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Marija Drezgic

Born in Serbia, Marija Drezgic studied English Language and Literature at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia after which she obtained a master's degree in Archaeology from Koç University in Istanbul. The focus of her research was on the diverse religious beliefs and practices of the ancient world. For her master's thesis, she studied occult practices of the Late Roman Empire. She spent three years in Turkey, studying archaeology and working as an English teacher. After obtaining her degree, she went further east. She spent close to two years in Nepal, India, and Sri Lanka studying yoga and meditation, giving yoga classes, working for an adventure company and travelling around familiarizing herself with the fascinating cultures of the South Asia. She can communicate fluently in five modern languages and has good knowledge of Latin.

Marija began her Yoga practice while attending University, and was inspired to continue and deepen her learning journey. She studied yoga and meditation from gifted teachers form Serbia, Turkey, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and the USA. She completed her teacher training with the Indian Association for Yoga and Meditation in Rishikesh, India, after which she started giving yoga classes in India and Nepal. Apart from regular daily classes, Marija has lead several retreats and numerous workshops across Europe.

Hatha Yoga is Marija’s area of focus with an alignment-based teaching style. From her own experience as a practitioner, she came to realize that without proper alignment and without proper understanding of functional anatomy and movement processes, one can access only a small portion of the endless benefits available in the yoga asana practice. Marija is a self-proclaimed “anatomy geek” and emphasizes the importance of understanding the reasoning behind the specifics of the postures. She appreciates the art and skill of adjusting students and loves using props.
Apart from teaching yoga postures, Marija consistently incorporates meditation into her classes, whether as a separate practice at the end of the class, or by guiding students to approach their asanas with a meditative state of mind while being mindful of the breath. She endeavors to assist every practitioner in understanding that the key difference between bending forward to tie your shoe laces and doing Uttanasana is found in the meditative, breath-focused mind.

“My moto in class (and in life) is play with it: play with your stretch, play with your muscles, your balance, your mind, your ego. Just play with it and see where it takes you”. –M.D. See more photos and other events by this presenter