About me

Mag. BA Barbara Dagach

My journey into somatic work started during my fieldwork in South America, with the generous indigenous men and women who have showed me the universality of human spirituality and its foundation on our planet earth and our body, as a sacred vessel to be taken seriously in its expressions.

Mesmerized by the clarity and accessibility of embodied wisdom I started to integrate somatic work into my life. My Anthropology studies, practice of Yoga and Dance Therapy helped me rediscover and reconnect to the knowledge of the body. I discovered the work of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in March 2020 and am since incorporating her knowledge and wisdom of the body in movement in my own practice and teaching.

Today, as a Yoga teacher, I am so grateful that I can indulge every day in anatomy, new scientific research and bodywork, doing what I love most, learning to listen to the intelligence of my body in movement and stillness.

Barbara Dagach Yoga Side Plank Pose
Vasisthasana or Side Plank Pose, Photo: (c) Dr. Vinayak Nair

My teaching

My teaching is informed by the master instructors who have guided me with their kind-hearted spirit and have shared their knowledge and experience so generously. To name a few Judith Hanson Lasater, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Donna Farhi, Mary Richards, Alessandro Gozzi, Katie Phelps and many others.

I want to offer you the ability to relearn the language of your body. Yoga for me is not about the shape, where we work only with the outer body, the muscoloskeletal body, but also with the support of the internal body, the organs and our physiological systems.  It’s about nurturing, and rejuvenating the body, especially in Restorative Yoga.

As my teachers say "don't teach poses, teach people". And we all come in different shapes. In my classes you learn to practice based on anatomical reality by listening to your own body. Coming from your embodied experience you will rediscover a deep connection to yourself and magically to those around you.

When you start a continuous dialogue with your body, you will be surprised about its innate power of knowledge and wisdom. Empathy and compassion towards yourself will arise, qualities that not only make your own life rewarding but also the life of those around you.

If you commit to a regular practice I can promise you that yoga will change your life.

My accreditations

  • 200 hour RYS Yoga Teacher Training, Spiralling Crow, YogaVenue, Alessandro Gozzi and Katie Phelps, Oxford
  • Teaching Yoga to Teenagers
  • 30h Experiential Anatomy, Back Care Immersion, online course with Judith Hanson Lasater, Mary Richards and Lizzie Lasater
  • 20h Savasana Intensive online course with Judith Hanson Lasater and Lizzie Lasater
  • Restorative Yoga, Lizzie Lasater, Munich
  • 50h Experiential Anatomy, Movement Literacy for Yoga teachers, online course with Judith Hanson Lasater, Mary Richards and Lizzie Lasater
  • Relax & Renew, Advanced Trainer, Judith Hanson Lasater, London (ongoing)
  • Restorative Yoga: A Beginner’s Guide to Teaching and Self-practice, online course with Adelene Cheong
  • Office Hours, monthly mentorship for Yoga Teachers with Judith Hanson Lasater

Suggested Readings

  • https://www.yogajournal.com/practice-section/upside-down
  • https://www.drweil.com/health-wellness/body-mind-spirit/stress-anxiety/how-to-manage-stress/
  • Guy Claxton, Intelligence in the Flesh, 2015, Yale University Press, New Haven and London
  • Pico Iyer, The Art of Stillness, TED books, 2014, London
  • Judith Hanson Lasater, Restore and Rebalance, Yoga for Deep Relaxation, 2017, Shambala, Boulder, Colorado
  • Judith Hanson Lasater, Relax and Renew, Restful Yoga for stressful times, 1995, Shambala, Boulder, Colorado
  • Reginald A. Ray, Touching Enlightenment, Finding Realisation in the body, 2008, sounds true, Canada
  • Stephen W. Porges, The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory, The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe, 2017, W.W. Norton & Company, New York, London
  • Linda Sparrowe, Patricia Walden, The Woman’s Book of Yoga & Health, 2002, Shambala, Boulder, Colorado