About me

familytreeHello there, I am Katja Patel, owner of Zest for Yoga which I started in 2001. Here are some information about my journey:

Since my early teenage years I have been interested in philosophy.

After following different paths over the years, I attended my first yoga class in 1995 realising immediately that I found my home. Ever since I am studying yoga and meditation intensively. My first yoga class, and many more afterwards, was at  AUM Hari School for Yoga and Ayurveda, in Frankfurt, Germany, where I also completed  my yoga teacher training in 2001, becoming a qualified teacher with the Berufsverband deutscher Yogalehrenden (BDY).

In 2000 I moved to London and joined the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) as an accredited teacher. The birth of my son and the opportunity to experience the benefits of yoga in pregnancy first hand, led to the decision to take the BWY Pregnancy Module with Wendy Teasdill, which I completed  in 2004.

During my time at AUM Hari, I got introduced to Ayurveda by Shri Balaji Tambe, who is my spiritual master since 1998. Shri Balaji Tambe is the founder of the Atmasantulana Village, one of India’s biggest Ayurveda Centers. In order to deepen my studies in meditation and ayurveda, I attend seminars and workshops on a regular basis and spend, if possible, one month most years at his centre in India.

A history of scoliosis and ulcerative colitis let me  experience the healing power of both yoga and ayurveda. Because of  these experiences my main interests has since been integrating yoga, with all its aspects, and ayurveda into daily life  empowering people to take responsibility for their lives and helping themselves as much as possible.

In 2006 I completed a course as an Ayurvedic full body massage therapist at the Atmasantulana Village. 2 years later I completed an additional training for massage during pregnancy. I am a fully insured member of the Complementary Therapists Association (CThA).

In 2011 I became a Foundation Course Tutor with the BWY.

Since 2008 I am actively supporting the London Region Committee of the BWY with it’s wonderful members. At the moment I am the Regional Officer, helping to spread the word of yoga to as many Londoners as possible.

In 2014 I had the great privilege to complete a Yoga and Mindfulness for Children training course with Jo Manuel at the Special Yoga Centre, here in London.

In 2015 I was again very privileged  to complete  a Restorative Yoga Teacher training under the guidance of Judith Hanson Lasater, the advanced training is booked for this spring:)

Ever since moving to London Zest for Yoga has offered general yoga classes, pregnancy yoga and postnatal yoga for mums and babies, now in the Hillingdon area. I have worked with Family Centres in Southall to help offering yoga to women who can’t afford regular classes  and elderly citizens in sheltered housing, and with Children Centres in the Hillingdon area to offer yoga to new mums with their babies and to carers.