Why do I like to teach yoga?
Your body and mind meet in the concentration of doing a yoga pose; you experience clarity, focusing your attention, muscles, bones, and breath towards experiencing the particular pose. Again and again, as you approach each pose, this capability to meet each sensation with awareness increases. This experience of harmony of body and mind then transfers to your everyday life; you are more alert to the beauty and wonder of life that has always been right before your eyes and in fact, available to all your senses.
This is the magic of Yoga.
When you feel, as a teacher, that this magic is possible to give someone as a gift it gives a sense of purpose in this world. Once one accepts this magic and moves forward with the practice, body and mind takes a different shape. Mind is more receptive, focused and giving. Body is more flexible, healthier and glowing. As a teacher you are a witness of this process. A witness of someone who is meeting her/his own glitter. Her/his own power, and ability to bloom to its own potential.
Yoga is the union. When I teach I feel I am contributing to the individual unity of building that connection. When one practice and observes the teacher’s’ instructions, the teacher and the student are in uniquely combined unity that is fully understandable to the teacher and student only. As a teacher I also grow and learn about myself in my approach and inner strength to develop and give. While a student learns about her/his individual inner goal. It’s a wonderful dance that keeps on growing and moving and nourishing. I cannot imagine a better engagement in this earthy living.
I hope to see you on the math and share this magic with you
Love & gratitude
I am the creator of KikiGYoga and Adriatic Yoga. Born in Croatia, I left in 1998 and have since lived in London, Thailand, and India. I am the creator of KikiGYoga and Adriatic Yoga. Born in Croatia, I left in 1998 and have since lived in London, Thailand, and India. Now based in Ireland I teach classical Hatha yoga and Vinyasa style classes.
KikiGYoga and Adriatic Yoga was created with the dream of sharing my native country’s beauty with inspiring yoga teachers and students, and this is now a reality. Every year this creation gives me a clear direction for growth, sharing and connection and I feel very blessed and thankful for its continued development.
My first experience with yoga was in 2004 with Iyengar teacher Greg Walsh from Samadhi.ie in Dublin. The occasional classes I attended were the only thing at the time that really allowed me to connect to myself and feel alive. Almost every class brought a big smile to my face and inner being and I would always feel in high spirits and challenged, yet very, very rewarded. As a result in 2008 I decided to take a break from my busy schedule of full time work and college, and left to explore yoga and all of its eight limbs.
My Yogic Background
I studied with various teachers and obtained my first 200 hour Teacher Training Certificate from Randall O’Really at JungleYoga.net in Thailand, Koh Phangan. Here I was also blessed with 9 months teaching yoga asana to private clients, as well as teaching classes within different resorts on the island. This is when my inner journey began. I read, practiced and meditated to my complete potential in that particular time. In 2009 I moved back to Ireland where I continued teaching asana and some mindfulness meditation practices.
I continued my self discovery with yoga asana and meditation and attended my second Teacher Training Course of Hatha and Ashtanga yoga with Mahesh at Omkarananda center. I also attended Santosh Puri Ashram and practiced with a number of different teachers such as Iyengar teacher Usha Devi in Rishikesh, and Mataji, Ganga, Alkananda and Mandakini.
My love for Ashtanga Yoga was born through practicing with Suzanne and John Brennan at the Ashtanga Yoga Shala Dublin, yogashala.ie. Suzanne & John teach in a traditional way as taught by the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson R. Sharath Jois in Mysore, India.
During 7 months I studied Ashtanga yoga in Mysore with two main teachers, the first Saraswati, daughter of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois in K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute – Mysore, KPJAYI. The second Vijay Kumar, my time with whom I remember most dearly. I was also blessed with months of teachings in Mysore from Dr. M.A. Jayashree and Professor M. A. Narasimhan on the Bhagavad- Gita and The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali – for this I have so much gratitude and blessings.