Joey draws on over 35 years of experience in yoga, Tanja on 23 years. Both live the values of yoga. They teach sensitively and precisely, emphasize the safety of their students and encourage their self-knowledge.
Martina has been a qualified physiotherapist in Switzerland since 1998 and runs her own practice. When teaching anatomy, she draws on her profound knowledge from her many years of experience and brings it into context with yoga.
Owner and co-founder of the yoga place, gmbh
Joey has lived in Zurich since 2006. Born and raised in India, he has a deep spiritual understanding and can now draw on over 30 years of experience in yoga, meditation and energy healing. Joey had his first deep spiritual experience at the age of 17, when his consciousness suddenly expanded during a meditation. He describes this transcendent experience as follows: "I existed beyond my physical limits and was one with everything around me. I had an experience outside the human senses at that moment - and that has remained with me to this day. Through this experience Joey realized that the human being is more than his physical and mental body and that consciousness exists outside of the body. This triggered an unquenchable thirst for knowledge in him, and this thirst for knowledge led him to various spiritual teachers, healers, saints and gurus in India.
One year after his spiritual experience Joey started to learn Yoga Asana and Pranayama. Over the next nine years he attended seven to eight yoga lessons a week. His main teachers were the highly qualified Senior Iyengar Yoga teachers Father Joe Pereira and Feroza Ali. Joey is still in close contact with Father Joe Pereira today.
In the field of meditation he has been practicing Vipassana Meditation since 1992 and received the Shaktipat (the spiritual initiation) at the age of 18 years directly from the world famous Kundalini Master Gurudev Swami Shivom Tirthji Maharaj. Joey is also studying the meditation system of the late Guruji Maha Atma Choa Kok Sui.
In the field of energy healing he came in contact with the Christian healer Father Joe Santiago as a teenager and learned the art of Christian healing directly from him. Later he was taught for several years by the world famous energy healer Patrick San Francesco in the field of energy healing. Through the ongoing study of the healing system of Guruji Choa Kok Sui, he continues to refine his healing techniques.
At a young age Joey also assisted the director of the World Religion Congress in Mumbai and met many key people of different world religions.
Joey is also a passionate reader and explores various yoga philosophies and esoteric systems. While studying anthropology in Mumbai, he specialized in the field of primitive religions and cultures in the world.
Due to his connection to Indian culture, his deep spirituality and the continuous study of various yogic theories and texts, Joey lives and practices the values of yoga every day. His experience of over 30 years flows into his precise teaching style. As one of only a few yoga teachers, Joey has many years of both practice and teaching asana and pranayama. Thanks to his knowledge of meditation techniques, spirituality and energy healing, he is able to safely and effectively guide aspiring yoga students on their spiritual path.
Owner and co-founder of the yoga place, gmbh
Before Tanja followed her inner call and completely focused on her life as a yoga teacher, she worked in the financial sector for a long time. After completing a commercial apprenticeship in a Swiss bank, she joined one of the most successful US investment banks in 1997 as a young woman. In the following years she trained at locations in Zurich, London and New York and also successfully completed further training as a financial analyst and portfolio manager.
Also in 1997, she began taking lessons with various Iyengar Yoga teachers in Zurich, thus laying the foundation for her Yoga commitment. Tanja was fascinated by Yoga from the very beginning, but did not have the time to delve deeper into the subject. In 2003 the desire for change grew in her, so she quit her job and travelled to India - the country of origin of yoga. There she met Joey and with his help she began to understand the holistic and spiritual aspects of yoga. At this time she also became a student of Father Joe Pereira, a world-renowned senior Iyengar Yoga teacher, whose workshops she still attends regularly.
From 2004 to 2011 she worked in both the financial and the yoga world. During the day she sold structured products to institutional clients and banks on the trading floor of a Swiss bank, but in her free time yoga took the leading role. Tanja deepened her knowledge of Asana twice a week between 2004 and 2013 at Iyengar Yoga with Vasili Vlachos in Zurich. Since 2015 she is a student of Aadil Palkhivala (also known as The Teacher of Teachers), who was personally taught by Guruji B. K. S. Iyengar since the age of seven. Since summer 2018 Tanja is one of the few holders of Aadil Palkhivala's exclusive 2'000 Hours Teacher Training Certificate and is continuously improving her skills in various seminars and workshops. Since 2019 she is enrolled in the Yoga Therapy course at the Yoga University in Villeret, which she will finish in spirng 2021.
Tanja was introduced to Vipassana Meditation in 2003, has practiced the Golden Light Meditation by Patrick San Francesco since 2006 and the Meditation on Twin Hearts by Master Choa Kok Sui since 2012. She also regularly practices other meditations of this master.
Tanja has been teaching since 2009 and has gained a deeper understanding of life thanks to spiritual experiences from her many years of intensive yoga and meditation practice and the study of various philosophical and yogic texts. As a yoga teacher who has internalized the values of yoga, she also lives them externally and initiates a transformation process in her students.
Her teaching style is both sensitive and very precise. The students can easily follow Tanja's individual instructions and implement the necessary changes. You can feel that Tanja has invested a lot of time and effort in her passion and has been teaching for many years. She uses the skills she has acquired in the financial world to manage the yoga place, gmbh - here too you can see and feel the high quality standards.
Martina has been a qualified physiotherapist in Switzerland since 1998 and runs her own private practice. She is a long-time Yoga student of Joey Mascarenhas and Tanja Lenger Mascarenhas. The following diplomas distinguish her:
- Trigger Point Therapist IMTT®
- Dry Needling Therapist IMTT®
- Manual therapy/orthopedic medicine of the extremities (Dos angle and Kaltenborn-Evjenth® concept)
- Manual therapy/orthopedic medicine of the spine (Dos angle and Kaltenborn-Evjenth® concept)
- Spiraldynamics® Basic Certificate
- Manual lymph drainage/complexes Physical decongestion therapy (oedema therapy) according to Prof. Földi