Qualifications and Training:
TTC in Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga - 500hr
TTC in Kids Yoga - 100hr
Yin Yoga Training for Teachers - 60hr
Prenatal and Baby Yoga - 200hr
Two one-month and two one-week intensive trainings in Asana and Pranayama at Prana Vashya Yoga School in Mysore
Anatomy trains in Motion 50hr
Intensive Trainings on Ayurvedic Nutrition - 250hr
Teaching yoga internationally since 2013, experience running variety of classes (Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Hatha Flow and Yin), workshops, retreats and modules for YTTC courses (alignment, anatomy, adjustments, teaching methodology) as well as kids yoga (1 year teaching experience at Vidya Aranya School in Goa), family yoga, prenatal and mother and baby yoga
How did you first get into yoga?
I have always been a sporty person and when I first joined a yoga class at the age of 25, it was mainly for physical fitness. My idea about yoga changed two years later when I turned to it for therapeutic reasons - I wanted to get rid of my recurring lower back pain. This was the time when I started to take regular classes at a studio which specialised in yoga therapy for the spine. My back problems disappeared in 6 months and I started practising yoga every day. In 2010, I was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga, which became my daily practice at that time.
How has your practice evolved and which style do you practise now?
After a few years of rigorous, daily Ashtanga practice, I felt the need to listen to my body more while on the mat and make the practice suit my needs and reflect whatever is going on inside and around me. I also got a deeper insight into Ayurveda and started incorporating its principles into my daily life. At the moment, my practice is mainly a mixture of Prana Vashya Yoga (style developed and taught by Vinay Kumar, whose shala in Mysore I join every year for at least one month) and Hatha Flow, with daily pranayama and meditation. I also sometimes practice Yin, Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow. I try to observe how my body is feeling on a particular day and what I need most and adjust my practice accordingly. I believe that yoga should serve the purpose of healing - both our body and mind - and that's what I try to achieve in my practice and teaching.
What's your teaching style and experience?
To have a better understanding of yoga in general I joined several workshops on different styles of yoga, alignment of postures and anatomy while living in Hungary. In 2012, I signed up for my first teacher training in Hatha Yoga with the intention to deepen my knowledge, hoping that one day I can become a teacher. But life had a different plan for me, and instead of joining the training I had to leave my life in Hungary behind and move to Goa, India. This is where I ended up completing my 500hrs TTC and where I got my first teaching exprience - I became assistant teacher first and then started teaching full time, eventually finding my own teaching style. These two years of constant learning and teaching as well as getting a deeper understanding of Auyrveda led me to believe that in order to experience the real benefits of yoga, it's important to look at everybody as an individual and help them practice in line with their needs, taking into account that we all have different bodies, health issues and we go through various life phases and cycles. As a result, in 2014 I decided to join another teacher training in Kids Yoga, after which I started teaching at a local school in Goa. The following year I also completed a teacher training in Prenatal and Baby Yoga as well as Yin Yoga.
The more I teach, the more I return to what was my original reason for getting into yoga - healing. Now that I have the overall knowledge about applied yoga, the next step will be getting on the path of yoga therapy, so definitely one more teacher training is ahead of me. I wish to specialize in kids.
In 2017 I launched my own website and business under CreateBalanceWithMe with the intention to combine everything I learnt to help people to achieve their personal balance not just on a physical level.
What's your favourite yoga pose?
It changes regularly and it's not what people would think - none of the crazy-pretzel looking ones!
These days I am in love with Salabhasana (Locust pose). It has numerous benefits besides being a therapeutic pose to strengthen the lower back, it's suitable for all levels and it can really surprise you with its variations.
One thing people may not know about you
There was a time in my life when I was a rock girl, dressed in black, listening to heavy music and wearing lipstick. I don't think any of my current friends or students would recognise me!