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About

Our Story

We, Alex and Natalya, started our yoga journey together more than 20 years ago. We have learned with and drawn our inspiration from many teachers: Gosta van Dam and Patrick Vermeulen, the founders of Yoga in Amsterdam, introduced us to Vinyasa, David Williams and David Swenson (Ashtanga), Rusty Wells (Bhakti Flow), David Luery, Richard Miller and many others.

We are fascinated by yoga as one of the paths for achieving mental and physical vitality, experiencing harmony, and (re)connecting with our true self, others, and the universe. 

 

We share the belief that yoga goes beyond the yoga studio and the yoga mat and is part of a mindful lifestyle.  

 

We founded Sanata Yoga in November 2017.

Our Yoga Teachers

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Alex

Discovered Yoga more than 20 years ago. Several years ago, he completed yoga teacher training (YTT 200) in Italy. He combined this passion for Yoga with a career at the leading international law firm until 2017, when he became a full-time teacher at Sanata Yoga Studio.

Alex is constantly on the way to discovering new methods and techniques of teaching Yoga to bring them to his classes. Alex provides yoga students with clear alignment instruction, comforting hands-on adjustments, and inviting yoga practice.

Alex is always happy to chat with students after the class, answering questions about the asanas, the history, and the philosophy of Yoga. He also explains how to connect Yoga and everyday life. He sees that as a role of a yoga teacher – inspiring and supporting students during their Yoga and life journey.

Alex enjoys teaching Yoga because it is so captivating for him to help the students' transformation on the physical and mental levels. He has his yogic roots in Ashtanga Yoga. Alex teaches Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, and Yoga Nidra for groups and private clients.

 

The biggest lesson Alex has learned after studying Yoga for more than 20 years is that Yoga never ends. Yoga is the universal, most easily accessible, simple, and at the same time most sophisticated way for self-discovery, self-healing, and self-improvement.

 

​WhatsApp Alex +31624568500, and he will be happy to discuss what you can achieve on your yogic journey.

Natalya

Yoga for Natalya is an experiential way to understand the nature of things, the Self, and the world without the obstruction of the mind. She believes in many benefits that yoga brings to one who practices with discipline and dedication. This is not because she studied and read about it (which she did too!) but because she experienced what she teaches.  

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Yoga helped Natalya to move further away from pure logical, rational thinking ego closer to the space of equanimity and balance. One day sitting in meditation and observing the endless stream of thoughts passing through her mind, she realized that the mind could not be controlled by the mind. During yoga practice, Natalya often experienced moments when the mind stopped its chatter. Suddenly, many things became clear for her as if the fog obscuring the bright sky lifted. In these moments, there was a sense of clarity and direct knowledge which came without any effort.

Be it physical or spiritual,  yoga brings changes in the life of anyone who practices regularly. All that is needed is to have steady practice and curiosity. The change will come and will not be regretted. For Natalya, yoga is the opposite of rational thinking and reasoning. No need for setting goals and targets. In yoga, change is inevitable as long as one is open to the experience.

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Our Coaches
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Alex Balashov

Certified life coach ACC, International Coaching Federation, and certified yoga teacher (RYT 200), will support you during your transformational journey.

Alex has more than 20 years of experience in different positions in a demanding and challenging environment in the legal industry. He is also a dedicated yogi whose yoga experience matches his professional expertise.

My clients work with me when they look for support in achieving personal goals and feeling stuck or overwhelmed. I provide them with a stress-free creative space to reflect on the situation and find the solution to the problem. I see coaching as a partnership that facilitates self-awareness, reflection, and meaningful change. My role is to be your thinking and accountability partner. I will motivate you to get fresh perspectives and unlock new ways forward. As a result, you will feel connected to yourself, see new opportunities, understand what holds you back, and take steps to achieve your goals.

 

My coaching method is based on the idea that we have to change our habits to create a life we want to live. During coaching sessions, you discover what you really want, what needs to be changed, and how you can do it. To facilitate your habit change, I am using the habit formation approach inspired by the mini-habit method.

 

When you work with me, you can expect plenty of empathy, encouragement, and commitment. I fine-tune my approach to your specific needs, goals, and lifestyle. I also share resources and tools to enhance the coaching process.

Anna Veljkovic

After experiencing the life-changing power of coaching myself, I have decided to pursue a career as a life coach, driven by my desire to empower others to make the most of their private and professional lives.

I am a certified CTI-CoActive Coach and Mental Health First Aider, equipped with Psycho-relaxation techniques.

I am also a businesswoman with over 15 years of experience in communications, government relations, and journalism. I have been working in an international corporate environment and I am quite familiar with the challenges an ex-pat is facing – I’ve been in those shoes having moved from Serbia to Switzerland.

I am patient, compassionate, trustworthy, reliable, sometimes funny, and always honest.

As a coach I have been working with clients on revealing their self-purpose, strengthening their self-confidence, and finding fulfillment. We all have inner strength and resources to master challenges that life brings, and I have been helping clients to discover those inner powers and take action towards the goals they want to achieve.

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