Seattle Yoga News is on a mission to find and highlight all of the hidden, and maybe not so hidden, gems in our yoga community and beyond. We want you to learn about their experiences and perspectives, but also a bit more about their personalities, so we have a few fun questions for them. This week’s spotlight is turned towards Gea Krajcar.

We asked Emma to share a word with our community and this is what she had to say:

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A YOGA TEACHER?

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Gea Krajcar:

I grew up in Croatia, influenced with yoga tradition and practices due to my mother who is a yoga teacher. It naturally led me towards becoming a teacher myself, during my years at the university, while studying mathematics and computer science. Yoga and meditation helped me open the door to a whole new world inside of me, and took me on a journey of discovering my true nature. That is what I wish for everyone, and sharing these sacred, transformative practices and knowledge with my students has been the greatest blessing.

WHAT KIND OF TRAINING HAVE YOU PURSUED?

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Gea Krajcar:

I spent a few years immersed in daily practice and studies with my main teacher Nina Vukas and did my 500 hours Spanda Vinyasa yoga school training and 90 hours Prenatal teacher training with her, both in Croatia. It’s a training rooted in the classical yoga philosophy, Tantric teachings, ​ Ayurveda’s understanding of nature and the five elements. The method follows the traditional teachings of Vinyasa Krama, a system of progressions chosen to serve the gentle unfolding and integration of our body/mind, and expands from there. I teach it as an integration of proper alignment, creative yet intelligent asana sequencing, Pranayama, mudra, mantra and meditation, creating a safe and meaningful practice. Besides my basic trainings, I did a Yoga Therapy module with Amy Ippoliti, spent a lot of hours studying Prana Vinyasa with Shiva Rea and her affiliate teachers. Since I moved to Seattle, I practiced a lot with Greta Hill and Cosetta Romani, of which I learned so much in the past year. I’m starting with a Rasa Yoga advanced training with Greta soon, too!

WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU ALWAYS GIVE YOUR STUDENTS?

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Gea Krajcar:

I remind them that yoga is a living practice, and our time on the mat is only a part of it. I’m always trying to teach them how to find a deep anchor in a soft and steady breath through challenges on the safe space of a yoga mat, and then invite them to translate it on daily life and relationships.

WHAT TYPE OF YOGA DO YOU LIKE TO PRACTICE AND WHY?

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Gea Krajcar:

I love to practice the styles that pay close attention to intelligent sequencing and alignment wrapped in a creative flow, and integrate with myths, mantras and mudras. Prana Vinyasa and Rasa Yoga are by far my favorites, and I really enjoy a good Jivamukti class!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE YOGA RELATED BOOK?

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Gea Krajcar:

There are so many! One of my favorites is The radiance sutras by Lorin Roche. It’s his unique perspective on the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra along with guidance in how to meditate with and embody them. On the geeky note, I am a huge fan of Paul Grilley’s books Your Body Your Yoga and Your Spine Your Yoga.

WHAT IS ONE THING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?

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Gea Krajcar:

That’s a tough one. Well, if you haven’t been to my place, you probably don’t know that I’m a pretty good cook! 🙂

OUTSIDE OF THE WORLD OF YOGA, WHAT ARE YOU REALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT?

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Gea Krajcar:

I’m really passionate about traveling, and in the past 10 years, probably all my earnings were spent on either that or yoga trainings. Also, I love hiking, swimming, photography and cooking. In my free time I design and code websites.

WHAT DO YOU THINK THE YOGA SCENE WILL BE LIKE IN SEATTLE IN 15 YEARS?

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Gea Krajcar:

Seattle is really a huge yoga hub. Since moving here, I feel like a kid in a candy store when choosing classes to go to and absolutely love the variety of styles and teachers! I like seeing the growing community of students interested in other, more subtle aspects of yoga practices besides asana, and packed classes chanting and meditating together. With so many talented young teachers, I am really curious about how this Seattle yoga community will look like in 15 years!

WHERE CAN ONE TAKE A YOGA CLASS WITH YOU?

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Gea Krajcar:

I am offering private sessions in my or your home, and if you want to practice with me in the studio, you can find me subbing the classes in Live Love Flow, HauteYoga Queen Anne and ShefaYoga Roosevelt. I’m open for more teaching opportunities!

WHO IS THE YOGI WE SHOULD FEATURE NEXT?

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Gea Krajcar:

                                   Greta Hill, Heather Falkin.

Gea Krajcar’s Bio: Gea is a devoted and experienced Vinyasa Flow Yoga (RYT500) and Prenatal (RPYT90) teacher from Croatia living in Seattle. Her classes are an integration of creative and intelligent sequencing, alignment, pranayama, myth, mudra, mantra and meditation – together creating a safe yoga practice based on Vinyasa Krama – a system of progressions in unfolding our mind and body.
 She is grateful for her teachers – Nina Vukas, Shiva Rea, Greta Hill, Cosetta Romani, Amy Ippoliti and others for all the knowledge she received on her path. Prior to moving to Seattle, Gea ran a yoga studio in Croatia with her mother and led workshops in the region.