Our instructors

Anna Ahlqwist

Who I am:
I love exercising and being active. Sharing the joy of movement and helping people to find their individual resources. I have always had loads of energy and feel that life is full of challenges. I like being out of doors and on the running track, and I run marathons around the world. I have been working as a physiotherapist for many years, specialising in back problems and exercise. I practise yoga individually and in groups as rehabilitation.

What yoga means to me:
When I began doing yoga several years ago it was more as a complement to my training. Over time yoga has become a part of my everyday life and a lifestyle choice. I want to share my knowledge and spread the practice of yoga with all its benefits for both body and mind. I gained access to many of these tools first and foremost within ISHTA yoga*. ISHTA yoga is suited to those who want to explore yoga a little more deeply, a form of yoga that is individually-adapted with a fantastic holistic perspective.

Training:
I have been a certified RYT500 ISHTA yoga teacher since February 2017 and have attended courses with Ulrica Norberg.  I have been a Hatha yoga instructor for several years at Friskis&Svettis and I am a certified mediyoga teacher.

Anna Wikström

Who I am:
A cheerful yogini who loves meeting people. Travel is my great passion and I am inspired by new places, cultures, people and all that life has to offer.
My work involves health development and personal development for individuals and groups through yoga, education and guidance. As I am a trained yoga teacher, health consultant and nutritionist I am always thinking about how best to bring everything together for a holistic approach. Combining all the pieces of the puzzle such as recovery, good food, activity and enjoyment. Life is there to be enjoyed!

What yoga means to me:
Yoga is very special to me and is my way of handling life and all its challenges. I have tried most forms of yoga and feel that all practice that brings me closer to my inner self is time well spent. I always gain something from all yoga teachers and all yoga classes. I do yoga because it helps me to be my best self. I love teaching and it is a gift to see how people get in touch with their inner self through being present. My objective as a teacher is to motivate my students to work in their element.  I use yoga and meditation as tools for gaining insight and increasing self-knowledge in order to make decisions that lead to one’s true path. The unique thing about my classes is that I always place great emphasis on slowing down and recovery, as I find that most people need that nowadays. I look forward to meeting YOU on the mat!

Training:
Certified yoga teacher via Yoga Alliance RYT500, ISHTA yoga teacher training 300 HR*, ISHTA yoga teacher training 200 HR*, Yin yoga teacher training 30 HR with Magdalena Mecweld, ISHTA Yin yoga teacher training stage 1 & 2 80 HR, Global yoga teacher training 100 HR, Health/fitness consultant 2-year course. Nutritionist via Paulúns Näringscenter stage 1 and 2.

Emma Müller

Who I am:
As a person, I am a somewhat “serious playful” individual who loves my family, my friends, conversation and my kombucha-making.  In addition to this I work as a psychologist and DBT therapist for young people. It is a job that I find very meaningful and important.

What yoga means to me:
For me, yoga begins from the inside out, and from the outside in, and right across. Yoga is found on the mat, but also in life. For me, yoga is in many ways about shifting between physical exertion and calm in order to perceive myself and the inner peace within. As a yoga teacher I want to give students an inner experience of being closer to something, and what it is becomes evident from time to time. Yoga is less about performance and more about being and experience. And that’s what yoga and meditation give me.

Training:
I am trained in Hatha yoga, RYT-500H ISHTA*, completed in 2017, and gained a diploma as a Kundalini yoga teacher in 2009. In 2010, I qualified as a Mindfulness instructor.

John Sevehem

Who I am:
I do yoga myself every day. For me, practising yoga means being in contact with my best self. The motto for my classes is: “You will leave feeling better than when you arrived.” In gym yoga it is easy to believe that you must fight and achieve perfection in the positions. But yoga is not about performance at all, rather it is about achieving harmony, by synchronising your movements and breathing and being aware of your body.

What yoga means to me:
I came across yoga when working at a large company in the business sector as an economist and engineer. I found yoga and meditation to be an effective tool for turning pressure and stress to harmony and presence. Today I am keen to teach this to others in a simple and fun way.

Training:
Over the years I have had the chance to practise several different yoga styles such as Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa flow and Yin before discovering ISHTA. I am a qualified teacher of ISHTA Yoga* (500h), having studied with, among others, Ulrica Norberg and its founder Alan Finger, New York. I am also a teacher of Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra. I am continuously furthering my training – most recently with Chad Hamrin, USA. My foremost sources of yoga inspiration right now are Mona Anand, NYC and Sandra Insoha, Paris.

Karin Paulsdotter

Who I am:
Health and fitness is something close to my heart, and so I am delighted to get to share my passion in my job as a spa therapist and yoga teacher here at Upper House. For recuperation and inspiration, I spend a lot of time out of doors. Nature is important to me and I find that long walks bring a wonderful physical tranquillity.

What yoga means to me:
Around 15 years ago as a stressed-out mother with young children I happened to come into contact with Vipassana meditation. This encounter with stillness gave me a brand new approach to stress. Meditation taught me to understand the importance of listening when my body signalled that it was time for recuperation to cope with the pulsating intensity of everyday life. When I tried yoga several years later it felt like an additional way to ground my body and find myself. Yoga and meditation are my tools for handling life’s challenges, being in the now and enjoying when I feel pleasure.

Training:
I have attended ISHTA Yin yoga teacher training 50 h with Ulrica Norberg in London and ISHTA Hatha yoga teacher training 200 h with Ulrica Norberg in Stockholm.*
I am a qualified health coach with the emphasis on health education, coaching, diet and exercise science. I have been working in the gym for several years and am a licensed Les Mills instructor in Body Balance, CXWORX and Body Pump. I am a Vipassana meditation practitioner and hold a diploma as a masseur.

Pia Pagrell

Who I am:
It is over 10 years since I first encountered yoga and I am still fascinated by the strengthening and healing effect yoga has on both body and mind. Today yoga has assumed a stable and meaningful place in my life. Through yoga I am more present and have better self-awareness and knowledge of what I need to add to my daily training and lifestyle to optimise my wellbeing, every day.

What yoga means to me:
Practising yoga gives me so much and it is a great pleasure to get to share the fantastic tools of yoga. During a class we explore the potential of the body, identify ingrained body patterns, and are inspired to extend our inner awareness in order to unite breathing, body and mind. My intention is to offer individually-adapted yoga classes that leave you with a good feeling in both body and mind to take away from the yoga mat and out into everyday life.

Training:
I am a certified RYT200 teacher in Hatha/Vinyasa yoga through Ulrica Norberg’s Yoga for Life, certified 500hr teacher through ISHTA Yoga. I am also certified in ISHTA* Yin yoga through Ulrica Norberg and in pregnancy yoga through Karin Hilmarch, Yogastudion.

Anna Gagner

Who I am:
I am an inquisitive, affectionate, happy and cheerful yogini. I have a passion for life, for my family and for my work as a yoga teacher and osteopath. This is something I hope is reflected when you meet me. I view the person as a whole – mind, body and soul. I believe in the body’s self-healing power and that we can help move things in the right direction using all the tools of yoga.

What yoga means to me:
I first began practising yoga in 2000 and it quickly became a part of my life. In the beginning, more as a form of exercise and stretching. Today yoga is a way for me to sharpen my awareness and focus it on my centre. I find an inner calm there that enables me to gain clearer and deeper insights. Our everyday lives involve lots of external factors that have a negative effect on our stress levels. Therefore it is essential to take some time for ourselves, to focus on our breathing and body, time when we can relax and allow ourselves to recover. For me, yoga is a way to find my calm original self, my natural ground state. This is what I hope to be able to communicate in my classes.

Training:
I am a certified RYT 200h teacher in Hatha/Vinyasa yoga through Ulrica Norberg’s Yoga For Life.
Trained osteopath D.O. (Scandinavian School of Osteopathy in Gothenburg).

 

*ISHTA YOGA
ISHTA means “Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra & Ayurveda” This form of yoga is more of an approach to yoga rather than a specific yoga style. A teacher with ISHTA training aims to share yoga as a holistic approach combining philosophy, movement and lifestyle and adapt it to each individual’s requirements.

The poses and flows in the classes come from Hatha yoga, which is the most traditional style of yoga. The classes have a philosophical focus on expanding our subtle awareness (tantra), for example, of how breathing affects us. Every individual in a class has different requirements and, based on an ayurvedic approach, we adapt the classes to suit our participants. This means you can join any class whatever level you are.

An ISHTA class aims to stretch, strengthen, balance and relax the physical body. It concentrates on breathing techniques (Pranayama) and visualisation to calm and silence the mind and meditation to expand our consciousness in order to release energy.

ISHTA yoga was founded in the 1960s by Mani Finger and his son Alan. Their aim was to integrate all the differing systems and teachings from two decades of studies with renowned yogis such as B.K.S Iyengar and Swami Nishraisananda and yoga in the modern world.