Team at KALAA Yoga Berlin

Stefanie Berndt KALAA Yoga BerlinStefanie

Stefanie is one of the founders and directors of KALAA Yoga. She teaches regularly at the studio and within the teacher training programm of the school. She is registered with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500) and has been working within the field of dance, movement, body work and expression her life long. She is interested in concepts that deal holistically with the body, mind and breath to understand ourselves and to live a healthy human life.
Stefanie studied Vinyasa Yoga with Cyndi Lee / OM Yoga and passes on the main principles of Vinyasa Krama as compiled by T. Krishnamarcharya’s lineage. Further Studies with Ishta Yoga in Berlin and her immersion into Hatha Yoga in Kochi/India have inspired her practice.

The classes are based on day by day yoga and experience on the mat, in life, with people. In each class we will do a number of Sun Salutations, explore classical and creative Asana and balance the body system in strength, flexibility and relaxation; all the time staying connected to the breath and to what is going on inside.



Manu is one of the founders and directors of KALAA Yoga Berlin. She started her yoga practice as a professional dancer and choreographer and has now built up fifteen years of teaching experience. In her teaching she promotes the art of Vinyasa Krama and has taught at numerous yoga schools in Berlin and worldwide.

With a particular affinity for the energizing flow of Vinyasa Yoga and the unison of breath, motion, strength and flexibility, Manu’s classes are highly dynamic with a focus on complex movement, mindfully built sequences and organic transitions between Asanas. Manu also specialises in gentle yoga for the back and shoulders, integral yoga therapy and Thai Yoga Massage.


KALAA Yoga Kristin TovsonKristin

Starting from a love of dance and movement, Kristin found yoga over 20 years ago. She aims to teach people to be at home in their own bodies, connected to their own health and well-being.

She is a 500 hour OM Yoga certified teacher under the guidance of Cyndi Lee and has been teaching in many varied contexts since 2001, teaching public classes, private clients, and workshops. Since 2018, she has been teaching weekend women’s retreats with her partner Molly Moylan Brown, which focus on wellness and building community through yoga and creative writing. She is also a certified Yoga for Cancer teacher. See more at


I took my first yoga class at the Life Centre in Notting Hill Gate in 1999 and was hooked from the beginning.
The first five years of my practice I tried many different styles of yoga, then I dedicated myself to the study of Ashtanga yoga from 2003-2011.
I took my first trip to India in 2005 to practice with yoga guru Patthabi Jois at the famous Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute. Eight more trips were to follow, to go deeper in my personal practice and experience life in India.
From 2007-2008 I took some ‘time off’ and travelled around the world practicing with senior yoga teachers in Goa, Koh Samui, Berlin and Tokyo.
I have taught yoga in London at Triyoga and Yoga Place from 2008-2013, before moving back to Germany.
My classes are open to everyone, young, old, flexible, not flexible, tall, short… Ask yourself: “which part of this posture can I do”?  and the rest will fall into place.



Janine started practicing yoga more than ten years ago and completed her teacher training at KALAA Yoga Berlin. Her classes are deeply inspired by her own experience of yoga and transmit the joy and tranquility she has discovered in her practice. In her teaching she aims to combine humor and ease with precise and profound body work.

Next to her main focus on Vinyasa Yoga, she is also interested in sharing the benefits of Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga. Janine also works as an author and writes factual texts for children and teenagers.


Irina DeminaIrina

Irina’s yoga path began in 2005 at the Ashtanga Yoga Centre in Moscow.
Her dance profession in combination with travelling has enabled her to get to know many different yoga styles, teachers and traditions in other countries, until she accomplished her teacher training at KALAA Yoga Berlin.
In 2018 she received initiation into the Kriya Yoga tradition of Lahiri Mahasaya by Guruji Shri Shailendra Sharma.

In her classes she likes to encourage people to constantly discover themselves anew, to experience yoga on a personal level and integrate these experiences off the mat. Irina considers her yoga practice a cabinet of wonders, a laboratory and a metaphor of life.



Danielle recently followed her heart to Berlin from San Francisco, where she had been teaching for the past 3 years.  With a passion for music and dance she offers a strong flow, which invokes presence with one’s own body and breath.

She is trained in Vinyasa, Hatha, and Bhakti flow, and is continuously doing her own self-study on astrology, ayurveda, and other forms of healthy living.
Deeply committed to community building and self-discovery, she hopes her classes leave students feeling inspired & empowered.


Katharina got into yoga a few years ago. From the first second, she got hooked on the dynamic movements, the precise performance of the asanas, the energy, the peace and calmness, the focus and above all the benefits for body and mind.

She wants to share her enthusiasm for smooth, body-conscious movements, syncing breath and movement. Katharina graduated in India twice – one teacher training influenced by Iyengar and one Vinyasa teacher training. Now she combines both of them dynamically in her practice.


Ngone ThiamN’gone

N’gone is a singer, musician and enthusiastic yoga practitioner. On the basis of the physical and mental transformation encouraged by her yoga practice, she decided to embark on a teacher training, which together with a professional apprenticeship, she accomplished at KALAA Yoga Berlin.

N’gone is fascinated by the diversity of Vinyasa yoga and strives to bring creativity into every single class to connect stability (sthira) with lightness (sukham).


Lena ZimmermannLena

Lena’s yoga path began in 2008 whilst studying communication sciences. After many years of deepening her own practice, she developed the needs to share her experiences with others.

In 2016 she accomplished her yoga teacher training at KALAA Yoga Berlin and is teaching with much joy and dedication ever since.
She hopes her classes enable everyone to discover and unfold their potential on and off the mat.


Leonie KALAA Yoga TeamLeonie

Leonie got in touch with the yoga practice 15 years ago. During her professional training of contemporary dance she studied Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga and learned Pranayama and meditation through the Sivananda Yoga method. Since 2012 her practice focusses on Vinyasa Yoga and she completed a Yoga Teacher Training in that lineage at the Private Yoga Institute Frankfurt. Her classes combine dynamic Vinyasa Yoga sequences and elements of Yin Yoga and are both – challenging and gentle. Her teaching style pays attention to the individual needs of the practitioner aswell as the experience of yoga as a group.


Ximena KALAA Yoga TeamXimena

Ximenas first contact with yoga was back in 2011 when she started practicing Iyengar Yoga. It soon became part of her life. As she began to grow my personal practice, she realized that Yoga was more than precision and alignment emphasis in the asanas, but also about learning and exploring. She fell in love with the flowing movement and coordinated rhythmic breathing of the Vinyasa Yoga method. Getting in touch with yoga philosophy she realized that the things we learn on the yoga mat can be applied to my life off the mat – mindfulness, compassion and self-confidence.
Ximena is a certified 200h yoga teacher, she studied Vinyasa Yoga at KALAA Yoga Berlin and Restorative Yoga studies with Cyndi Lee (Om Yoga Center). Ximena approaches the Vinyasa style as meditation in action based on flow precision and mindfulness; creativity, great attention to detail and joy are always present.


Team KALAA Yoga Tina Tina

Tina got introduced to yoga during her studies of psychology and completed her Vinyasa Yoga teacher training at KALAA Yoga Berlin. Since 2016 she is regularly teaching dynamic Vinyasa Yoga classes and gentle approaches as Deep Flow and yoga for back and shoulders in different settings.

Tina likes to share her passion about creative, rhythmic yoga sequences and is interested in the interplay of body, mind and soul on and off the mat. As a psychologist, scientist and mother she researches the healing effects of yoga and mindfulness and the impact on the interaction with ourselves and others.


Die KrauseDie

Die discovered yoga through her work as a contemporary dancer. She has accomplished a Vinyasa yoga teacher training certified by Yoga Alliance. Her dynamic and creative classes combine movement and stillness within playfull yoga sequences.

Die is a physiotherapy training and fuses her dance and body work experience with anatomical and physiological insight.


Sinja VöllSinja

Sinja has discovered yoga through her work as a contemporary dancer and accomplished her teacher training at KALAA Yoga Berlin.

With ease and tranquility she teaches varied and dynamic classes, based on a fluent rhythm in connection with conscious breathing.


Claudia Adam_YogaClaudia

Claudia took her yoga teacher training and apprenticeship at KALAA Yoga in 2016/2017. Now she is a freelance yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance and also works as an online writer, based in Berlin.

She likes sharing yoga from her own experience and is interested in finding an individual practice and understanding of yoga on and off the mat. Her classes combine challenging sequences with calm movement, some philosophy input and organic flow.



Anna got in touch with yoga while starting her acting studies in 2008. Since then she has developed her practice continuously and completed her Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training at KALAA Yoga.

She is curious about finding balance between challenge and relaxation during practice and broadening mental and physical limitations. She believes that patience, anatomical precission and commitment to the teachings of yoga will bring forth something new inside ourselves.
Her classes give chance to take some risk and keep moving in our own rhythm without compulsion. The breath and shared practice of the group support our growth on all levels.


Anna PAnna P.

Anna experienced yoga early at the age of 18 and fully discovered the practice during her first pregnancy. She completed her first teacher training in Pre- and Postnatal yoga with Patricia Thielemann in 2012. Her deep interest in the flowing sequences of Vinyasa Yoga inspired her to take another teacher training with Kalaa Yoga, focussing on that method.

She enjoys to move from one postures to the next, following the rhythm of her breathing and coming to balance and tranquility. During her classes she aims to give precise instruction and create the framework for experiencing the practice.


Ines KALAA Yoga BerlinInes

Ines discovered yoga during her university studies. Looking for a way to balance the intellectual work, yoga soon became her passion. Next to the physical changes she observed the positive mental effects of her yoga practice.

Ines is a certified yoga teacher (KAALA Yoga Berlin) and her teaching stimulates awareness on and off the yoga mat. Her yoga classes combine dynamic movements and static posture sequences for building strength with a continious flow of breath.


Carmina KALAA Yoga BerlinCarmina

Carmina radiates compassion into everything she does and is always leading with the heart. For her, the practice of Yoga became one of self-study- that in which steered her towards a deeper understanding of the physical body and in turn connecting her more intimately to the heart, and the spirit.

She is eternally grateful to all of her teachers and mentors, and for all of the wisdom that was passed down to her. She completed her 200HR Teacher Training, at Daya Yoga Studio in 2016, in Brooklyn, NY, a 25HR Alignment and Therapeutics Training at Laughing Lotus, and a 30HR Yin Yoga Training with Alana Kessler, and has been attuned to Reiki 2.

Her classes are alignment based, formulated with intention, constructive sequencing, self-inquiry, with an offering of hands on adjustments. She weaves in pranayama, meditation, and mantra accompanied with a harmonium in the practice. Her overall intention for her classes is to create a safe space for students to explore and find expansiveness in their bodies, hearts, and minds through movement, attention to breath, patience, and love that will in turn bring about a meaningful life, beginning on the mat and beyond.


KALAA Yoga Team ClémenceClémence

Clémence moved to Berlin to play music and to work as a freelance translator. In Berlin she also got to know the yoga practice and it has shifted her view upon herself and the world entirely.

Clémence studied Vinyasa Yoga at KALAA Yoga Berlin and completed her teacher training and apprenticeship in 2018. Her Vinyasa classes are dynamic and holistic. She likes to introduce challenging sequences and always brings some good music, which is her passion as a DJ.