My Approach to Yoga...
Ceylan is a 500hour Yoga Alliance Certified Advanced teacher and a Yoga Teacher Trainer.
She has done trainings in India and Switzerland on anatomy, spiritual and mind works of yoga philosophy. She is also a certified Antastha Yoga teacher, a unique style using blindfolds during the yoga practice, allowing the students to explore a much deeper experience in yoga.
Ceylan is a certified health coach and gives workshops on healthier living, cooking and shares her nutritious and delicious recipes, tips and ideas for a gourmet, fit and healthy life.
Her students love her energy, positive and encouraging style that she transmits in her creative classes. They especially love her final meditation moments as well as her unique techniques of adjustments that she acquired throughout her 500hours trainings with Sanjeev Bhanot, founder of Yogalife.
Her trainings are:
200 hrs Power Yoga Teacher, Geneva, Switzerland
Trainings from Yogalife Foundation International Yoga School:
100 hrs Advanced Yoga teacher Training on Hatha and Antastha Yoga in Goa, India.
200 hrs Hatha Yoga in Nyon, Switzerland
100 hrs Advanced Yoga Teacher Training on Body Reading and Anatomy
She is a Lead Trainer at Yogalife Teacher Trainings and teaches English and French yoga lessons in Geneva at her studio in Chambesy, at studios in Geneva, Insens and Yoga Flame. Weekly classes and other details are here .
My Journey In Detail...
I started all this journey since I have herniated disks at my lower back and always had back and neck pain that stops me from being as active as I want to be. I probably hurt myself during my childhood where I was doing rhythmic gymnastics and with 2 births and a very demanding career back in Istanbul, driving about 2-3 hours every day, it got worse and worse!
I started yoga in 2009 at an office studio. I immediately loved the practice, physical and emotional relaxation. I continued yoga regularly and when we moved to Switzerland I started doing more. I had so much back pain during those transition years from Istanbul to Geneva. Yoga became my remedy! In 2015 I started my Health Coaching training and during that time I also decided to become a yoga teacher.
Like many people, I started with physical pain but then slowly started to discover how much more peace, relaxation and lightness I feel during and after a yoga class. That is the magic of yoga, as it combines your body-mind and spirit, it reaches to far corners of your being. Even if you are not a spiritual person or not connected to your emotions, yoga works on you, through you, with you.
Now, I still have my back pain from time to time yet I know how to manage and continue my life as active as I want.
I practice and give lessons for 2 types of hatha yoga; vinyasa-power and Hatha and Antastha.
Hatha and Antastha Yoga is my Yin part, where I surrender myself to my breath and perfect combination of movements to go deeper into myself and enjoy every moment of inaction and non-thinking, with a complete relaxation inside-out.
Vinyasa-Power yoga is my yang part, a dynamic form of yoga where you practice mostly in a flow, sweat more and at the end relax more! I really am so happy to discover this form of yoga as it really fits my character and expectations from a physical practice, that is to be able to sweat, stretch, increase flexibility and muscle strength, improve the breathing capacity.
From the Sanskrit name ANTASTHA- “the deepest”, Antastha yoga gradually takes you to that deepest place within yourself.
Using the blindfolds during a series of hatha yoga that works on your central nervous system, it encourages you to focus on your inner space, on “pratyahara”, the withdrawal of the senses.
Antastha Yoga offers you the maximum therapeutical effects of yoga.
It is a privilege and a great responsibility to teach Antastha Yoga, guiding the practitioners on their own journey!
On the right you can see some pictures from my Antastha teacher training in India. You can read and find out more about Antastha yoga here.
Antastha Yoga...close your eyes to wake up
So finding the right style at right time of your life is very personal and you’d never know if you give it a try!
I am a very enthusiastic student in yoga, learning from my clients and my teachers, everyday!
I feel stronger, lighter and happier when I finish my yoga practice and I can carry it everywhere I go.
I do hope that one day you can also your style and your way of doing yoga and start your personal journey in this.
My wonderful yoginis from the Friday morning class in Geneva!
Some of my great yoga students in my studio @Chambesy!