… empowering conscious, fair, ethical and holistic living
sprinkled with humour
As a practitioner and teacher of yoga, I am dedicated to an all-encompassing regular yoga practice on and off the mat – exploring the multiple layers of body, breath, mind and soul. My practices are led by ancient yogic and contemporary philosophies, that guard and support us in the here and now to navigate through current mysteries and challenges.
When we practice consistently the body strengthens, the mind clears and awareness deepens.
We find stillness. Just as we can see to the bottom of a lake, when its water is still, when we soothe body & mind, we see occurrences in our lives with pronounced clarity and can make wiser decisions, take better care of ourselves & others and find stability within. Separation starts to disappear.
We connect with ourselves anew – our true self – (yoga calls this Atman – our individual soul). We hear our inner voice so lucid again, that outside noises such as mainstream media, social pressures, judgments or hunting self-esteem through the approval of others, are diminished.
We remember, that we are undeniably connected to everyone and everything and naturally merge with source, Brahman (as yoga calls the Universal Consciousness) like a drop in the ocean, soaked with compassion, kindness and deep understanding towards all beings and Mother Nature. We recognise that the only way to uplift our own lives is to uplift the lives of others.
I am only free, when all are free.
We unite. Together we rise as a local and global community contributing actively and powerfully to the world’s transformational awakening in the Age of Aquarius.
The Balinese Principle Tri Hita Karana sums this up so well:
Harmony between People
Harmony with Nature
Harmony with Higher Powers
Born in the 60’s in Innsbruck, Austria, as Beate, my friends quickly re-named me Billy. I find that two names actually go well with a multi-faceted Gemini. At 18 a full athletic tennis scholarship opened up my court to study in Florida and New York for four years, which happened to be just a natural extension of my sporty childhood dreams and a strong urge to travel since the age of three. When a pure coincidence dropped me at The Plaza Hotel after graduation from Pace University, while pounding the Manhattan pavement for interviews, I emerged working for the Trumps. Exciting times and yes, me and the city never slept. Back in Vienna, a head hunter decided, that politics was my new bee-hive, buzzing around the offices of Dr. Thomas Klestil. The moment he became president of Austria, a series of very fortunate events and the “bestest” girlfriend brought me to Bali. Ah, did I deserve a holiday and did I instantly fall in love with the smells, the faces and the feeling of this magical island. Destiny was written. I had arrived … home. The “Island of the Gods” blessed me with a family and the deepest loves of my life, my daughters, were born. Mother Bali awakened a palette of lush and colourful passions in me: interior design, villa construction & management, holistic health & well-being, alternative healing modalities, vital nutrition, study of ancient languages and of course and above all … Yoga!
Temuku, Bali’s first health food shop, was my first enterprise, together with my husband from New Zealand, followed by the real estate venture Bali Villa Management. My third business, Bali Yoga & Wellness was Indonesia’s first legal yoga company, created in 2005 with the mission to bring yoga and the healing arts into private homes, villas and hotels in Bali.
After 22 years of Bali Magic, I moved with my daughter to Vienna, Austria, in 2013. Bali Yoga Wien sprouted out of the middle-aged cobblestone of this picturesque city – a flourishing yoga studio in the heart of Vienna on the legendary Schwarzenbergplatz. The studio was the center of daily yoga practices for a thriving heartfelt yoga community, seeking more than a handstand and a trendy outfit. Bali Yoga Wien bridged the East and the West, bringing the Asian heart to the European mind, with an array of yoga practices, free weekly community classes, workshops, regular mantra chanting evenings and yoga teacher trainings & retreats in Vienna and Bali. During periods of worldwide lockdowns, Bali Yoga Wien morphed into an international online yoga platform featuring daily live practices and workshops with Beate empowering herself and students worldwide to find stability and balance during times of isolation and uncertainty until today! The studio sold to Alkemy Yoga & Healing in September 2021 as Beate moved back home to Bali and rebranded Bali Yoga Wien under Yoga Bali in September 2021.
“The search for happiness peaks in contentment found within the stillness of the mind
in the present moment.”
With my beloved Senior Iyengar teacher Olop Arpipi, I have been practising yoga intensively in Bali on and off (through my frequent travels) for 25 years.
I completed 500 hours of Yoga Alliance international yoga teacher trainings through the 200h Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Neyar Dam, Kerala, South India and 300h Vibrant Living Yoga in Bali (Vinyasa based). I studied two years of yoga therapy with T. K. V. Desikachar, Menaka Desikachar, Kausthub Desikachar (personal mentor) in Chennai, India. My teachers: Shiva Rea, Sharon Gannon/David Life/Twee Merrigan of Jivamukti Yoga, Rusty Wells, Tara Judelle,, Aadil Palkhivala, Emil Wendel, Daniel Aaron, Patricia Walden, Lois Steinberg, Manos Manouso and Dharma Mittra. Fitness Training accompanying 15 years of competitive tennis and regular training with Komang Arnawa, 2xPro World Champion in Body Building.
Tenets of Teachings
a consistent devoted yoga practice guided by Higher Powers * humour * ancient philosophies for modern solutions * holistic self-care * community spirit * gender & race equality * social fairness * protection of the environment * ethical treatment of animals
“Through my international on- and offline platform, it is essential for me to teach yoga through and beyond physical exercises (asanas) within a regular practice in a community. As a response to powerful current events and challenges, ancient yogic philosophies teach us how to discover freedom through staying present, strengthening our connection and finding contentment – even in the midst of separation and chaos.
My yoga teachings are typically initiated by the introduction and exploration of a particular theme, followed by stillness through meditation (dhyana), intention-setting, self-reflection, pranayama (breathing techniques) and Sanskrit chanting. My teachings are mainly based on the ancient scripts of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, the Buddhist Dhammapadas and contemporary guides such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Viktor E. Frankl and Byron Katie.
The physical practice – asana teachings – is an eclectic fusion of a diverse array of yoga “styles”: Hatha Yoga (mainly Iyengar Yoga inspired), Intuitive Vinyasa Flow, Yoga for Your Back, Liquid Yoga, Free Movement, Dance, Bali Yoga Bootcamp (fitness combined with asanas), Restorative Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga and Kundalini Yoga kriyas. I love to synchronise intricate body alignment and therapeutic yoga with free movement, dance and meditation revealing the teacher and healer within. This practice naturally restores our body’s architecture, while simultaneously balancing both sides of the brain and stimulating a myriad of individual body & mind webbing.