Vera has recently joined us here at the Shala, expanding our
Pregnancy classes to two sessions a week.
Vera started practicing yoga in 1992 back in the former Soviet Union in an attempt to improve her health and
take the family tradition of healing into the new direction. Yoga practice has allowed her to remain healthy,
focused and sane through 19 year career in financial services. Whilst working full time and becoming a mother
to two lovely children, Vera qualified as a yoga teacher and therapist focusing primarily on female health,
pregnancy and birth as her main points of expertise which was further complimented with full Yoga Therapy
Diploma to allow Vera to work with more serious conditions such as chronic lower back pain, MS, ME, cancer
support. She also trained as a Doula and has been birth companion to over 30 births to-date which is an
inspired work full of magical delight. Vera uses all this knowledge in a calm and practical way so that her pregnancy yoga students can make the best choices during pregnancy and labour.
Vera often works in one-to-one setting, alongside teaching classes, as she believes that therapeutic yoga develops good level of health
and well-being as well as aiding recovery from physical and mental ailments as it works on specific conditions
in a targeted way. We will soon be introducing Yoga Therapy (YT) with Vera, which combines techniques and tools from many styles and branches to
develop self-practice, the key ingredient of which is the integration of mind and body that kick-starts the
healing process. Although YT is a relatively new branch of holistic treatment from clinical recognition
perspective, it is gaining respect among main stream medical practitioners as they start using yogic techniques
either for themselves or their patients.
What Vera particularly loves about this approach is that anybody can receive yoga therapy: you don’t need to
be fit or flexible, your age is irrelevant and you don’t need to have any yoga practice experience. All you need
is the desire to change your health for the better and be committed to the practice and the rest will come. You can find out more about Yoga Therapy here.
Vera loves treating people because even after one session one can experience some sense of relief from pain
or exhaustion bringing a smile to their face and this makes a real difference.
We are excited to have her joining The Shala team to teach pregnancy yoga on Mondays and will also be starting to
deliver yoga therapy at the studio on demand basis.