My name is Marina Prein. As an Austrian native, I spent the first 27 years of my life close to the town where I grew up before I moved to Boulder, Colorado. After graduating school in Carinthia, I moved to Styria, studied Physical Therapy and met my wonderful husband. The following 6 years I worked as a Physical therapist in a public institution and my own private practice. During this time I took numerous advanced training courses. One of them was Craniosacral therapy which I fell in love with so deeply that I cannot imagine therapy without it any more.
Eventually life brought me to Boulder, Colorado where I started dive deeper into my passion for Yoga. I completed my 200-hour teacher training, a Yin Yoga training and a Prenatal Yoga training and took my first steps into the journey of teaching. As a passionate runner and someone who loves to hike, bike, and be outdoor as often as possible besides all the other challenges of daily life, I know how important it is to balance a very active and busy lifestyle. My classes focus on the balance between strengthening and stretching/relaxation. Besides focusing on alignment students will find the space to explore their limits and find their own expression of Yoga. Most of all, it´s important to me to connect body, mind, and spirit and to encourage people to transfer their Yoga from the mat into their daily life. Besides the Vinyasa style, Yin Yoga became a huge inspiration to me. Whether I am teaching Yin or enjoy the practice as a student, it’s truly life changing. Sharing all these experiences with so many other inspiring people in the Boulder community leaves me with a feeling of deep gratitude and a bright curiosity for all the things that lie ahead.
What do I do best?
Holding space. There is a part of me that’s constantly sensing other people’s needs, trying to figure out their perspective, wanting to understand what they are dealing with. I don’t do it consciously, it just happens. It has always been this way. This is a challenge sometimes. I like to think of it this way: when I can stay present in the moment with myself and the person in front of me, it makes me someone who’s learning to become more aware and growth starts to happen. I love seeing people living their passion, the little spark of inspiration and how they start to grow the life they want to live, becoming the person they want to be. It makes me happy and grateful to be able to witness their journey and to be allowed to walk some part of their way with them.
What makes me the best version of myself?
My constant drive to grow in all aspects of my life. There is a part of me that constantly reflects, tries to understand, wants to put the puzzle pieces together. I know that I will be a lifelong student. The more answers I get, the more questions I’ll ask. I don’t see it as a discouragement. It’s not frustrating to me. In fact, I love it. There’s always something new and just when I thought I’ve figured this little piece out, something else will open up and I’ll start again from the beginning. It’s constant inner work and it keeps me humble and grateful.
What are my aspirations?
There is a mantra in Yoga that has touched me deeply and continues to melt and blend into my life every single day: “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu” (“May all beings everywhere be happy and free. And may my words, thoughts and actions contribute to my own happiness and the happiness of all others around me.”) I try to live it in my personal life as much as I try to make it part of my career. We all want the same. We all want to live happy and in peace. We all want to be save and loved. Whether if we have two legs or four. Whether if we have hands and feet, or paws or flippers. We all share this one planet and I truly believe that there is a way to live together in peace. But it has to start within each and every single one of us. That’s why I do the work that I do. I started to teach Yoga, because I hope to contribute in some way to people’s journey to more awareness. That’s why I live a vegan life, because I’m not only doing it for my own health and out of love and respect for the animals, but for our planet and all the children who will roam this earth. That’s why I try to search and look inside first as often as I can before pointing the finger at someone else. That’s why I write and talk about the things that I think can make a difference in this world. When I look back at the end, I want to be able to say: “I did my best to live my life as mindfully and loving as I possibly could and if I inspired even just one single person along the way…it means that I lived a life worth living.” I am by no means perfect. I make mistakes like everyone else does. But I’m learning to be ok with that, it’s a journey and we all grow in our own ways as we travel along.
My Biggest Success?
My biggest success is a combination of all the small and big moments, when I saw myself falling into pieces and then putting them back together. The world looks different afterwards because it made me change. The pieces are arranged in different ways, some are cracked or even broken, there might be some new ones that don’t quite fit yet and old parts that fell to the ground and got left there. Every time when I look back at the times in my life that have been difficult, I see the ways in which they have brought me down on my knees and yet … here I am. I put the pieces back together. I grew. These moments of silent contemplation are my biggest success.
My Most Challenging Moment?
A little bit more then a year ago, my dad got sick. I don’t need to go into detail here because what matters is that he recovered. Even though not everything is back to normal (whatever this might mean) quite yet, his body fought and won. I was in Australia while he got his treatment and I remember staring at the ocean for hours. As far as I remember my mind went blank. There is something unbelievably scary about not being able to control a situation. It’s something that has always been hard for me. The only thing I could do was to sit with all the emotions and let them be. I can’t remember praying, but I think the moment back then, when I just sat and stared at the water and the sky above for hours was the closest to praying, that I ever got.
“Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu” (“May all beings everywhere be happy and free. And may my words, thoughts and actions contribute to my own happiness and the happiness of all others around me.”)
My Favorite People/Role Models?
I found that perceiving people as role models can be a dangerous path for me. I tend to put them on a pedestal on of course, sooner or later, they will fall. Of course, they do. We are all humans. So instead of projecting my dreams, visions and expectations into a single person, I look for who inspires me in the moment, in different times of my life. I would say my favorite people are mostly the ones who show up in an authentic way. Who are not afraid to think outside the box and believe in their dreams. It’s the ones who inspire others by the way they live their lives, not because they build it up as their business and make a show out of it, but because that’s who they truly are in their professional and personal life. It’s the ones who are trying to make a difference in this world. The ones who lead by example.
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
I love to travel, I would say it really became a passion of mine. And even though I am fascinated by all the beautiful cities we have on this planet, it’s nature that lights the spark for me. Outdoors is where I feel at home the most. I was lucky to grow up in the southern part of Austria, which is an incredibly beautiful place. Currently, I am calling Boulder, Colorado home and if I tell you that I say this with so much gratitude and pride, you can probably imagine how much this place means to me. I am also deeply in love with the Islands of Hawaii, the Australian East coast and the US West. There are so many places I haven’t seen yet though, and I can’t wait to explore them all.
My Favorite Products/Objects?
I would say my running shoes, yoga mat, journal, laptop and phone (because they keep me connected to family and friends all over the globe) and books. All kinds of books.
I love the little things that are made with love by people who are passionate about what they do.
My Current Passions?
Running and Yoga are my all-time favorites. Recently I got back into writing. And I love it. I started to write a Blog in German and am also currently working on two books. To my own surprise, they are not books about Running, or Yoga, or Veganism or anything else along the lines of Mindful Living. They are Young Adult Fiction (if you want to put them in a category). I still can’t believe how much joy it brings me to sit for hours and let the stories come to life.