POP UP YOGA Team & Family
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Yoga Teacher & Founder POP UP YOGA
It was a lucky coincidence that Deddou stumbled upon a Vinyasa Flow class at Laughing Lotus Yoga Studio in New York City in 2009. It was love at first sight, a feeling of "coming home" so strong, that Deddou decided to complete her first 2 teacher trainings in this vibrant studio in the heart of New York City. Coming from a dancer's background Deddou was intrigued by the creative yoga flow sequences sprinkled with ancient yogi wisdome, the uplifting music, the dynamic and graceful yoga practice.
"I love to fuse dynamic and dance inspired Yoga Flow elements with fundamental principles of therapeutic Vinyasa Krama to create an uplifting experience for a broad spectrum of yoga students."
Today Deddou is known as a passionate yoga entrepreneur, as well as a creative and experienced yoga teacher (800h YTT) in the local yoga community. She operates all things POP UP YOGA and teaches mainly in Zürich, but also in Zug, Basel, Lucerne and Bern. In addition to exciting collaborations and partnerships with brands such as Alnatura Schweiz, tibits AG, biomazing.ch, Focuswater, Kunsthalle Zürich, Manifesta 11 , Giardino Hotel Group, holistia and the Expo Livelife , Deddou is coordinating a donation based Charity Yoga called Guerilla Yoga Zug. Since 2017 Deddou is also the head-teacher and founder of a 250h Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training based in Zürich.
You can work with Deddou in private set-ups for one-on-one therapeutic yoga classes, but also in group courses, yoga retreats and workshops tailored to specific needs. Specifically for Corporates, Deddou put together a variety of workshops: meditation & mindfulness as a tool to reduce overall stress-levels, team-building yoga or office yoga.
POP UP YOGA Teacher, since January 2015
Since Marlene was a young girl, she has almost tried everything from Ballet to Jazz dance to Hip Hop to Rock 'n Roll. In 2008 Marlene attended her first yoga class in a gym. Shortly after her introduction to yoga she realised that yoga was not only a physical excercise, but it also made her feel extremely good and she felt a lot more balanced in her day-to-day life.
In summer 2014 Marlene completed her Yoga Teacher Training at the Hawaii Yoga Institute. Since January 2015 Marlene teaches her Yoga Flow on a regular basis at POP UP YOGA. She enjoyes to explore her creative expression in her yoga practice and loves to share her passion in her POP UP YOGA classes.
POP UP YOGA Teacher, since September 2016
Debora’s yoga path started fifteen years ago when she was a student in dire need of relaxation during exam periods. At that time she was looking for something that clears her mind and helps her handle stress better. Debora found that in her yoga practice and discovered that her body holds a true strength within itself that she had not been aware of before practicing yoga.
Yoga has been a part of her life ever since, on and off the mat and so she had developed the idea of passing on this wonderful feeling to others. Since 2016 she completed a 200 hours teacher training and a 50 hours training in Inside Flow at Inside Yoga as well as a 150 hours training in Creative Sequencing at POP UP YOGA.
Debora aims to connect body and mind through flowing yoga movements. She wants to encourage all of her students to find their individual paths and change their lives for the better through yoga.
POP UP YOGA Teacher, since October 2017
Sabine fell in love with yoga in 2011 when she decided to give it a go at the studio where she originally did Pilates. Within 2 weeks she tried every class on the schedule from Ashtanga, to Kundalini to Power and Yin Yoga. Soon Vinyasa flow classes with the connection of movement, breath and music became her favorite.
Through yoga Sabine found a new desire to move and learned that whatever happens in life, to come back to the mat, gives her precious ease. So, when Sabine moved to Zurich last year and was examining how to continue on her yoga path, she decided to dive deeper with the 250 hours teacher training by POP UP YOGA and is now happy to share the love, light and wisdom yoga offers in her classes.
POP UP YOGA Teacher, since October 2017
Madlen’s first contact with yoga was in 2013 while traveling. A fellow traveller helped her release her back pain with a yoga session on top of a volcano. As soon as she got back to Zurich she started going to yoga classes at the gym. The calm and happy feeling after every class had her hooked. She began to try out different yoga studios and styles and was soon introduced to POP UP YOGA through a friend. She has been going to POP UP YOGA’s classes regularly ever since. She continued to deepen her practice and completed the 250h Teacher Training at POP UP YOGA in 2017.
For Madlen, Vinyasa Flow combines Yoga with her love to dance and to be creative on the mat. She loves that Yoga does not only make her body feel good, but more so calms her mind, gives her confidence and makes her feel more balanced off the mat. The connection of movement, breath and music is a powerful tool that she shares with her students and intends to put a smile on their face.
POP UP YOGA Teacher, since January 2018
Roberta only teaches in English
Roberta's yoga path started in 2013. Before that she was doing a variety of sports, such as body bulding and crossfit. Even though lifting weight was a way to relax, Roberta still felt highly stressed and nervous in her day to day life. For years a friend of hers had tried to convince her to try yoga. But she never thought herself to be the "Yoga type", since she assumed it would be too calm for her. Her first yoga class proved her wrong, and she realised that yoga was indeed the one thing she needed.
Thereafter Roberta tried different styles of Yoga and finally fell in love with the Vinyasa Yoga style. For her it is the perfect combination of calming herself while moving her body with awareness. It gives her the chance to let all the mind-chatter go and balance her state of mind through the sound of her breath, the movement and the music. Yoga changed Roberta's life and the completion of the 250h Teacher Training, offered by POP UP YOGA, helped her to get to know herself even better. For her Yoga means freedom - freedom to be herself.
Our extended family and Guest Teachers...
Guest Teacher, POP UP YOGA Family
Elvira first read about Yoga as a child, when she found a book in her Mums library. There was something about this Yoga that caught her immediate attention. And yet, it took a number of years, before she actually went to her first class. She was in Bali for the first time during a rather turbulent time in her life. She sought out Yoga with the intention to bring some sort of relaxation and ease back into her life and what she got was so much more.
Ever since Yoga has been a central part in her life. Elvira has been practicing with Richard Freeman, David Swenson and Manju Joice. In 2015 she completed her 200 hours teacher training in India and has been teaching Asthanga Yoga ever since. During a trip to the US a few months later she discovered Rocket Yoga, fell in love and decided to bring it to Switzerland. Only a few months later Elvira did her Rocket TTC in Finland and started teaching Rocket in Zürich.
„My purpose is to inspire others and awake their passion for yoga. My classes are grounding, but playful, challenging, but calming. I create a safe space where students can enquire within, connect to their heart and breath, so yoga can happen.“
Guest Teacher, POP UP YOGA Family
Michelle first discovered yoga 15 years ago while at university. She was fascinated by how such simple techniques could completely shift her state of mind and help during times of stress or change. After this first encounter, she started to explore all kinds of yoga styles – ashtanga, bikram, hatha, kundalini, etc. – until she found her home with vinyasa flow. She loves that this style embraces creativity and personal expression, while still being grounded in alignment, theory and philosophy. She undertook her 200hr teacher training in 2011 in Bali with the aim to deepen her own practice, but in the process discovered a passion for teaching, which she has done ever since. She loves teaching classes that are dynamic, fun and synced to good music, yet still alignment based. Michelle is currently undertaking her 500hr advanced teacher training.
“I hope that after coming to my class you feel happy, peaceful and with a lighter bounce in your step. More than anything, I hope that yoga can help you open space in your mind and body tofind joy in your daily life.”
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