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MEET THE SANGA YOGA TEAM

Theresa Harmanen | Co-founder and Yoga facilitator

Theresa Harmanen | Co-founder and Yoga facilitator

She has practiced yoga for almost 20 years but her interest in energetics, movement and the spiritual realm has been with her since a young age, influenced by her father who was active in bodywork and massage. She has a strong creative side and a deep love and respect for Mother Nature and often draws inspiration from that in her yoga. Besides studio classes and corporate classes, Theresa is also available for private sessions.

 

Theresa is a certified yoga teacher (RYT 200 hours) in Samayoga – a holistic yoga form inspired by traditional hatha yoga with influences of Qigong, the chinese five elements, flow style postures, pranayama (breathing practice), mantra, ayurveda, Vedanta, and meditation. Theresa is also trained in Embodied style Yin/Yang Yoga (100 hrs continuing education CE) as well as Pre- and Postnatal yoga (50 hrs continuing education CE).

 

She considers her yoga mat her sacred island and every time she steps on the mat she arrives back home. Her teaching is soft and layered but powerful. Topics she often returns to are moon cycles and life transitions, the innate female strength and intuition, gratitude practices, and how to easily take yoga off the mat and into your life.

 

When not on the yoga mat, Theresa loves spending time in nature with her husband and 2.5 yr old daughter. She also loves traveling, resetting by and in the water, learning (the forever student!) and reading about yoga, health and creativity, as well as diving deep into her design projects.

Claudia Menger | Co-founder and Yoga facilitator

Claudia Menger | Co-founder and Yoga facilitator

Claudia found yoga in her early twenties, in Amsterdam, and although that first time on the mat felt so different from everything she had done before, she fell in love and kept coming back to that small studio facing the canals. A one-year world trip gave her the opportunity to practice with teachers around the world, and when she moved to Oslo she knew it was time to start sharing her love for yoga and the lessons she had learned along the way, by teaching classes.

 

Claudia is educated in traditional Hatha Yoga (200 hr), as well as Yin (50 hr), Vinyasa Flow (50 hr), Mother/Baby yoga (70 hr), Prenatal yoga (50 hr) and Restorative yoga + yoga Nidra (25 hr), and Fertility yoga (40 hr). Her teaching journey started with studio classes in hatha, yin and vinyasa yoga, as well as corporate yoga classes. Then came a long fertility journey, a difficult pregnancy and a traumatic birth experience, which all helped her find her path to helping women navigate the big and small transitions in life, all through yoga. Currently, Claudia teaches studio classes and privates.

 

Yoga gives her energy and stillness, and her mat is where she always comes home. Her personal practice follows the moon and her cycles, making every session on her mat different from the previous one.

 

Claudia loves exploring Norway with her husband + 3-year old son, eating raw cake, traveling, and reading, reading, reading. Claudia is also a holistic health coach and Reiki practitioner.

Kristin Holdø

Kristin Holdø

Kristin teaches Postnatal Yoga and Kids Yoga at Sanga Yoga.

 

Kristin found yoga while living in Southeast Asia for an extended period, and feels grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from teachers of diverse backgrounds in different countries.

 

Yoga is her happy-place and safe-space. A place to reconnect and find space. It’s also been an incredibly valuable tool to support her through the different stages and big changes in life – especially during her pregnancies, births and after becoming a mother (of two).

 

Kristin is a certified teacher in Power Vinyasa Yoga (200 hours) and has later trained in Kids Yoga, Mother and Baby Yoga (30 hours), and is currently doing a continuous education in Yoga for Seniors (50 hrs).

 

Kristin’s classes are playful and empowering. She believes that as long as you can breathe, you can do yoga.

 

Read more about Kristin in this article about postnatal yoga and her personal yoga journey.

Ida Sigrid Engerud

Ida Sigrid Engerud

Ida teaches Kids Yoga at Sanga Yoga

 

Ida found yoga in her late teenage years and in her mid-twenties she chose to study it in depth through her first teacher training. She started to facilitate yoga classes in 2011 and has been dedicated to her practice and teaching ever since. Yoga has been, and is, a huge and important part of Ida’s life. Among other things helping her to carve space towards a more healthy and harmonized self-view. Ida realized that she missed the knowledge that yoga provides growing up, and this is one of the reasons she also has been working with kids creating fun ways to learn about the breath, body, movement, and meditation.

 

Ida has done several teacher trainings in yoga since her first 200 hours in YogaWorks. She has over 1000 RYT and recently finished her advanced training in Embodied Flow TM which is her main source of inspiration. She has two yoga trainings specifically for teaching kids, Kidokids and Mediyoga for Kids.

Anette Haave Åsheim

Anette Haave Åsheim

Anette teaches Prenatal Yoga at Sanga Yoga.

 

Anette discovered yoga and pranayama early on through singing and using her voice, and through the spiritual presence she felt while working with her music. This path intuitively led her to an asana practice. Anette has used asana and pranayama in her song and vocal teachings for years, which led her to vinyasa yoga studies in 2014 and restorative yoga in 2016 at Yoga Vida in Manhattan.

 

Anette took Oslo Yoga’s postnatal yoga training in 2018, the kids yoga training in 2019, and their pregnancy yoga training in 2020. Anette also teaches postnatal yoga and pregnancy yoga at Asker Yoga Shala and at MamaYoga. Additionally, she works as a freelance vocalist and sound mixer.

 

Anette is passionate about women’s health and strives to create a safe atmosphere and community in her classes where mothers-to-be can feel comfortable exploring and finding their inner birth strength and mama power. In her classes, you will breathe through a nourishing practice that supports the woman both physically and mentally on her way towards motherhood.

Abigail Aller

Abigail Aller

Abigail teaches fertility yoga at Sanga Yoga.

 

Abigail found yoga in 2005 when a dance teacher suggested she take a yoga class to destress from working on her PhD. From her first class, she knew she had discovered something very special and vowed that one day she would train to be a yoga teacher. Many years later, Abigail is a certified yoga teacher (RYT 200 hours) in Vinyasa and Ayurveda. She is also trained in Yin yoga, Fertility yoga, and Yoga to support
IVF/ART.

 

For Abigail, yoga is her sanctuary: her place to go when life throws a curveball. Yoga helped her navigate fertility struggles, IVF, and cancer, and she now uses her experiences and training to support women walking similar paths.

 

She uses vinyasa, yin, and moving meditations to cultivate a balance between strength and flexibility, both physically and mentally. Her classes are interwoven with philosophy, anatomy, Ayurveda, and Chinese Medicine, and students can expect to find a calmer mind, a deeper breath, and a strengthened connection with their higher selves.

Abigail has a PhD in geophysics, and her love of science translates to
a deep-rooted interest in the physics of yoga. She has a passion for
anatomy and alignment, and her background in dance brings a
playfulness to her yoga practice.

Louise Tandy Koster

Louise Tandy Koster

Louise teaches prenatal yoga at Sanga Yoga.

 

Louise found yoga in her late teenage years while studying in the UK over twenty years ago. The practice has been a constant friend and companion ever since. In 2014 Louise took the leap off the corporate ladder in order to teach full time and start her own yoga studio in Asker, Norway.

 

As a mother of three Louise’s passion for prenatal yoga has grown with each pregnancy and birth. Louise views being able to teach prenatal yoga as a truly unique possibility to help expectant mothers through a both wonderful and often very challenging time! Louise views the use of prenatal yoga as therapeutic and an extremely useful tool for preparing for birth both physically and mentally.

 

Louise aims to teach classes where each mamma feels taken care of, seen, listened to, rested and nurtured.

 

Louise has extensive experience teaching prenatal yoga and has taken three separate teacher trainings: Oslo Yoga Pre and postnatal training (75hrs 2015), Belly and Baby (75 hrs 2016), and with Cathrine Mathiesen, Yoga Mamma (75 hrs 2017). In addition Louise has trained within classic Satyananda Yoga (200hrs) and Hatha Yoga at The Yoga Academy, UK with Simon Low (200hrs). Louise is also close to completing Yoga Nidra training with Uma Dinsmore Tuli.

 

Louise is co-founder of Yogafellesskapet and Asker Yoga Shala.

Trine Riccardi

Trine Riccardi

Trine teaches postnatal yoga at Sanga Yoga

 

Trine has been practicing yoga and mindfulness since 2013. She studied to be a mindfulness teacher with MD. Andries J. Kroese, and completed her yoga teacher training with Kristin Vikjord Paternotte (clinical psychologist) at Delight Yoga Amsterdam.

 

She holds teacher training diplomas in Vinyasa yoga, Postnatal yoga, and yoga for mental health issues.

 

Trine has a former background in marketing, PR and communications, and has held managerial positions in companies such as IBM, NASDAQ and Nordea.

 

Her experience in business has given her valuable insight into how to incorporate yoga and mindfulness in the workplace to reduce stress and increase productivity. She believes that yoga and mindfulness are important tools for increased quality of life.

 

Trine specializes in Postnatal Yoga, Mindful Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga.