OUR TEACHERS

 

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."

ANNA VARIS
 

Teacher and a studio manager.

 

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

 
 

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

 

ETOILE CHAVILLE
 

Etoile is a voice and movement artist and a yoga teacher. She completed her 200 hours vinyasa yoga teacher training in 2009 with Beate Cuson and an additional advanced 300 hours OM yoga teacher training with Cindy Lee in 2015. She has been regularly teaching yoga in various contexts since 2011: yoga studios, corporate yoga, dance school, as well as private clients. Her class combines guided breath-work, meditation, a series of postures  that move from basic to complex, while maintaining focus on good alignment. Etoile creates a warm environment in the classroom and connects with depth and humor philosophical principles to everyday experience.


"Through yoga, I have learned to respect my body and love myself and on a deeper level. The practice of yoga also helps me to stay true to my inner voice, to trust life's intelligence and overcome the fear of the unknown. To me, yoga is a way to embrace the fullness of life."

Learn more about Etoile as a yoga teacher :www.etoilechavilleyoga.com, as an artist: www.etoilechaville.com

 

VANDA BELAKOVA

Vanda is into dance and movement since childhood, passions that slowly developed into a love for yoga. Starting in 2013 in London, yoga became the main part of her life, and it further developed after a 6-month stay in Bali and a subsequent 200-hour YTT in India.

Today in Berlin, she wants to pass along what she gathered during her everlasting journey. The class starts with grounding exercises and gentle stretches, continuing with Hatha and vinyasa sequences that focus on breath awareness and finish with proper relaxation.

 

“I love spreading yoga among people. As a detailed person, I think the little details are the important details”. 

 

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.

ELIF DEMIRCAN

Elif, spiritual name Sant Kaur, teaches Kundalini Yoga in a joyful, gentle and compassionate way embraced by magical Kundalini Yoga sound in her classes. Elif completed KY teacher training at Karam Kriya School, Berlin by Shiv Charan Singh in 2018.

 

"Kundalini Yoga has inspired me over ten years, I remember my first yoga class, which was Kundalini, as the biggest gift I have received in this life journey that started transforming me in the day first. I happily practiced various types of yoga over the years, until I decided to deepen my journey in KY and to spread the unique technology that Yogi Bhajan brought to us. I am passionate to share this immense transformative energy which fundamentally gives you, "you"; a chance to connect with the divine to live the experience of your soul in authentic happiness."

 

ARIEL HAYOUN

Ariel Hayoun (IL) is a contemporary dancer and a Pilates teacher. She graduated from SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance) Salzburg, Austria with a dance diploma, and studied contemporary dance at MASPA (Kibbutz Ga’aton School of performing arts), Israel.
Ariel is a certified BASI (Body Arts and Science) Mat Pilates instructor with the guidance of Natascha Eyber, and has been teaching Pilates since 2016.
She has worked as a dancer among others with Jérôme Bel, Ingri Fiksdal, Ahmed Khemis, and choreographed her own works such as ‘The Empty Serious Structure’ (2017), ‘Underdiscussed’ (2018), 'about flights that are about to be missed' with Lloyd Lovell (2018) and 'Slug' with the Undefinables Collective (2018). 

 

'Pilates for me is a practice that involves both the body and the mind- in the class I focus on body awareness and alignment, inviting lightness, functionality, and energy into the practice and in our day to day lives.'

https://vimeo.com/user79874804

 

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."

 
 

FILIP RUTKOWSKI

Filip was born in 1992 in Poland. He started his yoga practice in 2010. From the very beginning he follows mostly the teachings and method of B.K.S. Iyengar, through regular classes with his teachers and personal practice and study. His yoga practice focuses on an honest and detailed research of the body, with big sense for lightness and acceptance of our imperfections, focused on the healing and meditative aspect of yoga.

 

Filip’s background as an actor and a performer indicates years of experience in practice of the body, voice and mindfulness, and yoga is always present as an introverted and healing element of his work. In 2017 through too intense process in a theater production, he has suffered a meniscus injury. Regular and disciplined practice of yoga has helped him to bring the balance back to his body, and based on his own healing experience, he decided to share his practice with others as a yoga-teacher.


Filip is also graduated from Cultural Studies, therefore he complements his physical and practical practice of body and breath, with cultural knowledge about history and philosophy of yoga.

“You don’t have to do anything. You can do everything."

 

ELIZABETH LAWRENCE

I began my movement experience as a teenager with running and traditional strength training. However, I became injured often and I had a sense of not truly being in balance with my body. In college, I started with Pilates and I found I was able to better understand my body and had a deeper sense of stabilizing myself from my center. I also became interested in Dance and Yoga and gravitated towards more holistic movement practices. I continued participating in Pilates and eventually did a teacher training through my regular Studio. At the same time, I finished my Bachelor in Kinesiology.


In my Pilates classes, I offer my students to look at their bodies as an anatomical whole. Where one part moves, so can we choose to let that movement continue through the body and create reactions or we can isolate, and that choice will create various needs, challenges, and qualities. My hope is that my students leave class with a deeper understanding of how to move consciously.

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 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."

 

JUJU KIM

Juju is a yoga teacher from New Zealand who has been practicing and teaching practical, intuitive yoga for nearly ten years. She has shared her practice in Stockholm, New Zealand, Central America, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Juju's teachings are inspired by the principles of biomechanics, functional yoga, and developmental movement patterns to make sure you get the most out of your practice.

 

Juju has received mentorship on therapeutic principles with Vincent Bolletta in New Zealand, and has studied the art of restorative yoga since 2015 with Karla Brodie, a Senior Associate of Donna Farhi.

"Yoga for me is surrender. A balance between effort and effortlessness. Curiosity. Awareness. Breath. A practice to be alive in my own body. Connection to myself and other people. Experiencing sensation but being equanimous. Releasing and softening. Smiling from within. Creating space. Ease. Gratitude. A reminder to choose happiness. Love."

www.yogawithjuju.com

 

ANGELA MONACO

I am a physical theater artist and for years I have been working with body and voice as sources of creation. Yoga has always been present in my life and in my theater experiences. I have practiced many styles of Yoga in different places and languages: Vinyasa, Hatha, Acro, Bikram, Ashtanga and Yin. Finally, I decided to travel India to train to become a yoga teacher and become Yoga Alliance accredited.

I now teach various styles, working energetically through creative sequences in vinyasa flows but also finding balance in the immobility of the asanas in yin yoga practices. All in harmony with the breath.

As Zen master Thích Nhất Hạnh says: "Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy."

"Yoga is that smile that gives me joy every time I practice it."

 
 

DAVIDE DE LILLIS

Davide De Lillis is a creator, dancer, performer, Yoga teacher, and Feldenkrais trainee based in Berlin. Since his early movement/dance education, till his more recent somatic training, he has always been interested in exploring processes that find in the body the means to dissolve ordinary perceptions of the world and of the “self”. Davide is a caring,  relaxed and easy-going facilitator, dedicated to creating safe spaces for transformative experiences.

Davide's Yoga teacher training took place in Rishikesh at Jeevmoksha Institute of Yoga Studies.

"Yoga helps me letting go of the preconceived ideas of whom I am, creating the possibility for the experience of myself".

Read more about Davide

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."

 

MARTHA PALOMBO

Practicing yoga since 2009, Marta teaches Hatha Yoga with the Pranayoga Method®. Her focus is on sensing internal and subtle movements, with attention to the respect and safety of each unique practitioner. Her practice includes asana, pranayama, mudras, mantra, and guided meditations.

 

Marta is a birth and postpartum doula, and teaches prenatal and postnatal yoga and breathing. She is also a practitioner of Qi Gong, Reiki, shamanic dreaming, and fascia touch. She draws inspiration from the cycles of nature and of the feminine. She works mostly in English and Italian but also speaks German, French, Spanish and some Russian.

 

“Yoga to me is a place of integration of the physical and subtle body. My intention is to share the nurturing practice that has been my anchor in times of stress. It is to keep a connection with that inner stability where we can be in the presence of the wise voice whispering inside of us.”


Read more: https://every-body.berlin

 

ORSOLA CARRARO

Orsi found the synthesis of different interests in Hatha Yoga, and through the 700+ hr YTT has expanded her knowledge in the philosophy, practice, and history of Yoga. Through the Pranayoga Method®, she has established a rhythm between structure and improvisation. With attention to detail, she integrates direction, space, and geometry with formal Asana knowledge. This is balanced with constant, curious research drawn from the practice of visualization that supports the intimate space of the imaginary. She has researched the nourishing, calming and creative power of the digestive and respiratory system and has integrated fasting and pranayama practices in her workshops. 

 

“My practice centers the body-mind system in the belly, with its complex relationship to the nervous system and its role in intuition and play. I teach Hatha Yoga and Pranayama, opening the healing potential of self-care allowing powerful but simple movement and deep attention on the rhythm of the breath.” 

www.orsi.yoga

 

ANDREA MÖLLMANN

Andrea’s personal yoga journey began 15 years ago and has accompanied her ever since. Andrea teaches her Hatha and Yin Yoga classes with music and a lot of lightness – while at the same time giving a lot of attention to the correct alignment so that you can experience a safe and enriching practice, no matter if you are a newcomer or an experienced yogi.

In Yin Yoga, we specifically promote the balance of body and mind through relaxation and in-depth exercises. The long lingering in the postures and the reduced movements give you the opportunity to achieve a completely new form of relaxation and flexibility of your body and mind. Due to the constant flow of information these days, our concentration duration is put to the test every day - Andrea helps you to expand it with your Yin practice and thereby return to everyday life more balanced and attentive.

 

"For me, yoga is the perfect stress relief and it helps me to become more present with the here and now."

 

RUBY FRANCES JONES

Ruby Frances Jones (USA) is a dancer and yoga teacher. After graduating from London Contemporary Dance School in 2017, she worked with the Salzburg Experimental Academy's dance company, Bodhi Project, and toured to festivals, schools, and theatres around the world. In 2018 Ruby completed both an Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher training course in Paris and a 500 hour Hatha Vinyasa course in Nepal. Ruby’s connection with the movement arts inspires a class that is deeply sensitive; to joint health, structural alignment, and to the deeper metaphysical alignment required for meditation. 

 

“Yoga is, to me, an act of self-diplomacy, it is taking time to get to know oneself. When we tune in during the practice and begin to navigate the internal landscape of the Self with all of its patterns and obstructions, we are training to live more consciously by way of Self-mastery. Yoga is clarity, presence, focus; activation of the vital energy that flows between body, mind, and impassioned soul.”

 

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."

 

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.”

 

KLARA NEDERGAARD

Klara has been practicing yoga since 2010, and used the stable practice as a companion in easy and tough times. She decided to do a 200 hours yoga teacher training in Copenhagen in 2019. Klara’s training has a base in classic hatha, growing out in yin, myofascial release and chinese medicine. Klara loves to combine the strength and energy from a yang-oriented practice with the softness and bliss from yin.

“Gentleness, intuition, and peace are three keywords that I want to ground in my classes. I believe that yoga is an action of self love and care which enables us to go out and create more patience and awareness in our community. Especially therefore my classes are for all kinds of bodies and levels. I believe that yoga essentially offers two fundamental beautiful things: self awareness and community.“

 

NEHA JAIN

I am Neha, an Indian yogini, and happy to share a bit about my personal Yoga Journey. I have been doing yoga since childhood. I studied in an Indian school where yoga was part of our Curriculum.

 

I started discovering myself, as I was getting more close to the path of spirituality through yoga and meditation, this was the turning point in my life. 

 

My favorite yoga style is Vinyasa And Ashtanga. My class starts with Mantra chanting and meditation and ends with the same.

    I like authenticity and the power of mantras.

 

I believe sincerely in the power of a committed yoga practice to heal from the inside-out and to inspire a joyful, meaningful life. 

 

Come practice with me, and start to build your own community, forge your own path, go deep, get messy, and thrive...

 

"For me, yoga is being in the present and being conscious. If you can breathe the you can practice yoga."

 

YUN JU CHEN

originally from Taiwan. Since 2012, she lived and obtained her B.A in dance and M.A in dance movement therapy in Germany. She has collected experiences as a professional dancer, dance and somatic movement facilitator, pilates and Barre teacher, as well as a dance movement therapy practitioner. Besides her artistic works, she continues to expand her journey to dance movement therapy and unwind her interests in various disciplines of somatic movement practices, such as Body-Mind Centering and Yoga. She is also a certified Pilates mat and Barre teacher. Her core idea is “Movement is our primary language“, through our body wisdom connect to the inner self and unfold our authenticity, creativity, and originality.

IG: @yjdance_  /  @yunjubodyandspace

 

MARINA YAYA

My approach to the world of Pilates and the movement in general came from the hand of dance. I started dancing from a very young age and as time went by I specialized in contemporary dance. My curiosity for anatomy and the mechanism of movements led me to study Pilates in the year 2009 and, since then, I dedicate myself to teach/practice Pilates and Dance as well as to investigate from my own exploration any type of movement. I consider myself a great fan of Yoga and Barre Floor and spend a lot of time learning new dance styles. My great fondness for learning is embodied in my vocation to teaching.

 

During my classes I spend time raising awareness of the body as an organic mechanism that must be listened carefully to understand its needs and limitations and for each to find an optimal way to train, without suffering and achieving the established goals.

 

LAURA RÜDDENKLAU

Laura is specialized in kids yoga - she has been an educator at an elementary school for two and a half years. When she practiced yoga with kids for the first time she immediately realized that even the restless and emotionally burdened children were able to calm down. Shortly afterwards she wanted to grow her knowledge and improve her techniques so she participated in a seminar to become a kids yoga teacher. She’s been doing kids yoga at the primary school for 2 years now.

"Yoga & Meditation can make the kids feel strong and self-confident. They can improve their mindful living and are able to keep something very special for their whole life. For education, for friends & family and above all for themselves."

 
 

MICHAL AGASI


Picture coming soon! Michal’s pilates classes are about finding freedom and pleasure in movement, awareness to the body use in space and in the personal presence. Building strength, flexibility and correct steadiness through different postures.

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