ISABELLA NITSCHKE

Isabella first met yoga in 2004 when she sought help for an injury from running. When she discovered the many positive benefits of yoga practice she began exploring different yoga styles and quickly found Ashtanga yoga which she has been practicing since. She has been teaching full time since 2009 and in 2014 she received Sharath Jois’ blessing to teach the primary and intermediate series of Ashtanga Yoga. In the summer of 2016 Isabella participated in a 2 month special course for teachers with Sharath Jois. Since then she has also twice had the privilege to assist him in class for a full month at the main shala in Mysore (January 2018 and 2019) .

Since she started practicing yoga she has been fortunate to practice and study with several senior Ashtanga Yoga teachers such as Rolf and Marci Naujokat, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor, Eddie Stern, David Swenson, Maty Ezraty, Susanna Finocchi and Eileen Gauthier. Prior to Ashtanga yoga she also studied the Dynamic Yoga Teaching Method with Godfrey Devereux and is qualified to teach this particular method. She returns to India regularly to practice, study and to further develop her chanting skills and studies of yoga philosophy and Sanskrit.

In addition, Isabella is a certified yoga therapist for mental health (depression, anxiety, trauma), a qualified lifestyle coach and relaxation therapist. She has devoted much of the past eight years of her yoga practice and teaching to study end explore how yoga affects our nervous system , our mental health and in particular how the practice can help increase our resistance resilience and ability to self-regulate. Before yoga, Isabella worked in international politics and was employed by both the Swedish Foreign Ministry and the European Commission. She has a Politices magister in political science and a Master in East and Southeast Asien studies and has lived and worked on several continents.

Isabella has over 18 years of experience from working in health and fitness worldwide and has studied both anatomy and movement mechanics extensively. Her teaching style is inclusive and aims to create a safe space for all students. She follows a gentle approach with particular focus on breath to cultivate sensitivity and awareness of the body and mind. Her teaching method allows students to practice yoga safely through a step by step approach.

Isabella is very grateful to all the teachers and students she’s met on her yoga journey: “They have taught me to become more patient and humble towards myself and others. They’ve helped me realise that anything is possible and that every individual has an enormous inner potential that is waiting to be discovered.”

For more information about Isabella you may download her CV/list of QUALIFICATIONS.

ASSISTING TEACHERS

SARA BJÖRS

Sara is a professional physiotherapist based in Malmö. She is also a dedicated Ashtanga yoga practitioner since 2010 and was in 2019 authorized (level 1) by Sharath Jois to teach the primary series of Ashtanga yoga. Sara lived in Mysore, India, 2011-2012 where she studied at the KPJAYI with Sharath Jois. She also owned and managed the popular yogi meeting point Santosha Café . In July 2018, Sara had the privilege of attending Richard Freeman’s one-month long intensive course in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Sara has been Isabella’s apprentice since 2015 and regularly assists her in Mysore class.  Sara teaches the Thursday evening half guided Primary series / beginner’s level 2 class . Read more about Sara on her webpage

“I’m continuously fascinated by how yoga much yoga contributes to each aspect in life”, says Sara.

 MIHO HELLÉN-HALME

Miho started practising yoga in 2004, with the aim to improve her concentration and find a good physical complement to the sedentary work as a translator. After trying different types of yoga, she found Ashtanga yoga in 2007. She has since studied with several senior teachers such as Chuck Miller, John Scott, Tarik Thami ad Michael Stone. Miho became Isabella’s apprentice in 2012 continues to deepen her knowledge of yoga with Isabella’s guidance. She assists/covers classes regularly and teaches an upcoming yin yoga class on Tuessdays. Miho is also a qualified Yin yoga teacher. In the summer of 2019 Miho attended Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor’s  month-long intensive course in Boulder, USA.

“Ashtanga yoga has not only fulfilled my initial expectations, but also given me many precious tools to deal with life and to know myself at a deeper level”, says Miho.

 GUNILLA SANDBERG

After experimenting with different yoga styles ​Gunilla found Ashtanga yoga in 2011 which motivated her to practice yoga more regularly. In 2013, she had the privilege of attending a workshop with Sharath Jois in Copenhagen and this prompted an interest in sharing the practice with others. Gunilla has since had the opportunity to study and participate in workshops with teachers such as Petri Räisänen, Anne Nuito, Jörgen Christensen and Ann Svärdfelt. In 2018, she began studying under Isabella Nitschke and in 2019/20 she took an advanced course with her. Gunilla is since Isabella’s apprentice and regularly observes the Mysore classes at Värnhem in order to deepen her teaching skills. Gunilla is also a certified Yin yoga teacher (2015) and she teaches almost daily Ashtanga and yin yoga in her studio at Limhamn. In the autumn of 2020, Gunilla will (in co-operation with Ashtanga Yoga Malmö) teach a beginner’s/foundation course and a special course in yoga for men at Limhamn. Read more about Gunilla here

 “I love sharing Ashtanga Yoga and this amazing method. I will always consider myself a student where my teacher helps me to continuously develop and accumulate knowledge which I then pass on to my students. ”, says Gunilla.