About Žana McKenna
I discovered yoga in my first pregnancy in the 90´s. On my own, with a book. Just by practising cat posture regularly I eased my back pain to no pain at all. I had an amazing natural labour experience and later I continued practising yoga in ˝Yoga in Daily Life“ ashram in Croatia and attended several training seminars with Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda, the founder of this worldwide organization.
In 2004, I met Sighle McDonnell a senior yoga teacher in Dalkey Yoga Studio in Dublin. Under her safe guidance I continued practice in contemporary yoga style and was inspired to immerse deeper and become a yoga teacher. I trained and qualified as a Yoga teacher with Elma Toland and Linda Southgate, two wonderful senior tutors of Yoga Therapy Ireland . During my teacher training years I studied with Sandra Sabatini of Scaravelli yoga in Italy, Donna Farhi, Philip Xerri, Bonnie Bainbridge of BMC and Amy Matthews of Embodied Asana in US. In 2006 I met Hanne Gillespie of viniyoga in Dublin and was inspired to further my yoga training and learning in the tradition of T. Krishnamacarya and his son TKV Desikachar with Ranju Roy and Dave Charlton of Sadhana Mala in UK, Indra, Nitya and A.G.Mohan, Gary Kraftsow and Chase Bossart. Their teachings of Patanjali Yoga Sūtra and its application in our every day life are the foundation and support of my yoga practice.
Over years I also received tuition in Somatic Movement with Brian Ingle, Lisa and Martha Peterson.
I have BA degree in Oriental studies and my love for languages brought me to Ruthger Kortenhorst with whom I study Sanskrit in the School of Philosophy and Economic Science in Dublin.
My latest professional training additions are diploma in one year Postgraduate program with Yoga Therapy Ireland and a 500 hour Art of Individual Teaching and Yoga Therapy Programme with Sadhana Mala in UK.
Over last 10 years I have been managing the studio and teaching groups and individuals in the Santosha Yoga Studio in Dalkey, Dublin. I thank all my teachers and students for their wisdom and presence in my life.
I continue to benefit greatly from my practice of yoga, meditation and chanting and I am delighted to share with others my knowledge and love for yoga.
I call my approach Kind Yoga, a style that ensures individual, safe, kind, light and joyful approach.
“A visit to Žana’s class in Santosha Studio always leaves me feeling calm, relaxed and rejuvenated, ready for anything life has to throw at me.”