My name is Vlad. Originally I am from Belarus. At the age of 21, I moved to San Francisco to pursue a business career. My goal was to study at HAAS School of Business, UC Berkeley. Right before sending the application, something inside of me kept saying, "this is not your path..."
I woke up with this feeling every day for two months until I finally decided to change the direction of my adventure and take a step into the unknown. The minute I made that decision I felt a huge weight off my shoulders. I felt light and liberated. I knew that I tapped to something that called “inner voice”. I realized the meaning of the phrase “follow your heart”. Since then I devoted my life pursuing my dreams.
Two years ago I relocated to Los Angeles where I am developing a dedicated yoga practice, promoting an active lifestyle which includes gratifying, satiating foods and meditation.
Body, mind and spirit. I am living my dreams every single day. The balance I have found in my life has given me an appreciation for this consciousness that I want to share with everyone.
By the age of 25, I had never exercised. I ate without care or caution. I spent most of my time in front of the computer screen studying and working on an online business. I thought it was normal to have pain in the back, neck and wrists as I got older.
I didn't have energy to handle day to day tasks. I was tired of being angry, overweight and unfocused...
I wasn’t happy with the way I felt about myself and my body.
While performing at a music festival, I noticed yoga classes on the schedule. I knew nothing about yoga but I heard that it helped to increase energy levels so I decided to investigate. During the class I was shocked at how difficult it was for me. I was stunned that I was so out of shape. That day, I decided to take control of my life and make changes.
I changed my diet completely and began studying yoga. I lost 35 lb., gained strength and became more flexible. My energy increased and so did my mental acuity.
My personal transformation led me to my life’s passion - to inspire and support you to create and develop a lifestyle that excites you, lights you up, gives you energy and inspiration to pursue your dreams.
Transform your life with highly customized private yoga lessons
My goal is not just to show up at your place once or twice a week to teach you yoga. My goal is to help you to implement these techniques in day-to-day living; so you can stay present, relaxed, energized and focused.
We might be a right fit if:
"20 minutes of yoga is more effective than any other physical activity to increase mental clarity, maintain focus, take in, retain and use new information."
-- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The results you will get:
I will teach you how to develop yoga and meditation practices in ways that are simple and doable.
I didn't love yoga, it scared me. I workout at Equinox, I train with personal trainers. I love to eat, mostly sugar. I didn't sleep well and had no energy. My muscles were tight, I was inflexible and angry. I spent weekends sleeping and recovering. Then I met Vlad and he changed my life. No, he helped me change my life. He is the best personal yoga instructor ever. If you even consider a private practice, schedule with him now. He is affordable and reliable. I now wake when the sun rises. I have an abundant amount of energy. I have lost weight, gained flexibility and strength and am eating a healthier diet. I am surprised daily by my mental acuity. I no longer lose my phone or keys. I am calmer. I need less sleep. I really can't say this more emphatically, yoga and Vlad have improved my life exponentially. Perhaps not in that order.
Allison H. West Hollywood, CA
Yoga is an effective, economical, and accessible way to boost wellness and productivity in your company.
A growing number of businesses are finding that offering yoga to their employees is a low-cost, preventive and holistic healthcare measure, making the discipline a resonating success with human resource teams looking for strategic returns on their wellness investments.
Some benefits of corporate yoga are:
Increase productivity and focus
Reduce sick days and insurance claims
Increase job satisfaction
Improve overall health and well-being
Enhance creativity and innovation
Bring mindfulness to the workplace
Boost morale and interpersonal communication
Cultivate leadership and teamwork
Become more attractive to potential employees
"Research shows that for every $1 invested in worksite wellness, companies can receive up to $3 in return."
-- American Heart Association
HOW IT WORKS
Let’s discuss your company’s goals, vistas and culture. Different businesses can benefit from certain yoga practices. Together, we can strategize and develop goals via yoga that lead to savings in healthcare costs, a rise in productivity, motivation and happier team members
Classes can occur in your office conference room, courtyard, cafeteria or any open space where employees can set yoga mats down. You determine class length, discipline (vinyasa, restorative, beginners, intermediate, etc.), schedule of classes all realized within your budget.
The classes are completely tailored for your specific needs. It might be a morning meditation or gentle stretching during lunch or a more rigorous class to end your work day.
Your company becomes even more competitive in order to recruit excellent, talented employees! A happier, healthier team is more productive and your business is more successful!
Companies I worked with
Vlad is the best! I practice yoga every Friday morning and it was starting to feel stagnant until Vlad came to the rescue. His classes are so refreshing and for me, they're the perfect balance of mind & body. His approach is genuine and approachable and he brings such a positive energy to the early morning practice (not to mention his music playlist is on point)! I would highly recommend taking classes with him- you won't be disappointed and you'll leave feeling stronger, physically and mentally.
Vanessa H, Vrai & Oro
Vlad is rad, seriously! Yoga was pretty difficult for me in the past because I didn't have a great teacher. However, after my sessions with him yoga became fun, challenging, and enjoyable again. He has an amazing holistic approach to yoga, and is considerate of your personal goals. I'm very excited he's teaching in LA now! Go check out a session--I highly recommend his class!
Amanda A. San Francisco
Vlad is funny, quirky, reliable, flexible, accommodating and I can go on and on with the wonderful adjectives. Vlad was my first ever yoga instructor. I tried it on a whim. But then I got hooked! On our first few sessions, I could barely reach my ankles, much less my toes. He started off slowly, letting my body adjust to these new sensations of stretching my muscles and ligaments. By the time we were 5 months in, he got me doing headstands and wheels! I wish he were still up here to help me progress in my yoga.
Adrienne F. San Francisco
Believe me, Vlad is the best yoga instructor you could ask for. I used to have nasty preconceptions about people doing yoga and went to my first class with him backwards, hating myself for even allowing it. Well, in one hour, Vlad not only completely changed my vision of the practice, but also probably changed my life since now yoga (and meditation) is almost a daily routine for me after a few months. Vlad gave me the confidence and will to keep going, was always kind and encouraging, and very flexible (pun intended) on the schedule and location. We had amazing sessions in various sceneries, and he also accepted that my 5 year old son joined us sometimes. I was very sad when he announced that he was leaving SF for LA, but he was also very good at recommending another instructor to further my practice.
Ost B. San Francisco
I took yoga lessons with Vlad in San Francisco which I really enjoyed. He's passionate about yoga and has great energy. Vlad is also very good about breaking down the details so you can understand how to master new positions. For example, I had problems with head stands, handstands, and crow before Vlad. He helped me learn how to do these positions and left me confident that I could master them with practice. If you're interested in learning yoga, Vlad is a great instructor.
Samidha G. San Francisco
Vlad is a talented and compassionate yoga practitioner who understands your needs and works with you for the best results. I started with a custom guided meditational/physical practice course and have been very happy with the results. My body feels much better overall (I use yoga in-between high-intenstity workouts to relieve muscle tension) and my mind is more focused and present, too.
George B. Marina del Rey, CA
Maddie S. Los Angeles, CA
Kate C. Cambridge, MA
Alexis H, Los Angeles, CA
Vlad is attentive and cheerful private yoga instructor. He listen carefully to specifics of my body and practice and constructed our classes based on my previous experience and future goals. I have improved my core strength, focus and meditation methods. I love his suggestions for relaxation and mindset.
Ana B, San Francisco CA
Debbie C. Los Angeles, CA
I took a class with Vlad at the Yoga Expo. I don't know what he had me doing that was different but my pectoral muscles and core were sore the next day. I do yoga daily at different studios in my area and his class definitely worked areas that need working. He had and upbeat and fun personality and explained the importance of each pose he brought us to. If I am ever in the L.A. area looking for a great class and yoga workout I will definitely look him up.
Linda B., Quail Valley, CA
I've been practicing yoga since 2008 and since then I've tried many many teachers, and studios, and festivals, and events, and workshops (thanks to the fact that I've been traveling a lot). I love yoga. I live yoga. But I have to say that out of those hundreds of teachers that I experienced, only a few I can call "Gurus". Only a few created it (the atmosphere), only a few breathed it (the smell), only a few radiated it (the energy). Only a few made their classes unforgettable, only a few made their classes enjoyable from the first second till the last, only a few took you on a journey, only a few made a difference. Vlad was one of them.
Anastasia B. Sausalito, CA
I recently had a one-on-one vinyasa flow session with Vlad on the beach in Santa Monica. It was hands down the best yoga experience that I have ever had. Not only was the setting beautiful, I learned so much about yoga and proper technique. I have just started practicing yoga and having a one-on-one session really helped me focus on my technique. Vlad was very attentive and tailored the session to my skill level. He pointed out a lot of adjustments that I need to make. I also have some issues with my shoulder and knees. He was able to make suggestions on how I could adjust certain positions to not strain or aggravate these past injuries. I learned so much more than I would have in a group class. I am definitely going to schedule my next one-on-one this week.
Jason S. Pasadena, CA
Vlad has completely transformed my body, and has helped me find a newer, more positive outlook on life all together! His technique is tailored specifically to each client, and I've personally never met such a great instructor. Thanks Vlad!!!
Alex S. San Francisco, CA
I never got on that yoga bandwagon that all my friends were quickly jumping on because it was "the thing to do". My only encounter with yoga was back in undergrad when I desperately needed one extra credit unit and, sadly, yoga was the only option. I would be lying if I said I didn't like any of it, I did...the last 15 minutes of it (aka napping) were just perfect! All this changed when I met Vlad. He delivers a very unique experience with meditative and spiritual core and not just stretching and twisting your body into a sailing knot. He'll work with you, motivate you, and inspire you to connect with your body and mind. He turned me into a believer. Namaste!
Tatyana P. San Francisco, CA
Vlad is amazing! First and foremost, He is incredibly intelligent-- which means not only can you trust him to provide instruction that is tailored to your level of fitness-- but that you can rest assured that your body (even if it has sustained an injury) is in good hands. He is incredibly patient, motivating, intuitive and a joy to be around. My time with him has been invaluable! Not only has he strengthened my body, but he has quieted my mind and nourished my soul. Namaste, Vlad!
Yana K. San Francisco, CA
Vlad is a fantastic yoga teacher, he understands how the body works and is careful to be sure no injuries will happen. He really cares to teach and share his knowledge of yoga and is very patient with his students. I would highly recommend Vlad. :)
Maureen, Los Angeles
Love-love-love Vlad's yoga classes. He not only teaches physical poses and gets you an amazing workout but also works with the energy body making you feel balanced and calm. He also has this amazing vibe that makes you want to do yoga and be a good person. His individualized approach makes his classes great for both beginners and Advanced yogis.Ask him about Raw Food transformation too. And take his class. Today :)
Irina B. San Francisco, CA
The first time I met vlad was at a community yoga studio in San Francisco. His energy was amazing and immediately attracted me. We started talking and he told me about his private yoga classes that he had just started. Soon after we began practicing together about once a week. He is great at leading through a flow and I miss our time dearly since he's been in LA. I would recommend vlad to someone who has never tried yoga or to someone who has been practicing for twenty years. His energy radiates and after an hour with him you will fall in love with yoga and how it can make you feel.
Lily S. Santa Cruz, CA
I learned so much from Vlad. I now realize that even though I've been doing yoga for a couple of years, I have not fully experienced the benefits of holding poses. Vlad helped me adjust my poses and I finally learned what they should really feel like. He is great at helping improve one's practice and take it to the next level. Thank you heaps !
Marina K. San Francisco, CA
Vlad is an amazing person, yoga instructor and friend! His positive energy is infectious and he truly cares about helping you reach your goals -- whatever they may be. He's also super fun to be around and a great and doesn't take himself too seriously. I absolutely recommend taking his classes. You won't regret it! Miss you Vlad :)
Ximena A. San Francisco, CA
We love Vlad to be our whole family yoga instructor. We have him to teach us yoga since last year. And my two little one love to do yoga with him too! Thank you for being such a great encouraging instructor to my whole family!
Shakia Z. San Francisco, CA