Back to life with yoga and Ayurveda: Parkentinerin opens health practices

parking lot Kathrin Engfer’s Yoga & Ayurveda health practice smells pleasant. There is not much in the room: a deck chair, singing bowls, a gong hanging on the wall. There is a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere. In her health practice, she wants to help other people, because yoga and Ayurveda have also brought her a lot.

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“Yoga and Ayurveda have given me more physical flexibility and healthy movement patterns,” says Kathrin Engfer. “Also mental balance in everyday professional and private life. Improvement in my migraines and barely noticeable hay fever.” Symptoms from years of irritable bowel have almost disappeared thanks to the change in diet.

Yoga individual and group lessons, health and nutrition advice, Ayurveda oil massage, holistic health coaching and workshops are offered by Kathrin Engfer at Feldstraße 30 in Parkentin.

get people on the road

“I’m not a doctor, and I’m not a naturopath. I accompany people on their way to health,” she says. Thanks to her extra specialized training, she can even intervene to help with burnout, back problems, migraines and weight problems.

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It is important to cope with challenges positively. Not to start the day brooding, but to greet it with joy. This has a lasting positive effect on the psyche. “You can’t change people and situations, but you can learn to be more relaxed around them,” says the 55-year-old.

Too much stress made you sick

Her life as a radiologist assistant at Rostock’s southern city hospital was characterized by on-call, hectic, weekend and shift work for around 28 years. This also made her feel her own health. She was exhausted and burned out.

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Kathrin Engfer started looking for solutions and discovered yoga for herself 20 years ago. “My living conditions with my family and two small children, house and garden, always on the edge of what is possible, brought me to a yoga class at the adult education center in Rostock. There I met a yoga teacher who touched me exactly what I was looking for back then.”

The singing bowls are used, among other things, in sound yoga.

She learned that yoga is much more than exercises that strengthen the body. Body, mind and soul are brought into harmony with each other in yoga and ayurveda. “Yoga and Ayurveda entered my life almost at the same time. My yoga teacher took me on a trip to India in 2006, which changed pretty much everything in my life.”

Yoga and Ayurveda brought her healing

She wanted to learn more about yoga, which is said to have originated 3500 years ago. And began to get an education. She has been a holistic yoga teacher and certified Ayurveda practitioner since 2012. Yoga psychology and yoga therapist training also followed.

“For me, yoga means being in close contact with myself, perceiving myself, being present in the present through the intensive perception of my body and breathing,” says Kathrin Engfer.

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Her health center is in-house and designed in natural colors and light.

Her health center is in-house and designed in natural colors and light.

“In November 2019, I decided to become self-employed.” Corona made it difficult for her to start again. Nevertheless, “If I had known in advance, I would have done it anyway,” she says. “I just had faith. Besides, I can only create something new if I say goodbye to something old.” Thinking solution-oriented and not in problems – Kathrin Engfer lives this approach herself and passes it on to her clients.

Clients should define goals themselves

Ayurveda is not as complicated as is often assumed. “It is important for me to convey the ancient Ayurvedic knowledge adapted to our times, modern, easy to implement and undogmatic,” says the park diner. “In my consultations and coaching, it is important to me that clients define a goal for themselves and, with my help and support, implement it.”

Provide information about the ancient healing knowledge

It is important for her to pass on this philosophy: Where can I myself continue yoga outside the mat? Ayurveda works with natural knowledge. “Unfortunately, that has been lost to some extent,” she says. “It just needs clarification.” That is why she offers a free consultation over the phone.

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But she also says very clearly: “The health insurance company does not pay for my services. Clients must want their health to improve. Take yourself seriously.” She won’t tell them what to do. “But pick up where they are and make small adjustments for a big impact.”

“Because yoga must be fun and bring joy into movement,” says Kathrin Engfer.

Further information: Contact: 0163 / 136 13 92, www.yoga-gesundheitspraxis.de

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