In 2009 Sophie flew to the Sivananda Ashram in South India without any knowledge of yoga. She immediately fell in love with the whole Ashram life and spent several weeks there. Sophie found the community there especially healing. To this day, she describes her experiences there talking about golden streams of energy with a blissful smile on her face. The following summer she went to Mysore, where she got to know Ashtanga Yoga. There, she also began to write her first book.
In 2012 Sophie fell seriously ill with Pfeiffer's glandular fever, which developed into a chronic fatigue syndrome. After conventional Western medicine failed to bring about an improvement, Sophie began treatment with a naturopath. She began to practice yoga again and considers the healing power of Sivananda Yoga to be a major part of her recovery.
When the chronic fatigue syndrome returned in 2016, Sophie finally realized that she had to make yoga an active and permanent part of her life –she made the decision to become a teacher. She had saved up enough money to complete her Hatha Tantra training in Nepal.
Back in Berlin, however, she was in a challenging personal situation: the pressure of having just turned 30, a break-up, being in debt. She had to collect herself and regroup. One of the things that brought Sophie joy during this time was teaching friends yoga. These lessons quickly developed into Hi!Yoga in 2018, thankfully in the first months she had the support of Doro and Miri.
Since then, Sophie has been incredibly happy about the wonderful growth of Hi!Yoga: after 6 months the team consisted of 6 teachers, after the first year there were 20 already. Wow! Without our loving and qualified teachers we would not be able to offer you the diverse program we are so proud of. Sophie now leads Hi!Yoga full-time and employs 3 office staff in addition to the teachers.
Hi!Yoga was founded without any seed capital and owes its current success to the many friends who have supported Sophie in the learning and teaching process. Sophie is equally grateful to all students who made their way to the old studio on Ritterstraße until 2019, although some of the amenities of the new studio on Gitschiner Straße were not yet available there. Hi!Yoga wouldn’t be the beloved and successful yoga studio it is today without all of you!
Sophie is currently in her 4-year training at the Yoga Akademie Berlin with Ananda Leone. She is fascinated with astrology 💫 (an Aries with an Ascendant in Cancer) and grew up in Berlin-Schöneberg.