State of One is the project that Wissam and Laura worked on in India. Being in Amritapuri Ashram in Valikau, South India, Wissam and Laura got introduced and felt the impact of the ancient Yogic Practices. They realized this transformation that happened to them personally, can happen to anyone who commits to these practices. They shared their vision with the beautiful people they met and most importantly with their Guru and swamis who helped them shape and strengthen State of One. A major shift to State of One happened when the founders thought of adding the modern Creative/Drama exercises to the base of State of One, that was once purely Yogic. This merge, carefully studied and examined, upgraded State of One to a whole new dimension. A dimension of physical relaxation & harmony, mental sharpness & clarity and charged energy. They later on followed their quest and went deep into researches and studies in the Yogic world and participated in various Psycho-Drama workshops and seminars. They also added their personal transformative experiences to their practices. Towards the end of their journey in India and far Asia they shared their vision of State of One with their Guru Mata Amritadamayi Devi and she instructed them to go share it with the world.
It all began with a ticket to India when Wissam opened up to the Yogic sciences and became together with Laura Kohlhase founders of State of One. He volunteerd almost 9 month in Composting Department in Organic Farming and studied in Amritapuri Ashram (Valikau, India) All under the grace of the Guru “Amma” who ever since build the path for his dedicated footsteps. Another sincere positiveRead moreimpact had the certified “Inner Engineering” course designed by the worldwide known spiritual master Sadhguru Jagi Vasudev (Coimbatore, India).
Before this life changing experiences he worked with an Italian NGO as a Logistician and Field officer, assisting and implementing Humanitarian projects within the Camps. “To me India is a State of Mind, not a country”, Wissam says. Due to wonderful experiences and the inspiring people he met, Wissam realized that the source of wellbeing lies within and that everyone and everything is naturally joyful. He found his profession in bringing this awareness together with Laura in a unique way to the people, thus “State of ONE” was born. A collaborative work that mixes modern ways of therapy (creative) and the ancient practices of wellbeing (Yogic) aiming to plant a seed in a person that happiness, joy, harmony and liberation is an inner job.
At a young age of 21 Laura worked as the first Drama Therapist in the Oncology and Clinical Psychology in the famous “Amrita Institute of Medical Science” and became a pioneer with her work. She perfectly adapted to the Indian culture, which was well noted by her mentor, colleagues and friends. “It is like coming home” she often said. One of her successes was an improvisation theatre group for the staff of Read morethe hospital, to relax them from their work and to make status differences fade away through playfulness. In her therapy sessions Laura introduced her yogic background more and more to the client. Due to the positive reactions it grabbed her attention and together with Wissam the idea was set into action.
Being surrounded by the hugging saint “Amma”, a belief manifested in Laura that everything has a deeper meaning and is in a cosmic balance. She realized the best therapy is the one you have already inside. The keys how to understand our own body, mind and soul opened this vision and blossomed in collaboration with Wissam into a new approach: merging Yogic practices with Creative exercises. This establishment grew out of the deep wanting to share the wonderful experience of Oneness and knowledge which Laura and Wissam had learned in India. Making a difference in someone’s life and reflecting “I’m alive that’s enough.” that is the aim.