Maja Zilih (E-RYT 500), a founder of Maya Yoga and Athens Yoga Center, currently living and teaching in Vienna, Austria, teaches yoga and educates yoga teachers on both basic and advanced levels.

Maja is a passionate explorer of yoga as a process of growth. She is most interested in ways that physical alignment, breath attention, mental observation and yoga philosophy can all be combined to help us navigate through life's challenges more skillfully and more efficiently. She aims at raising an understanding that yoga is here to equip us with strength and strategies that we need in order to unfold the process of healing the relationship with ourselves, with others and with the planet.

Maja's teaching method combines effort and dynamism with mindful approach to asana, along with detailed alignment strategies in a comprehensive and applicable way. She always inspires students to discover and unleash their true potential.

Maja's note: The outside world is merely a reflection of our inner state. Increasingly integrating (the seemingly scattered) parts of the self through yoga practices, we begin to see the profound connections and interdependence everywhere we look. From the separation dream we gradually wake up to the fact that our individual spiritual growth is both contributing to, and strongly dependent on the degree of the evolution of the collective. Whether through meditation, mindful asana practice, aware and respectful parenting, acts of self-nurture, being in service to the underprivileged, or through simple random acts of kindness, yoga truly comes alive when the context behind our actions is a desire to contribute to the elevation of the consciousness level of the humanity as a whole.

 

Maja holds teacher training programs, alignment and therapy workshops, seminars on teaching and sequencing advanced poses, classes and yoga retreats in Austria and Greece.

 

Yoga Studies:

Maja was drawn to psychology, meditation and spirituality since early childhood. As a teenager she started practicing yoga and periodically attending meditation seminars. With her first yoga teachers - Swami Nirvikalpa and Swami Bhajanananda of Satyananda Yoga tradition - practicing hatha and raja yoga, she realised that she found in yoga what she was looking for. She studied and trained in yoga teaching with globally known teachers Chris Chavez, Carlos Pomeda (Yoga philosophy), Noah Maze, Martin Kirk (Anatomy), Desiree Rumbaugh, Elysabeth Williamson, John Friend, Rusty Wells, Sue Elkind and others. She also holds a diploma in Primal Integration Psychotherapy training in Ontario, Canada.

 

Her university studies include:

- Economy and social sciences at the Greek National University of Athens, and Open University of UK, respectively.

- Master degree in political science at the Greek National University of Athens with thesis: "Conflict transformation in the Balkans by non-violent means and grass-root peacebuilding"

Maja is constantly involved in projects and activities that promote human rights and equal treatment of people. She regularly organises events that aim at supporting refugees, women in prisons and other sensitive groups.

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