Upon learning that she had a moderate to severe class of scoliosis 11 years ago, it was suggested to Monika that she try yoga in order to strengthen her spine and relieve her occasional pain. She started exploring the Bikram practice and noticed the wonderful benefits of the practice from the very first class. After a few years of her dedication to Bikram yoga, she realized an incredible transformation in her posture, her body, her mental and physical strength, and most importantly, her spinal transformation. Her dedication to Bikram turned into a quest to learn other styles of yoga: Hatha, Power, and Vinyasa. Her main focus was getting her body and mind strong in order to be strong in every aspect of her life.
Monika completed a summer intensive 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training certification in 2011 and really focused on challenging herself, while growing spiritually during the course. In January 2012, she completed a 30-hour Yin Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Joe Barnett, Paul Grilley’s most senior student; gaining an incredible knowledge of various types of Yin postures and also a more in depth knowledge of the anatomy of the body. This very hands-on training allowed her to study different bone structures in different types of yoga postures. Monika also had the chance to study with Ana Forrest; learning more in depth about Forrest Yoga postures, mindset and herself; Monika learned how to expand her breath into new and undiscovered parts of her body and life.
Monika has dedicated herself to the spiritual and physical aspects of yoga, and is living proof that yoga can heal and transform the body and mind. Given her own achievement, she is devoted to her students’ success as well.
She incorporates very challenging core strengthening postures that strengthen her students’ bodies and minds, which seamlessly incorporates into their lives outside of the studio. This combined with breathing, meditation practices, and a touch of humor make her classes challenging and fun, yet relaxing at the same time.