Education & Accreditation

  • Registered as a YACEP Continuing Education Provider with Yoga Alliance 2018
  • Certified as SE™ Practitioner (SEP) in Somatic Experiencing 2018
  • Certified as an IAYT yoga therapist C-IAYT 2017
  • Registered school ‘Aspects of Yoga’ 300 hr program with an Emphasis on Therapeutic Benefits upgraded to 350 hour program 2016
  • Registered school ‘Aspects of Yoga’ RYS300 with Emphasis on Therapeutic Benefits 2012
  • Attended various workshops and trainings for yoga for scoliosis in NYC 2011 – 2012
  • Registered school ‘Aspects of Yoga’ with Yoga Alliance RYS200 2008
  • Yoga with Cancer Patients with Jnani Chapman in San Fransisco 2008
  • Registered with Yoga Alliance as ERYT500 2007
  • Health Coaching Symposium in Heidelberg Germany 2007
  • Continuous Teacher Training at Yoga Conference in San Fransisco 2007
  • Teacher Training courses with Aadil Palkivala in Munich Germany 2006 & 2007
  • Teacher Training and certification with Michael Forbes at IYoga-Munchen, Germany  2004 – 2008
  • European College of Yoga and Therapy in Gerode (Weg der Mitte), Germany, 200-hour- yoga therapy training at ECYT 2005 – 2006

Responsibilities I Strive For As A Yoga Teacher & Trainer

  • to provide a safe environment
  • to help students grow in consciousness by self reflection and personal exploration
  • to understand where teacher’s and student’s limits lie
  • to keep boundaries
  • to maintain professionalism and integrity
  • to encourage students to seek alternative practice or help when necessary
  • to invest time and energy into teacher’s further development and self-study

Professional Experience

Co-founder of Yoga Center Bodrum, Turkey 2000

  • this center had its beginning in 1983 with meditation groups
  • serves as a center for an ecology, organic food and meditation movement
  • serves as yoga studio where weekly classes, teacher trainings, yoga therapy trainings and seminars are held

Held Following Classes & Personal Trainings

  • in many cities, studios, retreats, Turkey since 1990
  • at a meditation convention in Venice, Italy  2001
  • at a retreat teaching teachers in Oregon, USA  2002
  • in Munich and  Hamburg, Germany 2003 – 2004
  • at a retreat teaching in Florida, USA 2010
  • in Pennsylvania, USA 2011 – 2016

Workshops since 1998

  • along with founder of ecology movement (Bugday Movement)
  • themed workshops internationally  on the following subjects: anatomy, therapeutics, stress reduction, spirituality & corporate environment since 1998
  • Experience in Yoga London, UK 2002
  • Heingas in Hamburg Germany 2003
  • British American Tobacco in Istanbul 2006
  • Kos, Greece 2014-2015
  • Life’n One in Dubai, UAE 2015
  • Dharma Yoga Sala, Cyprus 2015
  • Kos island, Greece 2015 – 2017

Holds Teacher Trainings since 2008

  • Extended and intensive training programs in  Ankara, Istanbul, Bodrum, Turkey and Kos, Greece. These were the first teacher training programs registered with YA in Turkey.
  • 200-hour-TTs and 350-hour-advanced TTs with an emphasis on therapeutic benefits

National TV in Turkey:

  • documentary, often rebroadcast, about Monika introducing yoga, meditation, health and nutrition 2000
  • interviews 1998 – 2002


  • at sports university in Denizli, Turkey 2000
  • at convention in Istanbul about spiritual aspect of yoga in Istanbul Turkey 2002
  • in ethnically and religiously diverse communities in London, UK 2002
  • at physical therapy center in Bodrum, Turkey 1998

Author of A Yoga Manual. Book published in Turkish 2004

  • first yoga book with pictures and detailed descriptions in Turkish
  • a learning tool for new coming yoga teachers in Turkey

Articles in Magazines

  • Cosmopolitan, Yoga Round The Clock with a few quick exercises that can be done throughout the day 2008
  • National Geographic personal profile featured in article titled ‘Another Face of Bodrum’ 2004
  • Local magazines, introduction to yoga and conscious living 1999, 2006, 2008



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