Viktória Szentkereszty-Havas, PhD, RYT200
I have been studying movement most of my life. In my early
years, I learned gymnastics after which I tried out several movement
disciplines, finally settling on Japanese martial arts. After more than a
decade of martial arts training, I felt something was still missing. Due to an accident I was forced to slow down for a little while, which ultimately led me to yoga. After my recovery, I went on with a more intensive yoga training (as well as martial arts). I studied yoga with several teachers in Cambridge, Barcelona and Trondheim trying out hatha, Bikram yoga, ashtanga and vinyasa. In 2018, I decided to take the next step on my yogic path and completed a 200-hour vinyasa yoga teacher training at the Atman Yoga School diving into yoga philosophy, asana practice and ayurveda.
In the academic realm, I have studied psychology, neurosciences and completed my PhD in biomedicine - with a focus on cognitive neurosciences - in 2014. My research projects of the last ten years studied the mechanisms of learning, memory and multilingualism.
My main aim as a yoga teacher is to create an environment where my students can explore their bodies and minds, where they can get strong, regain their mobility and have fun.
As a martial arts teacher I help students learn about the path of budo, help them get strong and focused and help them face their fears - mentally and physically. During martial art practice we put ourselves in uncomfortable situations where we can learn valuable lessons about ourselves, at the same time we learn how to deal with stressful situations in life without letting ourselves get carried away emotionally.