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.
Jill grew up a dairy farming gymnast in Wisconsin, USA, preferring to walk through the house on her hands and flip her way across yards and fields. Jill began her studies of meditation and Kundalini, Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga in 2000. While completing her BA in political science from the University of Minnesota in 2001, she began performing as an African-based dancer and later performed and taught ballet, modern dance and break dance. With a heavy interest in anatomy and alignment, she studied Somatics, Release, Horton and Alexander Techniques, and Contact Improvisation while practicing yoga as the foundation of her mind/body/movement studies.
Jill moved to Hanoi to teach English after receiving her MFA in writing from the California Institute of the Arts in 2012. She then naturally practiced yoga at Zenith and studied Vinyasa Yoga with Dominique Renucci that same year to begin teaching for Zenith in January 2013. Jill’s classes focus on deepening self-awareness through mind-body connection, alignment and the breath, by providing thorough description and detailed guidance within the understanding that we can only release as much as we are able to engage, and be as strong as we are soft. Jill believes she came to Hanoi to (re)discover her life’s path once and for all: YOGA.
Helena started her Pilates career in 2012 after years of practice. She dedicates the majority of her time in practicing, teaching and understanding Pilates.She believes that the methodology of Pilates is suitable for all ages. It makes people strong and confident, look nice and feel good.
After graduating from Solvay MBA Brussels School of Economics and Management she moved to Vietnam. Pilates has given her a second life in this unknown country.Having worked in Africa, Europe and Asia, all these years of expat experiences have taught her how to communicate with people from different backgrounds, understand different cultures,and incorporate this understanding into her teaching.She considers Pilates as a lifestyle not just a way of exercising. It’s a great way to connect your mind to your body and discover the muscles that you never knew existed.Not only does she deal with Abs strengthening, but also with lower back issues, postural problems, pelvic floor muscles rebuilding… full body work out.The exercises she designs are variable and exciting which include Standing Pilates and POP Pilates into the matwork. Life is full of surprises. Enjoy them!
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.
Tracey is originally from Melbourne, Australia, where she first began practicing yoga. In 2005 Tracey moved to Vietnam to become a tour leader with Intrepid Travel and in 2010 completed her Yoga Teacher Training Course with Dominique Renucci at Zenith Yoga Studio.
Now that Tracey is permanently based in Hanoi working full time as a Director of Operations in tourism she can devote her free time to teaching and sharing her passion for yoga.
Suzanna Hare is from the United States. She has practiced yoga on and off for ten years—from Hatha in Seattle, Bikram in Buffalo, NY, to Power Yoga in South Korea. She received her Hatha Yoga certification at Yog Peeth, in the holy city of Rishikesh, India, on the edge of the Himalayas and home to the Ganges River. There she also studied the healing art of Reiki, and explored meditation more fully.
Continuing her yoga practice and instructing brings Suzanna great joy. She came to Asia to teach English, but is thrilled that she can also spend her time teaching yoga. She has lived and taught in Taiwan, South Korea, and now Vietnam. Suzanna came to yoga from a natural interest in Eastern Philosophy, and enjoys deepening her understanding of the psychological benefits of continued yoga practice—how daily stress can be reduced through yoga and meditation.
After years of being away from Hanoi I came back here last June and immediately started teaching at Zenith.
From the first time visiting Zenith yoga, I fell in love with the beautiful studio, the friendly teachers and students that I met. Well.. Hanoi is my home town, I was born here raised here and left here years ago. For me ,it is a mix of feelings to be back on the land I was born and grew up in. I was very nervous at first. Everything has changed in Hanoi I really did not know how to begin my life after all the years behind me.
Coming to Zenith I find my peace again. I started to feel home. I knew then that as long as I have yoga in my life, as long as I teach yoga and bring the passion in my heart pass it on to students, see the smiles on their faces after each practice. I know I will be fine.
I had practiced yoga for 6 years before entering TTC program that was being held in Manila where I previously lived. I graduated from a 200 hours vinyasa yoga TTC and very briefly after that I started teaching for my teacher’s in his beautiful studios in the heart of the Philippines. I have practiced different kinds of yoga such as Ashtanga, Hatha yoga, Power yoga, Vinyasa yoga, Iyengar yoga but Vinyasa yoga is always dear to my heart. Before I knew yoga, I used to suffer from anxiety, I have history in lower back pain, I was very stressed and always worried about everything. Knowing yoga and got really hooked with this ancient practice I do not know now how did I ever live without my daily practice? I love practicing vinyasa yoga so so much. Vinyasa classes are often upbeat and full of energy. These classes are challenging, constantly changing but for sure well balance, well centered. For me, everyone is a teacher of themselves, we all are learning each day a lot from one another. Welcome to join Zenith, practice and learn from each other, come and learn to soften the heart and live in the moment.
What intrigues Izumi about yoga is the process of continuous self-discovery as she practices, and the teaching of yoga that brings her wisdom and calmness in everyday life. Through her classes, she hopes to share with her students the pursuit of yoga as a way of life, which can open them to the state of equanimity, love, kindness and compassion.
Izumi has completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Zenith Yoga Studio in 2012. She teaches both English and Japanese language beginner yoga classes. Her classes focus on alignment and precision and utilize props to ensure practice that matches to students’ individual condition and level. When she is not teaching yoga, Izumi has been working in NGOs and schools to improve access to quality education for disadvantaged children in Asia.
l had been working as the aerobics instructor in japan before i become the yoga instructor.
I have seen many people who look so healthy but not good condition. So I started practicing Oki-Yoga with Yoshie Hirano in 2001.
I have practiced yoga on and off for over 10 years.
I trained at corporation a federation of Yoga Japan and then I started to teach in 2008. I have studied yoga from Osamu Tatumura(Tatumuru Yoga Laboratory Director),Yasuo Juzu(Katano healthy hall Director), Hiromi Hayashi(belongs Japan Yoga Meditation Association) .
I have already three children and I have spent every day with energy because I got benefits of yoga.
My favarite sentence : Take advantage of the wisdom of yoga in life.
Otgo came to Hanoi from the USA in 2008. Otgo was born and grew up in Mongolia and for the most of her adult life she has lived in the USA. Years ago she fell in love with Pilates and her enthusiasm and passion led her to pursue a certification in Pilates from Zenith in Hanoi. Otgo lives in Hanoi with her husband and sons. She loves teaching and especially enjoys interacting with students. Come join Otgo’s class!
Willie discovered Yoga when she lived in Bangalore (India), where her first teacher taught her the way of Iyengar Yoga and this practice suited her very well. She loved the alignments in the poses and believes strongly using the props when it is needed.
She completed her 200 Yoga teacher course in 2012 at Zenith Yoga studio. Her beginners lessons are very much focused on getting a strong healthy foundation in the yoga practice. Willie believes that practicing yoga in daily life will bring the positivity out of the human-being.
I’m proud to say that Zenith Hanoi has raised me to become the Yoga and Pilates practitioner that I am today. I’m very thankful to find this studio three years ago. I was molded by the most encouraging and knowledgeable people. My yoga practice is highly influenced by the owner, Marzena and some visiting teachers like Dominique Renucci and Hart Lazer while my pilates practice was shaped by Mhairi, who used to teach in Zenith.
I did my yoga TTC in the Himalayas with the Himalayan Yoga Institute in 2012 and my Pilates TTC with Ory Avni who is affiliated with the Physical Mind Institute in Zenith in January the following year. I’ve also attended several yoga and Pilates classes and workshops in India, Thailand and England. I do enjoy seeing how other teachers teach or present a pose or exercise. I believe that you can never learn enough about teaching.
Getting into Pilates and yoga made me more aware of my body: what it is as of the moment, how it can improve and how this improvement can better one’s lifestyle in the long run. And, I do enjoy passing on this awareness to my students. My classes have a slow and steady pace that give the students the time to know their bodies and the movements that they are doing. I believe that each yoga and Pilates class that we attend is not just for present gain such as losing weight or being toned but an investment to our future well-being.
Nguyễn Việt Hà
Xin chào! Tôi tên là Nguyễn Việt Hà. Tôi 26 tuổi, tôi chưa có gia đình và hiện tôi đang sống cùng bố mẹ tại Hà Nội, Việt Nam. Công việc chính của tôi là giảng viên dạy Thể dục thể thao tại Học Viện Y dược học cổ truyền Việt Nam. Tôi cũng đang là giáo viên dạy yoga tại trung tâm Zenith Yoga. Chủ yếu công việc ngoài giờ của tôi là dạy yoga, tôi đã luyện tập yoga từ năm 2007 và bây giờ tôi vẫn tiếp tục luyện tập. Tôi đã tham gia nhiều khóa đào tạo yoga của nhiều chuyên gia yoga có kinh nghiệm và uy tín. Hiện tại tôi đang dạy hai trường phái yoga là Ananda Marga Yoga và Vinyasa Yoga. Yoga thật sự đã thay đổi cuộc sống của tôi, yoga giúp tôi cân bằng được mọi vấn đề trong cuộc sống và hơn nữa, yoga đã đem lại cho tôi cuộc sống khỏe manh với nhiều tình yêu thương hơn. Tôi sẽ tiếp tục luyện tập yoga và giới thiệu bộ môn này với nhiều người hơn nữa.