“Franz Andrini came to my life as a little miracle.
I had been struggling with excess weight since my teenage years. I had tried countless diets and various weight loss techniques, only to occasionally succeed losing some weight and then gaining it back again in no time. I was hopping desperately from one diet to another and subsequently, was left with a weak hypothyroid gland that created an almost impossible situation to lose any weight – only adding it up!
Aycan with a friend, one year before taking the course
A year after starting the course
Thus, at the beginning of my golden forties I found myself losing my feminine shape with no hope to getting it back. Around this time, I started reading a book about the laws of attraction, where positive thinking is described to bring positive results. Since then prayers had become my companion. And they were answered. In no time, I was introduced to Franz Andrini at ‘Hari Om’, a Yoga studio in Istanbul. In my heart, I felt I could trust him but I was not sure if I trusted myself enough. I felt like a loser in losing weight. Nevertheless…
I joined Franz’s yoga group in June 2009 with another friend who was also in need of losing weight. Franz taught us specifically designed breathing techniques and yoga poses and urged us to change our food consumption according to Ayurveda. He has also given us innumerable tips and recipes.
With regular practice, my breathing improved and my weight diminished. Something else disappeared too – a mad craving for pastas and other unhealthy foods.
Since then my life has changed completely; no diet, no inhibitions, just breathing and yoga poses. I have lost 18 kilos in the past year. The first 10 kilos I knocked off in the first 3 months!
Now, I am able to control my body and my eating habits and I enjoy that feel good feel. Yoga is like a golden bracelet with which you can live all of your life without needing anything else.
I thank you Franz for being my guide.”
- Aycan Askim Saroglu
Journalist and a writer, an author of Turkish novel Sandglass of Passion (Tutkunun Kum Saati)