"if u can breathe, u can do yoga."
Hey! So a bit about me.. I moved from my birthplace Isfahan, Iran to San Diego, California at 2 years of age. Most of my life has been in sunny CA except 10 great years of my adolescence in small town USA, Haslett, Michigan. GO STATE! My work experience went from bartending to corporate sales to now living my dream job as a Montessori Educator alongside teaching yoga. World travels led me somehow to landing here and residing in beautiful Switzerland. I believe my collective experience is what makes me the teacher I am today--optimistic, open, and on point! ;)
I am a certified teacher of HOT, Yin, Power Vinyasa, Aerial and Kids Yoga and power x former instructor. An avid yoga practitioner for over 15 years, my relationship with yoga is continually evolving through a combination of playful exploration and dedicated study. I am extremely passionate about sharing the healing powers of yoga with students of all ages and levels. My classes share my light-hearted and laid-back Californian attitude, being set to motivating music with a focus on breath, body awareness and meditative intention. The sequence and intensity of my classes vary in accordance with the style being offered, as well as the students experience, energy and prowess.
The Journey To Myself
Creator/Founder | ZH HIP HOP YOGA // chill pill yoga
Zurich, CH (December 2016-Present)
Yoga "startup" bringing a fresh concept and approach to yoga in Zurich, Switzerland. One with no aim for perfection or esoteric focus, rather a chance to move through asanas in a carefree yet powerful way to motivating music. Starting in a basement in Kries 3 to gaining media attention, praise and following.
Yoga Instructor | Sanapurna Ayurveda Yoga
Zurich, CH (August 2016-Present)
Offering a weekly class of my own design to the students of Sanpurna, Hot Power Fusion, a true blend of balance, strength and flexibility. The practice combines the meditative qualities and heat of Bikram Hot Yoga style with the intensity of Power Vinyasa Yoga to help one deepen their practice. Teaching as well on a substitute basis Aerial yoga, Power Vinyasa and Yin Yoga classes.
Children's Yoga Instructor | Rietberg Montessori Schule
Zurich, CH (August 2014-Present)
Offering 60 min. after-school yoga classes to the students of the school, approx. 4-5x/week—with plans for further development. Adapting a style of my own, utilizing my knowledge and skills as a professional full-time Montessori trained 3-6 teacher, as well as a trained kids format yoga teacher. Classes include singing, chanting, games, asana and a guided meditation into svasana with massage and aromatherapy.
SUP Yoga Instructor | SUP Ascona
Ticino, CH (July 2015-Present)
Teaching SUP yoga classes during the summer time on Lago Maggiore at the Lido Locarno, Lido Ascona as well as the Isole di Brissago with SUP Ascona. Classes were given using the unique Mistral Yoga Island with a style and format designed by myself, intuitively catered to the guests desires and needs.
Substitute Yoga Instructor | Asia Spa
Zurich, CH (April 2015-September 2016)
Teaching several different formats of classes when needed in English, including Kids & Aerial Yoga.
Substitute Yoga Instructor | Yoga Roof
Lugano, CH (June 2014-Present)
Teaching several different formats of classes when needed in English, bringing my unique California vibe and training to the diverse practitioners of the two studio locations.
Yoga Instructor | CorePower Yoga
San Diego, CA (October 2011-May 2014)
Guided the practitioners of the many Corepower Yoga (CPY) studios safely through several different formats of revitalizing and rejuvenating asana. Was hired through a highly selective audition process and advanced from teaching 1 format of CPY class to 5 formats over the years. Successfully promoted and educated students about CorePower Yoga's wellness and teacher training programs. Effectively managed front desk and retail duties as well as handle and resolve guest's issues or complaints according to guest service recovery guidelines before and after each class
Founder/ Instructor | Gr8 America Yoga
Ticino, CH (May 2012-) // Playa Avellanas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica (December 2012-March 2013)
Created a space for yoga that infuses the nature into one's practice and soul. Taught classes on the river beach in Ponte Brolla, the Lido in Ascona, and with hiking excursions of the nearby mountains. During several month long holidays over the years in Costa Rica through self promotion and marketing, taught enriching classes to students of local hotels, restaurants and on the beach!
Successfully turned the idea into something unique and prosperous for the community and its tourists from the ground up.
Yoga Instructor | Peace Retreat Costa Rica
Playa Negra, Guanacaste, Costa Rica (November 2011-December 2011)
Taught classes as a guest teacher of the retreat, incorporating the bio-diversity of the environment into the atmosphere and experience of the guests.
CorePower Yoga(May 2011)
HOT/Hot Power Fusion Teacher Training—200 Hour
CorePower Yoga (July 2011)
Power Vinyasa Teacher Training Intensive—100 Hour Intensive
Yoga Tropics (September 2011)
Hot Teacher Training (September 2011—100 hour )
If I Was A Bird Yoga (November 2012)
Kids Yoga (Ages 2-7yr.) Teacher Training—100 Hour
Galaxy Aerial Yoga Training (October 2016)
Aerial Yoga Teacher Training—40 Hour Intensive
Additional Workshop Training
·Advanced Hot Workshop w/Noriko Moser—Encinitas (06.17.11)
·Extensions Hot Teacher Training CorePower—Encinitas (July 2011—30 Hour)
·CorePower Yoga Level 2 Training—North Park w/Sheri Colosimo—San Diego (January 2012—32 Hour)
·CorePower Yoga Core Restore (Yin Yoga) Training w/Tanya Hinkel—San Diego (April 2012—30 Hour)
·CorePower Yoga Power Training 2 w/Melissa Henandez—San Diego (January 2014—16 Hour)
·AIRYOGA 108-mal Gayatri Mantra workshop w/Adrian Wirth & Tony Majdalani—Zurich (December 2015)
·AIRYOGA Hands-On Adjustments Intensive w/Mark Stephens Master-class—Zurich (Dezember 2016)
University of San Diego (January 2008)
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences—Interdisciplinary Humanities
Montessori Institute of San Diego (May 2014)
Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Primary Diploma—Director Dr. Silvia Dubovoy.