YOGA STARS is a new weekly feature at Vibrant Yogini where an amazing yoga teacher or enthusiast will be interviewed about their beautiful journey and views as a yogi! It has been created to try and remove the gap between our confident and expert yogi’s, and those who have just started to practice yoga or who are curious to learn more about it. We never want you to feel intimidated or discouraged. Therefore, it is important to remember that each and every yogi started fresh from the beginning as a newbie once upon a time! Our aim is to motivate you to continue your journey no matter where you are on it.
Designed to inspire your yoga practice and encourage you to follow your dreams.
Leading our third Yoga Stars weekly feature today is the fabulously flexible Stine Brink! Her beautiful backbends and strength in her asana’s never fails to amaze! Check out her wonderful instagram feed: @StineBrink.
“Stine travels and teaches around the world sharing the gifts of holistic health. Inspired by the traditional lineage of Ashtanga, the alignment based, heart centered anusara yoga and the creative movements of Vinyasa, Stine effortlessly brings strength and sweetness to her students on the mat.”
Yoga Star: Stine Brink
Where are you currently based?
Where are you originally from?
North West part of Denmark.
When did you start practicing yoga and why?
I started practicing yoga in 2004, I was 14 at that time.
I started because I was in a accident three years earlier. I got a fracture on a vertebra in the thoracic part of the spine, and two other vertebrates got damaged as well. My neck and my lumbar spine were also injured. And I got a concussion in my spinal cord.
I used to be a super active girl, playing all sort of sports. Due to the accident, I couldn’t really do that anymore.
I saw an add in a newspaper about yoga and I thought to myself “why not try it out.”
I was in a search for ways I could move my body in, that was not hurting it.
So I went to my first yoga class in an age of 14. And I tell you. I thought it was SO boring. But my body completely loved it, and I felt something happening to my mind again.
What got you hooked?
I got hooked because it gave me some sort of freedom in my mind.
My mood and mind got really affected after the accident.
I also love that I could move my body in a holistic way, which wasn’t hurting it.
What is your favourite asana and why?
I have a huge love for backbends. Probably because what happen to me when I was a kid.
I also have a love for Pincha. It’s such a strong pose, but also SO graceful.
I love how empowering it is.
Where did you do your training/s and what courses have you completed?
I have a 500 RYT from a school in India. The practice was based in Ashtanga Yoga. I got qualified in 2011.
Since there I’ve been doing intensive trainings every year in different places around the world.
I also have a 200 hours Hatha Vinyasa TTC from Suzanne Faith.
How has yoga impacted your life?
It has healed me and supported me for over 14 years now.
I can’t imagine how my life would have been without it.
Which type of yoga do you teach/ specialize in?
I have been doing Ashtanga Yoga for many years.
But over the last two years I have been shifting more towards Vinyasa Flow.
I focus a lot on the alignment, with inspiration from Anusara and Ashtanga yoga.
Funny mix, but it makes SO much sense in my teaching.
What do you enjoy about this particular style of yoga?
I love how you just get absorbed in the flow.
How time and place doesn’t matter.
Your awareness is there … in that moment, moving from moment to moment.
With a steady, constant rhythm of breath.
What’s your mission as a yoga instructor?
My mission as a yoga teacher is to help people finding home.
Home to their own body, their one breath, their own spirit.
My mission is to give back what I have received.
If you could give only one piece of advice to others who are looking to start yoga what would it be?
Always let your breath be your highest priority.
And remember it is your body, and it is the highest teacher of them all. Listen to it.
If you could give one piece of advice to someone who is just starting out as a teacher what would it be?
Really do a lot of research before you choose your teacher training.
And also do some soul searching.
Why is it you want to be a teacher?
Yoga is a lifelong practice.
Let your own practice be your highest priority as a teacher.
What is one of your favorite mantras or affirmations that you don’t mind sharing?
I don’t mind sharing it at all. It is:
“Lokah Samastha Sukhino Bhavanthu.”
I have said it after every single class I have taught since 2011.
It means, “May all beings everywhere be happy and free.”
What is one of your favorite yoga quotes?
Oooh. There is SO many good and important ones.
If I have to choose a single one it is going to be:
It means, “Yoga is the restriction of the fluctuations of consciousness.”
From the Yoga Sutra, 1.2.
If you could have a secret power, what would in be?
A secret power.. That is another really good question.
I would love to be able to fly, but I don’t know if that is a secret power?
Connect with Stine online:
With a steady yoga practice for over a decade, Stine became interested in further rejuvenation therapies for body-mind health, and combines Thai Yoga Massage and Ayurvedic Philosophy for relaxation and vitality.
Stine has a fierce desire to explore the world and travels on a regular basis learning, loving and sharing.
To find one of Stine’s amazing workshops, lessons or retreats make sure you visit and sign-up to her website at:
- Website: www.stinebrink.com
You can also follow her exciting stories and beautiful feed on instagram for plenty of encouraging and motivational posts;
- Instagram: @StineBrink
Additional Yogi Extras!
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Are you getting enough vitamins during your travels? or even, at home?
Sometimes when we go travelling, we can be limited to what food is available at the destinations we travel to. This often makes us feel sluggish and tired. You can overcome the common negative effects of travelling with yoga stretches. Read the guide here. Plus, you can supplement stretches with nutritional vitamins. Us health-conscious yogi’s usually travel with organic supplements to help keep us healthy while on the road. The last thing we ever want while on vacation is to become sick!
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Well that’s all for now! Make sure you keep an eye out for the Yoga Star featuring at Vibrant Yogini next Friday!
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