Yoga Teacher and owner of Raw Yoga Oslo, Maja has practiced yoga steadily for the past thirteen years and took her first teacher training in Costa Rica with Warrior 1 Yoga and Banyan Gallagher in 2014. Her roots come from dance, ashtanga yoga, vinyasa, breathwork and meditation. She explores many different styles and techniques of yoga and healing practices, both in her practice and teachings. At Raw, she teaches everything from vinyasa based classes and hot yoga to meditation and breathwork.
She rarely plans her classes from A-Z and has an intuition led teaching style, allowing the practice to be created in the moment based on the energies that are precent in the room, so when you practice with Maja you will notice that no classes are ever exactly the same.
“Looking for something that could ground me during a very stressful time in my life, I started practicing yoga for real when I was 20. The pressure and stress I was experiencing in ballet school at the time, led me to look for something that could help me create more peace within and more balance in my life. I started practicing Ashtanga Yoga, with no real clue what I was doing. All I knew was that it helped me reach a place in myself I had never touched before, a place that was real and that didn’t get affected by the chaos in my life and in my head. A place I could seek when life was too much. And slowly Yoga started to change my life. I can honestly say that Yoga is the main reason I’ve been able to stay sane through some of the challenges that life has offered me. That's why it is important to me to share this practice with others, with the hopes that it will help them get in touch with their inner rawness, realness and strength as well. The way I see it, the physical benefits of yoga is the icing on the cake. The most important thing we do in the yoga practice is to explore our comfort zone in a safe and loving space, so that when life throws us out of our comfort zone, out of balance, we have a tool box; the knowledge, the ability and courage to deal with it, and stay true to ourselves - even through challenging times. Life will always be both good and bad, fun and hard, heartbreaking and wonderful. These contrasts are part of the essence of life itself.
How much we are able to love ourselves through it all, and hold space for ourselves and others to be real and precent, is what defines our ability to embrace life. To become more whole as a human being, and I believe that yoga is a wonderful toolbox to help us do exactly that."
Yoga to me is…
To strip away the layers of conditioning that actually separates us from living fully and from experiencing joy and love and happiness. It’s about creating an intimate and unshakeable friendship with ourselves. And to discover that life doesn’t have to be as complicated as our minds make it out to be.
Words to live by..
“Everyone is a genius. But, if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.“
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”
J. K. Rowling
Raw is a great place because...Our name is RAW and that's what we are: raw, true, real, honest, and full of heart and fire, every teacherand every student. It’s a community, not just a yoga studio. For me, Raw feels like an extension of my family and my home.
My best journey ever..
The year when I decided to start listening to my heart and follow my dreams. It wasn’t easy, but it was profound. I quit my job, booked a one-way ticket to Costa Rica, ended my relationship, took a teacher training, came back home with no safety net whatsoever, broke and with no certainty what the future would look like. But I kept going, listening, dreaming, and it brought me to where I am today. The most important choices we make are never the easy ones, but always the most rewarding in the end.