I am Lavinia Elise Parcalab. I was born and raised in Romania, but I consider myself a citizen of the world. Working and living abroad in 3 different countries in the past 10 years has increased my curiosity and interest for cultural diversity. I just can not get enough of this beautiful experience of continuously exploring new places, new cultures and new ways of life.

After majoring in business and living the corporate life for a few years, I realized I was still on a journey, searching for my life’s purpose. This journey led me to trade business suits and offices for yoga pants and bare feet.

I started practicing yoga almost a decade ago. My first teacher Kasia made me absolutely fall in love with it. It became my favorite thing to do after work. I was fascinated by how one hour of yoga could release all the tension throughout a whole day at the desk.

After moving to Gothenburg, Sweden, in early 2014 I imagined how teaching yoga could become a full-time activity and basically a lifestyle. Wanting a genuine experience, I set on a journey to Rishikesh, the birth place of yoga. An intense month with full days of asana practice, meditation and lectures in a beautiful yoga ashram in the Himalayas gave me a deeper understanding and the desire to pass on the knowledge.

I didn’t know in the beginning how deep this journey is going to be and that in fact I was searching for my authentic self.

In 2015 I founded Unfold Your Mat in Gothenburg, Sweden with the intention to dedicate myself full-time to the practice and teaching of yoga. For me yoga is a tool that helps me to dig more into the mysteries of the human mind and life itself. Through my classes I am hoping to manage to guide people to find their own inner strength and to be brave to discover and bring to the world their authentic self. As a person I am curious and inquisitive. I love to explore, learn, test different ideas and I try to approach things with an open minded attitude. Through my yoga practice I discover that we all have infinite potential and power to make this world a better place. We just have to discover it and then bring our gifts into this world.

My daily practice is ashtanga yoga, which has brought so many positive changes and valuable reflections to my life. However I like to get inspiration from other styles and practices, as initially I have been practicing other methods before dedicating myself to ashtanga. I am doing my best to teach from my own experience and I use my knowledge and intuition in order to adapt the practice according to the unique student.

Daily practice allows me to dig deeper into the mysteries of the human mind, understand more about myself and others, teach from experience and learn how to support the practice of my students every day a little more. It is an experience that personally encourages me to approach life with a curious and open mind, allows me to strive for the best, while learning to accept things out of my control, my flaws as a human being, the temporary limitations. Yoga practice opens the heart. With time and dedication we learn how love and compassion towards ourselves and the people around us are the only way to understand the concept of freedom.

Through my teaching I’m hoping to guide my students how to become the masters of their own life and learn how to connect more with their own intuition and heart. That for me is yoga. And when we share from that source, everything starts to flow.

See you on the mat!