Hi there, welcome
I am Katja Patel, founder of Zest for Yoga.
Born and having grown up in Germany, I moved to London in 2000, at the end of my yoga teacher training with AUM Hari School for Yoga and Ayurveda, in Frankfurt. Since then teaching Yoga is my full-time occupation.
What I love about Yoga
A history of scoliosis and ulcerative colitis let me experience the healing power of both Yoga and Ayurveda.
After my first ever yoga session, I felt like a different person, light, free of pain, wonderful. From that moment onward, the sisters (Yoga and Ayurveda) offered me a tool to understanding how I got in the situation of pain but more important how I can improve.
These experiences have greatly informed my main interest which is integrating Yoga, with all its aspects, and Ayurveda into the daily life and empowering people to take responsibility for their lives and helping themselves as much as possible.
Learning nourishes me
Arriving in London from Germany, I 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 me to join the BWY Pregnancy Module with Wendy Teasdill.
On one of my numerous visits to the Atmasantulana Village, I completed a training as Ayurvedic full body massage therapist. Teaching Pregnancy Yoga on a regular basis made me think that it would be a good idea to complete specialised training for massage during pregnancy as well. I am a fully insured member of the Complementary Therapists Association (CThA).
After about 10 years of teaching Yoga my interest in training Yoga teachers grew. I started off with offering regular BWY Foundation Courses and completed recently the BWY Diploma Course Tutor training, offering my first Yoga Teacher Training right now.
I completed further training as Restorative and Advanced Restorative Yoga.
To all my teachers past and present, which includes my lovely family. Some teachers have more influence than others, some that have helped my to be there, where I am now.
During my time at AUM Hari I had the great privilege to meet Guruji Balaji Tambe. My deepest gratitude to him for guiding me ever since. Guruji is the founder of the Atmasantulana Village in India, which I have visited many time for seminars, workshops, training and ayurvedic treatments. His wisdom is truly beyond. He has taught me everything I know about Ayurveda, meditation, the Bhagavad Gita and to never ever give up.
Gratitude to Judith Hanson Lasater my anatomy hero, who led me through my Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, the advanced version, anatomy and Pranayama training with her awe-inspiring wealth of experience in teaching.
And gratitude as well to all my lovely colleagues of the BWY London Region committee present and past, with whom I loved and still love to help keeping the London Region interesting.