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!
(Hatha Yoga, Teen Yoga, Yoga for Kids)
For Malwina, yoga is a playground of possibilities. It’s a source of information about the world within her, her physical body and it’s also a sacred place to just be in the moment as it is, not
as it could be or was a few hours ago.
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.
Malwina loves yoga and yoga plays a very important part in her life but she isn’t dogmatic about it. She teaches it in a light and fun way. She uses 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.
Malwina moved to Zurich in 2017 from London where she worked as a pre-school teacher. Although she had decided to leave her school teaching career, she wants to carry on teaching yoga to children as they always (without a fail!) remind her to play and that the greatest joys can be found in the simplest things in life.
Malwina trained as a Children’s Yoga Teacher with Susannah Hoffman at Triyoga, London. She studied Hatha Yoga at Sanapurna in Zurich with Poonam Stecher Sharma, Sanjeev Bhanot and Manoj Bhanot. Currently, she is learning Katonah yoga framework, her two main teachers are Abbie Galvin and Dages Juvelier Keates.
Come, say hello, drink tea together and learn from each other - yoga revolutionise it!
(Hatha Yoga, Hatha Flow, Yoga for Kids)
Yoga ist für Carina schon seit 7 Jahren ein wichtiger Bestandteil ihres Lebens. Die Erfahrung, durch Yoga jeden Moment bewusster wahrzunehmen und so mehr über sich selber und seine Umwelt zu erfahren, fasziniert sie immer wieder von neuem.
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 to go for long walks 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.
In her kids yoga class she sets the same values. She wants to create a safe and inspiring environment for children, freeing themselves from the pressure of society enabling a more playful exploration of life. Children have a lot of curiosity and imagination, which is often not encouraged enough in everyday life. So yoga helps and allows children to learn more about themselves in a playful way.
(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!
Born in Toronto, Canada and brought up in a fairyland by mermaids & unicorns. Valentine Giambattista founded YogiMovieStar in 2015.
She has been certified and practising Yoga since 2010. The foundation of my practice combines the physical with an inner emotional and spiritual journey. By integrating body, breath, movement, and meditative awareness, I strive to promote an understanding of the connection of all these aspects in your personal health and wellbeing.
It all started when studying Acting for film and television at College, during theatre preparation she would practice yoga and breathing. I started to feel that my yoga practice became more essential to my quality of life and so I enrolled in my first teacher training program at George Brown College in Toronto, specialising in Hatha and Flow yoga. After completing my training I became even more inspired and wanted to study more, so I went on to complete an 80-hour Restorative Teacher Training at Yoga Space in Toronto.
Her first official teaching started at Yyoga, one of Canada's most renowned Yoga Studios, here she was able to put in practice all my trainings and continue to learn more by teaching others this new passion of hers. Yyoga allowed her to expand her knowledge into Hot/Power and Yin yoga where she completed training in both and assisted an 80 hour Yin Yoga training.
Passionate about Yin and Restorative Yoga she moved across the pond to Edinburgh, Scotland to teach all her learnings of yoga at Tribe Yoga.
Having moved to the U.K. she completed a Kids & Teens 70-hour teacher training in Glasgow and an 80-hour Yoga Nidra Foundations teacher training in London.
Taking forward my learning and experience she assisted opening a Yoga studio space called Rock a Barre Pop Up in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was an exciting little venture in a beautiful new space. As of lately, she was back home in Canada teaching Reiki courses and focusing my energy on my speciality workshops such as Reiki Restorative, Anti Ageing Yin with Aromatherapy, Yoga and Astrology and Magical Moon Yoga Workshop. She is currently also offering Horoscope Birth Chart readings online and in person.
She has just moved over to Zurich, Switzerland to share her yoga, reiki and astrology magic with you! She hopes to meet you on the mat soon. You can find her at Yoga in a Bag offering unique workshops & classes!