Irena Trobnikov became a certified yoga instructor in 2015 but her love for yoga developed long before that. During her second pregnancy in 1999 she was seeking physical relief as well as mental support and turned to yoga, which proved to be exactly what she needed. As her children grew, so did her yoga practice. It was after a ten-day workshop in Thailand with Reinhard Gammenthaler that her practice became determined and disciplined.
Between 2000 and 2013 while in Israel and Thailand, Irena had the opportunity to study Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga under the guidance of incredible teachers such as Reinhard Gammenthaler, Shandor Remete, Andrey Lapa and Andrey Sidersky.
While living in Israel in 2013 Irena participated in 200 and 500-hour teacher training at Ishitva Yoga Institute and was certified there in 2015. In 2013, Irena arrived in New York and began taking classes with Sri Dharma Mittra and in doing so Irena found her Guru and spiritual family. She completed 500-hour Teacher Training with Sri Dharma Mittra in 2016 and in 2017 completed the 800 hour Teacher Training in which she realized the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual heights of yoga and truly understood that teaching yoga is the gift she wants to share with others. As a working mother, Irena has come to realize the relevance of yoga in every aspect of her life.
Irena teaches various levels of classes, including a yoga wheel class using the wheel designed and developed by Sri Dharma Mittra. In addition to studio classes, Irena offers private lessons for individuals and groups which are customized to the needs of her students. She also designs classes for school programs, working with children from kindergarten through college. She most enjoys creating a comfortable, constructive atmosphere where her students can explore the benefits of breath work, active meditation, and deep release through stretching, which allows students to access greater parts of themselves.
TRAINING & CERTIFICATIONS
· 200 & 500 Hour Teacher Training / Ishitva Yoga Institute (2015)
· 500 Hour Life of a Yogi Teacher Training / Dharma Yoga Center (2016)
· 800 Hour Life of a Yogi Teacher Training / Dharma Yoga Center (2017)