Teachers

Zen Studio Malaga: Laura Heikkinen

Laura

“I am specialized in yin, yin&yang, hatha flow and meditation. I opened Zen Studio in Malaga for the love of yoga and the Mediterranean Sea.”

Zen Studio Malaga: Eleonora

Eleanor

“I am specialized in teaching hatha, soft flow, yin and meditation. I also practice bhakti yoga, atma kriya, om chanting, and kirtans.”

Laura

I started hatha yoga in 1995, and instantly fell deeply in love with that practice. It lead me to study Zen, Buddhism, spiritualism, and different traditions. From hatha I moved to ashtanga, then to other yoga styles. Ever since yoga and meditation have been a significant part of my daily life. I have always been dancing, moving, expressing myself with movement. We are made to move.

Year 2010 I decided to take a year off, and traveled around the world “Searching for a perfect yoga”. I tried near all styles from kundalini to bikram, and became attracted of Asian traditions. I did my first teacher training in hatha yoga (RYT 200) in Kerala, India.

In 2011 I went to yin yoga, and saw how it affected to my practice and daily life with its teachings and soft mindfulness. I wanted to know more. Since then I have deepened my studies in yin, Taoism, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Insight meditation and mindfulness.

I later studied Yin and Yang Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation in Insight Yoga Institute with Sarah Powers, and I got more confidence of the benefits of yin practice. I practiced yin with Paul and Susie Grilley, Jo Phee, Victor Chng, Simon Low, Sebastian Pucelle and Murielle Burellier, and Helena Chacón Muñoz. I have done 280 hours of teacher trainings in yin.

I became more interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine, so I moved to Shanghai to teach yoga and study taichi and qigong in Shanghai International Qigong Research Institute, where I learned new relaxation and mindfulness techniques. Asia changed my teachings and mindset.

I teach hatha and yin&yang but I’m specialized in Pure Yin, which is based on these teachings. I love this holistic, mindful practice which is opens and purifies the body. More important is how it affects to our meridians, energy channels to let Qi- life energy run freely. It is important in our stressful lifestyle for balancing life.

Buddhist meditation means a lot to me. I have spent some time in Buddhist monasteries, and I lived in a spiritual city of Chang Mai in North Thailand. I have experienced some of my happiest, blissful moments in those monasteries.

I’m inspired of lifelong learning, giving and receiving. I will continue my studies in fascia, nutrition and mobility. I want to share my aspiration of living according to the seasons in harmony with the nature, eating pure food, cultivating the free flow of energy and heading to balance, mindfulness and longevity.

This creates our joyful spiral of free life, which became the logo of Zen Studio.

Yoga teacher: Laura
Yoga teacher: Laura

Yoga Teacher Trainings
Yin 280 RYT / Hatha 200 RYT

  • Yin yoga, Chinese Medicine, Meridian Yin & Hip anatomy, London, September 2018 / RYT 65 Yin, Jo Phee, Yinspiration
  • Yin Yoga, Medicina China y Fascias in Spanish en Huelva, España /. Yin Yoga, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Fascia Training in Huelva, Spain. / RYT 45, TCM Yoga and Holistic Yoga Therapy.
  • Insight Yoga Teacher Training II, Mindfulness and Inner Practices with Sarah Powers and Insight Yoga Institute London April 2017 / RYT 30 Insight Yoga
  • Insight Yoga Teacher Training I, Intensive Yin/Yang Yoga ja Mindfulness Meditation with Sarah Powers and Insight Yoga Institute, Wales October 2016 / RYT 80 Insight Yoga
  • Embodied Yin Yoga Teacher Training, Authentic Flow, Helsinki June 2015 / RYT 60 Yin
  • Hatha Yoga Teacher Training, Kerala, India November 2012 / RYT 200 Hatha
  • First level of Kundalini in Agamajooga in Koh Phangan, Thailand, January 2011

Meditation and other studies

Meditation

  • Meditation trainings since 1996, retreats, sangha practices.

Other studies

  • Hundreds of workshops
  • Studies in Shanghai International Qigong Research Institute, since January 2017
  • Taiji practice in 9clouds, Shanghai, since January 2017
  • Anatomy and Physiology studies in Mikkeli School, Online studies, 20 study weeks
  • Cognitive Psychology studies in Helsinki University, since 2019

Eleanor

From a young age I was drawn to the study of self, my connection to the world and others, nutrition and compassionate practices. I went to my first yoga class, and completed Reiki 1 and 2 at 17 years old. I studied dance theatre at university, where we studied many different types of somatic and body consciousness practices as well as contemporary technique, theatre and choreography. These movement practices were the beginning of a healing and exploratory journey, into self, mind, body and connection.

In 2010 I moved to Spain. I spent some years trying different styles (kundalini, hatha, Iyengar and Bikram). In 2013 I went to India, travelled and did a month of Iyengar yoga, and short Ayurveda courses in nutrition and massage.

I began my Hatha yoga teacher training in 2014 with a strong focus on safe practice in asana, as well as pranayamas, mantra, meditation and philosophy. In 2015 I completed a yin teacher training with the focus on anatomy.

Mindful Hatha and Yin yoga have become my prominent styles to practice and teach. Yoga for me is part of a lifestyle, of compassionate living, selfcare, connection to self, all life and the divine. Love.
In 2016 I was initiated in the practice of Atma Kriya Yoga and this combines techniques of mediation, pranayama, mantra and asana. They are a set of powerful, healing, heart opening practices.

This led me to further my practice of Bhakti yoga which is the path of love and devotion, I now practice many activities, including group meditations, om chanting, yagna, abishekams and kirtans with the Bhakti Marga group led by Paramahamsa Vishwananda.

Finally another practice that has been very important for me is menstrual cycle awareness, which further raised my own body consciousness and awareness of self care, and the hormonal shifts and work my practices and lifestyle and diet around this.

I also offer specific workshops on this, and women’s yoga sessions and circles.

I am very happy and grateful to be on this journey, forever being humbled, growing, learning and offering what I can.

Yoga teacher: Eleonor
Yoga teacher: Eleonor

Yoga Courses and qualifications:

  • September 2019, Rito del Utero The 13th rite of the Munay-ki
  • April 2019, Bendicion del utero, Miranda Gray
  • April 2016, Atma Kriya Yoga, level 1. (Bhakti Marga)
  • September 2015, Earth yoga, Mallorca. Yin Yoga teacher training, 50 hours. Yin Yoga Therapy
  • October 2014-Jul 2015, Yoga center, Madrid. Hatha Yoga instructor teacher training. 200 hours. (AIPYS, Yoga alliance UK.)
  • September 2014, Himalayan Iyengar yoga centre, Dharamasala. Himalayan Iyengar yoga course. 70 hours
  • October 2013, Yoga y Arte, Madrid. Rainbow Kids Yoga teacher training. 25 hours. (Yoga Alliance UK)
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