Jana has been on the path of yoga for a big part of her life. Constantly learning and unlearning. Understanding only to understand a deeper layer once again…
What she now sharess in her retreats and workshops is her passion for life. For a life well lived, in full expression, honesty and integrity.
She has completed her teacher trainings in the style of Anusara Yoga in 2010.
Over the years of teaching she has added many more studies in the lineages of traditional Hatha Yoga, Body Mind Centering, Living Yoga, Self Inquiry & Meditation. She has developed a unique voice that encourages anyone practicing with her to feel whole and well and to be curious about diving into deep states of awareness.
In 2012, Jana followed her inner vision during a meditation, which asked her to give up her city life and come to live in a more natural environment in Southern Portugal. She packed her bags and full-heartedly dove into this adventure of living more authentically than she ever had.
She learned surfing and deepened her meditation studies in Vipassana, embodied meditation, studying with Caroline Myss, Sally Kempton, and other teachers. She started to build a yoga community in the town of Aljezur where she on and off teaches weekly yoga and meditation classes. In 2013 she created Ocean & Yoga - Yoga and Surf Retreats in Portugal.
In 2020, she started to study Transformative Bodywork with Sophie Kinkel and is giving individual sessions.
Jana walks the Red Path, yearly practicing the prayer of Vision Quest and Sundance.
the beginning of Ocean & Yoga..
"I founded Ocean & Yoga in 2013, about a year after I followed a vision that called me to leave my home in Berlin and to move to a place that I had never visited before. The call was clear: "Portugal" just emerged out of nowhere. I trusted myself and this clear voice and gave up most of what I had known before and in return fell in love with this new landscape, a way simpler life and the community here in Southern Portugal.
I met Eva and Fernando, the farm owners of Olho Branco which is now the home base of my retreat offerings, during my first few weeks here, and over a cup of tea we seeded the dream of inviting people from all over the world to spend some time here to learn from the land and plants, to connect with the ocean and our own bodies, to find inspiration how to live a simple, happy and respectful down-to-earth life.
The seeds sprouted and grew. A couple of years after hosting my yoga and surf retreats and yoga classes in fancy holiday homes, distinctive wine cellars, former school buidings and beaches, the construction phase at Olho Branco was completed and ready to receive its first Ocean & Yoga guests.
My intention is to invite people who give a damn. About nature, our shared nature, about themselves and their bodies, about each other, about life. I want to host retreats that allows for everyone participating to fully relax into the sense of being. Being yourself is a simple medicine that we have forgotten about in our having-to-be-someone-world."
Jana is currently building a new place to retreat in the pristine mountains of Monchique and from time to time she teaches weekly classes at The Dawn Collective Shala.
Jana has taught yoga at Pranamar Villas (Costa Rica), various studios in Berlin (City Yoga, Yogatribe, Yoga Circle and Yoga Raum Berlin), and at trainings with YogaBuddhi (Sweden), High Vibe Yoga (Bali). She also founded the project European Yogi Nomads (2011), a traveling gathering for yogis from all over the world to celebrate community and yoga.
She has been guiding and holding space for retreats since 2012.