Maria Kerensiana (fill-in teacher for Beginner Yogi)

Maria is one of our fill-in teachers at Beginner Yogi. She is one of the sweetest people I know, but don’t let that sweetness trick you, she will challenge you through out her class!

We asked Maria a few questions so you can get to know her better, she is a regular here at Beginner Yogi Yoga Studio so come say hi!

Maria Kerensiana Beginner Yogi Yoga TeacherWhat drew you to Yoga and becoming a teacher?

Yoga itself drew me to it. The dynamic of it, the freedom of it, just the way it is. I tried it 7 years ago and I am hooked to it since then. I am passionate about yoga. I have been continuously experiencing the benefits of my own yoga practices. I thought to myself, it would be nice if I can share these incredible goodness of yoga to others. Originally, I was only wanting to deepen my own practice. You know when you meet someone, you just want to know more about that person. My love and passion for yoga have naturally led me to embark on the teacher training journey-to get to know more about yoga. Now that I am in it, I would like to share this gift with others. The gift of yoga.

What is your favourite thing about being a teacher?

My favourite thing about being a yoga teacher is I feel that by guiding others in their practices, I am guiding myself to be a better student. We are both as a teacher and student-that’s within us. We will never stop learning and we will have to continuously improve ourselves. For me personally, teaching practices have taught me that people in all walk of life can achieve continuous improvement through encouragement, kind words and positive reinforcement.

What is your teaching ‘style’?

I am kind of traditional but in a way also “mix and match”. I don’t really follow any particular styles. I like to open the practice with grounding exercises and followed by floor work and then work my way up to standing positions. Then, slowly bring everyone down to the floor for some restorative poses before hitting the final suvasna.

What is one thing you would like beginners to know about yoga?

Yoga is for everyone. The best thing we can give to our self is to let ourselves experience a new thing in life. Once we in it just give our self “Time and Space” to deepen our practice. Yoga has been misunderstood tremendously. It’s being labelled like “fancy poses” or “I am not flexible enough” and even “boring”. If you never do yoga and would like to try, come to the Beginner Yogi studio, give it a go! The studio is very open, it has serene atmosphere. We always happy to have a chat before or after the class. We’ll look after you. Find a teacher that you can connect with, this will help your practice.

Favourite asana?

I enjoy Half moon pose (ardhachandrasna). This pose is simple however, stretches the spine in all directions. On top of that, the engagement of the legs is such a great counter pose.

What else do you do apart from teach yoga?!

Maria Kerensiana Beginner Yogi Yoga TeacherI am into Ayurveda lifestyles, this is such a compliment to my yoga practice. They both go hand in hand and it’s just a beautiful combination. Ayurveda is about balance in life, just like yoga. I am working as an Adviser and also studying towards the full professional membership of Associate Chartered Accountant.


Favourite place in the world?

Home! No better place then home. The cities that I will call home are Wellington and Jakarta, Indonesia as I grew up there. However, my extended family are living in Surabaya, Indonesia but my parents is living in Malang, Indonesia. So yes, these cities are my home.

Favourite thing to do with free time?

Yoga! I know it sounds cheesey but no, not enough time to do yoga 😉

Favourite Food?

Everything that eatable and taste good!

If you could have dinner with any one person, alive or dead, real or fiction who would it be? 

This is such an interesting question! Depend on my mood I guess ;). It will be Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory or Po from Kung Fu Panda or Padre Pio.

Favourite quote or words of wisdom?

Hmm I don’t really have one as they are so many good quotes. But if I have to give one I’d say that we are all struggling with time in this modern world, but this is not an excuse not to do your practice as “yoga doesn’t take time, yoga gives time”