Marzena Kierepka

"Where I can learn this?"

When I started going for Yoga classes it was in London, 1999, in a gym and I did not  even know what was this class was called. From week to week I started longing for the classes, waiting for Sunday to come so that I could go and practice yoga.
One day, bravely enough, I approached the teacher and asked, "Where can I learn more about this?”
Her answer was, "Go to India to this ashram in the south..."  
Two months later I was on a plane to India and planned to stay there half a year. On that journey I explored different styles, teachers and places. The rest is a history.
I fell in love with Yoga immediately and that love continues, even today!
The vastness of this subject, its depth, the different layers, connections, and its beauty are overwhelming.
I have tried and practiced different styles, but the one which speaks to me the most, (my body, my mind and soul), is Iyengar Yoga & Guruji B.K.S Iyengar, whom I met in Pune, India on few occasions.
I feel gratitude from the depth of my heart to my teachers: The Iyengar family, Hart Lazer, and Radjiv & Swati Chanchanis for sharing their knowledge with me and letting me experience the joy of Yoga.
 
Currently Marzena lives in Hanoi, Vietnam.  Since 2007 she has owned and operated Zenith Yoga Studio. She is married to Pankaj and has two beautiful boys, Aditya & Aayan.

 

 

Vu Kim Thu

Vu Kim Thu started practicing yoga in 2000 during her enrollment at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She fell in love immediately with yoga after her first class and notice the huge difference in body and mind after just an intensive week. Then she decided to study Hatha yoga with Suddha Weixler from Chicago Yoga Center for a few years while he offered his teaching at her art school.

In 2003, Thus practice was deepening in intensive classes at Chicago Moksha Yoga Center. From here, she followed the style of Ana Forrest, Shiva Rea and many other great teachers. In 2006, she travelled to Thailand to study Ashtanga yoga with Paul Dallahan at Yoga Thailand on Koh Samui.

In 2007, a severe back pain injury happened that changed her practice forever. Thu became more interested in yoga therapy, gentle practice and how yoga can play a role as a healing process physically and mentally. This lead her to take the Raja Yoga teacher training with Ron Katwijk at Magic Pond Yoga Center in Seoul, Korea. From here, her practice changed to a meditative and restorative style.

Thu's favourite quote is; “Practice, practice and all is coming” by Sri K Patthabi Jois.

Chi-Thu

 

Willie Cohen Vroege 

They promised me coffee…

When I moved to India with my family, everyone split away; kids went to school and my husband to work. Luckily, I met a few ladies who were practicing yoga and fortunately they asked me to come and practice with them. At the time, Yoga was something ambiguous for me, but they said “come we are drinking coffee after practice!”

Soon after I discovered that Yoga was not something vague, nor trendy, but something that can really change the body and mind in the most positive way.

I was very lucky to have a great first Teacher, Chethan  Sateesh  who created my foundation, after which I soon established my love for yoga.

A few years later in Hanoi, fate revealed itself through my second teacher, Marzena Kierepka , from Zenith Yoga. Immediately after, I enrolled in the first teacher course under Hart Lazer who is till today my teacher. My devotion for his teachings persuaded me to participate in an advanced teacher course in Manila, allowing me to develop my passion under many great guest teachers.

I strongly believe in teaching a solid foundation in the yoga practice and to send the message that Yoga is for young and old, to bring all people standing proudly in Tandasana.

Willie-teacher

 

 Thuong Nguyen

Practicing yoga regularly for at least 5 years before taking a big step to become yoga instructor has helped Thuong so much in her teaching. For her, most important part of being an instructor is being a student first. Getting regular practice means being on the mat and do the real thing, sharing yoga journey with students to understand them and to acknowlegde their hard work and encourage them, guide them through their practice.

Thuong always tries to improve herself in practice as well as thrives to better as a person.

She got her first trainning to become a vinyasa yoga instructor through Bliss yoga Philippines in 2012 and soon after she started her teaching  journey at Bliss Yoga Manila.

Due to family circumstance, she came back to Hanoi in 2013 and almost right at arrival she was welcomed to zenith family and has been teaching at both studios since. To hone her teaching skill, Thuong went to India for 7 weeks in 2014 to join a vinyasa course with Dominique Renucce. She is now a certified 500 hour vinyasa instructor. Her classes are not always easy but they can be  fun.

Its more than just a job for me to come to class. It is a place where I can be just myself, give what I know best and help students to do their best and be just who they exactly are. Zenith community is not only a place to  practice yoga but also a place to make friends and to take a breather. Its like  my second home here.

Come and join us at Zenith…

C.-Thuong

 

Thuy Nguyen

Started yoga since 2008, it has been a remarkable journey for me. I have been through a lot with yoga. Practicing Asanas for the body is an interesting part, practicing yoga for the mind has influenced me the most. Yoga has led me to a wise philosophy of life, guide me to meet inspiring people, be with me through difficult times…

Thanks to yoga, I am who I am now, and I really appreciate it!

And Zenith yoga studio is the “real” yoga studio in Hanoi that I know, with carefully selected teachers, with an inspiring yoga community, with valuable workshops and training from yoga gurus coming from different parts of the world . I'm proud to be a student and teacher here!

Namaste.

C.-thuy

 

Naomi Misawa

Ashtanga Yoga Hanoi
http://ashtangahanoi.com/

I started and naturally became attracted to yoga since 2012.
In 2013, I quit my job and begined to teach yoga in Hanoi. It was one of the small changes in my life.

I wanted to focus on my yoga life. After that, I have started teaching yoga at Zenith Yoga studio since middle 2014. Zenith is my mose favourite place! Friendly, Kindly, Peace and Love.
I love Ashtanga. I believe that yoga has a lot of kinds of entrances and approaches but the essence is unique.
My favourite motto is: "Practice becomes firmly grounded when well attended to for a long time, without break and in all earnestness". Yoga Sutra 1:14 



Piseth Lun
Piseth Lun is from Cambodia. Pieth started yoga in 2008 when he met his first yoga teacher Isabelle Skaburskis. After engaged his life to yoga with Isabelle, Piseth committed to Isabelle's yoga project in Cambodia which has known as "Bring Yoga To Life In Cambodia".  He worked full time in this project as a yoga teacher and a member of management team. 
 
Through this project, Piseth has learned so deep about yoga asana, pranayama, philosophy, anatomy and yoga therapy. He also have met and studied intensively with many great teachers such as Hart Lazer, Paddy McGrath, John Ang, and Paul Dallaghan. 
 
This day, Piseth is traveling around South Asia. He still has a strong connection to the project in Cambodia. As now he is in hanoi with Zenith Yoga Family.
 
Piseth teaches yoga to students of all levels and helps them deepen their yoga practice with safety and joy. His classes are challenging, fun and based on a deep understanding of human anatomy.

Zuzzalla Krishna Hare

“Suzanna has been living in Hanoi for 4 years, and lives with her dog and cat. She has completed her 200 and 300 hour teaching certification in the holy city of Rishikesh in 2012 and 2014. She enjoys blending the yoga stylings of Hatha, Vinyassa and Restorative Yoga in her practice. Suzanna loves being part of the Zenith community, which has been an instrumental tool in her personal growth and journey in yoga. She believes wholeheartedly that yoga will change your life if you practice. “By mastery comes wisdom,” Yoga Sutra 3.5. A big namaste to all of you.”

suzzalla

Gavan Dolin

For me Yoga is a lifelong experience. I started yoga practice 25 years ago. Memories as a child playing at practicing asana come back to me. I didn't know what Yoga was then. It just felt right. I feel I am always learning more about Yoga and meditation. I now know that as I get older, that age is not the limitation I expected it to be. Understanding and patience develop with experience and allows me see more clearly that I did when I was younger.

As a yoga teacher I hope to help students understand that yoga is more than being able to do a difficult pose well. I believe that everyone can benefit from yoga practice. Everyone'ss body is different, and  each of us come to a place in yoga where we realise that physically we are limited ( be it an injury, medical condition or pain). I see asana ( the physical practice of yoga) as only the preparation of the body to allow the mind to become quieter. When the mind becomes quieter, meditation is possible.

Namaste.

 

Gavan

 

Huong Trieu

"Life has no limits"

Trieu Thien Huong is a young dynamic girl who is from Ho Chi Minh city. She loves the bustle and very proactive, always wants to explore something new and be ready to give herself a chance to be challenged without worrying about the result. During 4,5 years working in one of the biggest Shipping Line company in the world, Huong faced with many experiences: good performances, happy, sad, stress and hurt... And everytime she does Yoga and Pilates which helped her to overcome all bad moods and comeback to herself. After she resigned her job, she travelled and desired to discover herself, find out what she wants to do, who she wants to be.
And Hanoi is a place where she fell in love with!
She loves the weather, the local people, she loves Hanoi food, the old quater, small alley, tiny stairs, vintage style in Hanoi...
 
Then she wanted to stay here longer to enjoy and Zenith is the first place popped up on Google when she searched for Pilates Mat Instructor Training course. With a background as a Aerobic dancer when she was a child and be a hiphop dancer/ teacher when she was a student, she felt very confident and love to inspire people her energy and make people feel better, happier after her class. And she considered: "Sometimes there is no next time, no second chance, no time out; just Now or Never". So she decided to register this course at Zenith Yoga in Hanoi.
After getting the Certificate, Huong enjoyed on teaching, she felt very well after practicing and understand more about her body and mind, she explored many things new about her body that she had ever known before, she loves and takes care of herself more. And she also loves to help everyone to be healthy and happy like her, she would love to inspire people her mindset "I love myself, I love who I am and I love what I love to do".




 

Carole Scarwell

I discovered Pilates 10 years ago after my first baby was born. You know how it is after pregnancy. I needed to work on my abs, tone my body and correct my posture. And it worked. It was perfect to resume physical activity in a gentle way. Since then, I have never stopped practicing pilates.  I do it together with extra cardio activities like running, boxing, zumba dancing… I find it is excellent when worked out with other sports.  it helps being aware of our body alignment,  you learn how to articulate your spine in order to keep your back neutral to avoid back pain, to relax your tense shoulders and to keep your abdominals in, which is more elegant...In fact, it allows you to be aware of your posture and to correct it constantly.
I used to do artistic gymnastics and with pilates I find some similarity, as practicing increases flexibility and strength.
 
2 years ago at Zenith YogaI I  trained for Mat I,  then Mat II. Initially, it was more for myself than to be a teacher. I wanted to know more about anatomy and to understand better how the body could be worked. I enjoyed it enormously and little by little became interested in teaching others. And here I am…
For beginners, I know it feels like too many things to do at the same time: you need to concentrate on your breathing, on your center, on your alignment as well as on the exercise itself, but eventually,  if you keep up, you will feel you are improving steadily and you will feel the difference.
On the way of a healthy mind in a healthy body!