Maja Zilih (E-RYT 500), a founder of Maya Yoga, Athens Yoga Center, and Sensit Yoga method. She holds classes, teacher training programs on basic and advanced levels, workshops, seminars, and yoga retreats in Austria and Greece.
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 and other awareness 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 consciousness of the humanity as a whole.
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 yoga is an awareness practice that enables us to deepen the understanding of the self. She studied and trained in yoga of various styles and traditions. Since 2015 she has been studying and integrating in her teaching the influences from the Body Mind Centering, Feldenkreis ATM, and other movement modalities.
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, on conflict transformation in the Balkans by non-violent means and grass-root peacebuilding
Maja is passionate about yoga as a tool for social action and she often organises events that aim at supporting refugees, the homeless, women in prisons and other sensitive groups.