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Monica was brought up in the east end of London- an uncanny mix of Spanish Basque and Russian parentage. She studied at the University of London where she obtained a degree in Environmental Science and shortly after its completion in the late 80′s she became involved with a fledgling Permaculture group in Brockley, Southeast London, a small but energetic group interested in sustainable living. She also began studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine and qualified as a Shiatsu Massage Pratitioner. It was a busy time for she also became a rock climber and mountaineer and worked for a time as a mountain leader.

In the late 90′s she literally stumbled upon Ashtanga Yoga and was gripped immediately. A big process of change began, and it is with this particular style which has been her primary focus over the years and underlying this the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali which offers the most comprehensive guide to the practice of Raja Yoga and informs to some degree her overall approach. Practically speaking she has trained with Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Research Institute in Mysore in Karnataka in India, Roberta Gianotti in London, Goddfrey Devereux, Dharma Mittra in New York and with Bharath Shetty at Yogaindia in Mysore to name but a few, some 700 hours teacher training pratice all told. She has been teaching full time for 12 years.

In 2008 she lived and worked in Melbourne, Australia and 2009-10 in Hanoi, Vietnam. She is currently working in London and running retreats to Patika near Fethiya in Turkey and further afield planned and combined with Steve Read and Permaculture in 2011.

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