It was by pure chance that I came across Monika’s website and learnt about her teacher training. One of the main reasons that I ended up choosing to head down to Bodrum in early 2014 to start her 200 hour teacher training program, was the amount of experience she has as a yoga teacher and practitioner. Having now completed the course, I can say it was intense, but that without a doubt I made the right decision.

During the course Monika shares her immense knowledge of the body as seen through the eyes of yoga. Correct alignment of the asana’s is paramount, which she introduces in a very natural way, gradually adding more details and demanding more from her students as the course progresses. Not only her knowledge and insight, but also her capability to transfer it to other is what makes Monika a great teacher in my opinion.

Monika is a serious teacher and forthright. She will not hesitate to tell you when you are doing something that can possibly harm yourself or others. This coincides with her strong emphasis on the prevention of injury during yoga practice. On the other hand she also wants her students to have fun, which she contributed to herself on numerous occasions, making us laugh out loud.

Expect a lot of work with props (bricks, belts, bolsters and ropes) during the course, as well as exercises together with one or more students in a group. Even though teaching with props may not have been my initial intention, I often found this a great way to gain a more intrinsic understanding of the asanas.

Besides the physical aspects of yoga, basic yoga philosophy and anatomy are covered during the training. Furthermore the students are invited to contemplate what being an ethical yoga teacher means to them and how they view themselves as an aspiring teacher. I not only appreciate, but also admire the non-intrusive way in which Monika introduced the more philosophical and ethical aspects of yoga, allowing the individual to adapt her teachings in their own way.

This testimonial wouldn’t be complete without me mentioning Reyan, who taught afternoon classes during the training, a beautiful person and immensely inspiring yoga instructor. I never expected to finish a teachers training and to be this confident about starting teaching yoga myself. I remain grateful to Monika for all that she has taught me, on and off the yoga mat. Namaste.

DANIELLE, THE NETHERLANDS