Nadja is a San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley yoga teacher who started yoga as a cure for her blues. Not far into her practice she realized that yoga is much more than asana and cool yoga pants. By combining the body and mind through the rhythm of breath, yoga became not just a practice, but a path to a better way of life.
Nadja is a certified YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, teacher for teachers), E-RYT 200 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) and RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) by Yoga Alliance. She is a YTT-F (Yoga Teacher Training Faculty Member) at EastWest Yoga and a Reiki practitioner. She specializes in Yin Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Gentle/Restorative, Meditation, Hatha and Prenatal Yoga integrating multiple aspects of yoga including Pranayama, Mudra, and Mindfulness.
She also continually advances her education through workshops and trainings.
To help students get the most out of their practice from her class, Nadja teaches with a focus on proper form before the flair and awareness of breath. She incorporates modifications and alternate poses to ensure that each person is able to participate throughout the class at a level that is comfortable to them. With yoga, one size does not fit all.
While Nadja teaches at all levels, she has a soft spot for beginners who deserve a patient and solid start for their transformative journey. Join her for a fun, friendly, yet challenging blend of the physical and spiritual worlds that comprise yoga.
Nadja is a wandering spirit, captivated by art, creativity, and new experiences in life. At home, she enjoys sharing her own practice with her two sphynx cats. Off the mat, Nadja earned a BA in Graphic Design Studies and Photographic Arts from San Jose State, and is a graphic designer, global trotter, cat lover, tea aficionado, and cacti admirer. For the latest scoop, follow her on instagram and twitter.
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Join Nadja in one of her scheduled classes. She teaches yoga in Palo Alto, Los Altos, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, and online.
Mon 4:00PM : Vinyasa (QD3)
Mon 5:30PM : Vinyasa (TC5)
Tue 12:00PM: Vinyasa (MP5)
Tue 4:00PM : Vinyasa (TC5)
Wed 12:00PM : Hatha (Danceplex)
Fri 12:00PM : Vinyasa (QD3)
Workshops and Events
Save the date! Saturday 25-May-2019 Yin Yoga Release tension in your mind and body Revitalize connective tissues Increase flexibility and range of motion Sage Smudge Cleanse your mind and soul Release negative ions Lift your spirits ...
Awaken your mind, body, and spirit from Winter! Roll away stress, tension, and anxietyRelieve headaches Relax sore and stiff musclesImprove circulation According to the Chinese Five Element Theory, the transition from Winter to...
Revitalize yourself with a yoga-based cleanse. Spend an afternoon with Nadja in Yin Detox, a calming and purifying practice focusing on the flow of prana in the lymphatic and cardiovascular systems.Nadja will guide you through fluid yin sequences aimed at...
Pamper yourself with the convenience, privacy, and personal attention of a private yoga session at your home or office. Working privately with Nadja means that your session is tailored to your individual and specific needs. Everyone is different and each person has their own unique circumstances.
If you’re just beginning your yoga journey, congratulations! Let Nadja help you understand proper form and alignment. Start strong and on the right foot before any bad habits develop. Realize the fastest way to enjoy the benefits of yoga.
If you’re further along, Nadja can elevate your practice with adjustments, alignment, form, breath, and mental focus. Often times, students get into stuck in a routine with group classes and plateau. By having a one-on-one look at your practice, you’ll better understand what improvements are needed, and where to concentrate on, for a break through.
Private Yoga sessions include:
- well-rounded practices with a focus on strength, flexibility and mindfulness
- yoga poses with proper form, alignment, and modifications as needed
- yoga props such as blocks, straps, blankets, bolsters, sand bags
- pranayama (regulation of breath), and meditation techniques
- and more…
Online sessions available!
Rates include travel time, and props.
Please note there is a 24 hour cancellation policy. Charges apply for all sessions cancelled within 24 hours of the scheduled appointment.
Music plays a critical role in your yoga practice by setting the right mood.
I’m often asked about songs I use in my sessions.
On my Spotify profile, you’ll find some of the more popular playlists that I use.
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Here are a few things people say about Nadja. If you are an existing student, feel free to submit your review.
Nadja is such an inspiring yoga instructor! Her classes are playful, challenging, and rejuvenating. I love her lighthearted personality, and the caring attention she gives to each student. I’ve attended Vinyasa, Restorative, and Yin yoga classes with Nadja and after each class I leave feeling amazing! Thank you Nadja for sharing your knowledge, kindness and… love for yoga with me! read more “”
I’ve been doing Yoga with Nadja for one year already. Her positive aura surrounds and calms you as she gently walks you through the class, and she has this special way of making you believe in yourself. If you have been doing yoga for a while, Nadja’s classes build up to more complicated positions during… each session. One of the best yoga instructors that I’ve been ever met! read more “”
I have been practicing yoga for many years, on and off, here and there, After my first class with Nadja 6 months ago, I could tell immediately that I like it, Nadja don’t push you hard on the pose, but her instruction is so clear, and with options of many alternatives, you can literally see… your improvement day after day. Every class Nadja has a different focus, that is how unique her class is. We can tell her what we want to do in the beginning of the class, whether we want to sweat or not ;), no kidding, we can tell her everything we want, that is how relax the environment can be. We practice on our core, lower back, stretch, and balance, etc. Nadja explains each move and the reason behind, I felt comfortable yet challenged. Sitting in the office for long hours daily, my blood circulation in the lower half body isn’t working very well. After these couple months of class with Nadja, I personally felt that my legs are gaining some strength back. I am very excited about the improvement, and looking forward to her class every Tuesday and Thursday, even though that means I have to reschedule my appointments and meetings. Come and join us, I am sure you will love her class too. read more “I have been practicing yoga”
I started regular classes at the corporate gym (moffet towers) with Nadja and eventually had a 1-1 session. Nadja is passionate about her teaching and genuinely wants to help her students acheive their specific goals. She makes her self available for questions and discussions about your practice outside of class or 1-1 time. She has… positive energy and pushes you to your limits in a good way. Her knowledge of anatomy and physiology is apparent. I definitely recommend her classes and 1-1 time for anyone wanting to include Yoga as a means to exercise, work on physical therapy (like myself), stretch or just have a mental escape from the daily grind. read more “I started regular classes at”
I’ve been practicing yoga for several years now, on and off with teachers and by myself. Hands down Nadja is the best teacher that I’ve had. I go into her classes stressed and stiff and I come out feeling stretched, balanced, and peaceful. She has a great repertoire of poses and the transitions and flow… between the poses is smooth and natural. She also does a bit of aromatherapy at the end which is so calming. I am so glad Nadja is our yoga teacher. read more “”
Nadja is warm and welcoming. Her classes can be challenging, but she teaches students to practice yoga with integrity-to listen carefully to their own body and to respect where they are and what they need without judgement. Her knowledge and understanding of yoga postures and philosophy is extensive. She incorporates the underlying concepts of yoga… into her teaching, helping her students develop their body’s relationship with each asana and to begin to open their heart and mind with their practice. Nadja begins each class by asking students how they are and what they need. She can create a class to meet those needs on the spot. She effortlessly incorporates mindfulness into her teaching in every class, whether it be her candlelight vinyasa or yin. She gets to know her students and gently challenges them to extend their practice. Nadja has helped me use props and modifications while healing from a knee injury. I have seen her balance the range of ability and experience of a class to help beginners, challenge advanced students and safely support a pregnant woman right up to her delivery. Last, but most definitely not least are her yin classes. I have been taking Nadja’s yin class twice a week at East West Yoga for a year and a half and they are my favorite. She teaches pranayama and creates guided meditations for her classes. Both are deeply relaxing. Nadja takes time to do gentle adjustments on each student during class. She teaches us the difference between pain, which indicates you need to modify the pose to fit your body, and discomfort, which you can learn to get through by focusing your attention on your breath. This teaching has not only extended my yoga practice, but has helped me be more patient and resilient in my life outside the studio. read more “Nadja is warm and welcoming.”
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