The heart and soul of Yoga Haus is the human encounter. It is a place of movement and tranquility that always focuses on the students individual practice and interpersonal connection. Our goal is to find and cultivate a deeper connection with self and others. Our teachers integrate new research on body and movement into their teaching.
Director DAS YOGA HAUS, Vinyasa, Yin & Embodied Yoga
Angela, born in the picturesque hills of Central Italy, discovered her passion for movement through contemporary dance, piano lessons, languages, and travel. Trained in ballet and contemporary dance since the age of 6, she professionally danced until her early twenties. After studying political science, she worked internationally before serving as a product manager at KUONI in Zurich for four years. Since 2005, Switzerland has been her chosen home. The birth of her son and her yoga practice led Angela to recommit to the mind-body connection. Between 2010 and 2014, she completed an impressive 700 hours of Yoga Alliance Teacher Trainings. Angela began teaching immediately after her training, incorporating anatomy into various yoga teacher trainings as early as 2013. In 2015, she, alongside Bettina Keiser, initiated and led the teacher training program for Yoga-moves in Winterthur. In 2016, she passionately founded DAS YOGA HAUS at Freyatrasse 6a. Angela’s teaching method has been shaped by numerous inspirational encounters, notably with Julie Martin of Brahmani Yoga, Dieter Gurkasch of the Yumig Association, Jozef Frucek of Fighting Monkey, and Master Ming Wong. With passion and creativity, she motivates her students to develop their own understanding of the body and to explore it playfully and curiously at any age and in any condition.
Hatha & Yin Yoga
Admiring life, constantly practicing, and eagerly discovering new things. Raised in Lucerne, she has been living in the heart of Zurich since 2018. Exploring the mind and Eastern philosophies have always held great fascination for her. In yoga, she found a harmonious space for this exploration. Since 2018, she has been regularly teaching Hatha Yoga. In 2019, she added Yin Yoga training with Josh Summers to her repertoire. Currently, she is completing the 300-hour Teacher Training with Stephen Thomas in Zurich. Melanie teaches both Hatha and Yin Yoga. In her classes, she emphasizes an individually tailored alignment of the body, allowing people of all ages and with different physical conditions to discover the joy of yoga. She encourages participants to gently strengthen the body and anchor their awareness in the present moment through breath. It is important to her to cultivate a benevolent inner attitude in her practice.
Natalia first found access to Far Eastern movement techniques and their philosophies during her training as a contemporary dancer in the 1990s. Fascinated by choreographers, directors and performers whose work focuses on the exploration of the body and the testing of the body’s limits, Natalia preferred to use physical exercises from Hatha Yoga, Thai Chi Chuan, BodyMindCentering and meditation as tools to warm up and prepare for the stage. Parallel to the energetic bodywork, Natalia began to engage more intensively with Buddhist teachings and the practice of mindfulness. With her first pregnancy in 2007, Natalia took a break from the stage and from then on devoted herself more to yoga and meditation practice. The continuous practice on and off the mat became commonplace and soon the desire to dive deeper into the wisdom of yoga and to learn more about Patanjali and the Yoga Sutras awoke. So in 2013 she completed her first 200h teacher training at AIRYOGA with Stephen Thomas, Doug Keller, Stefanie Zimmermann and others. At the moment she is further training to become a 500h certified yoga teacher, also under the guidance of Stephen Thomas. Mit Leidenschaft und Freude gibt Natalia ihr angesammeltes Wissen aus jahrelanger Erfahrung in der Körperarbeit an ihre Schüler weiter. Sie unterrichtet kraftvoll-dynamisches Yoga und legt in ihren Stunden sowohl ein besonderes Augenmerk auf eine präzise Körperausrichtung, wie auch auf die Verbindung von Atem und Bewegung. Natalia lebt mit ihrem Lebenspartner und zwei gemeinsamen Töchtern in Zürich.
Diane Gemsch studied dance in the Netherlands and Belgium. She has appeared in various productions in Europe in recent years. She was engaged at the Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin for the production of Armin Petras “Bahnwärter Thiel”. And in 2014 she worked for Marina Abramovic and danced at the Schaubühne Berlin with Constanza Macras. She also teaches contemporary dance for amateurs and professionals, and works as a choreographer for theater productions. Her own short pieces have won awards and she was honored with the 2012 Artistic Award of the City of Zurich with a Werkstipendium. In Diane’s lessons, it is first and foremost, about the joy of movement. In the physical part, the focus is on developing a sense of organic movement and working on technique. The focus is always on trusting one’s own body, which is then capable of anything.
Vinyasa & Embodied Yoga
Sandra started her Yoga teaching career in 2008. Diving deeply into the study of Yoga and its various styles. She attended teacher trainings and workshops with teachers from different parts of the world which have influenced her Yoga and teaching style. From 2010 till 2012 she studied and completed her education in the Esalen Massage Technique and an anatomy education at the Schule für Körperarbeit in Zürich. She believes that yoga and healing body arts need to be complemented by a practice that requires more active participation in the process of personal development and healing. In 2018 was her first encounter with the Fighting Monkey Practice, which enlivened and influenced Sandra’s studies. The mentorship with Jozef Frucek, founder of FM and Doctor of Arts, was a year of profound and relevant education with a strong artistic and scientific background. Even more scientific was the subsequent six-month study with WISE MOTION by Dr. Hanna Poikonen in neuroscience, which she completed with a certificate and permission to use the material in her teaching. Sandra’s strengths are her observational skills, analytical abilities and life experience. Her curiosity about life is a burning flame. She combines intuition and scientific knowledge in all aspects of her work; with a good dose of humor and self-reflection.
Vinyasa, Hatha & Yin Yoga
In her search for stillness and stability, Ela found her way to a yoga class with Claudia Zollinger by chance. Since then, the practice has been a part of her life and a form of self-care and exploration. In 2015 she decided to complete the 200-hour YTT under the guidance of Simone McKay and Bex Tyrer in Ubud, Bali, and in 2022 she took part in the 50-hour Yin Level I with Markus Henning Giess. Since then she has taught in various schools.
Yin Yoga & Hatha Flow
Sarah was born in 1978 in Bielefeld (Germany) and grew up with a lot of garden, forest and meadow. She has lived in Zurich since 2002, after working as a manager for a food company for many years, she gave it up in 2013. She currently works for an organic food shop and is the co-founder of a start-up for urban composting solutions. Sarah has been practicing yoga since 2008 and her style is characterized by her curiosity and openness. Her open-mindedness leads her to always seek out new studios and teachers to practice and learn. Not only in Zurich, but all over the world. Sarah is a certified 500h+ RYT yoga teacher. The foundations of her training were laid by her teachers Nakul Kapur and Maya Varenka-Kovats, and in Yin Yoga Denise Payne and Markus Henning Giess. Another influence comes from Katonah yoga. In addition to further yoga training, Sarah is completing her hypnosis and coaching training, which also flows into her teaching style.
Hatha & Men's Yoga
Frank was born in Stuttgart (Germany) and has lived in Zurich since 2006. He is an internationally exhibiting conceptual artist, university lecturer and family man. More info about Frank www.frankhesse.com He has been doing yoga for 15 years. In 2018 he completed the 200h Yoga Alliance International Teacher’s Training at Yoga Haus Zurich under the guidance of Angela Boscardini and Maya Varenka Kovats. In November 2020 he completed the 300h Advanced Teacher Training at Yoga Haus. He teaches Iyengar-inspired hatha yoga. His classes are particularly well suited for beginners. The focus of his classes is the precise learning and execution of the exercises. The aim is to enable participants to develop their own practice and thus integrate yoga into everyday life. The teaching language is High German. The men’s yoga class that Frank offers is more oriented towards male possibilities and needs, but is of course open to all. Men are usually less flexible, but have more strength. In this class Frank wants to gently improve one and use the other for death-defying support postures.
Acro & Hatha Yoga, Meditation
Salva has a PhD in Aerospace engineering, studied psychology (Reich method) and his studies in modern physics, neuroscience and spirituality led him to give lectures on these topics in recent years. He practices Dzogchen within the Tibetan Bön Menri lineage and Mahamudra from the Gelug Buddhist lineage. His asana practice and teachings mainly come from his training in Anusara Yoga and are strongly founded on his meditation path. He was the first active AcroYoga teacher in Zürich and still practices and teaches it today. From the physical point of view, he is in general a mover and dancer and an extreme athlete in mountain sports. He loves to teach and practice striving for the balance between movement and stillness. Moving in full awareness in any discipline combined with deep immersed meditation establishes the balance between playing and staying. In both activities his ultimate goal is to live here and now, to play here and now, to be here and now. Salva teaches in english.
Vinyasa & Yin Yoga
Malina was born in 1997 in Willisau (Lucerne) and is passionate about learning more about and teaching the practice of yoga. Her first contact with yoga was as a little girl watching her father meditate or watching her mother practice different asanas (yoga poses). On her first big trip to Indonesia she also discovered yoga for herself. Malina says: “Yoga led me to myself. Back to a good body awareness and the desire to grow mentally as well.” Malina’s concern is to support & challenge her students physically and mentally, to help them rediscover the love for themselves and their bodies, to become more relaxed in life, to gain vitality and strength. Her Yoga Trainings: 200h Hatha & Vinyasa Flow India 300h Tantra & Vinyasa Peru 180h Viniyoga Switzerland.
Substitute Vinyasa Yoga & Hatha Flow Teacher
Even as a child, exercise was a big part of her life. High diving in particular had a strong influence on Michèle. She was fascinated by learning new jumps in which you had to control your body very specifically. Tension, strength and flexibility were prerequisites for this. In 2013 she found this challenge again in yoga. During yoga practice, she can focus her attention on a single activity and experience the body very consciously. This is exactly the feeling she wants her students to experience. Her Vinyasa and Hatha Flow classes are dynamic and powerful. You can playfully test limits and grow beyond yourself.
Ayurveda & philosophy in the 200H YOGA INTENSIVE LEVEL II training programme
Radhakripa experiences yoga as an effective means of promoting well-being and healing on a physical, mental and emotional level. The practice enriches life through awareness, love and compassion. Her aim is to inspire her students to integrate yoga beyond the mat into their everyday lives and experience tangible changes.
In 1992, a book in her home library opened the door to the world of yoga. Fascinated by yoga philosophy and practices, she immersed herself in the teachings of the Bhakti yoga tradition. After studying Spanish, she spent 8 years studying the Vedic scriptures, accompanied by mantra recitation and meditation in India and Europe. Asana and pranayama became perfect companions on her inner journey.
dhakripa teaches asana and pranayama with a focus on alignment, creating a safe environment for exploration and progress, allowing students to unite body, breath and mind in a liberating dance. In yoga teacher training courses and separate events, she offers philosophy and Ayurveda workshops that apply the ancient teachings to the modern context. She enjoys leading kirtan events and bringing the experience of mantra meditation to others.
The Yoga House combines the tradionelle Indian yoga teachings with modern approaches. Our goal is to provide a diverse platform for different styles of yoga while maintaining authenticity. Here everyone, from beginners to advanced, can discover and deepen their individual yoga path with the help of asanas, pranayama, cryas and meditation. Quality, care and individual attention, are our priority. We also support people in convalescence with individual therapy.
Laura Egger, Photographin & Architektin
Coralie Wipf, Art Direktorin
Olivier Goetgeluck, Inspire by Fighting Monkey
Julie Martin, Brahmani Yoga
Suka Horn, Tanz Performer und Movement Teacher
Martina Brassel, Keramik
Grazia Bonsignore, Yoga in Italiano
Butegar, La Bottega della Pizza
By streetcar (lines 14, 9), S-Bahn or Postauto to the stop Bahnhof Wiedikon. Walk approx. 50m along Birmensdorferstrasse in the direction of the city center. Turn left into Freyastrasse. After 50m turn right into the inner courtyard. DAS YOGA HAUS is located on the right side.