OUR TEACHERS

 
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DANA FEDERMAN
 

Founder and manager. Practicing different yoga styles from 2000 and teach gentle Hatha yoga. 

Dana is a certificate Hatha yoga teacher who graduated from Prana Yoga College Teachers training by Shakti Mhi.

"Yoga helps me to live a more balanced, calm and positive life.
Yoga empowers me and gives me the energy and flexibility I want and need in life. It helps me get a different and clearer perspective on things. For me, yoga is home."

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ANNA VARIS
 

Practitioner over a decade, guiding her students into joys of movement since beginning of 2019 in various contexts: individually in studios, companies, corporate conferences as well as in surf camps and collectively as a part of Berlin-based movement group: Y* Collective.

 

Anna completed all of her 550+ hrs yoga studies in Berlin. Her classes are energetic movement sessions with mindful approach, where Anna weaves together her studies and experience on yoga, embodiment coaching and thai yoga massage. Additionally, as a gong player, she loves to treat her students with some delightful vibrations from gongs and sound bowls.


“A never-ending self-exploration, dynamic movement accompanied with times of stillness - and the sweet in-between moments. Ultimately, for me yoga is a way to connect - with myself and with the others. Flowing and strength-building asana practice, moving mindfully with our breath, being open to all arising sensations and having fun! That’s how I practice and that is what I love to share with my students.”

Read more about Anna

 
 
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MARÍA FERRARA

 

María practices yoga since 1998. She completed basic (2004) and advanced (2007) Hatha teacher training and has been teaching since 2004. 
 

"My practice of ashtanga vinyasa (2006-2012) contributed dynamic sequencing to my classes. I practice and teach yoga integrating flexibility/strength, will/surrender and concentration/expansion. I perceive the organism as a whole and believe that an engaged physical practice can be transformative on all levels of the individual and beyond it."

"Yoga helps me connect with equanimity in the face of challenge, wonder at what may seem ordinary and profound humbleness, trust and joy. It attunes my whole organism and keeps it strong, adaptable and vibrant. Yoga is what I always return to."

María is also a performing artist and a Gestalt practitioner

 
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NORA SUNDMAN

Born in Hawaii, I am a Swedish-American yogi with a big heart and free spirit. Yoga asana and meditation have been an essential part of my life for 10 yrs. I have two 200-hr teacher training and one 300-hr YTT under my belt. 

 

My passion for powerful, dynamic and focused yet the smooth movement has existed since a young age (ie; dance, gymnastics and synchronized swimming) but I felt these were lacking something deeper. I studied art for 8 years, where my interest in body movement manifested into artwork with expressive nudes as the focus. When I discovered yoga asana and philosophy, I realised what I had previously been missing and seeking. I love the physicality of yoga because it allows me to explore + expand my strength + flexibility, but even more so I love that the practice is a platform to train my mind; to challenge and question my core beliefs and connect with and ground myself.

 

"I love to teach because I can connect with people and help them to realize and sharpen the tools that they already possess within themselves in order to realize their full potential. We are all deep beings with many layers of thoughts/feelings; pain, joy, fear, love, etc; and often we get so caught up by the details that we forget to step back and see the vastness; the bigger picture of life: that we are all connected and that there is so much more to life than our fleeting emotions or ever-evolving physical body."

 
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DEBORAH BETTEGA

Born in Italy and now living in Germany for over 6 years.
After several years of competitive climbing, Deborah discovered yoga and immediately fell in love with it. Deborah teaches Yin yoga, which is very meditative and introspective, but also a teacher of Hatha, Vinyasa and Ashtanga, which are more dynamic practices. Before Debo left for India to become a yoga teacher she completed studies in massage, nutrition and relaxation techniques, which helped her immensely in becoming an all-round wellness teacher.

 

"With yoga I started to get to know my body better through the practice of asanas, I got to know my mind better through meditation,
and I started to know myself better through the calm and peace I found in the practice."

 
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MERAV BEN DOR
 

Coming from a background of dance and yoga, Merav fell in love with Pilates as it helped her understand her body better, improved her dancing techniques and skills and made her stronger and longer (and if not by actual centimeters,  than at least by feeling).  Teaching for the last 7 years helped her regaining strength afterbirths and increased her appreciation of the human body and its capabilities. The classes suit all levels and are putting an emphasis on the connection between breathing and moving, as well as researching the work of the body as a "whole made of separate parts".

She has seen bodies change through and with the help of Pilates and believe that sometimes our body is wiser than our head, and we should just follow it to its full potential.

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ASH WILLISON

Ash started doing yoga when growing up in Uganda. Her practice developed amidst the wonderful chaos of life as an outlet for grounding and clarity. Years later she completed her training in Thailand and went on to teach internationally. Ash is certified in Hatha, Vinyasa, and Prenatal yoga prioritizing alignment, accessibility, and playfulness of movement. When off the mat, Ash is a multi-media artist and producer.  

 
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KIA KALI

In her classes, Kia is dedicated to creating a space for inner connection, integration, curiosity and pleasure. Kia has been regularly practicing yoga, dance and diverse methods of somatic movement since 2005. She had her first training as a dance and movement teacher in 2009 and completed her yoga teacher training at the Somatic Academy Berlin in 2017. Kia has been facilitating classes in different styles of yoga and movement to both adults and children in diverse contexts for over a decade. Whether she is teaching Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga or Dance, Kia is interested in shining a light onto our sensations within, coming in closer contact with our present experience and tapping into inner wisdom through body-mind practices.

Kia is also a performance, video and installation artist.

“As a yoga instructor and movement facilitator, as well as an artist, the source of my practice is the conscious connection with my inner landscapes. Exploring breath, movement and self-perception inspires me into embodying a special sense of vitality and wholeness. For me, yoga and movement are ways to tune into my body and mind, sense new nuances of my present experience and tap into my inner pool of wisdom. In my classes, I put emphasis on sensing the body from within and finding pleasure and comfort inside our skins. I believe that conscious movement can help us process and integrate our experiences, nurture what we need to grow and become better versions of ourselves. I believe that in these practices we can find essential gems for our humanity.”

 
 
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IMKE WANGERIN

Imke did her teacher training with Patricia Thielemann and others at Spirit Yoga in 2007 and another one with Max Strom at Inner Axis in. She has taken additional trainings in anatomy, philosophy, neuroscience since then and is a mentor teacher Spirit Yoga, teaching yoga teachers in their 500h training. Besides Yoga, Imke works as a stress management and communication trainer and integral coach since 2009.

 

 „After living in six countries and being quite unrooted, what really brought me to yoga is an understanding of how we are all the same. With that came and comes great compassion and the love to share my experience of yoga: a system leading us through physical and mental processes to wholeness."

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CLARISSA DIERANG

Clarissa first started practicing yoga at the age of 8, when her dad brought home a Hatha Yoga book and together they learned asanas to the sound of Pink Floyd LPs.

After many different sports she came across yoga again during adulthood and was fascinated by how good it was for her body and mind and even had a positive effect on her chronic back pain.

 

Yoga, Meditation and Breathwork practice teaches her everyday anew to be more conscious and in connection with herself and creates a physical as well as a mental strength and stability.

And that is what she wishes for her students, too.

 

Clarissa did her 200hrs TT at Yoga Circle Berlin Academy. She teaches gentle yet strengthening Hatha and Vinyasa yoga.

 

"The silence between an inhalation and exhalation, the silence between two thoughts and also during a movement, there lies this feeling of abundance and timelessness for me. That's where I draw my strength from“

 
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HARMONIE SAGE

 Yoga has been an important part of Harmonie's life since her first spiritual awakening in 2012. Her self practice has been an integrative part to her daily life and has assisted her in her journey through the self healing process. 
Beginning a nomadic life in 2015, she knew yoga was part of her path and desired to become a yoga instructor. In 2018, after many years integrating reiki and breathwork into her practice, she became a reiki practioner working within the healing arts. Dance had always played an importart role in her life and with her curiousity she came to Pilates Barre and ultimately discovering her love for both Barre and Pilates. It was her passion for both that she found her way to becoming an instructor in these. 
Throughout the years of travel, she eventually discovered Berlin and it had been the first place she truly felt at home, ready to ground in. It was here that she finally made her programs to become an instructor in Pilates, Barre and Yoga.

IG: @Harmonie.Sage

 
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DANIELA GIAN DHARMA

Gian Dharma is a Kundalini Yoga Teacher, based in Berlin. Going from the outside to the inside can describe her spiritual and yogic path.  
Actually coming from asthanga yoga and buddhist meditation practices, she found out that the less is the more. When she got in contact with Kundalini Yoga, she found a way to work with emotions and energies on a  deeper more spiritual level, then staying with the powerful physical asanas or the intellectual buddhist philosophy - which she appreciates nevertheless very much. 
Chanting, mantra meditations, pranayama and also the asana sequences unified in a Kundalini Yoga class works on so many levels, that  sensations of bliss and a tiny little taste of how enlightenment could feel like are possible. For her the integration of yoga in everyday life and actions are also a step of individual but also collective  
transformation, that is urgently needed in this world. She prefers  
slower growing and deeper processes, that fore a sangha(yoga group) is one of the most important parts - community where you feel safe,  
accepted and you can encounter your higher self but also connect with  
the others and share that kind of experiences. „Yoga for self awareness-  not self exploitation“ is one of the topics that nowadays is more  
important than ever to her. 

 
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JEN BENNETT

Hi, my name is Jen and I am a Yoga and Meditation teacher from the UK. My Yoga journey began in 2009 to support my own physical and mental wellbeing. After I qualified as a Mental Health Nurse, I noticed gaps in healthcare that lacked  more options than medications or talking therapies as support. So I trained as a yoga teacher and gained my 200hr YTT certification with Yoga Hub Liverpool in teaching Hatha, Yin & Vinyasa Yoga. I wanted to incorporate Yoga into healthcare and make it accessible for all & Provide additional options to support and promote physical and mental wellbeing.  

 

“Now more than ever, we need to build communities and connection. We need space to feel safe, relaxed and welcome. This is what I strive for at the foundation of my teaching. A space to feel free to practice how you need to practice for YOU just how you are! My passion is to create space for inclusivity, connection and building holistic focussed communities. Wellbeing promotion is at the heart of what I do and I am looking forward to this new beginning and to meet you on the mat and online.” 

 
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KATHI LANG

Kathi is a soulful Hatha teacher with heart and passion.

Yoga is with her since 2016 and enriches her life again and again in a new and truly beautiful way. In 2019 she completed her 200h teacher training in India (Varkala), but this is only the beginning of her journey.

Her classes convey a feeling of lightness a liveliness and include breathing exercises, meditation, and a series of postures. The postures are created to build body awareness. They give room for development, are energizing, and at the same time balancing.

 

"Yoga teaches me to accept and love myself and others the way they are. It helps me to develop ever more body awareness and go through daily life with confidence, trust, and joy. All in all, it changes my life for the better and helps me to grow beyond myself."

 
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LINDA MARCIANO

I am Linda, originally from Switzerland and a certified Yoga teacher since 2014. I did my 500h Yoga Teacher Training in the Tradition of Sivananda Yoga over two years in Switzerland. I love the approach of a slow, mindful yoga practice that focuses on relaxation and meditation. While living and travelling in Asia for three years, I had the opportunity to dive deeper into my Yoga and Meditation practice. During this time I did an additional Teacher Training in Yoga Therapy in Thailand and a Meditation Teacher Training with Punnu Wasu in Bali, as well as workshops with Reinhard Gammenthaler and Peter Clifford. I taught Hatha and Yin Yoga in Thailand, Sri Lanka and in Switzerland. 

 

Right now I am living in Berlin, where I gave birth to my first child. In this time I discovered my passion for pregnancy yoga and started teaching prenatal yoga classes. I love to support women in this wonderful and unique time of their life. In my prenatal classes i focus on relaxation and well-being and my aim is to create a space where every woman can connect with herself and the growing miracle inside her. 

  

„Yoga is not about self-improvement, it’s about self-acceptance“. 

 
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TANJA TRESS

Tanja is a Hatha/Yin/Vinyasa, Pre- and Postnatal, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Instructor & Relaxation Therapist from and based in Berlin.

In movements she combines softness and strength in a sensitive, mindful, intuitive and calm environment.

„Embody Yoga - Yoga for me is a way of living. Let’s listen to our Self’s, our body’s and our minds and discover and get connected to our feelings and senses. “

 
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STEFANIE ROTH

I have been practicing Yoga for many years until I finally decided to participate in teacher training. It was more during a challenging part of my life that I could see the benefits of this practice on my physical and mental well being and I want to share it with others. I started with a 75h Jivamukti teacher training and continued in 2020 with my 200h Hatha vinyasa training at Patrick Broome Academy in Munich. In 2021 I participated in a trauma informed yoga training and at the moment I am completing a 300h apprenticeship with my mentor in Berlin. I am trying to combine my original profession, social work and yoga to make a positive impact in the world and in other people's lives. In my classes I combine vinyasa sequences with meditation, pranayama and energetic work. 

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SHIRY VERED

My yoga studies started In 2014 when I moved to Hamburg, Germany. With location change came a deeper sense of clearness which led me to yoga. I started my teachers training after moving to Berlin in 2018. I wished to go deeper into studying the meaning of yoga and its vast philosophy, and also learning how to share this knowledge and experience with others in the best way that fits the student. My teaching of Hatha vinyasa consists of a breath-based practice, giving focus to the respiration, allowing the breath to guide our movement and become our own teacher. I also try to integrate Pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation.

 

"For me, yoga is ongoing process of self-discovery, of learning to observe reality with more clarity and from different perspectives, and being truly grateful for what I have."

 
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FRANZISKA POPPITZ

500 hours certified (RYT) Vinyasa & Hatha Yoga teacher, Studio Assistant Manager in Friedrichshain. Franzi is dedicated to creating and holding a nurturing and safe environment for students to support inward focus, exploration and connection of their bodies, mind and spirit.

By combining breath work (pranayama), meditation and movement (asana), Franzi´s classes support the flow of positive energy and improve the nervous system response. The ultimate goal of her classes is to make her students feel happy, rejuvenated and balanced within.

 

“My yoga journey started in 2009, it has led me to a way of constant transformation and made me the person I am today. Whilst following my passion of traveling, I was able to deepen my practice and learn about the biodiversity of different yoga styles. It was in 2018, when life brought me to India and where I graduated as certified  advanced yoga teacher.

Yoga is a gift! I want to share it and give other people access to their inner happiness - It is possible to create a balance in our lives that accompanies us through ups & downs and incredibly enriches our existence in the present life.”

 
 
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DAFNA BARUCH

I always had passion for movement and it has been guiding me through different stages of life.

After dancing most of my childhood I took a break from movement, until one day, I discovered yoga.

I started practicing in 2013 and studied devoutly with my teacher for almost 8 years. In between I did two 200h TTC and a 300h TTC (Vinyasa, Hatha, Yoga Synergy), assisted in teacher trainings, and studied two years of reflexology; I am very grateful for the learning path that never ends.

All this incredible knowledge implies that the most important knowledge is already within us - body, mind, soul; we just need to notice that it is there.

This is what I practice and this is what I try to transfer in my teachings.

In my classes we arrive to ourselves through a combination of gentle and aligned movement, awareness to breath, embodiment and meditation.

Using all these methods we may discover amazing things, and how wonderful it is that we have the opportunity to take this journey together.

 
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ROSA RAMIREZ

Hello-Om there! 

This is Rosa, a young Psychologist and Yoga Instructor living in Berlin since 2018

 

"I had my first contact with Yoga since I was a little girl, my Mexican and Canadian indigenous community taught me the art of connecting our souls with nature, yet I could never understand the deeper meaning of it, only a couple of years ago when I decided to move to Berlin, where life gave me good Karma Yoga; since then my passion for yoga has grown, completing my training and falling in love with Vinyasa Flow."

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SUSU HAHN

Susu is a yoga teacher, journalist and videographer. She is trained in 200 hours Vinyasa and had additional trainings in Yin, Fly High and trauma-informed Yoga. Coming from a long history of chronical backpain her classes are all about relaxation, stretching, meditating, breath work and slowing down. 

Susu is convinced that the world would be a more peaceful place if everyone meditated regularly. She spent several months as a Karma Yogi in a Yoga and meditation Ashram in Rishikesh, India and teaches Yoga to refugees cause she thinks, that yoga is there for everybody.  

 

"Yoga means to me above all balance, meditation and relaxation. Yoga has changed my life: I've started to perceive my needs and respect them. My body is stronger and healthier. As a yoga teacher, I want to pass this experience on to my students." 

 
 
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MORIN GOUGAIN

Morin´s yoga journey began shortly after her exit from artistic gymnastics in 2010. She began exploring the different styles of yoga and throughout these years her movement journey has shifted and expanded. Deepening her studies in yoga, Morin completed her 200 RYT training in 2017 in Alignment Based Vinyasa with Nico Luce.

 

Her intention for class is to get students out of their heads and into their bodies. Morin believes that each practitioner is their own teacher and knows their body best. She guides practitioners to feel into their own edge and encourages to practice from a place of truth rather than ego. She is grateful to share space and practice together!

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MARIA VITTORIA

Maria Vittoria has been an actress for her whole life, and to be better at her profession, in 2013, she approached Yoga, as taught by Maestra Gabriella Cella Al-Chamali. Since then she has been following these Yoga Ratna teachings, where the focus on the symbols of the asana could directly connect her to the harmony of Nature. For the last two years she’s been living on a farm and has been participating to the Teacher’s Program of Maestra Gabriella. She has been teaching Yoga Ratna since her training has begun. 

Instagram : @as_an_actress

 
 
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CHRYSTALINE LUKMAN

Yoga found its way into Chrystaline Lukman life when she struggled the most and needed it the most. It’s become the tool to accompany her, on her healing journey and it is her intention to make Yoga available for others that might need it in their life's. 

 

Chrystaline completed her 200hrs YTT at Sattva Yoga (India). Sattva Yoga is a comprehensive approach to Yoga consisting of Hatha, Pranayama, Kundalini Kriya, Naad (Sound) and Meditation. 

 

“I learn from my practice every day. I think it’s important to take the teaching from the mat into real life. I learn to listen to my body and my energy, on some days it’s good and on some days everything is hard. I test my own boundaries, struggle, sweat, accept that maybe that is as far as I can go today, knowing that tomorrow is a new day. I invite my students to deepen the relationship with themselves, slow down and listen closely.”

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KIAWNA BREWSTER

 My yoga journey began in 2014 when I started my first year of graduate school in Long Beach, California. What began as a casual workout routine turned into the most essential outlet for me to relieve myself from the emotional struggles that came along with navigating life in academia. While my life continued to be abundant with change and transitions, my practice has always been the one thing that really remained. My mat is the place where I feel safe, empowered, strong, and dare I even say graceful! My practice deepened in 2018 and became an irreplaceable aspect of my life--this is when I knew in my heart that I wanted to share the ways in which yoga changed my life with others. I traveled to India in June of 2019 where I completed my 200 hour program in Rishikesh, India, and have been teaching ever since. Life brought me to Berlin in early 2020, and I have been both practicing and teaching yoga at multiple studios across the city in search of community.  

 
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SHAHANI BAIG

I am originally from South Africa and I am passionate about helping people and learning from them at the same time. On this complicated and sometimes messy  journey through life, we all can use support to get us on track and inspire us to be the best versions of ourselves. 

Practicing and teaching Kundalini Yoga has improved the quality of my life 10-fold. It helps reset my vibrations and gives me discipline with a daily morning practice (sadhanna), which ripples out through my day. Through the physical movements, it supports a journey inward, releasing what doesn’t serve along the way, and creates space to connect and experience inner dimensions. It’s changed my life, and I would like to pass and teach this amazing technology on.

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ALEJANDRA SATKIRN

Alejandra Satkirn grew up with Yoga, her mother also being a yoga teacher, instilled practice and meditation throughout her childhood; this inspired a deep relationship to Yoga and Meditation.

She began teaching Kundalini Yoga in 2010, after living in India for two years where she did her teacher training. She finds Kundalini Yoga a powerful tool to prepare the body and mind for deep states of stillness and expanded awareness, she also teaches Pranayama breath-work and Meditation . She has taught at yoga retreats all around the world as well as festivals in Europe and loves combining the inward journey of yoga with travel. Her classes are a mix of energetic momentum paired with deep contemplative meditative exercises. She speaks English, Spanish and German.

 

IG: https://www.instagram.com/alejandrasatkirn

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ELIF SANT KAUR

Elif is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher trained at Karam Kriya School, Berlin led by Shiv Charan Singh. She continues Kundalini Yoga Therapy training with Guru Dharam and Ayurveda courses with Ulli Allmendinger. Elif teaches KY in a joyful, gentle and compassionate way embraced by magical mantra sound in her classes.

 

"Kundalini has been continuously inspiring me, I remember my first Kundalini class as the biggest gift I have received in this life journey that started transforming me to let me live an authentic life aligned with my own truth. I enjoyed practising varied types of yoga over the years, until I decided to deepen my journey in Kundalini and to spread this unique technology of Kundalini Yoga. Through the practice I cultivated a closer connection to my inner self through pranayama, chanting, asana and meditation. The more I tuned into my inner voice, the louder I heard the call to express and share my experience in teaching yoga and reflecting my creativity into spiritual jewelry. I am passionate to share this immense transformative energy which fundamentally gives you, 'you'."

IG: https://www.instagram.com/spiritualatelierbyelif