Yoga Teacher and owner of Raw Yoga Oslo. Maja took her first teacher training in Costa Rica with Warrior 1 Yoga and Banyan Gallagher. She’s practiced yoga steadily for more than 10 years. Her roots come from dance, Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa, Healing practices and meditation. She loves to explore new styles and techniques, so her practice and teaching is always evolving, which makes her a very versatile teacher. At Raw, she teaches Vinyasa Flow, Hip Flow, Vinyasa Core, 26+2, Absolute Hot Yoga, Feminine Flow, Yin Yoga and Meditation.
“Looking for something that could ground me and create some peace and tranquility 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, drove me to look for something that could create balance and a tool to handle life better. I started practicing Ashtanga Yoga, with no real clue what I was doing. All I knew was that it made 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 and happy and thriving through the challenges that life has offered me. It is important to me to share this with others, with the world. 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 thriving, happy and loving - even through challenges. Life will always be both good and bad, fun and challenging. How we act, how we deal, and how much we love defines how much we will be able to enjoy life- all of it!”
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 guilty pleasure...
Haha there’s so many: Britney Spears, Disney Movies, super lazy days on the couch, Grey’s Anatomy, Cheese, Chocolate, You Tube videos of dogs.. I could go on all day! Oh, and pasta!
(Feeling guilty about stuff is a BIG reason for suffering, so I totally want to trash that word from the dictionary!)
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.