Marcela Bayerova

Birthplace?  Beautiful historical town in the mountains in the Czech Republic

When did you move to OZ? In 2003

What’s your signature dish when you cook? Tiramisu and my own homemade sourdough bread

Tea or Coffee? coffee

Favourite café? Tossing between Showbox and Infinity

Cat or Dog? Definitely Dog

Star Sign? Aries

What quote do you live by? 
“It is through the alignment of the body that I discovered the alignment of my mind, self, and Intelligence.” B.K.S. Iyengar

What Yoga style do you practice? Ashtanga, Yin, Hatha (in this order)

How did you start yoga?
Rocked up to Bikram studio in 2010 and got addicted. But the true Yoga journey started after I completed Qi teacher training in December 2015.

Can you sum up what Yoga gives to you in a few words? Ability to come back to myself, a sense of balance.

When and where did you do your first Teacher Training? Qi in 2015

Favourite pose? The set of postures in Sun salutations; and Supta konasana transition in the Ashtanga primary sequence always makes me laugh

Least favourite pose? Navasana (I’m not afraid to admit it when I’m teaching it… but I always practice with my students!)

If you could study with any teacher, who would it be and why?He is no longer with us but if I could travel in time then with Krishnamacharya. I believe he was the teacher of the teachers. I like to teach by one of his quotes: “Teach what is inside you. Not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other.”

Recently I had the opportunity to study and practice with Matthew Sweeney. A respected teacher around the word. Well known for his Vinyasa krama sequences including the moon sequence.

Best in-class blooper? Not sure if this is the best but describing the position of the heel of the bent leg in Janu Sirsasana B often makes me blush…

Lululemon or Dharmabums? I like both 

Where would be your ultimate Yoga retreat destination? India

What do you love most about your job?
Ability to connect with others, share knowledge and create community

What have you given up to teach yoga?
Nothing that would be more important.

What have you gained by teaching yoga?  A lot. Knowledge of body, range of movement, discipline, awareness of self and others, compassion, love, trust.

What was the best thing about COVID lock-down? Lots of free time.
If you could talk to your pre-yoga self, what would you tell her?
Stop running around looking confused. Sit, pause and look within. Love yourself.

What hobbies/activities do you have outside yoga? Cooking, walks in nature

How long have you taught at Qi? Since 2016

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