My story

I have been practicing Ashtanga (Vinyasa) Yoga since 2010. I fell in love with Ashtanga yoga after my first ever class.

I have started to teach yoga as I want to share this beautiful practice with interested individuals. in my experience, it’s a truly wonderful practice and it can help open the door to your inner self, helping you find some space in your mind and heart.

In 2015, I travelled to Bali, Indonesia to undertake a one month intensive teacher training course with renowned and inspiring yoga teachers Gregor Maehle and Monica Gauci (www.chintamaniyoga.com). My greatest teacher however has been my own yoga practice.

sitting-on-bench-yogaI’m grateful to many other great teachers who have helped me on this path mainly the beautiful Mo Still and Sarah Hatcher whom I consider my primary teachers.

I am also fascinated by anatomy and I am keen to learn more about how our bodies move and function so I can help those who come to practice with me find more comfort in their bodies by using yoga postures as a healing aid (almost like a self massage).

Ultimately yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory (as said by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, founding teacher of this yoga method); you’ve got to experience it to know what benefits it may offer you.

Benefits

Those aches and pains from sitting for too long at a desk or perhaps doing heavy lifting or any type of physical labour (house work counts too!) will soon start to melt with a regular yoga practice. You may not even need that physio appointment when you start to practice regularly (minimum once per week, ideally 2/3 times a week and if you practice most days gets you a gold star). Ashtanga Yoga Vinyasa builds both strength and flexibility and I promise it’s not boring. It’s a truly wonderful practice which comes with many benefits including:

You may find some of your own benefits too which aren’t listed above as yoga is ultimately a personal experience/practice.

8 weeks to a more stronger, flexible and happier you – backed by research

A University of London study shows that just 8 weeks of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga has significant effects on a practitioners physical and mental health. Charlie Taylor-Rugman, a Pattabhi Jois-Authorised Ashtanga teacher, gathered a sample group of complete beginners and taught them the Ashtanga Primary Series once a week for 8 weeks. Each week students were guided through Sun Salutations, standing postures, then Dandasana, Paschimottanasana and Purvottanasana (Sanskrit names for the postures) and three seated finishing poses and final relaxation. After 8 weeks participants demonstrated significant improvements in upper body and core endurance; trunk and hamstring flexibility; shoulder flexibility and ankle-calf flexibility, as well as a reduction in total body fat percentage. Results also suggested beneficial effects on subjects mental well-being.

My teaching manifesto

my-teaching-manifestoI promise to teach you:

I hope to meet you on the yoga mat sometime soon!

Ivana 🙂

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