For everything that I have already been able to learn, experience and accomplish and for everything that I have yet to learn, experience and accomplish – with my enormous respect and love – I offer the most profound gratitude to my dear Master - His Holiness Vishwaguru Mahamandaleshwar Paramhans Sri Swami Maheshwarananda.
I was born in Siberia, Russia (city of Tomsk) in June 1969. I spent around 20 years of my life in Siberia. The rest of my life, I lived in different countries, including Germany, USA, Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. I moved to Tbilisi, Georgia in late 2005. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Foreign Language Studies from Novosibirsk Pedagogical University, Russia and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia, USA.
I started practicing yoga in 2000 in Croatia. I tried several yoga styles that are popular in Europe and the USA, such as Power Yoga, Iyengar style and Shadow Yoga (by Shandor Remete). In 2004 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, I discovered for myself the system, Yoga in Daily Life, by Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda. I have found everything in this system that I was striving for, including; ancient wisdom delivered in a simple and user-friendly format; a systematic and practical approach allowing a complete “yoga-dummy” through regular practice to reach the “profi” level; the possibility of profound spiritual development, which leads to Self-Realization; and most importantly, meeting my dear Master - His Holiness Paramhans Sri Swami Maheshwarananda, known as “Swamiji”. I went through the yoga initiation ceremony on July 7, 2005 in Hungary and was bestowed by Swamiji the spiritual name “Gyandevi”.
I commenced teaching yoga according to the system, Yoga in Daily Life, in Tbilisi in 2006. I passed a yoga examination and received the teacher’s certificate in Vienna, Austria. Since 2006, although I regularly taught yoga classes, I had never even dreamed of having a yoga-studio of my own. Now, I miraculously have the Yoga Cave and this web-site! (For these miracles, I want to thank my husband for his moral and financial support!)
Yoga is my life and my path. I really want the Cave to bring joy to people and help them to discover themselves. Any and all questions that you might have about me and Yoga in Daily Life I will be happy to answer during my yoga classes – Please come visit!