I started the practice of yoga with the course I attended in 2003. My teacher was Olga Krstic Seselja, one of the first yoga instructors in Serbia. In an adventure called Yoga I stepped far earlier, during high school days, when I was introduced with Indian philosophy and the books by Jasmina Puljo, the pioneer of yoga in ex Yugoslavia. I fell in love with this ancient discipline at the first sight, and notoiced a lot of spiritual and physical benefits during my practice. By becoming a teacher of philosophy, my passion for sharing the knowledge culminated and I have a strong desire to show others how yoga helps in personal transformation and realization of our own goals.
During the years, I explored all levels and styles of yoga practice, thanks to my teachers who have shared their knowledge unreservedly and have encouraged me to go a step further. The experience in practicing Ashtanga and Bikram Yoga, physically demanding styles, as well as Vinyasa, Kundalini and Yin Yoga, that I have not sympathized at the beginnning, believing that they lacked what is considered an ancient yoga, led to a later acceptance of differences not only in yoga but also in everyday life (Sanskrit term “Yoga” actually means unity). I gradualy started to understand other styles of yoga, but also to adopt everything that is best for me at a given moment, which eventually resulted in a unique style of exercise.
Since I was ethical veg(etari)an and a follower of the traditional yoga, understanding of ethical guidelines and codes of conduct (yamas sand niyamas) and their integration into my own yoga style, came spontaneously. Animal rights advocating and the experience as a teacher of animal protection, along with interest in Jivamukti Yoga - which emphasis on the ancient eastern style of exercise, recognizing the spiritual progress in compassion to all living beings - was an indicator of my own way which I recognized as Ahimsa Yoga (Sanskrit: Ahimsa - Non-injury, non-violence), a practice of non-violence. It includes the traditional practice of asanas (position for stretching and strengthening), pranayama (breathing techniques for harmonizing and energizing) and meditation (deep relaxation), combined with the Indian philosophy of nonviolence. This practice in itself involves compassion, tolerance, acceptance, patience and awareness of the connectedness of all beings.
I finished 200 hours yoga teacher training at Vidya Yoga school of Dragan Loncar, a follower of the Bihar Yoga tradition, and thus acquired the right to teach asanas (yoga postures), pranayama (breathing technique) and yoga nidra (yogic relaxation). At the Faculty of Sport and Tourism - TIMS of the University of Novi Sad I gained the title Sertificated Yoga Instructor, which qualified me for obtaining work permit and professional license that I received from the Commission of the Alliance for Recreation and Fitness Serbia, pursuant to the Law on Sports of the Republic of Serbia. As a scholarship holder of the Government of India under The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) I completed Special Training Programme for Yoga Trainers at the S-VYASA yoga university in Bengalore (Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana). Yogi training program according to the purest Vedic tradition of Yoga and international standards that provides 500 hours of training I finished at the school of Traditional Yoga, led by award-winning scientist and famous Indian yoga teacher Dr. ALV Kumar, whose school is characterized by science-based courses and focused on holistic health.
I am a registered Yoga Teacher with yoga alliances, the most eminent associations of yoga instructors and yoga schools in the world, accredited with designations: RYIT 500 (Registered Yoga International Teacher), E-RYT 200 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) and YACEP (Continuing Education Provider). I attended seminars for Pranayama, Kundalini and perfecting the spiritual body of the Italian school Pramiti led by Walter Tirak Ruta, a direct student and follower of the famous "Silent Yogi" Sri Sri Satchidananda, as well as a Yoga For Children master course organized by "Simha-Virya Yoga" school (Amsterdam).
I took additional classes of Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Shedow Yoga in various yoga centers and I have been trained in Power Yoga with the teacher Zoran Zrnic, Yin Yoga with Ana Plisnic and Kundalini Yoga with Danica Cvetkovic. I attended numerous yoga workshops, including Ashtanga Yoga workshops with Ranko Stojiljkovic, authorized Ashtanga Yoga teacher Level 2, Yoga for Diabetes by Indian charitable society VYASA as well as Yoga Alliance online workshops intended for Yoga instructors. Except the courses for teaching physical postures (asanas), the management of life energy (pranayama) and relaxation exercises (pratjahara), I also attended many classes of meditation (dhjana), lectures on ayurvedic methods of natural wellbeing (ayurveda) and cleaning workshops (kriya) - techniques that leads to the self-realization (samadhi).
I regularly perform at yoga events promoting this ancient discipline. Since Serbia joined the celebration of the International Yoga Day, I regularly participate in this performances. Among them are "Yoga Days of Good Deeds" and "Come practice yoga with us" of Yoga Federation of Serbia, under the auspices of the European Yoga Federation, "International Days of Yoga" organized by the Embassy of India, promotional classes of various styles of yoga and meditation etc.
My classes are adapted to a wider range of people, as much as to those who have a specific exercise goal. They consist of asanas, pranayama and relaxation techniques as well as a theoretical reflection on philosophical and anatomical aspects of yoga practice. The exercises are designed to contribute to the balance and health on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimension of the person. The style is a mixture of the three world's most influential yoga schools: Iyengar, Ashtanga and Jivamukti Yoga. The classes are thematically conceived and staged.
If you are interested in my yoga classes (a group, individual or Skype), feel free to contact me via email HERE.
Yoga should be practiced everywhere and all the time is my motto.