INTERVIEW WITH DAGMAR SPREMBERG, FOUNDER MONTEZUMA YOGA IN COSTA RICA
Dagmar is the founder of Montezuma Yoga, a yoga studio in the small beach town Montezuma in Costa Rica. I met her for the first time when I was joining one of her yoga classes in Montezuma and after that we stayed in touch through Facebook and her newsletter. When she organized a yoga retreat in Ibiza, Spain, I happily signed up and it turned out to be one of my favorite retreat experiences to date (she’s organizing more retreats in Europe this summer, you can check them out here). I hope you will be as inspired by her yoga journey as I am. Leave a comment if you have any additional questions for Dagmar, we would love to hear them!
Name: Dagmar Spremberg
Occupation: 500 hr E-RYT , founder & director of Montezuma Yoga
Location: Montezuma, Costa Rica
Favorite yoga style: Vinyasa & Yin Yoga
Favorite yoga pose: Extended triangle pose
What does a typical day in your world look like? Any positive routines?
I usually wake up around sunrise, which is about 6am, it’s my favourite time of the day. You hear the birds and the monkeys are howling and the sounds of the jungle waking up. Most days I do a little self practice and then have a smoothie before getting ready to teach or sit on the computer for all the administrative work.
After teaching my class we often go for some breakfast with some yogis, I love being part of a beautiful community and meeting new people, sharing stories.
I spend the rest of the day doing administrative work and then might go to the beach for an hour or so in the afternoon, when it’s not so hot anymore. Some evenings I teach a yin yoga class, or I stay home and read or watch a movie or go out for dinner with friends. Life is very tranquilo here, the sun sets around 6pm, so by 9.30pm I am in bed. It took me a while to understand that such a litte routine with lots of sleep and resting is not boring at all (I used to resist any kind of routine), but rather very healthy and nourishing, now I absolutely appreciate and love having it.
What was your life like before teaching yoga? Was there any particular event that led you down that path?
I used to work in the music business, doing promotion and marketing for an independent music management, so I was visiting all the radio stations in the north of Germany with our records and accompanying many musicians on promo tours. My life was exciting , I saw many great concerts, met many great musicians and partied a lot. But somehow I always longed for something else and to leave Germany. I had this dream of living in a warm tropical country under the palm trees, even though I thought it wouldn’t be for me, I think somewhere the seed was planted a long time ago.
So around my 30th birthday I just suddenly knew “now or never”, it was a very strong intuitive impulse and my life was a bit stuck at that time too, so I decided to leave it all: I left my job, my husband, friends, family and moved from Germany to Los Angeles. It was probably the hardest and scariest decision I ever made, but definitely the best! I found yoga in Los Angeles and it started to change my life.
How do you keep your yoga practice interesting and challenging?
I like to go to retreats and trainings to get inspired by other teachers. I also recently trained in Yin Yoga to add some new skills to my own practice and teaching and it’s been wonderful. My practice has shifted from a more dynamic to a more gentle practice over the last 10 years and it feels great. I don’t focus so much on the physical, for me the practice has always been much more off the mat and how I can integrate the yoga and teachings into my life and personality. And there I find enough challenges to keep it interesting! The yoga of relationships and connection is what I am most excited about.
You’ve spent several years teaching yoga, what tips can you share with an aspiring yoga teacher?
Be authentic! Find your own voice and don’t expect to please everybody, it’s impossible. A great teacher is one that can hold space for people to have their own experience. People will come to you so they can touch their toes, but your biggest gift will be to touch their hearts. Find out the gift in your own story and share it with the world.
What book, website or person inspires you?
Elena Brower. She has been my teacher in NYC in 2000, way before she became so popular , and she has always inspired me with her writings, her beautiful creations and just the love, beauty and attention she puts into everything she does on and off the mat. We have always been in touch from far, but I just recently took a retreat with her again and it’s been magical to feel her presence as a teacher and to see how she has blossomed and grown in all these years.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Honestly I have no idea! I know that my life is pretty magical right now and I am grateful for this moment. It has not always been a piece of cake and I am sure life will throw me more challenges and I hope I will move through them with love and grace. What I love doing the most is teaching retreats all over the world, so I wish that I will still be doing that in 10 years from now.
I know I will always love yoga and connecting with people, so the good thing is, that can happen pretty much anywhere, as long as I will be healthy, so I hope to manifest that.
Dagmar Spremberg is the founder and director of Montezuma Yoga in Costa Rica. While growing up in Germany all she could envision for herself was a life in the sunshine and under palm trees. After 20 years of soul searching and many detours that let her explore city life in Los Angeles and New York, she found her dream life by the beach in the lush & tropical nature of Costa Rica. Through her own experience she believes that everybody can live their dreams and that our work is to become clear and open to receive the gifts we all deserve.
Dagmar is a 500hr E-RYT and has trained with renowned teachers like Elena Brower, John Friend, Rod Stryker and Paula Tursi. In addition to her yoga certification she also received training as a Holistic Heath coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York. She is well known for her yoga videos on Youtube that have reached over 1 million views.
In her yoga classes she emphasizes on softening and deepening of the breath as the key to unlock your potential and your intuition that will lead you to live the life of your dreams. What she has learned from living in nature is that we have all lost the deeper connection to source and that it is very important to return to nature to find stillness and to re-connect to our hearts and inner voices to live our life to the fullest.
When not in her home in Montezuma, Dagmar travels with her life partner Gaudan to teach vinyasa flow & hang music classes and retreats, that will guide you to get back into your flow and to cultivate connections as well as finding your unique gifts and authentic voice.