Reykjavík Yoga offers English-speaking yoga classes in the centre of the city. Our studio is a unique, warm space for everyone to cultivate their spiritual practice and our classes are a well balanced mix of meditation, movement and relaxation. All designed to help you connect with your body, mind and spirit. Everyone will be warmly received!
Love and light
yoga is an invitation to explore
yoga is an invitation to explore
You will find variety of classes at Reykjavík Yoga. From strong, energetic Vinyasa Flow classes to easy and relaxing classes. They are all designed to take you into the awareness of your body and your breath, to cultivate the connection with yourself and give you a space to grow.
Our wish is that you will step off the mat having nurtured your spirit, feeling amazing and physically and mentally fulfilled.
Class cards can be purchased at the studio. We have plenty of mats (with soul) available for you to borrow. Check out prices, cards options and schedule under Schedule & Prices. You find us at Frakkastígur 16, in the colourful house above the bakery.
We look forward to see you on the mat!
NO BOOKING NEEDED!
"love is the answer to everything"
"love is the answer to everything"
BJARNEY HINRIKSDÓTTIR (BADDÝ)
I teach yoga because I am passionate about spiritual growth and well-being and truly believe in the transformational power of yoga and meditation. I wish for everyone to find joy in their yoga and meditation practice and learn to listen to their own bodies, hearts and minds. Yoga is for me a practice of awareness, presence and open heartedness and a path to a more wholehearted life.
I've practiced yoga since 2008, Ashtanga-Vinyasa being the practice where I took my first down dogs. Since then my own practice has changed radically to a more movement based practice, less focused on asanas and entirely focused on awareness. I've attended several yoga workshops in various styles and studied with different teachers, and I am especially grateful for Julie Martin and my teacher Cat Kabira who both inspire me immensely in my teaching.
I seek by inspiration from a wide range of teachers; Spiritual leaders, Mindfulness teachers, Neuroscientists, Quantum physicists, Psychologists, Philosophers, Motivational speakers, Bodyworkers, Anatomists, Bloggers, Researchers, Authors, Poets, Activists, Writers, Actors, Friends, Documentaries, Books, Friends, my Partner, my Cat and my Experiences in life, to name a few.
My urge to start sharing the wonders of yoga brought me to Ubud, Bali, where I finished a life-changing 240 hours foundation teacher training with Cat Kabira – Yoga and Energetics. Few months later I found myself back with Cat in Ubud, in my 160 hours Advanced Teacher Training.
In March 2019, I completed a 300 hour, Advanced Intensive Yoga Teacher Training with Julie Martin (Brahmani Yoga) and in June 2019 I graduated from my two years Mindfulness Teacher Training Program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.
I believe happiness is an inside job and although our inner world is sometimes a scary workplace, we need to keep showing up there. The exploration of our inner space is possible through yoga and meditation if we have kindness and self compassion as our main resource. I want to help people deepen the connection with themselves and bring forth even more of that light we all carry with us.
I 'stumbled' upon Yoga more for physical reasons as I couldn't move my neck and I believed Yoga would fix that problem.. but it became apparent to me right after the first class in 2012 that Yoga was not only about putting my body into shapes, stretching muscles and making my neck better... Having had an athletic background I could feel there was a huge difference from stretching or movement and practicing yoga. something was different. And then my teacher said : ' Yoga is an ancient science, there is so much more to it ! '
I kept practicing with great dedication at Himalaya Yoga valley centre in Cork, Ireland for two years and in 2014 I went to their centre in Goa, India and completed my first Teacher training course.
In 2015 I worked as a Yoga teacher in Cambodia and later that year life brought me to teach Yoga and meditation to kids of Primary and secondary school in a Himalayan village in Nepal. In 2016 I made Iceland my base and I have been teaching at Reykjavik Yoga and Yoga Shala from then on. If I am not in Iceland, I am most likely to be found in India where I return on regular basis to keep studying with my teachers.
I've attended several different workshops in asana, breath work, Yogic philosophy and have done more teacher training courses since the first one in 2014 but my main focus in the past few years has been coming back to the concept of Yoga as a science, a medicine. I have been studying the tools of Hatha Yoga in the Kayakalp tradition under the guidance of Dr. Yogi Vijay Rayal and assisted at his courses in Maun Van silent forest in Rishikesh, India. I feel that this is what has shaped me as a teacher I am now. I have seen so many transformations in so many people who practice this style of Yoga and so it is my duty to include Hatha Yoga into the schedule, wherever I teach.
Viriam Kaur and Adam Divine have been kindling the fire of my passion for bodies for few years now and I have been reportingly studying with them body work, emotional anatomy, anatomy and energy work.
I believe Yoga is accessible to everybody. I believe that my role is to create a safe environment where everyone can learn how to use the tools of Yoga at their own pace, without judgment and criticism. I believe in the power of words and I choose my words carefully when guiding people into their inner space. Everything we need is already inside and it is a beautiful moment when you witness the discovery of the teacher you already have within you.
Before every class I make sure I know why I do what I do and what I want to share. The essence of Yoga can be found everywhere and apart from Yogic studies I take inspiration from philosophy, poetry, music, nature, quantum physics and my own experiences and observation of life.
I am very aware that everyone comes to Yoga for different reasons and whatever your reason, I can guarantee that you will benefit from the practice of Yoga.
That moment when you realize you have been living for the approval of others. When you reach a state of decisive letting go of the many roles that had been holding you back. When you discover the depth of loneliness and realise it was all imagined. When you recognize the power of a deep breath and the opening that happens when you let the mental fog fade away. When you surrender to the flow of life and its simplicity. You are forever changed.
Yoga came flowing into my life. Opening ancient knowledge within my heart. Teaching me to slow down, recognizing every breath, our innate power to surrender to what is and its infinite awareness.
I had practiced Yoga on and off all my life, from its philosophy to the asanas. The click came after I started to attend Baddy’s classes. Something was shaken very deeply in me, which led me to take several teacher trainings and master classes here in Iceland with other inspirational teachers that I also love such as Ryan Leier or Julie Martin.
My heart later took me to Hawaii for a 200h Hatha Yoga Teacher Training. Hawaii’s energy taught me the importance of slowing down, flowing and listening within. And since then I have been absorbing various teachings focused on self healing and the power we all have within.
From Energy Work, Healing Medicine, Craniosacral Therapy, Ancient Massage therapy, Movement improvisation, GMB, Mindfulness and Mindset techniques and most recently becoming a Wim Hof instructor.
It is my life’s purpose to guide other beings to find what is always there, removing the mental and emotional fog, finding the everlasting joy within. I share from the heart with passion and kindness. Be welcome to a space of me-time on the mat.
From the age of five I have been intensively engaged in ballet and other dance forms and later attended dance academy. Through years of physically demanding training I noticed that my body needed more stability and strength, but especially a more holistic approach. Yoga offered it all.
A few years ago, after teaching years of dance, I followed my heart and signed up for a 200 hr YTT in Italy. The training integrated all styles of movement, yoga, ideas and philosophies. Yoga is yoga. No expectations, learn and be open. It was an intense training for me, but it connected the dots in my life. This approach, this vision on life and the yoga community made me feel at home and still does. A year later I finished the 500 hr training.I believe inspiration is everywhere: in art, in nature, in meeting other people or in the silence of a meditation.
In my classes, playfulness comes first: never forget to play! The experiment, continuing to challenge yourself in a relaxed way, play with balance and discover what you thought you could never do: yoga is so much fun!
I have gained nearly 400 hours of yoga Teacher Trainings in my life so far. It has been a privilege to learn from these masters:
* Kristbjörg Kristmundsdóttir
* Julie Martin
* Ryan Leier
* Jennifer Reis
* Kamini Desai
* Shelly Reef
…and from all the great yoga teachers I've met in the past 18 years. They have all taught me a lot.
But my best teachers have been my three children who have taught me to breathe through life.
When I am not guiding yoga class, I am a goldsmith and fitness instructor.
I am passionate about people, the world, cycling, skiing, hiking, outdoor living and healthy living.
I look forward meeting you on the mat.
Yoga is so much more…
My adventure with yoga started when I took my first yoga class by mistake as I thought I was going to a Pilates class. Even though I was reluctant at first, I kept coming to practices, there was something that really charmed me from that very first moment! As a result I have never stopped practicing for 7 years. During this time, due to my nomadic lifestyle, I've had a chance to try different types of yoga, different teachers and have made the yoga practice an integral part of my life.
For the last couple of years I have been practicing Jivamukti style, which is a perfect marriage of traditional and modern aspects of yoga. This style is one that inspires me the most as a teacher, bringing together a logical and almost scientific understanding of yoga and at the same time not losing it's mindfulness.
In January 2017 I went to India where I studied yoga to make my dream come true and obtain a certificate of a yoga teacher recognized internationally by Yoga Alliance (200RYS)
My experience in India has given me a chance to learn more about the traditional side of yoga and its philosophy which I try to bring to my classes, at the same time aiming to adjust it to a western practitioner's needs.
Above all I put wellbeing of my students first, following the motto: first, do no harm. In yoga philosophy this applies to Ahimsa - non violence, which I try always to apply for my practice and my life.