A bit of a cat lover, Sophia wanted to combine her love of cats and her passion for yoga and that's how Shanti Kitti yoga studio came about, a beautiful cat-themed studio that offers great yoga classes and also contributes to the welfare of cats.
Born in Poland, Sophia took a slow boat and ended up in San Diego. Discovered the amazing transformational power of yoga, she decided to delve deeper. She trained in classical Hatha Yoga methods as handed down from Indra Devi, known as the First Lady of yoga because she was the first woman to train with Krishnamacharya. Sophia completed the 500-hour teacher training in the Indra-Devi style at the Spiritual Yoga Training Institute with Lesli Foxworth-Feree in California in 2002.
Sophia also completed an additional 200 hour Anusara teacher training at the Yoga Center in Carlsbad and most recently attended classes with Stacey McCarthy for the 500 Hour training at MiraCosta College.
She continues to expand and grow as a teacher by attending seminars and workshops with amazing teachers. Sophia's teaching style is fun and compassionate. Drawing from her experience as a ballroom dance instructor and personal trainer, Sophia knows how to make her students feel comfortable, even when upside down.
Her charming and dedicated presentation of yoga is truly unique incorporating elements of fitness training to strengthen key core muscles and balancing that with the spiritual aspects of yoga, including breath awareness and meditation. Having a very patient, compassionate and friendly demeanor, Sophia truly cares about her students and makes certain that each receives personal attention as well as mindful adjustments.
Sophia is also a certified Yoga for Golfers Instructor. She trained directly with Katherine Roberts, founder of Yoga for Golfers featured on the Golf Channel. Yoga for Golfers is a series of golf-specific yoga poses, designed to effectively help golfers of all ages and fitness levels, utilize the many benefits of yoga to improve the physical and mental aspects of their game.
Sophia loves to make yoga an enjoyable experience but also takes it seriously as the means to remind you of your divine nature and reconnect you with your natural state of joy and well-being.