I walk the unique path of yoga since approximately ten years when I attended my first class in Zurich. Already a few minutes after leaving the studio, I realized that yoga would be part of my life from that moment onwards, it felt like I had found a home. Until that day, only surfing clear waters had given me that feeling of oneness and deep connection.
I started teaching three years later and I completed my first teacher training at Airyoga in Zurich (200-hr Yoga Alliance). In July 2015 I completed a 300 hr Hatha Advanced Teacher Training with my teacher Stephen Thomas reaching 500hr Yoga Alliance recognised training. I work with Stephen since 2011 and I am very thankful to him, especially for introducing me and handing me down his deep acknowledge in Pranayama and Meditation.
Then I got the chance to dive deep into the magic of yoga with an advanced teacher training with Ana Forrest in November 2015. Above everything else that I learned from her, Ana thought me to tap into my Spirit and to dig deeper.
I attended a teacher training with Max Strom in 2013 and in 2015 an inspiring 100 hr tantric influenced training with Rae Indigo. I constantly continue my training with workshops and retreats, especially in the Hatha tradition, with many great teachers I am deeply thankful to. Another important part of my yoga path is Zen and Vipassana Meditation (silent meditation retreats); when possible I go on retreat or immersions with my teacher Michael Stone.
Over the past two years, teaching yoga has become my main activity. Previously I worked as journalist, graphic designer/photographer and translator. I still write and translate as a freelancer. My love for words, for transmitting thoughts and energy with the proper sentences, pushes me always further to find better ways to guide my students into their own yoga journey. Teaching is for me a very deep commitment and even if I try to keep things light, I am very conscious about it and try to improve my teaching all the time.
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I teach group classes, see Schedule, and private classes. I also teach corporate yoga for companies.
My teaching style
The style of yoga I teach can be situated between Hatha and Vinyasa Flow, I sometimes also call it Hatha Flow. I am teaching fluid and yet powerful movements accompanied by the breath, but I also appreciate holding the postures longer in order to do proper adjustments and to feel the more subtle energy flows. The transition from pose to pose and the spaces of awareness between them are for me as important as the asanas in itself. In addition to that, I put a lot of attention onto proper and safe alignment because I consider it to be the key for a healthy, strong, conscious and long lasting yoga practice. During my classes we also perform some simple breath awareness exercises. I really enjoy to work with music and I think we should never forget that yoga has to be fun as well!
© Michela Montalbetti, July 2017