I have been practicing yoga for about 15 years and teaching for 7 years. Having started with traditional ashtanga yoga, my approach has through the years become much softer, intuitive and holistic in its nature, as I have through experience learned to move with the fluctuating and cyclical nature of our human needs, and instead of following a fixed mindset or a dogma, to allow the deep wisdom of the body lead the way. Having always been a curious seeker, studying different approaches of spirituality & mysticism alongside with different somatic practices, my understanding of the human body/mind/spirit has grown, which has directly effected how I practice and teach yoga. Next to the yoga teacher trainings and seminars that I have completed, my long professional experience and education as a contemporary dancer and dance teacher form a strong field of expertise in the area of holistic bodywork and teaching. I don't stand for strict dogmatic rules in my practice, teaching, or life in general, but strive for authenticity and listening, with the intention of cultivating unconditional presence for ourselves and for life.
As a teacher I am holding space for you to connect deeply with yourself and to work with your body in a sustainable way. The focus in my yoga classes is the awareness of breath and body as anchors to the present moment, safe anatomic alignment and a holistic, peaceful approach that leads into a heightened sense of awareness and a more regulated nervous system. Rather than reaching for extremities, we work on qualities of presence and embodiment. I hold space for my students to connect deeply with themselves and to practice in a sustainable way, leaving the sessions relaxed and refreshed.
I have been continuosly teaching yoga since 2014 (privately, in workplaces and in several renowned studios in Berlin: Yogibar, Yoga am Park, Lotos Yoga, Enso Yoga) and have completed the following trainings:
Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor 200h (Yoga Europe, Berlin)
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training (Parvati Yoga, BDY, Leipzig)
Pre-Natal Yoga Teacher Training (Yogibar, Berlin)
Usui Reiki Energy Healing Levels 1 & 2 (Spiri-T, Tilburg, NL)
"Your human-understanding, open and honest approach as a yoga teacher who is real to herself, helps and encourages us participants to be more real to ourselves, practise self-acceptance, mercy and so many things under the word goodness." Noora Hakkarainen
"Annukka is a very personable, motivating and professional teacher who creates a lovely and accepting atmosphere. I can warmly recommend her courses to anyone." Minna Holi