“After thirty-five years in the holistic field I’m happy to share my path with yours”.
In the Spirit of Yoga,
200-hour & 300-hour Yoga Alliance Registered School (RYS 200 & 300)
Certified Advanced Anusara Yoga Teacher Trainer (CATT)
Licensed Physiotherapist (PT) & Certified Yoga Therapist
Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500)
A GLANCE AT MY PATH
Born and raised in northern Europe, I left my native Sweden at age 17 to travel the world. While venturing off to many amazing places I was quickly drawn to the East with its fascinating and exciting cultures. Alongside the abundant external stimulation from these travels grew an appetite for more internal mindfulness-based practices such as yoga, meditation and bodywork. My participation in numerous yoga and meditation retreats at an early age opened up a new way of being in the world. After seven years of travels and exploration I decided to pursue academic studies, and received a degree in physiotherapy in Sweden in the early 90’s, followed by a US physical therapy license when I moved there. After a few years of PT work in Chicago, I lived for a year at Kripalu Center on the US East coast and since then, I’ve been spending my time evolving and navigating Shantaya Yoga & Bodywork School.
I was introduced to yoga and meditation in 1981 and have explored a variety of approaches ever since. My first teachers were Swami Janakananda and Hari Prem at the Scandinavian Yoga & Meditation School with no-nonsense teachings in the linage of renowned Swami Satyananada. After many years of practicing this type of classical yoga, known in India as Bihari Yoga and around the world as Satyananda Yoga, I moved to the USA in ’95 where a whole range of styles and approaches were made available to me. I trained with many gifted and amazing teachers, and received teacher training certifications in Kripalu Yoga, Integrative Yoga Therapy, Ashtanga Vinyasa and not the least the accomplishment of becoming certified in Anusara Yoga, which has been like a backbone for my personal yoga and my teaching for the past 15 years.
Other body-mind disciplines that I have enjoyed to various degrees and which inform me include many kinds of Yoga and Therapeutics approaches, Thai Healing Practices, Acupuncture, Buddhist Insight Meditation, Tantra, Osho, Shiatsu, Feldenkrais, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Tai Chi, Contact Improvisation Dance, Chi Gong, Anthroposophy & Eurythmy.
I offer my humble gratitude to all the beings and teachers I’ve had the fortune to meet on this path. Particular appreciation goes to the great innovator John Friend who founded Anusara Yoga and trained me, and to Richard Freeman, another of my trainers, who so beautifully models the path of a mindful yogi. They have both made a profound and lasting imprint on me, while many other teachers, teachings and traditions have inspired and shaped my yoga path. I’m grateful for experiences with Mata Amritananda Mayi, Ananda Marga, Iskcon, Dharmavir Singh Mahida, TKV Desikachar, BNS Iyengar, Kofi Busia, Glenn Black, Sharon Gannon & David Life, Ana Forest, Shiva Rea, Sivananda Yoga, Kripalu Yoga, Integrative Yoga Therapy & so many more.
We all owe gratitude to Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (1888-1989), the real master and ‘grand father’ of much of the yoga that we know today. He lived to 100 years, and his immense influence on our modern day yoga can not be over-stated. He trained BKS Iyengar (1918-), Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) and his own son TKV Desikachar (1938-) who have been some of the most influential teachers of modern yoga.
In 1996 I took the seat of the teacher, fifteen years after my introduction to the practice of yoga. Taking time to study and deepen my own understanding of yoga before taking on the responsibility to guide others felt natural to me, and I feel very fortunate to teach at many wonderful venues around the world. The yoga path has been an incredibly rewarding, and challenging, personal journey. More than anything, I feel that I’m a student and practitioner of yoga, and teaching provides inspiration and opportunity to share discoveries that I made in my own practice with others.
In 1981, when I began to practice yoga, I also visited Thailand for the first time. I’ve had the privilege to meet and learn from many schools, teachers, and healers in the country. The most influential ones include the outstanding master Ahjarn Pichest Boonthamme, the Buntautuk Traditional Medicine Hospital, Chongkol Setthakorn ITM, Askokananda and the Sunshine network, ‘Poo’ Manarat, the blind therapists in Chiang Mai, and the Thai Chiropractic Conservatory in Bangkok. In 1998 I began teaching my “yogafied” version called Thai Yoga Bodywork, and I have organized annual group journeys to Thailand between 2000-2010. For many years I have made Thailand my winter home.
SHANTAYA YOGA & BODYWORK SCHOOL
In ’98 I founded Thai Yoga Healing Arts, dedicated to spreading yoga and bodywork practices, supported by my first website. Most of my time between ’98 to ’04 was spent teaching the Thai Yoga Certification Program in the USA and working as core faculty for the Integrative Yoga Therapy Training Program in the USA, Europe and Brazil. To widen the scope of possibilities, in ’04 I created Shantaya Yoga & Bodywork School. Its mission is to organize a wide range of body-mind experiences and explorations that facilitate holistic health, balance and integration of the whole person.
PHYSIOTHERAPY | PHYSICAL THERAPY (USA)
In order to pursue a full time presence in yoga and bodywork, I decided to pause my professional practice of clinical physiotherapy many years ago. Nevertheless, the ongoing exploration of yoga and bodywork enable me to continue with a therapeutic approach by means of yoga and bodywork, informed by physiotherapy.
I am planning a trip to Thailand this January. I an Anusara trained yoga teacher based in Colorado and I am interested in taking a Thai massage course in Thailand as well as exploring and practicing yoga. I was hoping you could provide me with a recommendation for a Thai massage course. I would also love to study with you. I have taken and assisted 2 anusara immersions and teacher trainings and would be interested in drop in on your immersion or particapate in any other workshops you are doing in Thailand in January. Any Thailand travel recommendations are most welcome. Thank you! Sara Preston
Glad to hear you’re coming to visit Chiang Mai!
Let me know when you’re here and we’ll meet up.
Find my local teaching schedule for January at my website.
we’re Association Committee of Kaohsiung Yoga sports Zuo-Ying branch
we want to invite you come to Taiwan during the May and June 2014,around 5days. please kindly advise when is convenient for you.
I am Linnaree,I know about Yoga Immersion & Teacher Trainning
but I don’t know about learn of cost, please tell me know about learn of cost
How much ? I will keep money to pay for cost.
Thanks for your interest in our 2015 Anusara Yoga Training Program!
All the information you are looking for is available on the website – and also feel free to email or call if you have any other questions.
In Yoga / Jonas
Hi Jonas and Shantaya Team,
I have visited Jonase’s classes a few times in Moscow, at yoga festival. That is a very important and memorable part of my Path.
These days I moved to Thailand, my life and love is here. My partner is a Nuad Boran Massage Doctor. His name is Sukkai Charoennet (nickname Teep). His origin and experience comes from Forest Buddhist Monasteries of Isan (Thai Theravada Buddhism Tradition).
Teep’s personal story is this, in short, forest monk for 20 years, practiced ascetic life, long meditation immersions as well as being in meditative state while performing many other activities, specially healing. He practiced silent life without speaking, he also practiced facing one’s inner fears in all manner to eliminate fear from life, he refused money and lived on donation (forest monks of Isan cannot touch money), he had times when a morning walk for almsgiving was 8 km one way. He got very privileged, as he says, to stay and learn from two big Buddhist Thai Teachers of our time (Lompu Faak พระครูสันติวีรญาณ (ฟัก สนฺติธมฺโม) and Ajarn Lungta Maha Bua (http://luangta.com/English/site/index.php ). He had the honor of spending 2 years with Luangta Maha bua as his personal meridians doctor. He spent 7 years on solo-pilgrimage walking mostly by foot, lived in the jungle, caves, remote areas with no immediate access to other people or transport, created a small forest temple. He waked all the way from North-Eastern to North to Central Thailand.
Some other details are in my article here http://www.storyteep.com/bangkok-september-2014/?lang=en
I’m wondering, is there a way to share his knowledge and experience through a cooperation with Shantaya, as a Guest Master, or any other way as per your best practices.
Thank you for your attention and time, while reading my message.
Regards and respect,
I’m Olivia, coming from China. I want to sign up for your Immersion A&B and Art of Teaching program in Chiang Mai next year. I was going to register but then I found I couldn’t see the registration website. Perhaps there is something wrong with my Internet connection. I want to know whether there is any spot available and how about tuition and fees including accommdation and meals.
I am eager to participate in your program.
Looking forward to your reply.
Thank you so much 🙂
Thanks for your interest in our Anusara YTT program in Chiang Mai.
I understand you can see our website but since Google is blocked in China the application form may not be available (it’s done in Google Forms).
We will send you an email with a copy of the application form!
In Yoga / Jonas