigate because of societal stereotypes. Historical roots of movements for women empowerment have gained momentum and advances and paved for general acceptance of personal development concepts. But it men, it’s another story.


Steffo, through his work in Tantric Academy, and in this episode, gives advice and tips for men on how to reflect within and be better partners in their relationships in a Tantric way.


He’s also in for some eye-opening conversation about men’s challenges and some ways to address that. Don’t miss this out on Outer Travel, Inner Journey!

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Podcast Highlights

  • 4:26- 5:28 – Classical Tantra
  • 9:31-11:04 – Men and Women’s Awareness
  • 12:13-16:52 – Transformation
  • 20:23-21:57 – Dark Night of the Soul
  • 22:46-24:04 – Coaching Journey
  • 29:40 -31:27 – Transmissions
  • 32:55-34:27- Modernization
  • 37:14-38:48 – Gift of Words

Pocket Quotes

  • “Masculine and feminine can meet in a place of healing and equality. That’s really what the planet needs right now and what helps to bring the world to a better place.” – Steffo Shambo
  • “I had my own challenges, journey and suffering that helped me let go out in the world to seek answers and transform myself.” – Steffo Shambo
  • “My purpose is to help one man at a time to become integrated and whole again.” – Steffo Shambo
  • “For me what’s most important for my clients is not the format, it is the result and outcome.” -Steffo Shambo
  • “When we fix that micro relationship, we also fix the macro, on a global scale.” – Steffo Shambo

Guest Bio

Steffo Shambo is the founder of the Tantric Academy. He is a men’s relationship coach and hosts a mentorship program called the Tantric Man Experience, that has transformed hundreds of men’s marriages from all around the world. His specialty is helping men realize their full masculine confidence, sexual power, and depth of connection with their spouse.

Nicole Henkel – Yoga and Politics

For sure, you’ve read this many times before: yoga is more than just a movement exercise. While we see many videos, platforms, or even apps that offer yoga as part of a fitness program, the full meaning, and benefits of yoga are beyond the sweat and calories you burn out during each practice.

For those who’ve been in the practice, yoga is a mind and body practice. Yoga is a way of life—of a constant union of the mind and body into the space and energy we’re moving in.

The ancient Indian practice of yoga combines meditation, breathing, and precise postures and poses to make a connection with thoughts, body, and spirit. People who practice yoga say it leads to a state of physical health, relaxation, happiness, peace, and tranquility.

Its range of benefits won’t fit the space for the description of this podcast!

Yoga changes lives. This episode’s guest, Nicole Henkel, can attest to that as yoga changed her perspective, even led her to politics. There’s something about yoga that penetrates right to the heart and those who begin their yoga journey often find themselves feeling more compassionate about other people and the world around them.

In this podcast, Nicole Henkel, a well-trained yoga teacher, talks about yoga and politics. She teaches yoga full-time for more than a decade and has taught yoga worldwide. She also shares about her journey being a yoga teacher and the moment she discovered she had cancer.

Nicole is also sharing motivating words about how yoga helped her when she had cancer and how it changed her life. But yoga is no magic pill. It’s the change that happens in you that is.

Join Nicole and Alex in this next episode of Outer Travel, Inner Journey!

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Podcast Highlights

  • 3:36-7:05 – Yoga and Politics
  • 10:15-15:18 – Nicole’s Journey
  • 20:29-23:47 – Is yoga a magic pill
  • 24:56-27:12 – Fighting
  • 27:44-29:45 – What Yoga means to Nicole
  • 30:47 -31:46 – Meditation
  • 33:19-35:52 – Yoga and Righteousness

Pocket Quotes

  • “We don’t know how far we have to push ourselves in order to see the boon that’s waiting for us. Sometimes it comes in horrible ways until we wake up and get really clear.”  Alexandra Kreis
  • “You have to be conscious and you have to connect to every power and force.” – Nicole Henkel
  • “I’m a dreamer to make this place better.” – Nicole Henkel
  • “I’m a cancer survivor. Yoga made me change my life.” – Nicole Henkel
  • “Be brave enough to be the change.” – Nicole Henkel

Guest Bio

Nicole is a yoga teacher for more than a decade and has taught yoga worldwide. She has trained with renowned yoga teachers like Sri Guru Dharma Mittra, who enabled her to deepen her knowledge about the Marga Asthanga and Vinyasa Yoga.

Nicole studied anatomy and physiology intensively and incorporated aspects of yoga therapy into her yoga classes. She has a deep knowledge of Vedic Chanting and Yoga Therapy within the Krishnamacharya yoga mandiram.

Monica Biasiolo – Divorce and Identity

Concepts of family, union, and separation are still very much entangled in different cultural values. In many places in the world, we have come to some degree of common understanding, but in some places, it remains to be a conversation that’s difficult to navigate, causing it to be painful for those who go through it.

In this podcast, Monica Biasiolo shares her life experiences, marriage, and divorce. Going through the often difficult and painful process of divorce took a toll on her health. After the divorce there was negative energy, shame, intense emotions—her internal self in complete disharmony!

This was a wake-up call for Monica.

Monica is a certified Yoga Health Coach giving back to the Yoga healer community. She lived as an ex-pat for decades and is now a certified mindfulness teacher.

Realizing that taking back her health is about taking back her power in driving her own life, Monica shares how she strived to shift from victim mode to an empowered decision-maker in her life. From being in the passenger’s seat to driving change and purpose in her life and other people’s.

Her wisdom and practical tips are coming first-hand from her journey of changing habits for her health, transitioning from being a student to a mentor, and finally leading her own health coaching business.
Monica believes difficult journeys can be done with ease and that anyone can start healing themselves and find their dharma while they are at it.

Catch this deeply relatable and inspiring conversation with Monica!


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Podcast Highlights

  • 8:04-9:23 – Shaming and Blaming
  • 11:01-12:37 –  Body’s Wake Up Call
  • 13:15-18:06 – Signs of Disempowerment
  • 19:36-23:56 – Moving Forward and Forgiveness
  • 29:52-31:48 – Reflections

Pocket Quotes

  • “It’s too early to leave. It’s better that I do something and change something.” – Monica Biasiolo
  • “I have the power of choice and I choose to empower another person.” -Monica Biasiolo
  • “We are not here in this world because we need to. We are here in this life, in this journey because we are meant to be.” – Monica Biasiolo
  • “You can change the nose of the ship ever so slightly and it will bring you into a totally different direction.” – Alexandra Kreis 
  • “Look at a beautiful flower, even if it’s a tiny one on the rough side. It has that bright color and it’s beautiful . You look at it and you see perfection—you’ll see that it is also you. We are part of the whole.” – Monica Biasiolo

Guest Bio

Monica is a certified Yoga Health Coach who loves to give back to the Yoga healer community. She is also a Forrest Yoga and Mindfulness teacher and a Certified Living Ayurveda, Yoga healer, USA, and  Certified Mindfulness Teacher, Shamash Alidina, UK. She recently moved back to her hometown in Rome after living as an expat for 20 years in four continents.

Victoria Überegger – Our Space is our Canvas

We spend 90% of our lives indoors. Imagine how much time is that—being in the confines of a space that either supports you or restricts you. These spaces cultivate our experience and awareness that draw the lines between these spaces.

And so for Victoria Überegger, holistic interior designer and fellow yoga practitioner, spaces such as our home should be designed according to the story that its owners want to tell. Every home should look completely different from the next person’s home and each space within a home should reflect how the homeowner wants to feel, what habits they want to create.

Motivated by her own experience, Victoria worked to adopt a holistic approach to interior design through yoga because she knew how a person can take out all the fear and angst that he/she accumulates from a house into his/her social life. Growing up with so much fear and anxiety from living in an old, almost horror house-looking building in the middle of a beautiful city was, to her, next to a traumatic childhood.

As Westerners, we always think of a trajectory—that we’re on a target and we always and continuously have to move forward like an arrow. We thought it’s that strain swift move, but if you look closer, it’s swinging. Like in life, all these pulsations—the endless contraction and expansion—always reflect the polarity of life.

In this podcast, Victoria and Alex exchange and share very profound yet practical tips to create that space that truly reflects one’s vision. Some of them are bringing pieces of nature indoors, reconnecting us with the sense of quietness and nature within ourselves, and getting rid of all toxins that are already pre-existing before moving in.

The philosophy is simple: Try not to possess it all. Let it go. At the end of the day, our home is where we take refuge. After all, our home is our comfort.

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Podcast Highlights

  • 02:15 – 6:50 Victoria’s Journey to Holistic Interior Design
  • 11:24 – 12:30 Broadening the Horizon through Yoga
  • 15:49 – 17:02 Holistic Interior Design reflects the homeowner’s identity, experience, and expression
  • 20:25 – 23:44 Making a Space your OWN
  • 25:05 – 28:33 Creating your space from a blank canvas

Pocket Quotes

  • The spaces we live in manifest in our life. – Victoria Überegger
  • To create something with meaning, you have to stop and be with YOU and sit with YOU and deal with yourself. – Victoria Überegger
  • A room is a big blank canvas. Everything comes together to portray one big vision board – the most important is the vision part. – Alexandra Kreis
  • There has never been a better time to reimagine your home than at least the first lockdown. Anything that’s wrong with your home, you know it now. – Victoria Überegger

Guest Bio

SpaceVictoria Überegger is a holistic interior designer and at the same time, a yoga practitioner, from Innsbruck, Austria.


Victoria is from South Tyrol, a multi-language province in the north of Italy on the border to Austria; therefore, she is able to speak fluent Italian, German, and English. She is an open–minded, creative person, who allows her to think outside the box and can work in a team or by herself to solve problems at hand.

What does it mean to practice self-care?

Adulthood is overrated. The length of effects and stress brought about by the sometimes overwhelming responsibilities of adulthood is underestimated. Workload, deadlines, work at home, family relationship, financial responsibilities—the list could go on and on. When you factor in social activities and what social media tells you to consume, you will relish the opportunity to trade places with that baby who has nothing to worry about. But that’s next to impossible. 

Especially these days. We wake up each day not knowing exactly what to expect. There’s good news and bad news and we are all on an emotional roller coaster ride. Our bodies and brains are adversely affected by stress, fear, and anxiety. And chronic stress can create long-term health issues.

But of course, there’s a way to be at peace with yourself and the world we are in—embrace the numerous responsibilities but focus on what is essential. And this includes self-care. Yes, self-care, believe it or not!


So, what really is self-care?

More formally, self-care is “a multidimensional, multifaceted process of purposeful engagement in strategies that promote healthy functioning and enhance well-being.” It is vital for building resilience toward those stressors in life that we can’t eliminate.

Self-care is a general term that describes everything you do deliberately for your mental, physical, and emotional well-being. By that, many of us overlook this very important ‘responsibility’. And this is why ‘deliberately’ is one of the most important words in the definition. We need to be conscious of our well-being before we can achieve true self-care.

It can start from very simple acts or habits, like not checking emails at night when you know it would affect your sleep or bigger things like going for a vacation or booking a massage.


And why is it important?

Is it true that self-care borders to being selfish? Hmmm, well what’s so wrong about pleasing yourself (as long as you don’t undermine anyone in the process)? So, that’s a big NO. This is not about doing something at the expense of the other. But in fact, it is about doing something to enable you to actually do more of the other. When we pay attention to our well-being, we are not considering our needs alone. We are reinvigorating ourselves so that we can be the best version of ourselves for the people around us. Like a mother finding the time to rest the body and mind or do an evening self-care routine so she will have a richer self to take care of her child.

Self-care encourages us to maintain a healthy relationship with ourselves so that we can transmit the positive energy created on to others. 

How to practice it?

But self-care isn’t just about a one-time trip to the massage therapist or vacation. It is best practiced with consistency. Like a small evening routine to make you feel rested when you wake up and face another day. You can also add a few bigger steps during the weekend or every other week or so. The key here is not waiting for yourself to reach body and mind fatigue before doing something but regularly and consistently unloading the negatives to make space for the positive. To consistently build on small habits and steps to create a sturdier, happier version of yourself.


What’s the best way to do that?

There is a lot of stuff online that could give you ideas. And it’s always more fun to find someone or a buddy to do those things together. But always choose the best feeling path. What motivates you and inspires you is different than the person next door. So look for the things that make you feel alive.

At the end of it all, every creature on Earth, including us, human beings, have limitations. And self-care is simply about reminding us to recognize and respect those boundaries while living our best lives.


Ayurvedic Cleanse: Shifts your mind and body into ease

Ayurvedic cleanse is the balancing of the digestive system by eating a so-called mono-diet that helps to flush out toxins on all levels. When done at the right time it goes quite fast as the outer nature (shift in weather) is helping shift your body

It’s getting cold again. And 2020 is about to approach its last quarter just like that! Time really flies! Even if a lot of us might have actually spent the past months just watching the days, weeks and months go by.

But hey, that’s fine. I remember one of my conversations with my husband; we talked about the invaluable lessons this overwhelming series of uncertainty (at least in recent decades) has taught us. Indeed, it provided a breathing space for our dear ecosystem and for every single life form in it, including us human beings. For sure, everyone has a story to share of inner journeying during this time of limited outer travel (literally!).

But there’s absolutely one thing that you can’t just watch pass by even if things are at a slow down: YOUR HEALTH.

We might all be unassumingly watching the days but we gotta be ready for the approaching cold and change of weather. And one superbly easy and effective way to ready up your body (and mind, too) is to do an Ayurvedic cleanse.

But first things first: … is not fast.

Surprised? You heard that right! Not at all and maybe not necessarily.

Ayurvedic Cleanse


This is exactly the reason why we do it at the junctures of the year when the weather turns cooler or cold and warm or hot. It gives our bodies a chance to release whatever’s stored up throughout the summer or the winter.

By eating simplified food all the time throughout the cleanse, it becomes a time to remove yourself from the outer environment. It becomes a time to recharge, digest, and process whatever’s coming up for you.

I found a good analogy to explain this further:

Have you ever observed a fireplace? What happens if you put old oils with residues of pollution into the fire? The flames go high, burn quickly, and leave a stink.

This is the same for your body. Fire is associated with digestion (transforming and burning foods). If your inner fire rises with the outer heat (like increases like) you are likely to burn through old foods and residues of undigested things from winter.

However, if you lighten the load, by decreasing your (food) input, you will assist your body in doing what it wants to do anyways – clean up the house.

Our bodies in their natural state have the most amazing depth of wisdom in healing. And that wisdom gets more enhanced when we give it the right space to mend itself. That’s what cleansers do.

Once our bodies AND minds (don’t forget it’s a combo!) are aligned with its natural inner rhythm and workings, we get the best fighting chance against naturally-occurring health troubles. That means we don’t actually have to go through the hassle of getting caught up with the seasonal flu and colds, allergies, upsets, among many others. An Ayurvedic cleanse makes sure you don’t wait-and-see how your body’s gonna put up with the season’s challenges.

So, are your systems and channels ready? Connect on Free Healthy Habit Session with me if you need and want help!

Veronica Layunta Maurel – Re-authoring your Trauma

Today’s guest will take us on a wonderfully written story of her healing journey. 

Veronica Layunta Maurel, an Ayurvedic health consultant, yoga teacher, storyteller, and writer. Interestingly, she is a postgraduate researcher working on creative writing and medical science wanting to prove that fictional writing is a valid way of researching. And at the heart of it, Veronica tackles trauma—a topic that Alex has always wanted to share into people’s informative and explorative discourse. 

Veronica, always curious, found Ayurveda unexpectedly. She thought she didn’t have any problems and just went out of curiosity. She was put on detox and immediately fell in love with the feeling and continued exploring from then on. But the Ayurvedic doctor told her: there’s something fundamental that needs to change in you, otherwise, you’ll fall ill. And she did, after two years! And this has led her back, and permanently, to the Ayurvedic lifestyle and practice. To Veronica, it’s one of those things that you discover but you felt like it has always been there; it was like home. 

Her immense work on trauma took off from a similar starting point. It started with her awakening and search for healing from a severe head injury. Trauma, she found, was like a huge portal—to other past traumas, to the deepest levels of the self, and to everything that we need to work on. But Veronica presents a unique and fresh perspective on healing by re-authoring trauma, the experience, and identity. 

As the powerful storyteller that she is, Veronica took it as her mission to bring back the value of storytelling and its healing power. As long as we keep stuck in a particular story of trauma, there’s no healing possible. 

But this dense conversation of two Ayurvedic coaches and healers also jumped on several other important topics of surrendering, grace, “doing the work” and the constant reminder of being patient 

This intimate conversation’s nugget of wisdom: When we explore ourselves, our possible or past traumas, just bring that sense of playfulness. Anything that you’re going through can be a portal to who you really are, for healing for you and others. Even when we’re stuck on the suffering, keep the gates open for that mystery. It’s there waiting for you. 


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Podcast Highlights 

  • Ayurveda is a lifestyle and something deeper. It’s not a checklist that you have to take and do. It wasn’t about doing more things; it’s about the journey and finding the gems and wisdom along the way. – Veronica Maurel 
  • When we think of trauma, we think of all the bad things. That happens. But trauma is much deeper. – Veronica Maurel 
  • Any experience you can have can lead to a loop inside you. The more you ignore it, the more it gets ahead. – Alexandra Kreis 
  • It’s important to see that in everything that we do, the goal is not only on the “done” thing but on what happens in the deepest levels while you do it. – Veronica Maurel 
  • Find your own way. It’s a bit of a cliche, but it’s harder than it looks when you live in a world of expectations. After the accident, I modified the way I do things. I did have a choice but I adjusted my life as a profound act of love for myself. – Veronica Maurel 
  • We need stories so much. Because we lost the communal life of sitting by the campfire and hearing stories that makes our brain spin but activates our creativity. And feel alive. – Alexandra Kreis 


Guest BIO:

Veronica Layunta-Maurel is a Yoga and Ayurveda Health Coach, Fiction and Yoga Philosophy Writer, and founder of Akasha Yoga Centre in the UK and Akasha Projects Ltd. worldwide. She is now undertaking a Ph.D. in Creative Writing where she explores the healing power of storytelling and developing new links between yoga, creativity, and spiritual practices. Veronica’s experience with yoga began 20 years ago. She trained as a Dru Yoga teacher, Yoga Nidra Teacher. She also teaches Dru Relaxation, Meditation,     Yoga Nidra, Yoga for Sleep Recovery and Insomnia, Creative Writing with Yoga, Yoga Psychology, and Ayurveda nutrition and Lifestyle. 


Antonio Alemanno – Speaking your Soul with Music

This episode of Outer Travel, Inner Journey, is a love story– of a dedicated and soulful musician’s love affair with his instruments.

Meet Antonio Alemanno. He is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who has traveled here and there discovering the language that speaks his soul– MUSIC.

His journey started exploring the distinctive, bright, and powerful sound of charango. It’s a small Andean stringed instrument of the lute family that produced the Motorcycle Diaries movie’s popular music. Antonio learned the charango and transcribed more than ten songs from a composer from Buenos Aires, whom he met and heard the stories behind the songs from. It was at this moment that Antonio became acquainted with the nuances of music. The stories and emotions behind it may be very emotional and intense but one could not necessarily hear that from the songs. Stories could drift away from the instrument, like how he didn’t connect with the charango stories.

So Antonio’s journey discovered the respective translation of an instrument’s and music’s tradition into new contexts and its practical use as a language of the soul. He and Alex delved into a productive discussion of contentious narratives around this. To him, art, like a human soul, has an inner journey and an outer story expressed in it. He explains that putting music in a different context does not necessarily remove its sacredness; it depends on what you do with it.

While learning the Oud, an Arabic lute, Antonio finally unraveled the secret to learning and speaking with music. The Oud was a delicate instrument to learn, but he just went on, tried, and took the challenge.

With the help of one of his teachers, Antonio has opened the gate to learning by surrendering to the instrument. Playing and composing came out naturally from him because he was learning from the instrument in much the same way that the instrument is learning and feeling what his soul speaks of. To him, it was the realization of ‘bringing something in a different context with full respect to the tradition’.

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Podcast Highlights

  • The instrument has a life in itself and it can teach you. In one of my classes, my teacher said, I am not letting go– like I am putting too much where it needs very little. It was like a gate opener. It revealed a lot to me. An instrument is on its own, but how you relate to it makes you one with it. If you blend with it, music becomes your language. – Antonio Alemanno
  • Music is vibration. What I learned from Yoga and now reaffirming with you is the art of surrendering. Instead of trying to control something, let the music and the instrument teach you. Hear each other’s language. Each one is teaching each one. – Alexandra Kreis
  • The inner voice may not always be right. But how do you know? Truth can be so relative and individual at times. Observe where truth resonates more and follow those vibrations. – Antonio Alemanno
  • Antonio’s Superpower Wish: Getting the green on the traffic light. Will power. When faced with a challenge, my will power gets shaken too. In yoga and music, it’s about listening. It’s about relating to your inner voice and intuition. At the end of the day, you will have to find a compromise. It’s not easy, but if you have a strong feeling about something, try it. Do it. – Antonio Alemanno
  • Will power can be so easily abused and misperceived. But the beauty of will power, combined with intuition gets you good results. People can say what they want, but you’ll know what is true and you’re going to make it true for you. – Alexandra Kreis


Guest BIO

Antonio Alemanno, from Italy, has been traveling here and there; wherever his calling is bringing him.  He is a professionally trained multi-instrumentalist (double bass, cello, oud, charango, frame drums, electronics) and composer, graduated at Sibelius Academy in Global Music (MA) Helsinki, Finland. He has developed a distinctive rhythmical and melodic approach, in which he borrows and blends the different colors and nuances of the instruments he plays. He is also a Hatha yoga teacher and practitioner.


Diana Pieper – Living your Dream

Have you also had that moment where you feel quite accomplished yet something still feels not quite right?

In this episode, Diana Pieper, the woman behind Yoga Cafe – Mindful Life, will share how she journeyed that unthreaded road to success and living her dream.

Diana drew her inspiration from moments of exhaustion in her former job. For years, she had sat on her office desk from morning till afternoon. She knew something’s missing. She felt she wanted something that gives her more freedom to do what she loves like yoga– and sipping coffee!

Diana took herself off work started traveling. She met her partner and together they decided to return to Berlin and open a Cafe together, which originally was called Wanderlust. Diana took this big step because they felt why not try to make these things come together– community, yoga, and a place to recoup and sip coffee.

But it was no walk in the park. Diana shares how overwhelming the steps to getting to her dream and being in that place could actually get. Less sleep, more mental and physical work, thinking round the clock– having your own time when running your own business is such a myth! Diana had to decide on everything, from the little details in cups and spoons to the bigger tasks such as constructing the place– it was pure hard work driven by passion.  Diana’s journey perfectly captures how it takes a tribe to make a dream come true.

Indeed, the challenges allowed Diana to grow into the successful person that she is right now. But this success also led her to realize the constant need to re-center and take a step back to see with clarity. Whether you are living your dream, or on your way there, this conversation reminds us to always allow ourselves to feel what we’re feeling. It can be exhausting and overwhelming even more than your former job. But the greatest difference between feeling exhausted in a job that does not fulfill you and to run something that contributes to the community is that the latter makes the struggle all worth it. Diana reminds us to trust that everything will fall into their right places. And never forget to stay open, never lose compassion for ourselves; never forget to sit back, relax, and enjoy!


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Podcast Highlights

  • I was kinda tired of being in the office from morning until evening. It didn’t feel quite right. I knew something was missing. But I think everything happens for a reason. – Diane Pieper
  • Resources that helped in the journey: First, a lot of help from friends, from the small to the big things. Second, to stick to my practice. At some point, I lost it and I thought I really need to get back to it to feel less exhausted and feel myself again.  – Diane Pieper
  • We have dreams and we are determined to get there. But along our journey, we often find ourselves on unthreaded paths and so we have to carve our own way to pursue those dreams. What’s admirable with Diana is her unwavering commitment to get there while serving others and looking after herself as well. This is what enables her to give out to others even more. And a lot of people forget to do this. – Alexandra Kreis
  • I need to step back a little and to get a clearer vision of where I want to go or what I want to do. Right now, I want to talk to friends, hear about their experiences and advice, and try to take the pressure off myself which I’m putting on myself. – Diane Pieper
  • I’m more on the outside growing phase because I want to make the cafe work. The decisions I’m making are from my head and not my heart. The inside is coming soon. – Diane Pieper
  • Message to listeners: It doesn’t always need to be more, more, more, or about crazy big success or money; it’s about finding happiness in yourself. The more you reach that, the more you’re able to communicate and share that with other people. – Diane Pieper


Guest Bio

Diana PieperDiana Pieper is passionate about yoga. Being a yoga teacher is more than just a job for her; it’s a calling. Practicing yoga for the last 10 years, she teaches her students how yoga is more than a sequence of exercises but bringing the body and soul into harmony through meditation concentration, breathing, and movement. She teaches Hatha Vinyasa which is a dynamic yoga style that combines movement and breath to form a flowing unity.


Annika Lindberg: A Sense of Yoga

Yoga is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, a part of which, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely practiced for health and relaxation.

Welcome to Outer Travel, Inner Journey Podcast. In this episode we are very fortunate to speak with Annika Lindberg, author of the book ‘En aning om yoga   (A sense of Yoga) and how she copes with struggles that arise with a daily practice.

We touched upon the question ‘If we need guidance to find our way in the big ocean that is called yoga. How do we find our inner guidance and what do we need to let go of – indeed – to be a good person.’ 

Be inspired with her life story from being a full-time worker at a University in Sweden, a life coach, and a long-standing student of  Yoga – which changed the way she lived her life forever. Her life’s transition from living in a city – to end up living a peaceful life in the countryside with her family. Learn how she conquers all of her hesitations on letting go of the things she used to do and she used to have, and then choose the ones she thought would define her as a person. Keep motivated on her journey as a blogger then later on a writer of her own book. Know the different life tips, struggles, and importance of Yoga by following hashtags #YogaInspiration and #SenseOfYogaSweden.

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Free Meditation Challenge

Podcast Highlights

  • “It’s enough to just be a good person, that’s what I ended up”- Annika Lindberg
  • “You have to be persistent and you have to trust the closest”- Annika Lindberg
  • “We all have our soul, and if we can listen to that little voice inside, when we need an outer teacher, they will come in your way”- Annika Lindberg
  • “It doesn’t mean that somebody tells you what to do, but somebody that gives you advice of what you might looking to”- Annika Lindberg
  • “Embrace life for what it is now, and if you want to start Yoga, do it with a teacher that you trust”- Annika Lindberg


Guest Bio

Annika LindbergAnnika Lindberg is a former life coach and author of the book A Sense of Yoga which is written in Swedish entitled  “an anning om yoga’. She is also a retired employee of a University. She had many years in Yoga when she started her blog on her Journey which is also published in Swedish and after gaining support from her family and Virtual friends, Annika decided to write her own book.