09 Dec Meet our teacher Silje!
We met Silje a few years ago when she came to our postnatal yoga classes with her firstborn. She’s then immersed herself in pre- en postnatal teacher trainings, taught lots of classes, and joined us again with her second son. We’re so stoked she’s now part of the Sanga family! Read all about her here.
Hi Silje! We’re so happy you’re now part of the Sanga family. Can you tell us a bit more about yourself?
First of all I’m very happy to be part of the Sanga family!
I live in Oslo with my two sons and my husband Carlos. I am a social anthropologist, yoga student and teacher. Recently, I also finished a training as an Ayurvedic postpartum doula.
After giving birth to my eldest son in 2018, I felt overwhelmed by the transition into motherhood. What the female body is able to do during pregnancy, birth and postpartum amazed me. I was also surprised that our society does not honor and celebrate birth as a rite of passage, and that we do not talk more about all the changes that happen in the body, mind and life in general on our journey into parenthood. Since having my first child, I have dedicated a lot of time to learning more about pregnancy, birth and postpartum, which I am all really passionate about.
We’d also love to learn more about your yoga journey and teacher/space holder experience 🙂
I discovered yoga in 2014, when I attended an arm balance and handstand workshop. I fell in love with a strong and playful vinyasa practice, and went to classes almost every day of the week. What I enjoyed the most about these classes was that the focus was about believing in yourself and doing the best you can, rather than focusing on doing everything perfectly, and how that can be transmitted to life outside the yoga mat as well.
In 2017 I finished my 200 hour vinyasa teacher training with the Atman yoga school, and I have taught yoga ever since. After giving birth to my eldest son, I studied pre- and postnatal yoga. My yoga practice and teaching has changed during two pregnancies, births and postpartum and has been an important tool during that journey. What I love the most about yoga is that the practice can be adapted to my current life situation, and that is also reflected in my teaching.
What are important aspects for you when you teach yoga for mothers or mothers to be?
I guide the women to move and breath in a safe way, and encourage them to listen inwards to their own needs. Pregnancy, birth and postpartum are some of the biggest changes a woman goes through, and I focus on giving the mamas and mamas-to-be tools for this life-changing transition and to honor the journey into motherhood. In every class we spend time connecting with the baby, inside or outside the womb. And there is always time for rest.
What does your own practice often look like?
It depends on my energy level. These days my practice often includes my 8 month old son, and is often spiced up with play, singing and snuggles. Usually my practice is calm and soft, but I also love a strong vinyasa practice.
What do you do when you’re not teaching or practicing? 🙂
I spend most of my time with my family and I love going for a walk in nature, read books, dance, drink coffee and invite friends for dinner.