Berkeley : College Ave

Monika Kaufman

"Yoga is my passion and sharing it is my bliss" Monika has been teaching and practicing yoga for over a decade. Unlike a lot of yogi's, yoga was not love at first sight for Monika. She was a reluctant convert to say the least. Having been an active person, personal trainer and fitness instructor with everything from aerobics and step, to body pump and spinning…yoga seemed foreign, wimpy and mystical. But who knew…… curiosity and further investigation into yoga thru her western mind and body kept validating it's benefits so she kept trying it. Luckily, a powerful flowing yoga practice appeared and finally she was hooked. Today she feels her background in sports, degree in Health and Wellness, and her original healthy skepticism- help her to relate to students from many different backgrounds. Monika is now in a full blown love affair with yoga far beyond the postures. She is committed to demystifying yoga and making it palatable to the masses. She feels the asana practice (physical aspect) is a gateway to self-study and peace. Her former high-strung self is now a life coach with a mission to be a catalyst for herself and others to practice radical self-care, loving intimate relationships, down time, and simplicity. Her mission is in action at Corepower Yoga in Berkeley where she currently teaches, runs Teacher Trainings and is the Regional Manager. She has joyfully relocated from Colorado to California to introduce CorePower Yoga in Berkeley, and to co-create a community of supportive like-minded people and enjoy all the great food and culture the bay area has to offer.