Once upon a time there was a little girl who had many dreams. Big dreams. Like becoming a lawyer, learning many languages, and being really successful in life. And as she wished, it all happened. After completing a law degree, she fulfilled her dream, and worked in the biggest international law firm in the whole country. She got everything she wanted. She made more money than she had ever imagined. Yet something was missing. And it did not take long till the dream became a nightmare. Long working hours, bad eating habits, no time for personal life. Sleep became a luxury. And the girl realised that this is not what she really wanted. Like all people, she just wanted to be happy. But she was not. Once upon a time, this girl wanted to change the world. And than she realised that the best way to change the world is to change herself. So she did.

Around that time, she fell in love with yoga. And the little seed grew immensely. She felt the urge to search for something more meaningful, and so she did. She left everything behind and left east, somehow ending up in India, and returning there ever since … and the rest is history.

On the way, the girl met many inspiring teachers. When she first arrived to Mysore, India, in 2014, she studied first with R. Saraswathi Jois (Sri K.Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute), and then with Bharat Shetty, long-term student of BKS Iyengar, and Pratima Giridhar (Aananda Yoga India), where she later took her teacher training RYT 500 hours. Later she also did an ashtanga yoga teacher training for primary series with David Swenson, and for intermediate series with Manju Jois. She also got inspired by the practice with David Williams.

Nevertheless, her perception of yoga as a way of life turned into a new direction when she met her teacher Vinay Kumar (Prana Vashya Yoga Shala) in Mysore in 2015. Vinay helped her to understand that yoga is not only about physical practice, but it has much more to offer, and it allowed her to finally open her eyes to see things in a new light.

She found new inspiration and motivation for practice and to dvelve deepe into more subtle aspects of yoga (pranayama and further). She has been returning there ever since to continue learning, and Vinay also certified her to teach prana vashya yoga, a system of yoga that he discovered. Later Vinay also authorised her to prepare and recommned yoga practicioners for his teacher traning (with a right to give them „a permission letter“).

She will be forever grateful to all her teachers who shared the living tradition with her. Apart from Vinay Kumar, her current teachers are also: traditional south-Indian musician and singer Ranjini Koushik (chanting of Yoga Sutras and other traditional texts in Sanskrit), vedic scholar Vigneshwar Bhat (vedic recitation, philosophy), Gabriela Juhásová (Sanskrit).

To her students, she endeavours to give what she has learnt from her teachers, to inspire them with great enthusiasm to their own personal practice of yoga not only on their yoga mats but also in their lives, and to share with them the energy, inner peace and joy, which yoga brings. She believes that there is only one yoga, and everyone can find in it what they are looking for in their lives at the moment, and as such get through the wonderful yet sometimes difficult journey to the self-realisation.

She is  grateful to meet such wonderful people who inspire her in what she does. The happiness and progress she sees in the students is priceless, and makes the teaching meaningful. She is very happy to be able to do what she loves. And if she manages to inspire others to experience the beauty of yoga, then her goal is accomplished.

Certification

Jana Mikšíčková with her teacher Vinay Kumar (Mysore, India)

Radio interview

Radio interview for Český rozhlas Sever broadcasted on 4th January 2019, where I talked about how I went from being a lawyer to teaching yoga, about my travels to India and so on 🙂 The interview is only in Czech