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Marzena

Marzena

Marzena Kierepka has been a practitioner for the last 10 years and Yoga instructor since 2005. She has studied with many prominent teachers in India, such as; the Iyengar family in Pune, Swati and Rajiv Chanchani in Dehradun, and Mr. Rudra in Rishikesh. Marzena trained with Justin Herold in Thailand, as well as the Oasis Centre in London.

She currently travels yearly to Pune in India to study under the Iyengar family, and she completed her Yoga TTC in Bangkok with Justin Herold (March 2009 – June 2011).

Marzena teaches an eclectic mix of Hatha Yoga incorporating Iyengar, Asthanga, Vinyasa and Hatha traditions into her practice. Taking the essence of those styles she creates her unique way which offers the students great benefits and variety. She maintains the balance between mind, body and spirit by including deep breathing exercises and relaxation techniques into her lessons. She believes that Yoga is for everyone regardless of age, sex, lifestyle or ability, and feels it helps us to enjoy life and to be aware of the present moment.

Favourite sentence: “An ounce of practice is better than tons of theory” Swami Sivananda.

Vu Kim Thu

Vu Kim Thu

Vu Kim Thu started practicing yoga in 2000 during her enrollment at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She fell in love immediately with yoga after her first class and notice the huge difference in body and mind after just an intensive week. Then she decided to study Hatha yoga with Suddha Weixler from Chicago Yoga Center for a few years while he offered his teaching at her art school.

In 2003, Thus practice was deepening in intensive classes at Chicago Moksha Yoga Center. From here, she followed the style of Ana Forrest, Shiva Rea and many other great teachers. In 2006, she travelled to Thailand to study Ashtanga yoga with Paul Dallahan at Yoga Thailand on Koh Samui.

In 2007, a severe back pain injury happened that changed her practice forever. Thu became more interested in yoga therapy, gentle practice and how yoga can play a role as a healing process physically and mentally. This lead her to take the Raja Yoga teacher training with Ron Katwijk at Magic Pond Yoga Center in Seoul, Korea. From here, her practice changed to a meditative and restorative style.

Thu’s favourite quote is; “Practice, practice and all is coming” by Sri K Patthabi Jois.

Willie Cohen Vroege 

 (Willie is the woman in left hand)

They promised me coffee…

When I moved to India with my family, everyone split away; kids went to school and my husband to work. Luckily, I met a few ladies who were practicing yoga and fortunately they asked me to come and practice with them. At the time, Yoga was something ambiguous for me, but they said “come we are drinking coffee after practice!”

Soon after I discovered that Yoga was not something vague, nor trendy, but something that can really change the body and mind in the most positive way.

I was very lucky to have a great first Teacher, Chethan  Sateesh  who created my foundation, after which I soon established my love for yoga.

A few years later in Hanoi, fate revealed itself through my second teacher, Marzena Kierepka , from Zenith Yoga. Immediately after, I enrolled in the first teacher course under Hart Lazer who is till today my teacher. My devotion for his teachings persuaded me to participate in an advanced teacher course in Manila, allowing me to develop my passion under many great guest teachers.

 I strongly believe in teaching a solid foundation in the yoga practice and to send the message that Yoga is for young and old, to bring all people standing proudly in Tandasana.

 Thuong Nguyen

Practicing yoga regularly for at least 5 years before taking a big step to become yoga instructor has helped Thuong so much in her teaching. For her, most important part of being an instructor is being a student first. Getting regular practice means being on the mat and do the real thing, sharing yoga journey with students to understand them and to acknowlegde their hard work and encourage them, guide them through their practice.

Thuong always tries to improve herself in practice as well as thrives to better as a person.

She got her first trainning to become a vinyasa yoga instructor through Bliss yoga Philippines in 2012 and soon after she started her teaching  journey at Bliss Yoga Manila.

Due to family circumstance, she came back to Hanoi in 2013 and almost right at arrival she was welcomed to zenith family and has been teaching at both studios since. To hone her teaching skill, Thuong went to India for 7 weeks in 2014 to join a vinyasa course with Dominique Renucce. She is now a certified 500 hour vinyasa instructor. Her classes are not always easy but they can be  fun.

Its more than just a job for me to come to class. It is a place where I can be just myself, give what I know best and help students to do their best and be just who they exactly are. Zenith community is not only a place to  practice yoga but also a place to make friends and to take a breather. Its like  my second home here.

Come and join us at zenith…

Thuy Nguyen

Started yoga since 2008, it’s been a remarkable journey for me. I have been through a lot with yoga. Practicing Asanas for the body is an interesting part, practicing yoga for the mind has influenced me the most. Yoga has led me to a wise philosophy of life, guide me to meet inspiring people, be with me through difficult times…

Thanks to yoga, I am who I am now, and I really appreciate it!

And Zenith yoga studio is the “real” yoga studio in Hanoi that I know, with carefully selected teachers, with an inspiring yoga community, with valuable workshops and training from yoga gurus coming from different parts of the world . I’m proud to be a student and teacher here!

Namaste.

Christine Wurm

To keep your balance, you must keep moving ” Albert Einstein.

By training I’m an actress in the theatre. The first time I did a “Pilates” session was by chance during a training with dancers.

It was immediately beneficial for me so I have never stopped practicing. In Paris I started training to become a teacher and eventually received my certification in “Romana’s Pilates” by Romana Kryzanowska and Sari Mejia Santos who studied with Joseph Pilates himself.

I found in “Pilates” a good way to center myself before a show and in my daily life; focus my mind, keep my body in a good shape, find confidence and energy, and open my imagination to using my body with lightness and flow.

Now I travel over the world with working experiences  in France at the studio Pilates de Paris and Studio Pilates de Toulouse, in London at DK Pilates Studio and  Studio Intelligent motion, in Bangkok at The Pilates Studio , in Séoul and now in Hanoi. Everywhere I work as a Pilates instructor I like to meet new people and do new workshops. Everywhere it is delightful to teach and help people  improve themselves.

When I finally moved to Hanoi in March 2015 I have naturally « landed » at Zénith Yoga Studio, which is «  the-place-to-be ».

I meet so many people in each session from so many nationalities that I continue to travel during my class… This nice energy there gives me wings to fly higher and give  more to my lovely students…

“Keep moving to stay alive” is my motto.

Training  and certification : Paris, Ireland, London and New York  “Romana’s Pilates ” – www.truepilatesny.com

This certification covers all equipment, mat, apparatus, exercises that Joseph Pilates created

In 2013 :  I opened my personal studio “Home pilates” which travels with me.

Zuzzalla Krishna Hare

We all come to yoga for different reasons. No matter what brings you to class, yoga will begin to have a profound effect on your mind, heart and body. You will begin to go through the world with more compassion and understanding. You will begin to question truths you have accepted. You will begin to think about how you nourish yourself, and how you can better nourish yourself and those around you. I have so much gratitude to Zenith, for providing a platform for me to grow in my yoga practice, to continue to develop as a yoga teacher and a human. I learn so much from students every day—I hear your struggles and I rejoice in your triumphs. So many thanks to this community; you fill my cup every day and I love you for it. Namaste.

Nhung Hoang

I have been falling in love with yoga at the first time I practiced since 2010. One year later, I have been teaching with some easy classes. In 2013, I got Hatha certificate with Hart Lazer. I love both Hatha and Vinyasa but I teach mainly in Vinyasa.

Yoga helps me to find out my best friends, to build up my physical and mental strength, to be calm and brave enough to cope with and get over many problems. Thank Zenith for giving me a chance to learn, to practice and to understand yoga.

Dung Pham

Hi everyone.

My name is Dzung. I teach Ashtanga and Hatha yoga in Zenith Yoga Hanoi. Well, there are a lot to be said about practicing yoga in this lovely cosy place – Zenith.

First of all, the people here are really nice and friendly. They always smile and respond nicely to each other. Come to Zenith, I’m sure you would experience a great atmosphere that you couldn’t find any elsewhere in Hanoi. I always feel peaceful, calm and relax when I come here. Not mention about the food, they really have good, healthy food and drinks.

Come and visit us to practice yoga, pilates as well as try our healthy food.

See you soon

Namaste!

Gavan Dolin

I am very happy to be both teacher and student at Zenith. I like to be student as I always have new things to learn. As a teacher at Zenith I arrived in Vietnam and fitted into teaching easily over the summer when many teachers where away. It let me feel my way at Zenith without too much pressure. Currently I am continuing to be a sub teacher which allows me to discover lots about Vinyasa flow yoga. I just returned from two weeks in Japan and missed my daily yoga and made up for it with endless walking everyday as a tourist.

I enjoy Zenith yoga very much

Huyen Nguyen

Hi there,

I have been practicing since 2010 and got Hatha certificate with Hart Lazer in 2013, been teaching since 2013

I love self practice, exploring different classes from begginer to advanced with defferent teachers all over the world. I love the Zenith Culture – my 2nd family

Naomi

“Now Where Now Here”

I came to Hanoi in 2000 from Japan for study at Vietnam University of Fine Arts. I started practice yoga in 2012 when I was working at Hanoi Urban Railway construction project office for enjoying the relaxing health benefits.

In late 2013, I quit my job and beginning focus attention on my yoga life. Then I have started teaching yoga at Zenith yoga studio since middle 2014. Zenith is most my favorite place when I began to do yoga practice.

I love ashtanga. My ashtanga yoga teacher is Tarik Thami in Tokyo. I belief that yoga is a lot of kinds entrance and approach but essence is one.