Sanapurna TTC Team
Yoga was most natural thing to happen for Poonam. She was born and brought up in a family of Yoga teachers. After she finished her Masters in Sociology, Poonam enrolled in a four month residential certificate course at the world’s first Yoga University, Bihar Yoga Bharati (Bihar School of Yoga), followed by a one-year residential postgraduate Diploma in Yogic Studies.
Poonam is following a Yoga tradition that combines ancient wisdom and modern science. Since 2001, she has been teaching Yoga professionally in India and Switzerland. In 2011, together with Thomas Stecher, Poonam founded Sanapurna, Center for Yoga & Naturopathy Medicine in Zurich. For over a decade now, Poonam has taught Yoga to senior to junior professionals in different UN organizations, some corporates like P&G, and the students and teachers at Webster University. Poonam was the Yoga advisor for the Hollywood film “Eat Pray Love” with Julia Roberts. Recently, she has been involved as a Yoga teacher in the Solar Impulse project. Poonam has also been featured in many Yoga programs on Indian television.
Poonam brings a calm clarity to her Yoga classes. With her gentle coaching, she heightens an inner awareness to listen to oneself. She understands the needs of the students and is able to encourage a person to go to the highest level of his or her ability, often far beyond expectation. She helps the students to connect positively with their body, spirituality and the world.
- Association Membership: Yoga Schweiz
- Language : English
Thomas Stecher Sharma, Master of Science in Ayurveda Medicine, dipl. Naturopath (TEN) & Ayurveda Specialist. Founder and Director of Sanapurna Center for Complementary Medicine.
Personal Statement: The daily intensive contact with people in our center is very enriching for me. Again and again I am touched, challenged and inspired by the life stories of my patients and the associated symptoms. Guided by life experience, expertise and belief in the power of life, I coach, accompany and treat people according to the principle of bringing together what belongs together.
Main focus: Psychosomatic issues, gynaecology and pediatrics, allergies & nutrition.
Teaching : Ayurveda & Yoga Anatomy
Forms of Therapy: Initial counselling, herbal medicine, nutrition coaching, psychological counselling according to Ayurveda. Languages: GE/EN/IT
Health Insurance Recognition: EMR, ASCA, EGK, VISANA
Association Membership: VSAMT, VEAT, SGE, ABC
- Languages GE/EN/IT
Founder of the Yogalife Foundation. The pleasant aura that surrounds him is testimony to years of practice devoted to understanding physiology and psychology of the human body. His knowledge of the human anatomy gives him an edge while teaching yoga asana. Sanjeev’s yoga transforms the way you look at life, making you more positive, healthy and totally empowered. Sanjeev has been spreading the magic of yoga throughout the world for almost 20+ years now.
More information: www.yogalife.org
- Languages English
Manoj was born into a lineage and heritage of Yoga and spiritual teachers, paving the way for his Yoga journey. He grew up listening to Bhagavad-Gita and breathing the Hindu and Yoga philosophy. Bihar School of Yoga, Sivananda Vedanta Ashram and Yogalife Foundation are a few of the places where he got his formal Yoga education and earned his titles as Yoga Shirimani and Yoga Acharya. His formal education of anatomy, biochemistry and physiology contributed to his deep understanding of the physical aspect of Yoga.
More information: www.yogalife.be
- Languages English
BSc Physiotherapeutin & Yoga Teacher (RPYT & E-RYT 500) & Anatomie Educator
About Stefanie Zimmermann Castson: BSc Physiotherapist, Yoga Instructor (E-RYT 500hr & RPYT), Anatomy Educator, Based in Zürich, Switzerland I was raised and trained as a Physiotherapist in 2003. The direction of preventive health through motion quickly defined my passion. Yoga was an ideal companion to evolve from rehabilitation into preventative health education in the field of Health & Yoga so I deepend my Yoga know how in Vancouver- ever since this is my daily life. As Founder of Health & Yoga Switzerland (2009) I organise health & Yoga events; I work as a Physio-and Yoga-therapist, a Yoga Teacher & Educator locally and nationally.
Further info: www.healthandyoga.ch
- Languages English
Nicoleta grew up in the cosmopolite city of Bucharest and has lived in Zurich since 2002. Working in the corporate world, she found yoga as a way to balance the fast-paced rhythm of the city life.
Following a deep calling and wanting to learn more about yoga, she came across Sanapurna in 2012. She immediately felt at home in the welcoming presence of Poonam and of the studio. For her, Sanapurna is a peaceful, warm space in the heart of Zurich where one can simply be, recharge and connect with beautiful souls. This is where she completed her 200h Yoga Teacher Training Course (TTC) in 2013.
Currently she is part of the teachers team for the yearly TTCs at Sanapurna.
Nicoleta is certified in Antastha Yoga – Yoga with Blindfolds (100h) by its founder Sanjeev Bhanot and is trained in Yin Yoga (50h) with Joe Barnett. She is also certified Thai Yoga Massage practitioner with teachers from the Sunshine Network such as Krishnataki, Thierry Bienfaisant, Zoltan Gyorgyovics and others. She also gives thai yoga massages at the studio.
Nicoleta is passionate about sharing the practices of Yoga and Thai Yoga Massage to promote well-being, self-discovery and get in touch with the natural state of being. Breath awareness, alignment and therapeutic cues, hands-on adjustments and self-reflection are integral parts of her classes.
Nicoleta teaches Hatha Yoga based classes for all levels in English (also German if needed).
What inspires Nicoleta: ‘I am inspired by my teachers and students, my own practice, mystical poetry and life itself in its infinite expressions in nature, sounds, colours…‘
- Languages English, German
Anna's yoga path started in 2010 when she attended her first Vinyasa class in Virginia, USA. Sweaty, sore and totally in love with the practice, she drove home to tell her family, friends, everyone she knew that she had found 'it'. That indescribable thing that made her heart sing and lit a fire in her soul.
So began her life-long journey of self-discovery through the practices of yoga. The practices which have carried her and provided anchoring through monumental life changes, brought and end to her anxiety/depression disorder and filled her life with meaning, unconditional love and the space to let things be and surrender to the Divine. Anna believes that we all have this hidden potential within us that is always nudging us to reveal it and let it shine. When we listen to that inner voice that is pointing us in the direction of our higher selves, things begin to flow. The discomfort we feel from within starts to subside. We feel ourselves stepping onto the path that was somehow made just for us. Anna is a passionate yoga teacher and facilitator. Her teaching style is Hatha Yoga by training with a spice of Vinyasa from her years of experience on the mat. She is inspired by nature, the seasons, her teachers and the way that every day life can teach us new and unexpected lessons each day.
- Languages English
Mariangela’s Yoga journey started 16 years ago, she practiced in various studios with various teachers & styles & reaching to a daily routine of breathing, balancing & awareness of her own needs. More & more she believed that Yoga can be for each & everyone. In 2019 she decided to complete the 200h TTC at Sanapurna, to deepen the knowledge & combine it with her passion. Believing that practicing Yoga is not about how deep you can go into the postures & which modification you choose, but it’s more about what you learn about yourself. Her classes are open to all levels, Hatha based & depending on the daily needs.
- Languages English & German