What I love about Yoga
I am Katja Patel, founder of Zest for Yoga.
The most important aspect of Yoga for me is its healing power. Yoga and Ayurveda together have helped me to overcome years of ulcerative colitis and significantly improve scoliosis of my back.
After my first ever yoga session, I felt like a different person, light and free of pain, just wonderful. From that moment onward, the sisters (Yoga and Ayurveda) offered me a tool for understanding what I needed to do to improve my situation.
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 complete 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, followed by a 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 500 hrs BWYQ Diploma in Teaching Yoga and 300 hrs BWYQ Certificate in Teaching Yoga.
I completed further training as Restorative and Advanced Restorative Yoga Teacher with Judith Hanson Lasater.
To all my teachers past and present, which includes my lovely family.
During my time at AUM Hari I had the great privilege to meet Guruji Shri Balaji Tambe. My deepest gratitude to him for guiding me ever since. Shri 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 to help keeping the London Region interesting.