Joanna first started practicing yoga in a studio near her house.
Not missing any class, she knew that she had found her way to a beautiful practice, both on a physical and mental level.
In her early years, in Romania, she learned ballet and modern dancing. Discipline was Joanna’s best friend since she was small.
She has a degree in Economics from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
Since 2009 she has completed advanced studies, teacher trainings and workshops with first generation teachers of Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition including: David Swenson, Eddie Stern, Kristina Karitinou, Rolf Naujokat, David Garrigues, Manju Jois, Laruga Glaser.
She has completed three teacher trainings in Ashtanga and another one in Advanced Vinyasa at Sampoorna Yoga in Goa, India.
She has completed a 50 hour Teacher Tune-up with Noah Maze for whom she has a deep appreciation.
She’s also a level two Thai Massage Therapist.
She mostly practices and teaches Ashtanga, Vinyasa Yoga and handstands. In her class, she emphasizes the bandhas, which are the bridge that allow us to take our practice from a merely physical level to an inner energy work. She also focuses on the breath, which is more important than the asana. “Never stop breathing”. She gives modifications for all body types as she believes yoga is for everyone and everyone has his/her own limitations. The asana is not about form but it’s about function.
She is fully dedicated to the Ashtanga practice, always looking for a teacher wherever she is traveling. When she is India, she continues her studies with certified teacher Regina Ehlers.
She hopes to inspire people to learn and keep practicing the Ashtanga Yoga method.
She is funny, caring and gives her full attention to the students. She will take your practice to the next level.
Some month of the year you will find Joanna teaching in teacher trainings at Sampoorna Yoga School in India and some months teaching and leading retreats and teacher trainings in beautiful Greece which she adores.
Martin started his yoga experience in 2008 once he realized that it brings him peace, relaxation and healthy balance to his otherwise sedentary and stressful corporate lifestyle of then.
Starting first with traditional Hatha yoga classes, he later transitioned to more dynamic styles of Vinyasa yoga.
He slowly discovered a need for a deeper understanding of other aspects of Yoga and that led him to quitting his job and traveling to India in pursuit of an overall practice of all aspects of yoga.
He never looked back.
After first completing his 200 TTC with Sampoorna Yoga, which gave him a solid foundation to his self-practice, he continued his learning throughout his travels by attending another 200-hour Yoga training at Mahadevi Ashram in Guatemala.
The art of adjustment he learned with Kamal Singh of Tattvaa Yoga Shala in India.
In 2018 he completed 40hours Teacher Training Course with David Swenson in Italy. David is one of only handful of Westerners to have learned the full Ashtanga system as originally tought by K. Pattabhi Jois.
He attended workshops with David Robson at Purple Valley in Goa, India.
He continues his studies with certified teacher Regina Elhers in India.
Needless to say, Martin mostly learned from his daily practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga which he has been maintaining for past years. The practice is his best teacher.
Martin has a great sense of humor that he incorporates in his classes. He facilitates, encourages and inspires his students with his devotion and knowledge of the practice. It is up to the students to use those tools in their practice.