SONIA TAYLOR BACH
is the director of movement culture at the yogaloft cologne. With a masters degree in philosophy & a former professional jazz musician, Sonia became deeply involved in yoga & movement over 20 years ago.
Her goal is to drive you to extract more from your practice and more from your life: an honest you, built by new insights, resulting in a clear-cut representation of who you truly are.
As an authentic, poetic and persistent instructor, she guides us through an informative practice of delicate movement with fierce, grace and focus; while inspiring attention to the details, transitions and to the precious subtleties of movement culture. To the not obvious beauty of this specific elegant & liberating flow. Each session focuses on innovative combinations of poses and exercises, mind introspection, and offers new challenges, new perspectives and is composed to build momentum for the next experience to come. In these moving conversations she prioritizes transitioning and mobility; rather than being obsessed with the arrival, we are led to focus on the quality of entry and exit from one form to the other.
The metaphysics of yoga or movement may seem ‘complicated’ yet, our bodies have heroic potential, natural intelligence and in combination with quality conditioning, can brilliantly navigate us through life.
Sonia insists that we: Work. Dig Deep. Transition. Cut Clear.
Raw Movement & Living Brilliance
by Sonia Taylor Bach
Move like a Ninja --- soundlessly. Thrive for the ultimate relaxation of intelligent movement & technique. Make shifts and drift as if weightless, like air; wind is an unseen force that can only be felt. As an authentic, poetic and persistent instructor, I will guide you through an informative practice of delicate movement with fierce, grace and focus; while inspiring attention to the details, transitions, to the precious subtleties of movement culture. To the not obvious beauty of this specific elegant & liberating flow. Each session focuses on innovative combinations of poses and exercises, and offers new challenges, new perspectives and is composed to build momentum for the next experience to come. The metaphysics of yoga or movement may seem ‘complicated’ yet, our bodies have heroic potential, natural intelligence and in combination with quality conditioning, can brilliantly navigate you through life. Listen to it. Work on it. And hover in what you love.
We will: Work. Dig Deep. Transition. Cut Clear.
THE HOUR OF NECESSITY (2 hours)
Necessity: A state or fact of being required: THE WORK!
Together we explore the strengthening & lengthening elements of the practice, with a challenging new & fresh approach to working your foundation: conditioning the arms, core & legs. We’ll pass through calisthenic work techniques, Ninja & Diamond style Push Ups, a creative matrix of core exercises & crazy effective moves to build our hamstrings and quads. All this sprinkled with the sweetest shoulder & hip mobilizing honey to keep you nurtured & inspired along the journey.
SOUNDLESS LIKE A NINJA (2-3 hours)
A Ninja can breathe underwater anytime they want, change clothes in less than a second, run faster than cheetahs and see perfectly in the dark! And, Ninja’s always land on their feet. They: DIG DEEP!
Together we explore the path of least resistance & surrender to the practice, camouflaging ourselves deeply in the world of movement culture. You will be guided to pay attention to the details; to the delicate subtleties of this fluid, transformational Ninja Flow. Moving like a Ninja involves learning how to travel stealthily and silently on foot and hand while simultaneously making use of your environment to conceal you.
Roaming purely through sequences that build and require major agility and strength; and burns the body fat. Ninja moves call for quick changes in direction, help you to be solid & faster on your feet, and improve your proprioception - your ability to know where your body is in space without having to look.
Leave knowing where and how you stand in this world, and equipped with extraordinary skills, knowledge, courage, passion and love in your heart.
THE FULL SPECTRUM (2-3 hours)
The Time. The Dedication: TRANSITION.
Together we will sweat golden. Dropping mind into heart as we blend together our learnings from The Hour of Necessity & Ninja Flow. Resting our souls in our inherent galaxy of great natural peace. You will be guided through a deep & very slow practice with special attention to your specific movement qualities and mind bubbles. In this moving conversation we will focus on transitioning and mobility; rather than being obsessed with the arrival, we will and must focus on the quality of entry and exit from one form to the other. This intentionally slow motion practice will leave you feeling: fresh and inspired with the freedom to be authentic, strong & grounded; with heart and mind ready to rock the world.
PAUSE! SEAL THE DEAL (2 hours)
Be proud of your victories, failures, progress and scars. When a bowl is broken in Japan it is put back together and the cracks are filled with gold, creating a beautiful lining. This is to emphasize the beauty in healing what was once broken. None of us are broken beyond repair. Let’s turn our shared experiences in life into new and useful, inspiring perspectives. Let’s: CUT CLEAR.
In this closing session, we connect quality movement with shared mind introspection. Filled with humor and heart medicine, we will weave movement experience together with a thoroughly modern look on how the way you move reflects on your relationship with everything. Encouraging everyone to live their lives authentically and in full totality, embracing the sheer fact of being alive, here and now. Break through old dis-empowering stories and invent yourself new: an honest you, built by new insights, resulting in a clear-cut representation of who truly you are.
I expect you to move beyond ‘should.’ You and only you: know who you are, know what to eat, and know how to live. Walk your talk. Seal your Deal. Feel connected, whole, encouraged and ready to contribute your highest.
“Beauty is what grows from the raw waters, it comes organically. Cannot be tried, forced, or efforted. sprouts from the real. Truth. It will only ever arise from relaxation. Being vulnerable. Surrendering into moments that pass by given. Gifted from LIFE.” – Sonia Taylor Bach
(All sessions can be taught in English or German, and the length of time per session can also be adjusted in order to accommodate your needs. Sessions are designed to be taken consecutively.)
The practice allows me to stay open and connected in every moment. It provides me the ability to release the desire for certainty and opens me up to fall in love with the unknown, with true surprises. When you face your fears you break the wall of silence. Tuning up the volume of life matters led me to massive changes in my own life. Yoga is a healing nectar. The essence of raw life. We are strong, vulnerable, naked and pure, yet very powerful and beautiful beings.
Yoga simply helps to transform and grow into something bigger than yourself. Once the giant within you is awakened your universe begins to unfold and you know from the chambers of all your depths everything is exactly as it should be. Life is full of fleeting moments with tangible impacts. Yoga, this exquisite moving formula sharpens our senses and awareness to be present within the complexity of it all. As ideas and visions enter our system, it is our responsibility to cultivate them into action, thus, living to our fullest potential, recognizing our boundless nature. It is one thing to come to understanding the depths of your being in this world and another to own it. this is what sets us free and liberates us internally.
It is our duty to serve humanity, to nurture our hearts as well as to leave places, people & animals behind in a better space than when we found them. This thing called life is beautiful and grotesque. Life is a paradox and i have learnt to include it all. I highlight the biggest question marks in my thoughts when it comes to most of our world; politics, human rights, animal torture, power games, abuse, war and injustice of all kinds.
What remains significant is to take charge and stay involved. Divorce long held belief systems which do not serve the highest good of all and marry truth, compassion, courage, love and the knowing that it is our birth right to be happy and at peace.
Thanks to everyone who has crossed my path and inspired me to stay authentic, to learn and evolve and have kicked my butt when i needed it. gratitude to those who poured love, art and poetry all over me when least expected.
I would also love to give a humble thanks to some of my crucial yoga teacher friends who guided me along the way and who continue to influence and inspire me daily. THANK YOU: Shiva Rea, Twee Merrigan, Seane Corn, David Swenson, Richard Freeman & Cameron Shayne.
I am eager and stoked to share this magic, brilliance and wisdom. I vow to continuously pay it forward, making this world a little lovelier and more loving.
Love coming your way.
Keep your feet wild & dirty yogiz.