Our Teachers

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Julie Blumenthal
ISHTA Yogiraj / Bija Founding Director
The founder of the ISHTA Berlin community and director of the ISHTA trainings, Julie has been teaching ISHTA Yoga since 2003, in Berlin since 2007. As the former administrator of the trainings in the ISHTA world headquarters in New York, as well as a co-creator of the current generation of trainings, she aims to inspire all her students with her passion for yoga and knowledge. As the former assistant to Kavi Yogiraj Alan Finger, her ISHTA roots are direct to the source. Other sources of inspiration include master teachers Angela Farmer, Kofi Busia, Glenn Black and Max Strom, as well as her kirtan teacher Jai Uttal who supports the chanting in closing relaxation and specialty practice that is another one of Julie’s hallmarks. She is grateful every day for this beautiful practice and the opportunity to share it with others! In addition to her ISHTA work at Bija, Julie is proud also to be a senior teacher at Yellow Yoga. Read more about Julie at www.julieblumenthal.com.

Tuesday, 11-12:30h, Open / Mixed
Thursday, 11-12:30h, Meditation     Thursday, 18-19:30h, Gentle
Saturday, 11-12:30h Int / Adv       Sunday, 18-19:30h, Open / Mixed
(all classes in english w/german as needed)


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Mary Beth Wilson
Bija Founding Partner / Managing Director Emeritus
Mary Beth (MB) has been practicing yoga since her days as an international development worker in Kabul (2006-9), but her practice really began to bloom when she was introduced to the ISHTA lineage in 2009, where she found her “yoga home” in ISHTA’s emphasis on supporting all individual yogis to find the practice that suits them best on any given day. MB believes that nourishing a yoga practice that utilizes different yogic tools (asana, pranayama, meditation, mantras, and mudras) can help people to create space for greater wholeness with themselves, allowing them to live a life that rings with truth. She also likes to teach with a bit of lightness and humor, which is how she also tries to live her life. She teaches mostly in English, aber sie kann Student/in auch auf Deutsch helfen, wenn es nötig ist. Read more about MB at www.yogainenglishwithmb.wordpress.com and/or follow her on Facebook www.facebook.com/yogainenglishwithmb.

Tuesday, 18-19:30h, Gentle (english)


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Alice Patterson
Alice completed a 200-hour Scaravelli-inspired yoga teacher training with the Acquaviva School of Yoga in Edinburgh in 2013, and then dived into a further 500 hours of yoga teacher training with ISHTA Berlin from 2014-5. Her current classes are informed by an interest in developing functional movement through a an open-minded exploration of yoga practices. In this she draws on her ongoing study of embodied anatomy and kinesiology with Amy Matthews, and whole-body core functionality with Lauren Ohayon.

Alice is on our substitute teaching roster – check the current daily schedule for details.


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Anne discovered yoga in in Australia in 2003. Though she was far away from home, her first Ashtanga Yoga class showed her the path to feeling home within herself. In 2009, Anne returned to Berlin to dive further into her practice and did the Spirit Yoga 200-hour teacher training. Soon after, she was introduced to the heart-opening practice of Anusara Yoga which continues inspiring her to this day. Attracted to ISHTA’s integration of Ayurveda, philosophy, meditation and asana flow, Anne completed the ISHTA 300-hour training with Julie Blumenthal. Anne now assists in the ISHTA 200-hour and 300-hour teacher trainings and teaches class as a frequent substitute in Hamburg Berlin. www.jyoti-yoga.de/lehrer.

Anne is on our substitute teaching roster – check the current daily schedule for details.


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Dhari Vij
A musician, a pitta and a creative traveller, Dhari began her yoga journey in Australia and has since completed her training with Julie Blumenthal in ISHTA Yoga to combine this with her studies in Zen Yoga. Dhari aims to honour the ancient tools of yoga and meditation, while weaving them into our contemporary lives. Working with more physically challenging practices but also the subtle in order to cultivate the essence of these philosophies to assist us in finding balance and harmony in our day to day. www.facebook.com/tadkhayogaberlin.

Monday, 19:30-21h, Intermediate (english)


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Emma Preisler
Emma is a Hatha Yoga and Pranayama teacher who combines movement, breath and Mudra into an explorative and introspective practice of Hatha flow. In Emma’s classes the intrinsic connection between movement and stillness is at the centre and the flow of Prana through body and breath explored.  The practice of yoga is for Emma a practice of coming into alignment with oneself through a process of observing what is present. So when discovering yoga, it was as if she discovered a whole new dimension of existence and of the self. While obtaining her 550h yoga teacher training in the method Pranayoga, and in becoming a mother herself, Emma became passionate about supporting families with the physical, emotional and energetic changes of pregnancy, labour and postpartum through Yoga and Pranayama. Emma is also a Zen Shiatsu practitioner and is currently in training to become a birth Doula.

Monday, 17:30-19h, Prenatal (english)
Thursday, 20-21:15h, Hatha Flow (english)
Friday, 9-10:30h, Hatha / Pranayama (english)


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Jenny Weber
Jenny is loving her own yoga-practice and this is what translates into her teaching. After several workshops and retreats in Germany, Thailand and India she completed her advanced teacher training (500h) with Julie in Berlin in 2017. She is a scientist by profession who discovered asana, pranayama and meditation as tools for a healthy, peaceful and balanced life. Her classes are taught with joy and a sense of lightness. In addition to flowing movements her classes focus on introspective and meditative aspects for relaxing body and mind.

Monday, 10:30-12h, Open / Mixed (english)


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Juana Hernandez
As the daughter of a Yogi, Juana was exposed to Hatha Yoga from a very young age. In her twenties she learnt Shiatsu, practiced Aikido, and approached meditation for the first time. Shortly after leaving her hometown in Colombia she began her ISHTA journey in Berlin. During the years 2015-2017 she completed the 200 and 300-hour teacher training with Julie Blumenthal. Juana´s classes are focused on breath and body awareness, restorative poses and bodywork. juana.s.hernandez@gmail.com

Juana is on our substitute teaching roster – check the current daily schedule for details.


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Katerina (Kati) Dakoura
Katerina discovered Ashtanga yoga in 2003 at university while studying for her degree as a secondary teacher for English and physical education. After discovering restorative yoga through Julie Blumenthal in 2013, she has been practicing ISHTA yoga ever since. She completed the 200 & 300-hour ISHTA teacher trainings with Julie as well as the Well Woman Yoga Therapy (Womb Yoga) training with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli. In her teaching, Katerina combines ISHTA yoga with elements of Womb Yoga therapy, trauma-sensitive yoga and feminist Goddess spirituality to help women reconnect with their bodies and souls in a loving and self-nurturing way. labrysyogini@gmail.com

Wednesday, 20-21:30h, Women Only / Open/Mixed (english / deutsch)


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Kristin Tovson
Starting from a love of dance and movement, Kristin found yoga nearly 20 years ago. She aims to teach people to be at home in their own bodies, connected to and invested in their own health and well-being. She is a 500 hour OM Yoga certified teacher under the guidance of Cyndi Lee and has been teaching in many and varied contexts since 2001. See more at www.kristintovson.com.

Kristin is on our substitute teaching roster – check the current daily schedule for details.


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Lola Pejac
Lola did her 200 and 300-hour ISHTA Teacher Training with Julie Blumenthal from 2015 to 2017. She loves to travel and wherever life takes her yoga is her companion. As a mother and yogini, she believes in unconditional love that connects all of life. She practices and teaches Yoga as a tool to reconnect. Believing in the power of touch, she is very interested in acroyoga, dance and all kinds of bodywork that include a partner. Currently she teaches intimate yoga classes in a private atmosphere. www.facebook.com/yogamitLola/.

Wednesday, 11-12:30h, Open / Mixed (deutsch)


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Magdalenda Rechlin
Magdalena praktiziert Yoga seit 1988 und unterrichte Yoga seit 1994 in Kreuzberg, mit sehr unterschiedliche Hathayoga-Taditionen und -Stile in Indien und Europa kennengelernt und die Entwicklung des Yoga in den letzten 30 Jahre miterleben dürfen. Sie unterrichtet Yoga sowohl im Gruppenunterricht für alle Level und Altersstufen als auch im individuellen und therapeutischen Einzelsetting als Begleitung und Beratung in Veränderungsprozessen. Magdalena teilt ihr Wissen gerne mit anderen Yogainteressierten und Menschen die Fragen an den Yoga haben.

Yogalehrerin BDY/EYU/ BYZ; Krankenschwester; Dipl. Landschaftsarchitektin; Yogatherapeutin BYZ; Anerkannte Kursanbieterin im Rahmen der Primärprävention der GKV nach §20 SGB V. Mitarbeiterin in der Yogalehrerausbildung am Berliner Yoga Zentrum (BYZ); Kursleiterin im Yoga für Kinder/ Jugendliche; Referentin für das Anuśāsanam; Unterricht des Yoga Sūtra am BYZ; Fortbildungen für Yogalehrer anderer Traditionen in Berlin und München; Ausbildungsteam für den therapeutischen und individuellen Einzelunterricht am Yogazentrum Alpen-Österreich.

www.yogaschritte.de / m.rechlin@snafu.de.

Präventionskurs – Wednesday, 9-10:15h, 16.1-13.3 (not on 6.2) (deutsch)


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May Ament
May connects Yoga with Fine Arts and Meditation. May completed the 200 & 300-hour ISHTA teacher trainings with Julie Blumenthal from 2013- 2015. She trained in a Cunningham Dance Company and studied Body Mind Centering with Linda Hartley. Her interests besides Fine Arts are neuroscience research, psychoanalysis (Lacan), philosophy and the integral work of Ken Wilber. Contact her for private yoga sessions, workshops or ayurvedic massages. mayament@gmx.de.

Wednesday, 18-19:30h, Open/Mixed (deutsch)