Sonja Appel: Founding Director (ERYT 500, YACEP, PPNCT, Mindfulness Educator) Sonja started her journey in yoga 20 years ago with the late Shri K Pattabhi Jois from Mysore, learning the authentic Mysore self practice of Ashtanga - Vinyasa. From whom she has his blessing to teach. Sonja is certified by the 'British School of Yoga' in Hatha & Meditation & also certified as a 'Vibrant Living Teacher' in Hatha Flow and a pre + post natal, children + teens teacher with Santosha Yoga in Bali.
Having studied intensely, mainly in London, India and Bali she believes that 'living yoga' in its essence helps to impart her knowledge better and more succinctly. Sonja started practicing yoga and mindfulness many years ago and has intensive years of experience teaching yoga. She is also registered with Yoga Alliance, E-RYT 500 and has taught over 60 000+ hours of Yoga & Teacher Training. Sonja has devised her own practise in yoga called ‘Sushumna Yoga' which is a carefully worked out vinyasa flow, meditation & pranayama, that encourages mindfulness and in the process, this helps to unleash all of our innate kundalini Shakti. The flow is spontaneous and she mixes up the asanas in interesting ways, with the help of inspiring music, always ending with a deep relaxing meditation (Yoga nidra). As in Ashtanga - drishti, bandhas, ujjayi breath, counting & vinyasa is always employed.
"I believe in an holistic approach to the study of yoga, giving people a well-rounded yoga education. I combine alignment techniques of the body, with breath techniques for calming and balancing the mind. I also use focus and visualisation to balance the body and brain with chanting and music for inspiration and concentration. This helps to enhance Meditation (the ultimate reason for the practice of asana (postures). "My philosophy behind the practice of postures has to relate to a wider content including all the 8 limbs of a proper yoga practice."