Ioana started to practice yoga 28 years ago and discovered very quickly that deepening her practice and understanding of yoga was her chosen path in life. Having trained for many years Iyengar Yoga and Meditation with different teachers in a Buddhist Center in Germany, Ioana met her Indian Iyengar yoga teacher Sharat, who had developed his own teaching method. During his retreats in Germany and India Ioana deepened her knowledge of Iyengar yoga learning restorative yoga with props and guided relaxation.
Taking the necessary steps and following her passion Ioana became certified as a yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance, having completed 200 hrs. of basic training and 300 hr. of Yoga Therapy Training, total: 500 hrs. During the trainings she got a deeper insight into:
After this extensive trainings Ioana gained knowledge in Yin-Yang-Yoga and Anusara Yoga and went on to study the philosophy line of Advaita. Ioana continued to deepen her own self-understanding through the practice of meditation, silence and therapy sessions in the following methods
Ioana’s teaching method is based on detailed instructions, focusing on awareness and alignment combined with flow and restorative yoga, pranayama and meditation while specialzing in therapeutic yoga and yoga for pregnancy.
She developed her own practice and teaching style she calles GECO YOGA. It is based on using isometric work and bandhas protecting and stabilizing the joints aiming to find the right balance between the two principles of yoga, stira (stability) and suka (relaxation). Geco Yoga also integrates yoga dance and tai chi into a creative flow, originating all the movements from the spine and working with the different energy movements in the body, using the electro-magnetic heart field to expand and connect with the spiritual center of our being.
Ioana holds yoga group classes and therapeutic one-to-ones in the area of Marbella and Mijas. She has passed on her knowledge in intensive yoga sessions in several meditation and yoga retreats in Southern Spain.
She taught asanas (alignment, use of props and therapeutic) and pedagogy in the yoga teachers training of the organization Instituto de Estudios del Yoga in Marbella and Tarifa (www.institutodeestudiosdelyoga.com) for 3 years and is a collaborator of the yoga convention in Marbella.
Ioana worked for 4 years as a yoga therapist in the Residential Treatment Centre for Trauma and Addictions Camino Recovery (www.caminorecovery.com).
She also wrote a column on yoga in the German newspaper “Costa del Sol Nachrichten” for 5 years.
Ioana has been teaching for 7 years group classes in Manolo Santana Racquets Club in Marbella. Currently she is teaching therapeutic and dynamic hatha yoga classes in the Beach Club Estrella del Mar and in Elviria, Marbella and in Vital & Tés in La Cala de Mijas.
At the same time she has an experience of 11 years in therapeutic one-to-ones, having developed programs for clients with lumbar pain, scoliosis, sciatic pain, shoulder, hip and knee problems, heart condition, high blood pressure, asthma, insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, overweight, menopause, addictions and mental disability. She has a vast experience in pregnancy yoga, having taught for 11 years prenatal yoga on a regular basis.
LOWER BACK, SCIATIC NERV AND JOINT ISSUES
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND HEART CONDITION
ANXIETY, INSOMNIA AND PANIC ATTACKS
ASTHMA AND RESPIRATORY ISSUES
HEALTHY WEIGHT LOSS AND MENOPAUSE
PRENATAL AND POSTNATAL
YOGA FOR GOLFERS, SOCCER PLAYERS, TENNIS AND PADEL PLAYERS
Being a certified masseuse, Ioana is qualified in Swedish massage, Ayurvedic massages (Abhyanga and Indian head massage), Thai massage and Lymphatic Drainage (original Dr. Vodder method). She learned Ayurvedic massages in India.
She completed 300 hours of Professional Thai Massage and Teacher Training at the Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai (TMC), Thailand. This school has received the King’s Award for Best School 2005 and is an approved provider of continuing education in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia.
Ioana graduated as a Thai massage teacher with the Thai Massage School TMC, Chiang Mai, Thailand (www.tmcschool.com) in June 2009. She is affiliated with TMC and accredited to teach Thai massage level I, Thai table massage and Thai foot massage.
Ioana teaches Thai Massage group classes and private intensive courses in Spanish and in English in Marbella and Mijas. She has been teaching Thai Massage for 8 years and has enjoyed it very much to be able to pass on her knowledge on this amazing massage technique.
Ioana also teaches ayurvedic massage Abhyanga including Indian head massage techniques. She has learned Abhyanga in Rosavai, Goa, India and has been teaching this course for 7 years.
Ioana has been initiated into the three degrees of Reiki in “Reiki Fuengirola” by Maria Angeles Guerrero, member of the “Federación Española de Reiki”, and is able to heal on the physical, mental and emotional as much as on the spiritual level. She offers Reiki treatments and combines the Reiki healing with the therapeutic massage techniques and uses the transformative power of Reiki in the yoga therapy.
Ioana discovered through her own experience with Enneagram therapy sessions that the Enneagram is an amazing tool which aids in transformation through awareness. She has been studying this self-understanding method enthusiastically for the last 10 years.
Ioana trained as an Enneagram expert with the Enneagram Institute Enneagram Germany (www.enneagramgermany.de), following the narrative tradition of Helen Palmer (www.enneagramm.com) and completed a training for Enneagram therapists with Thomas Condon (www.thechangeworks.com). Both Helen Palmer and Thomas Condon are very experienced and well-known Enneagram therapists.
Ioana did a 200 hours Gestalt therapy training at the Gestalt Institute “Lamar” in Málaga (www.gestaltmalaga.es). The tranformation tools of the Gestalt therapy helped Ioana to live in the now, to be completely honest and to take responsibility, enabling her to live a happy and creative life.
Louise Hay has learned through her own experience that we have the potential to heal if we learn to love ourselves and to have a positive and compassionate attitude towards life (www.louisehay.com). Ioana used her affirmations and her self-love methods for many years. Louise Hay truly changed her life!
Abraham’s knowledge is channeled by Esther Hicks, who dedicated her life to helping us to apply the principles of the law of attraction in order to fulfill our desires and live a positive and happy life (www.abraham-hicks.com). Abraham’s wisdom has helped Ioana to change her thoughts and to put the intent into feeling good, allowing positive changes to manifest in her life.
The 12 step program different fellowship use for helping people to recover from addiction reflects the classical texts of yoga, Patanjali and Bhagavad Gita. The essence of this program is Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of devotion – let Go and let God. At the same time this program teaches us that we have to work it, looking at ourselves and cleaning house in order to grow and change. Another very important pillar is to keep a conscious contact with the God of our understanding and to do service, both reflected in the Bhagavad Gita as the main principles of Bhakti Yoga. The 12 steps helped Ioana to look at herself and to trust and to surrender to God’s will. She follows the principle of service, devoting her life to helping others to reduce suffering.
Ioana has developed a unique blend of all the above mentioned methods for self-understanding and life-coaching. She has developed an effective method that successfully helps you to grow and change – if you are willing to work for it!
Ioana speaks fluently English, German and Spanish.