teachers


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 thaught 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 she 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!

 

Malwina Lasota

(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 Sharry.
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!

 

 

Carina Schneider 

(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.


Tanja Weber 

(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.

 

 

 

 

Katja Zauchner

(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. 

 

 

 

Elena Scafuro

(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.

 

 

 

Aliki Celeste Senn

(Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga)



Bereits in jungen Jahren setzte sich Aliki Celeste Senn mit Themen wie Gerechtigkeit und Gesundheit auseinander und entdeckte ihre Leidenschaft fürs Tanzen und Yoga.
Die Verbindung von Körper, Geist und Seele durch die Praxis des
Yoga hat sie schon immer fasziniert.
Auf ihren Asienreisen vertiefte Aliki ihre Yogapraxis und lernte die Reikiheilung. 
Aliki unterrichtet Yoga in Gruppen- und Privatstunden und liebt es, Ihre Schüler im Savasana mit der Reikiheilkunst zu verwöhnen.
In ihren kreativen Stunden fokussiert sie auf die Kräftigung des Körpers, die Entwicklung von Stabilität und Flexibilität und die Auflösung von Blockaden. Sie ermutigt ihre Schüler dazu, die Achtsamkeit auf die innere Erfahrung zu lenken sowie die vorhandene Energie und das Bewusstsein auszudehnen, um so mehr Klarheit und Einsicht zu erlangen. Durch ihre grosse Empathie kann sie sich wunderbar in ihre Schüler einfühlen und sie auf dem Weg zu mehr Harmonie und Zufriedenheit begleiten.
Für Aliki ist Yoga eine Lebensphilosophie, die weit über die Yoga-Matte hinausgeht. Sie ist stetig bemüht sich selbst weiterzubilden und ihren eigenen Horizont zu erweitern. Das ganze Leben ist ein Lehrpfad.

«Du darfst selbst die Veränderung sein,
die Du in der Welt sehen willst.» (Gandhi)

Aliki ist diplomierte Hatha und Vinysasa Yogalehrerin 200 Std RYT und Reiki Heilerin

 

 

Miriam Ropschitz

(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 Kwok

(Hatha Yoga, Meditation)


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.

 

 

 

Chris Moffitt

(Hatha Yoga)


 

Chris` first contact with the importance of movement and breathing was on Gozo where he worked for many years as a diving instructor. The job itself lead to his passion for fitness which lead to his discovery of yoga.

 

Today Chris is an art restorer and yoga teacher living in Zurich, his profession is very meditative perfectly complimenting his passion for yoga.

 

Chris has been on the mat since 2002 and finished his teacher training in 2018.

 

Chris teaches in english and german.

 

 

Alice Summermatter

(Hatha Yoga, Hatha Flow, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Passiv Yoga, AYTM,  Klangschalen Therapie, Moon Mother®)


Joining her fist yoga class, Alice experienced a deep and profound feeling of familiarness. After the Savasana it was crystal clear to her - a life without Yoga is no longer an option.

To her, Yoga is a path of life - an engagement, not only a lifestyle product.

 

Her yoga journey has led Alice through the many different Yoga styles known today: from Asthanga Yoga, Bikram Yoga, classic Iyengar Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa, Anusara, Kriya Yoga, Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra. 

 

Her apprenticeship as a medical assitant at a anthroposophic medical center has influenced her view of the world and her understanding of a holistic approach to health and the interrelation of body, soul and spirit deeply.

Her own medical history has inspired her at an early age, to use Yoga as a therapeutic tool.

Ever since she has become a  Mother, she has developed a special interest in Yoga for woman. 

Helping woman to understand their own authentic nature and how this impacts the way we perceive the world and our Yoga practice is of utmost concern to Alice.

 

Alice is a optimistic, joyful and creativ person. she shares her love and passion for Yoga in very compassionate and joyful way.

 

Alice teaches in german and english.

 

 

Amy Vaillancourt

(Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow)


Amy began studying yoga as a teenager in the early 1990s. After completing a master’s degree in dance with a cultural anthropology emphasis she taught in Tokyo, Japan, then in Los Angeles, California. Having studied a wide variety of yoga, Amy believes that investigating the connections of body, mind, and energetic forces can lead you to a personalized path of healing.
Amy teaches in english.

Michèle Kalberer

(Vinyasa Flow)


Michèle is a warm-hearted person who loves yoga in all its forms and facets. She is a certified Yoga Alliance teacher and practices a dynamic style of yoga that calms the mind through the exhaustion of the body. Her Vinyasa yoga is characterized by creative flows that endeavour the body’s strength and flexibility. In her classes, you will experience the power of breath and its healing qualities, gain balance through focus as well as soften the fascial tissue of the body.

 

Michèle trained with Banyan Gallagher according to the teachings of T. K. V. Desikachar and adopted his philosophy of a playful approach to the limitations of body and mind. She believes that Yoga not only seeks the perfect alignment of the limbs, but also the softness and freedom in each asana that allows the yogi to find his individual flow. After all, yoga is a treatment for body and soul – and moreover, a fun way to explore oneself. 

 

Michèle's classes are suitable for every level, as a continuous build-up over various difficulty levels provides the appropriate variation for each student. Before Michèle became a Yoga teacher, she worked as a certified training instructor and learned about the different aspects of fitness and health. She uses her experience and knowledge of the physical body to individually align students during the Asanas. At the end of each lesson, Michèle enjoys enlivening the yogi's senses with aroma oils. Her classes are accompanied by gentle contemporary music.

 

Michèle teaches in German and English.