I’m a Swedish-born yoga teacher, founder of Scandoir and a wine lover living in London since 2005. Since I arrived in London more than a decade ago, my life has very much gone full circle.
Taking my first ever yoga class at Pineapple dance studios in 2005 I was hooked. Determined however to continue the academic conventional route I went on to complete a degree in finance leading to five years in front of multiple screens chasing happiness as a stock broker. The more time I spent in the office, the greater my need was for yoga, for balance and for purpose. It eventually led me to realize the dream of a yoga teacher training course.
Training to become a yoga instructor while still in banking, I became aware of what mattered in my life, what actually made me happy and how I wished to continue living my life... Shortly after completing my course I made the decision to resign. Trading office wear and high heels for bare feet and lycra. Scandoir was launched in 2014, organizing Scandinavian inspired retreats working together with some of the world’s leaders within the field of wellbeing.
More than a decade later, I’m back at Pineapple dance studios but this time as an enthusiastic Vinyasa flow teacher. Having found my calling in life, I divide my time between running Scandoir, teaching yoga and drinking wine (of course).
Minna is certified Vinyasa flow teacher, completing her 200hr teacher training with Mercedes Ngoh in Yeotown, UK. She has also done further trainings and intensive courses with Tiffany Cruikshank (Yoga Medicine), Annie Carpenter and Richard Freeman (The Art Of Vinyasa).
Her classes are designed to link creative movement and breath with uplifting tunes. A safe environment to experiment and challenge while ensuring all levels of ability / experience are accommodated. Having practiced a range of different styles (Ashtanga, Dharma Mittra, Jivamukti, Vinyasa flow), her dynamic sequencing aims to improve strength, flexibility and balance both for the body and mind.
You can expect elements of inversions and arm balances - turning the world upside down, rooting down to lift up - leaving you with a new perspective while feeling grounded.
She gives heartfelt gratitude and respect to many teachers past and present and to all that inspires towards a healthy purposeful and happy life. Special thanks to: Mercedes Ngoh, Stewart Gilchrist, Mark Kan and Eileen Gauthier.
REGULAR GROUP CLASSES
09.30-10.45 Vinyasa flow, Equinox, Kensington
12.30-13.30, Vinyasa flow, Heartcore, St John's Wood
12.30-13.30 Vinyasa flow, Pineapple Dance Studio, Covent Garden
18.15-19.15 Vinyasa flow, Equinox, Kensington
12.00-13.00 Vinyasa flow, Pineapple Dance Studio, Covent Garden
7 December 12.30-13.30, Hot Power Hour, Indaba, Marylebone
I also teach privates, group and corporate classes
Please get in touch for more info
Most importantly - there are no bad reasons for doing yoga.
We all come to the mat for different reasons...
I started doing yoga because of the physical benefits. I've moved on to discover the spiritual and emotional gains.
Finding the mental space through a moving meditation often suits me better than sitting in stillness.
I love the internal heat and muscle fatigue of a dynamic session. Other days I'm craving the stillness and grounding of a restorative class.
Some days I need the music to guide me whereas other days the sound of my breath is much more powerful.
Devotional yoga is aspirational but sometimes selfish practice serves its purpose.
Happy or sad, tired of energetic - yoga gives me a feeling of spaciousness, a feeling of being more alive but most importantly a feeling of being better connected.
Never do I regret doing yoga.
I've come to see yoga as a life long journey of self-discovery, a journey back to our center, a journey that evolves and changes such as life...
Stepping on my mat gives me a feeling of "arriving"... of "coming home". Yoga will teach us to listen to our body and mind, allowing us to find a balance and respond in a way that nourishes. It serves as a reminder to reconnect back to our center and a practice to take with us even off the mat.
Within "The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali", an ancient philosophical text, and one of the most important, the second sutra provides a definition of yoga: "yoga chitta vritti nirodha." From Sanskrit the most common translation is "yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind." In other words, you are doing yoga in order to achieve a stillness and clarity of mind.
Along with my passion for teaching yoga, I run a retreat business called Scandoir ~ Scandinavian inspired retreats.
Below you can find more info about some upcoming retreats that I am teaching however, make sure as well to check out my Scandoir website for other amazing trips where I've handpicked some of my favourite London teachers.
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