EYR Teacher Feature: Rhubin Herceg
Our Exotic Yoga Retreats teachers are incredible – and we would love for you to know more about them! As such, we have decided to create a series of features for each teacher. In addition to their general bios on our website, they have answered a few fun and thoughtful questions so that we know them better.
RHUBIN HERCEG, On Yoga & Meditation
Dubrovnik-based yoga teacher Rhubin Herceg is a yoga, pranayama and meditation teacher who blends Hatha, Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga into sequences that help her students center and draw from their inner wells of inspiration and tap into their creative powers. As a part of the meditation and relaxation practices she offers, Rhubin also uses Tibetan bowls and the Gong, as she is a trained sound masseuse.
What was your first experience with yoga and/or meditation? Did you know right away that it would become a big part of your life – or did it take a little time or a few tries?
Meditation and a spiritual outlook on life was a part of my life from childhood, through the influences of my mother – though at that time I wasn’t really aware of practicing it, nor that it would become a big part of my daily life later. When going through hard times, I was always trying to search for deeper intuitive answers, looking at situations from a different angle and connectedness with deeper levels of my being. I started with regular yoga practice on one of my trips to India (in 2010) and it was kind of a turning point where from all of my previous experiences suddenly made sense and gave clear directions for my future. It just felt right, as if the practice was something I already knew, like a good life companion, giving you what you need exactly when you need it.
What is the strangest / craziest / funniest place you have ever done a yoga posture? And what pose was it?
It was doing a handstand beside a lighthouse on top of a rocky hill. It’s funny how turning upside down having an open space around you, with no feeling of grounding makes you feel completely lost in space and gives the posture a completely new dimension.
If you could only practice one yoga posture for a whole year, what would it be? Why?
Padmasana. It’s the beginning, the middle and the end. Whatever mood you are in, no matter if your energy levels are low or high, Padmasana is a posture that has it all…Just sitting in silence, observing the breath, feeling the connection with the earth below and finding stillness.
What yoga asana is the most challenging for you? (And why, if you would like to share.)
Kapotasana. Opening into backbends was always a challenge for me. Not so much because of the physical ability to do so but more because of the fear of going deep into a space of unknown, where for me it is a lot about finding calmness and faith in a place where you have never been to, never opened up to.
What are your three favourite things to do (aside from yoga/meditation)?
I am a Fashion designer by profession and I love designing jewelry in my free time. Also love anything art related, photography, interior design, drawing, etc.
What EYR retreat(s) are you teaching this year? If you have been to this destination before, what is your favorite thing about it?
This year I will be teaching in Greece and the Croatian yoga cruise from Dubrovnik to Split. I have been to most of the islands we will be visiting in Croatia and the best things about the Croatian Islands are definitely the stunning, clear sea water, untouched nature and the most amazing local food.