Yoga is one of the most popular activities for OneFitters and each teacher has their own style and beliefs of yoga. Meet Emese Fodor, a former teacher at Studio 191, Rasalila, Sukha Yoga and Hot Flow Yoga in Amsterdam. She offers spiritual yoga classes and is currently in India leading a Vinyasa teacher training program. Emese let us in on her personal experiences with yoga and how it has influenced her practice and guidance to others.
From Gymnastics and Dance to Yoga
I started gymnastics at the early age of 6. I’m Hungarian and I always wanted to become a dancer, but back then it was not easy. I started dancing at 18 and teaching fitness at 19, but already I felt that it was limited. I’m really a person who wants to be free, fly with the Spirits and experience the flow of life. I was travelling for work (fashion) extensively and dancing at the same time but I was pushing myself, my hips were worn out and my body was tired. I thought – how can ground myself? And that’s how I found yoga.
Yoga has become about fitness
Yoga is getting very physical, it’s like working out in the gym. It’s fashionable and popular, but it’s really more than that – it’s MAGIC. In 2005 I was practicing Hatha yoga and dancing at the same time. I noticed how amazing it was to feel grounded and centered and I started to feel something that was not physical. I’ve now been guiding yoga practices for five years and for me yoga is a spiritual practice. It’s about opening and connecting with the Divine and our deepest essence. I know I can affect people in my class and some people aren’t ready for that yet, and I respect that. There are some teachers who only touch the surface of yoga and just the physical and I want to guide people to be connected with themselves and the universe. But you know, people who say yoga is not for me, are the ones who need it the most.
Bring back femininity in a masculine culture
‘Yogadance’ is a concept I want to work with because it’s a fusion of yoga and dance elements but it’s way more than just physical. Each song has a story, it’s feminine, fluid and free. I work a lot with directions and elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Space and Ether), chakras and breath/prana as a life-force. I also work with the zodiac wheel and moon cycles. Women are becoming men in a corporate world and I’d love to get them to reconnect with their inner wisdom, intuition and creativity as the essence of the ‘Divine-Feminine.’
Stay rooted and connected to the world
Yoga is like a mysterious dance with the universe. We work with the breath, with inhalations and exhalations, opening our bodies and then daring to relax into it. You set your intention from the heart and give it to the universe knowing that if it comes from the heart, it will come back to you. Once you know that, why force anything? When practicing if you force your body into something – that is coming from the mind because there is no force in this Universe. People should understand that if they are willing to spend an hour to love themselves a little then they’ll experience that their body will give them so much back. Everything starts within… don’t take it too seriously, just close your eyes, feel and enjoy it.
Emese Fodor is currently in India leading a Vinyasa teacher training course with Himalayan Yoga Bliss. If you wish to experience a deeply spiritual and flowing practice with meaning and understanding then you can catch her after she’s back from her yogi adventures.