Yoga Teacher & Entrepreneuse
Head Teacher Yoga Teacher & Life Trainings
Born in Innsbruck, Austria, as Beate, my friends quickly re-named me Billy. I find that two names actually go well with a multi-layered Gemini. 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, desperate to travel since the age of three. When a pure coincidence dropped me at The Plaza Hotel after graduation, 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, Chiana and Davina, 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!
My initial enterprise, together with Andrew, my husband from New Zealand, was Temuku, Bali’s first health food shop, 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, hotel rooms and the hearts in Bali.
After 22 years Bali Magic, I moved with Chiana 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 with 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 within times of isolations 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 her own name in August 2021.
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). My teachers: Shiva Rea, Sharon Gannon/David Life/Twee Merrigan of Jivamukti Yoga, Rusty Wells, Tara Judelle, T. K. V. Desikachar, Menaka Desikachar, Kausthub Desikachar (personal mentor), 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.
a consistent yoga practice * ancient & contemporary philosophies for modern woes * 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 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 this theme, followed by stillness through meditation (dhyana), intention-setting, self-reflection, pranayama (breathing techniques) and Sanskrit chanting. My teachings mainly base on the antique scripts of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, the Buddhist Dhammapadas and contemporary guides 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 based), 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 Snippets. I love to synchronise intricate body alignment and therapeutic yoga with free movement, dance and meditation revealing the teacher and healer within, . This restores our body’s architecture naturally, while simultaneously balancing both sides of the brain and stimulating a myriad of our individual body & mind webbing.”
“The search for happiness peaks in contentment found within the stillness of the mind in the present moment.”