Sonja Appel

Assagao Goa
Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

6 Reviews

Founding Director of Sushumna Yoga

Sonja moved from London to India 13 years ago and is certified by the British School of Yoga in Hatha & Meditation & is also a certified Vibrant Living Teacher in Hatha Flow. Sonja has studied intensely mainly in India with the late Shri Pattabhi Jois. She started teaching in London before her move to the birthplace of Yoga. Sonja believes that keeping up her own eight limbed practice helps to impart her knowledge better and more succinctly.

Sonja has pioneered her own method of yoga called ‘Sushumna’ which is a carefully worked out Vinyasa flow that allows one to do Asanas as a
meditation and in the process helps to unleash our kundalini Shakti. The flow is spontaneous and she mixes up the Asanas in interesting ways, with the help of inspiring music, always ending with a deep relaxing meditation. As in Ashtanga - drishti, bandhas, ujjayi breath & vinyasa is always employed. Her spiritual Guru is Sadhguru from the Isha Foundation outside Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Sonja does not believe in organised religion or dogma.

Spending time and doing courses with Sadhguru has helped Sonja to understand her ‘calling’ much better. She believes that we can never stop learning how to be sound, well-adjusted people, with our soul, mind and body, forever striving for perfect & equal unison. Continuous study of yogic texts and yoga philosophy is essential to living a peaceful and harmonious life with our environment and people around us.


Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

6 Reviews

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Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Sonja doesn't teach- she inspires.

A class with Sonja is rejuvenating, empowering and totally inspiring. She is very calm, centered and non-judgmental. She understood my body and potential better than me in the beginning. Urged me on to work out just to the right limit and helped me see a whole new side of me! Haven't experienced a better teacher yet.

Sonja AppelJanuary 14, 2015

Dear Mitushi thank you so much for your amazing review, we are missing you terribly in Goa. Hope you will visit us soon :)

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Great Yoga Teacher

Sonja conveys in a stringent and detailed way, by demonstrating and explaining what she does and why she does it. She gets the most out of the people's practice by challenging them but also respecting their own limits. Her articulation and voice can be heard well, which enables a better understanding of the matter. I can warmly recommend Sonja as a teacher.

Sonja AppelJanuary 13, 2015
Great Yoga Teacher

Thank you Zeiely it was a pleasure teaching you and wishing you all the happiness and success in your future endeavours :)

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Excellent Teacher...

One of the finest practitioners of Ashtanga Vinyasa, Sonja is a tough no-nonsense teacher and a warm and easygoing friend off the mat.!! Brings great energy to the yoga room and her variations and depth of practice is simply amazing.

Sonja AppelJanuary 13, 2015

Thank you Navin! As you know it was such a pleasure teaching you. You brought a great energy into our YTT :)

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
A Great Teacher

I attended Sonja's 300hr Teacher Training Course in April 2013 and you learn a lot about someone during such an intense experience. Sonja's commitment to giving the best to her students was inspirational. She is extremely knowledgeable knows how to push you to your limits. The month I spent with Sonja was a life-chagning experience and I would unreservedly recommend her to others. Namaste!

Sonja AppelJanuary 13, 2015

Thank you Janet as you know it was such a pleasure teaching you and Andrew, you definitely had my back always and I appreciate that so much. Wishing you more and more success with your purple lotus school in Carlyle!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Amazing Teacher

Sonja Appel is a fantastic teacher. I have been doing classes with her for the last few years. She is very knowledgeable. She has a depth of
experience in both Asanas & Pranayama & Meditation. Her classes are dynamic, fun and exhilarating. I had very little interest in Yoga until I learned from her. I was a Gym person until then. But have not entered one since. I would recommend here anytime

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Simply the best

Sonia is my favorite yoga teacher @ Goa. Not just because of perfect lesson organization and input to my practice with strong and well-designed program. She actually inspires me with her behaviour and demonstration, by music and lifestyle she "transmits" during the practice. I keep the great sense of those lessons the whole year after I'm back from Goa. And I enjoy the expectation of being back soon.

Sonja AppelJanuary 13, 2015

Thank you Julia and can't wait for you to join us in March 2015. You are both such a pleasure to teach!