In 2012 Ted stepped onto a yoga mat for the second time in his life and that was a defining moment for him. After the practice he went to the studio’s reception and got himself a monthly unlimited membership and began his ongoing journey.
The first time was not so spectacular. Ted decided to try yoga in 1999 and was so bored, he promised himself never to try it again. In hindsight, he is very happy his colleague persuaded him to join her in that life changing yoga class.
For Ted the breath and the connection to the floor is important as the grounding is what allows us to move between asanas and find a space of calm inside. Moving on the mat, in space, without any judgement, following our breathe and finding stillness of the mind – a meditation in motion perhaps.
Ted draws from his experience in gymnastics, dance and circus and enjoys introducing people to different patterns in transitions and flows just as much as using traditional asanas and transitions.
To soften the shoulders is a common cue, but how often do you imagine the sole of the foot to be soft so you can listen better to the floor and thereby find you balance.
Ted encourages people to be curious and playful in his classes without sacrificing the rhythm of the breath. One of the first advices Ted received from a yoga instructor was to “stay true to your breath” and he is still trying to practice this way today. In Ted’s class the only ‘must’ is that you breathe.
Growing up in Stockholm, Ted started gymnastics around the age of 5 and loved it from the very beginning. Later he trained as a dancer and worked in Sweden as well as and abroad, with London and Antwerp as his base for 16 years. Classical ballet lead him via modern dance to aerial circus and hand balancing.
The time he found yoga he was working in Toronto, Canada for three months and upon his return to Europe he went to a yoga studio and continued his practice.
With a career as a dancer and circus performer it was only natural to continue with the physical movement as a job so when the suggestion to train as a yoga instructor landed in front of him, Ted decided to sign up.
The studio he practiced at was AntwerpYoga in the city centre of Antwerp, Belgium, and it was also here that he did a 300hr vinyasa Teacher Training. Already after three months of studying he started covering classes at the studio. After receiving his diploma in June 2014 he continued to work as a yoga instructor at the studio and in gyms in Antwerp. In June 2016 when he decided it was time to return to Sweden.
Since returning to Sweden and finding his place again in Stockholm, Ted has started teaching for various studios and gyms and has added yin classes and acroyoga to his teaching repertoire as well.
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