In around 2006 I started my formal meditation practice at a Zen center. At the same time, I was practicing Iyengar yoga and soon after I completed my training and qualified as a yoga teacher. As an expression of my desire to share what inspires me most with others, I
created BabaJoga in 2011— a yoga studio in Warsaw, Poland.
At the beginning, I was mostly sharing the practice of yoga. Yoga was the start of my personal journey into inner work. I was looking for answers to questions like ‘Where does suffering come from?’ and ‘How can we achieve permanent and unchanging happiness’. In
the contemplation of questions such as these I began my journey home. In its first few years,
BabaJoga was primarily a yoga school. However, as time went on, it started to become clear that my main interest was meditation and work on a deep spiritual level. For me, it became apparent that this deeper work, which is the base for working with the ego, (in other words: the wounded inner child) is absolutely essential. Work with emotions and personal parts is an inevitable process which actually starts at the same time as we touch upon the space of uninterrupted peace and silence during the meditation. Many people find solace and peace in meditation and are shocked when painful and difficult emotions arise. They try to stay in this peaceful, equanimous state. However, using meditation to avoid our emotional pain and the problems of a fully lived human life, is rarely successful.
An authentic and deep practice teaches us humility and love towards ourselves as we are, with all of our human flaws. This is where real transformation begins. In fact, this is a kind of mastery which often comes after many years of work. This is work for the bravest because it demands real sincerity and authenticity. It urges us to get rid of all of the masks, including the spiritual ones.
In 2017 I renamed BabaJoga as The Heart Of Silence. The Heart Of Silence is a living organism — it evolves and changes all the time. The people around it are the ones who are called to look into themselves in a safe, open and supportive environment. Within the work of The Heart of Silence, I am helping people to slow down, to rest in their inner silence and to let go. This is a space to discover what our needs are, to respect and follow them. Here we find our own, inexhaustible resources of wisdom, power and happiness, which in essence are what we really are. I believe that practice manifests in many forms, and it is my aim to share a range of those forms, their variety and richness. I draw from many different forms such as focusing, methods used in the Diamond Logos school, Core Energetics, work with trauma and yoga. Our bodies are wonderful vehicles, physical manifestations of wholeness. This is why I take care of mine, strengthen it, take care of it as of my beloved child. And I listen to what it is saying to me.
I work as if it is play, or the creation of a piece of art, or an unrestrained dance. Life manifests in passion. I am sharing what I know best and what I love to do. And I am still learning. At the base of all I do is awareness — being here and now. And facilitating a sensitivity for
ourselves and others, and our shared and individual needs.
The ability to listen, to practise tolerance, compassion and gratitude. We can only give as much to others as we can give to ourselves.