Sanna Kokkonen’s interest in yoga and movement developed over thirty years and in three significant phases. In the early 80’s she was a fitness model for Reebok and an aerobics instructor in her home-town Helsinki, Finland. From here she discovered an obscure ‘underground thing ’ called Ashtanga yoga led by a young, then undiscovered Petri Raisanen and this became a fifteen year strict disciplined, sweaty, asana based life under the glow of the charismatic Sri Pathabi Jois. When Guruji left us in 2009, Sanna was based in Singapore and found a new source of inspiration in Asian classics, Mahayana Buddhism and Lama Marut. This wise and witty spiritual mentor changed the course of her yoga path towards the inner practices, meditation, pranayama and eastern spiritual thinking and philosophy. Lama Marut authorized Sanna to teach Tibetian Heart Yoga – a form of yoga developed secretly inside the Tibetian Buddhist monasteries. The next phase was the discovery of Bhakti Yoga through the young charismatic and hugely gifted Vijay Krsna. A little older and a little wiser, Sanna now supports her yoga practise (and some asana related ‘wear and tear’ injuries) with cross fit and strength training rather than just sticking to one fixed rigid practise.
This unique background and long apprenticeship under four great mentors allows Sanna to teach a wide variety of styles and a fusion of traditional Astanga , vinyasa, Bhakti, yogalates and yoga philosophy