INSPIRATION – Purna Yoga Helsinki


It is so difficult to describe Purna Yoga Helsinki in one word, or even a single sentence, as everyone who has been there can testify it really is a very special place indeed. When trying to think of a single word, my very first feeling was for the word ‘home’. I recently heard the writer James Hollis describe home as a journey, rather than being a fixed place, which I resonate with deeply. Everyone who goes to the studio, students and teachers, is on their own journey, and the studio itself (at least for me) provided a place of congregation and deep sense of community. At the same time, as soon as I am on my mat there, sitting with closed eyes, I am alone with myself, an increasingly rare and precious occasion; and here I find my true home – the one I carry around. – Nick M. Copenhagen/Helsinki

I am so grateful to have had Nicola as one of my primary teachers since I started practicing Purna Yoga 2 years ago. Her warm sincerity and casual approach offer an experience that integrates respect, inspiration, and openness. In this atmosphere of friendly teaching, I’ve felt completely free to explore my personal and momentary limits within the boundlessness of my yoga practice. 

I appreciate the balance of variety and focus she brings into her classes — each class feeling new as we work on a different place the body, strengthening and opening the area or specific muscles. Her incorporation of new techniques to complement the fundamental practice, and introducing props in fresh ways continually invigorates the practice.

I once went to a prenatal yoga class with Nicola – even though I wasn’t pregnant – and was amazed to connect with a different hue of experience to what I would receive in the regular asana practices… this quietude of connection to feminine cycles. It’s been a blessing and a beautiful experience to receive guidance from this wonderful woman <3   Tiina G. Helsinki

I came to Purna Yoga more than 5 years ago. This is by far the best yoga studio I have been to. I’m very inspired by the way they uphold the standard of yoga teaching in the midst of other trendy yoga styles. All the teachers have been through intensive training, and have so much knowledge and love to share. They teach more than just asanas, but yoga as a way of living. I highly recommend Purna Yoga because I have seen the transformation in myself after these years! – Prima S. Helsinki/Amsterdam

Not only the Purna Yoga Studio Helsinki itself but also the teachers are inviting you to fully arrive in a deep state of presence.

The studio in the center of Helsinki is very clean, offers gender-seperated changing rooms with storage space for your bag, shoes, etc., filtered water, a guest toilet and a welcoming atmosphere. After changing and getting ready for class every student could use the Yoga equipment offered by the studio (mats, blocks, belts, etc.).

Exceptional to me was the beginning of the lesson which started with a mantra which was repeated 3 times – a one to two minute experience of polyphonic unison of OM continued by an about five minute meditation. It not only helped by really getting rid of the thoughts which you were still carrying with you over the day but also supported the feeling of “arriving to presence”. After this intense beginning followed a 70 to 80 minute intense, relieving and relaxing Purna Yoga sitting, stretching and standing poses followed by hanging poses. The wrap up of the lesson was again a “Gayatri” mantra – a slightly different one which supported the mind calming fully down and take the positivity, energy and love with you through your whole day.

I can recommend Purna Yoga Helsinki – and especially the teacher Nicola – to anyone who is interested in physically demanding and still relaxing and safe Yoga style which is instructed by well trained teachers who care for your body and your health as much as you should. 🙂 – Valentina D. Vienna