Melanie M. Gerber
(Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Yoga for Kids)
Melanie took her first step on a yoga mat when she was about 9 years old. Her mom thought her and her friends at home and soon later she attended classes at a yoga school nearby. Yoga became and stayed a true companion - at least most of the time ;-).
About at the same time she developed a passion for cooking delicious, healthy food. But as life goes, she experienced some other adventures, before she was able to make her two passions her work.
After university (Master in Economics and Finance, University of St. Gallen) she worked almost 10 years in management for a large corporation. It was an exciting, but very demanding
time and her yoga practice and healthy eating took a serious hit.
Being pregnant with her first child, she started listening to herself again. The more yoga came into
he life, the more mindful sheI became with herself and the world around her. She decided to quit her stressful lifestyle and started spreading the word of what healthy nutrition
and yoga can do. She became a Nutritional Coach (Institute for Integrative Nutrition, New York) and founded her Nutrition Coaching Practice, Familycious. She started writing a blog
about healthy, plant-based cooking and published a cookbook
To be able to combine her two amazing tools - yoga and nourishing food - She did her yoga teacher training with Stephen Thomas (Airyoga, Zurich) and specialised in kids yoga (Cosmic Kids). She is a member of the Yoga Alliance.
The result is Yoga in a Bag, designed to help you become your own best version and master your life with ease and happiness!
(Katonah Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Yoga for Kids & Teens)
Malwina is a Certified Katonah Yoga Teacher and she is continuing to study the framework of Katonah Yoga with her teachers: Abbie Galvin, Nevine Michaan, Dages Juvelier Keates and Alex
She studied Hatha Yoga at Sanapurna Studio in Zurich with Poonam Stecher Sharma, Sanjeev Bhanot and Manoj Bhanot, and she trained as a Children’s Yoga Teacher with Susannah Hoffman at Triyoga, London.
She is registered as a RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance.
Yoga plays a very important part in her life but she isn’t dogmatic about it. She teaches it in a light and playful way, using a lot of props in her classes making it accessible to people of all levels and ages. Teaching breathwork (pranayama) is her all time favourite and it’s always a part of her classes as well her own practice.
She is mostly inspired by nature (barefoot walking & moon stalking), books (in fact she is an avid reader), human-to-human interactions, podcasts, ancient wisdom, coffee and food explorations around the globe, her life partner Alex and her yoga teachers.
Come, say hello, drink tea together and learn from each other!
(Hatha Yoga, Hatha Flow, Yoga for Kids)
Yoga has been an important part of Carina’s life for 7 years. The experience of perceiving each moment more consciously through yoga while learning more about oneself and our environment still
fascinates her today.
Carina is a very creative and positive person who loves spending time in nature, to paint, to cook or to philosophise about life. She is committed to reduce waste in our environment, and works daily on filling her life with fewer things but with more inspiring people and experiences.
Her helpfulness and empathy are felt not only in conversation with her, but also during her yoga lessons. Finding balance and using one’s own resources responsibly is very important to her. Her lessons are characterized by demanding flows, intense poses, but also enough regenerating asanas. This always with the aim to create more awareness for body, breath and spirit.
Carina is a certified Hatha Yoga teacher and studied with Poonam Stecher Sharma, Sanjeev Bhanot and Monoj Bhanot (Sanapurna Zurich –Yogalife) and continuous her studies within their CEP (continuous education programme). Right now Carina is in a Yin Yoga training with Josh Summers, interweaving yoga and the ancient wisdom of chinese medicine.
Carina is registered as a RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance.
(Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow)
About Six years ago, Tanja came into contact with yoga for the first time. Today, she is frequently inspired and fascinated by yoga.
Tanja loves when her body is moving through various asanas, connecting the movement with her breath and allowing her mind to rest. The noticeable positive effect that yoga has on everyday life impresses her again and again.
During Tanja’s studies as a primary teacher, the desire to become a yoga teacher started to emerge. Soon, a small yoga group evolved, so Tanja began to lead her fellow students through a weekly short yogaflow. Satisfied faces after the weekly yogaflow strengthened Tanja’s desire to deal with yoga more intensively some day. In 2017 she completed a 200h training at Airyoga Zurich under the guidance of Stephan Thomas.
It is a privilege for Tanja to pass on her excitement and fascination for yoga and to help participants to find more awareness for their body, breath and spirit through powerful yoga practice.
(Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Prenatal Yoga)
It was 2005 and Katja was studying Media Design in Austria, when she went to her first Yoga class. Although she was intrigued, she did not practice on a regular basis until years later. However she then soon noticed, that Yoga is more than just moving into poses, and that the practice gives her a lot. Especially after the birth of Katjas first daughter she realised how greatly Yoga influenced her physical, mental and psychological well being. The wish to go deeper and learn more about Yoga led to the decision to do a 200h Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at Airyoga Zurich with Stephen Thomas. She is grateful that she was able to study not only with Stephen, but also with other international teachers like Doug Keller, Claire Dalloz and Anya Porter. In 2018, Katja will attend a pre- and postnatal Yoga Teacher Training with Sue Elkind, so she an accompany women during a very special time in their lives.
Katja is excited to share her fascination and love for yoga.
Apart from yoga, Katja loves her husband, her daughters, photography, books, sewing, baking (she makes killer chocolate chip cookies), music, summer, thunderstorms, crashing waves, walking barefoot, cats, naps and laughing.
Katja teaches Hatha Yoga, Yoga Nidra and prenatal Yoga. She teaches in English and German.
(Hatha Yoga, Flow Yoga, Yin Yoga)
At first Elena completed her Teacher Training without any intention to actually teach yoga. However, during her teacher training she realized how much fun it is to pass on what she has learned and to create an individual teaching style. Her classes are powerful and soft at the same time. Breath awareness and correct alignment are important for Elena. Besides physical challenge and relaxation also meditation and modern yoga philosophy are part of her teaching. She meets her students on the mat, where they actually are in life and takes them to an inner journey to themselves.
After her 200h vinyasa- and yin yoga teacher training in Zurich several advanced educations like the advanced yoga teacher training “therapeutic art of adjustment” (Rae Indigo) and the yin yoga teacher training (Markus Henning Giess) followed. At PilateSwiss (Zurich) she absolved the Pilates Mat Basic course.
The classes of Elena will be accompanied by soft and modern music.
Elena teaches in German or English.
(Yoga for Kids)
Shannon relocated from her beloved New York City to Zurich almost 14 years ago. During her time in NYC Shannon depended on her yoga practice to keep her grounded during her faced paced and stressful life working for several high end boutique hotels in their Sales Management offices.
When the opportunity came about to move to Switzerland (a country she had not visited and knew nothing about) she and her partner jumped at the opportunity to live a quieter more relaxed lifestyle.
Once in Zurich Shannon’s professional life took a turn when she became a preschool and Kindergarten teacher. Shannon would incorporate different Yoga Asanas in class as well as breathing techniques if the children were becoming too overwhelmed by their work.
After having two children of her own Yoga again became that much more important as a way to deal with the everyday stresses of motherhood but also to help her younger son deal with his anxieties after starting the first class. This was the impetus for Shannon to search out a Kid Yoga teaching program. In February 2018 Shannon completed her Yoga and Kids Teacher Training under Cayetana Rodas and has been teaching ever since.
When Shannon is not spending time with her family or doing yoga, Shannon loves to cook, is a voracious reader and loves to travel.
She looks forward to seeing you and your children getting silly on the mat!
(Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga)
Miriam first fell in love with yoga as a teenager growing up in the UK and was inspired to become a teacher so that she could share the practice with others.
For the last five years she lived between Thailand and India, studying with many teachers and sharing what she learned.
Her interest is in the humanity and heart of yoga. Whilst she is passionate about alignment and technique, what fascinates her is yoga’s inner-world: the unseen transformation of the practitioner’s body; the breath as it expands; the fascia softening; and the intimate presence of Self being gradually cultivated.
She is passionate about yoga’s power to connect people back to the home of their body and to others in deeper, more meaningful ways.
Miriam believes yoga should make us softer, more connected, more joyful and more alive.
She weaves the philosophy of Kashmiri Saivism into her classes and workshops, rooting the Western interpretation of yoga in its traditional Eastern earth.
Whenever she can, she brings pranayama, kriya and meditation into her classes, wanting to expand the techniques of hatha yoga in as many directions as possible so that you
leave her classes energised and present, with deeper, longer breath and a more-open heart.
Miriam teaches vinyasa, yoga nidra and YIN yoga. She offers workshops and retreats for women interested in developing yoga practices which honour their cyclical nature.
Everyone will be made to feel comfortable and welcome at her classes, no matter their level of experience or physical ability.
For more information about Miriam, visit her website: www.yoga-moon.com
Ivy, was a passionate creative in the advertising industry working in Hong Kong and China. In 2003 she had her first encounter with wake boarding and yoga, both requires complete concentration and all about balancing, both mentally and physically. The yoga practice brought the awareness to be kind to herself and to stay grounded in the present moment. She learns to listen to the little voice in her heart and opening herself up to her inner strength to connect the feeling of love deep down inside. Over the year, she’s been attending various workshops and classes with different teachers including Julie Martin and Bryan Kest.
Karma brought her to her mentor, Stephen Thomas. She practiced with him on a regular basis, not only asana but also pranayama and meditation. She had done her teacher training at Airyoga under his guidance in 2017. Tonglen and Metta meditation supports her to approach life, to take on the act of Maitri to spread unconditional love and compassion. Ivy has been teaching both open and private one-to-one sessions and continues to study yoga as therapy and sustainable movement with Anya Porter. Ivy has also completed kids’ yoga teacher training in 2016 with Greville Henwood at Groovy Kids Yoga.
As a dedicated student and teacher, I am passionate in encouraging the practitioners to let go of the thought of how their yoga should be but use it as a tool to connect to the heart and to explore their inner potential. It is an honour for Ivy to share the wisdom of mindfulness and to support everyone to say yes to life, to live in harmony with our own nature and all of nature. Get ready for a yoga adventure that is freeing your body, clearing your mind and uplifting your spirit. To surrender and to reconnect with yourself completely. and to pamper yourself by feeling each breath of joy.
Ivy is currently based in Zürich, Switzerland where she lives with her husband and their three children.
Ivy teaches in English.