Svastha Yoga – Classes, Workshops & Retreats
Nina has chosen the concept of Svastha as the guiding principle of her yogic path. She uses Svastha to facilitate her own and others’ learning processes, seeking the balance of intention and well-being that lies therein.
Svastha is an Ayurvedic term that signifies ‘health’ – literally meaning ‘standing in yourself‘ or ‘residing within yourself‘, indicating a state of complete balance, roundedness, wholeness, fullness of being. The triadic engagement of body, mind and breath in yoga leads us on our path to moving closer to reaching our potential, to fully reside in one’s self, to stand firmly on the ground and rest in the knowledge of origin. To be healthy is to lack nothing, to be complete and well as it is.
Nina comes from a background of martial arts and yoga and practices as a massage therapist. She has studied Sociology, Philosophy and Psychology and practiced as a counsellor for some years before embracing her other healing capacities. She is based in Melbourne, Australia, and often travels to SE Asia to broaden her knowledge and to facilitate yoga workshops, immersions and teacher trainings.
Nina characterizes her yoga practice as Tantric Hatha, an orientation which focuses on finding one’s limits, and learning to expand them even while working within them. Her classes are strong, yet playful and healing. Nina is both a yoga teacher and a massage therapist. She brings the two professions together in a yoga practice that emphasizes physical alignment as well as mental and spiritual well-being.
Each of her yoga classes is geared towards addressing the specific needs of the students. There is not a set sequence of poses to be followed, so every class is different. Nina continuously reminds students that it is your practice; you are encouraged to take it where you need to go – provided you work safely and watch your breathing.
Nina loves inversions – but only if they’re done consciously. For her, they’re not showy ego-poses, but strengthening and grounding poses (but she also knows she has to let your ego get its kicks from time to time). They are one of several ways to sharpen and focus the mind, to bring you back to essence. For the same reason, she also loves mantras – for focusing the mind – as well as core strengthening and energetic work, through bandhas and breathing.
Her teaching is centred on practices that use breath and intention to engage your yoga confidently beyond the mat. Applying techniques which involve playful asana, pranayama, meditation, visualisation and lots of fun, she focuses on balancing strength and intention with flexibility and growth in self-awareness and self-exploration. The aim is enhanced alertness and appreciation of both mind and body. Nina’s classes are versatile and detailed, enabling you to thoroughly explore postures and deepen your knowledge of your body’s needs and abilities. In this way, you become self-aware, strong and mindful – great conditions for a healthier life.