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“Yoga does not just change the way we see things,

it transforms the person who sees.”

B.K.S. Iyengar

“Mirja is extremely knowledgeable; she lives and breathes the practice of both asana and yoga philosophy on and off the mat and the depth of her practice brings clarity, precision and intelligence to her instruction.

Mirja is an attentive teacher and is quick to identify areas of strength and weakness and guide pupils with sensitivity and good humour. She has an excellent understanding of anatomy and works carefully to consider how previous injuries or current limitations might hinder students; working with them to find more ease in their practice.

Her enthusiasm and dedication to the practice is infectious and I value studying with her enormously, thanks Mirja!”

Charlotte, London



“I started practising with Mirja last year and was immediately struck by the clarity of instructions and ease of demonstration. Mirja’s evident passion, love and understanding of yoga makes her teaching truly inspirational and fosters a similar love and yearning to explore more under her expert teaching”.

Julie de Senneville, London



“Mirja carefully crafts each lesson to our personal requirements. No two lessons are the same. And each posture is clearly demonstrated and talked through. It is also great that she believes deeply in what she is teaching. Not least Mirja makes the lessons fun – she has a good sense of humour!”

Carole & David, London


“For the past two years I have taken classes with Mirja when she teaches at Omkarananda Pātañjala Yoga Kendra in Rishikesh. Even now, although I am thousands of miles away from her, I carry the awareness she instilled in regards to certain problems I was having. What she allowed me to see wasn’t just helpful in my āsana practice but in my daily life, so when I stand at a kitchen sink washing dishes, I am standing in a way influenced by her teaching. This is because her fierceness and dedication to supporting students is unmatched. Each of her classes is designed to meet the needs of the students who are present in that day’s class. She also takes time before and after each of her classes, as well as during her own self-practice, to help a student who is struggling in an injurious or unhelpful way. She also isn’t afraid to push students when they need to explore on their own. I really hope you get the chance to take a class from her. You will thank yourself.”

Mary, USA



 “I’ve been practicing yoga with Mirja for several years. She’s encouraged me to try postures I wouldn’t have otherwise attempted, helping to boost my confidence and allowing me to take my practice to a higher level of precision.”

Trish Lesslie, health & beauty writer



"I’ve been practicing Iyengar Yoga with Mirja every time she comes to London and she’s a great yoga teacher - precise, enthusiastic, and with very good knowledge about the body’s constitution. She always gives very clear instructions about all different poses and how to use the props. Mirja also has an intelligent sense of humour and breathes love for yoga.”

Sandra, London




“I have been practicing yoga for many years. I had a class with Mirja in June 2017, and it was an eye opener in a way. Simple, easy postures she talked me through had more effect on my body than usual. Mirja is an exceptional yoga teacher with a deep knowledge of the human body”.

Elena Tchaikovsky, London




“Mirja and I met in Rishikesh on many occasions. Sometimes she was Usha Ji's student, other times, when Usha Ji was not there, Mirja was the teacher. But further than being a student or a teacher I have always seen her as a real and sincere practitioner, somebody that more than practice yoga, lives like yoga, not only on the mat. She has been very inspiring for me. I was (and still I am) very beginner when I first met her and I also had menstrual disorders and she was very responsible and paying attention on me and she gave me instructions for my practice in order to heal this disorder. I would say that as a teacher Mirja has the perfect balance between helping the students to go over our limits but always being kind to ourselves. I am very grateful to her, not only as a teacher, but also as the kind person she is. She has really given light on my yoga path”.

Elena Balañà, Barcelona





“I've practiced yoga with Mirja on and off now for over six years. The feeling of restoration and wellness is a constant outcome of training with her. Sometimes when Mirja demonstrates and explains a posture I think I will never be able to do it but Mirja will tactfully assist me into the posture resulting in my improved fitness, sense of achievement and confidence. I explained a lower back issue to Mirja and she gave me a particular good posture involving props which I could use at home as well. When In that posture I could feel a strong release but it also felt very safe too. I don't practice with Mirja as often as I should but she is my first port of call when I need help! I would highly recommend to anyone at whatever state of fitness/wellness to have sessions with Mirja. Be well.”

Anne Power, Complementary Therapist





“It was in Rishikesh that I had

the joy of meeting Mirja. She is

an attentive teacher, she listened

to my needs as a student and tried to help me find ways to improve and achieve better comprehension of the Asana (postures) as well as chanting and other Yoga techniques.

Thank you Mirja!”

Rocio, Canada





"I had the opportunity to practice yoga with Mirja In Rishikesh, India. I really enjoyed her classes. I found her humble and open to share all her knowledge. Always kind and dedicated to all.“

Lisandro, Argentina.





“Really enjoy practicing Iyengar yoga with Mirja, I like the clarity, directionality and attention to detail. I feel well looked after in her classes, and what touches me the most - she teaches with love. “

Jurate Barbosa, London






“Teaching and practicing Yoga is not like following a cooking recipe and Mirja knows that well: in the time I shared with her in India, I saw her changing her practice during the month, adapting it to what she needs, transforming her personal practice in a true self-study. And so she did when teaching, encouraging her students to go forward, to understand body anatomy and move with awareness.”

Macarena González Carmona,

Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher