Kia Naddermier, Ashtanga Yoga and pranayama

Scott talks to his dear friend and colleague Kia Naddermier on their friendship and her life as a renowned Ashtanga yoga and pranayama teacher. They talk about the ability to pause being a key component in the evolution of yoga in your life.

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About Kia Naddermier

Kia Naddermier is the main teacher director of Mysore Yoga Paris and an internationally renowned teacher of yoga and pranayama. She is a dedicated advanced practitioner with over 25 years experience of and teaches Ashtanga Yoga, Pranayama, Kriyas and adjustment techniques. Kia has studied extensively within the traditional lineage of Ashtanga Yoga, and continues to practice, research and explore this vast tradition.

She is a devoted, long-term student of Shri O.P. Tiwariji and his son Sudhir Tiwariji in the lineage of Kaivalyadham. Kia is one of the first few in the world to receive Kaivalyadham´s highest teaching certification in advanced Pranayamas and Kriyas. Kia teaches with careful adherence to the authentic teachings of Ashtanga Yoga and Pranayama whilst encouraging each individual to explore the beauty of the practice for themselves.

She is dedicated to the growth and development of her students, and her way of teaching integrates her profound knowledge of the breath and Pranic energy, subtle and physical anatomy, with yogic principles. Her deep love and years of dedication to all aspects of this practice shines through in her attentive, insightful and inspirational teaching.

Kia lives with her husband and two daughters in Paris where she upholds the daily Mysore-program at the Shala.She mentors teachers, runs long-term apprentice programs and gives workshops, trainings and retreats internationally.

You can find out more about Kia’s teaching schedule here.

The conversation

Scott and Kia have been friends since 2015, sharing similar yoga shala’s in London and Paris. They are dear forms and colleague, teaching together annually at the SYL Spring Gathering since 2015 and at Purple Valley in Goa since 2018. In this warm and intimate conversation Scott talks to kia about her life and evolution as a highly regarded teacher of yoga and pranayama. Kia is deeply honest and shares personal stories about where she finds herself today.

I’ve often said, ‘There are yoga teachers and then there’s Kia Naddermier…‘ It still rings true… I love Kia’s teaching so much. She has this beautiful and magnetic way of landing the teachings of yoga so deeply in people. I never get tired of seeing how she can create magic in a yoga room and have been honoured to teach with her since 2015. I’ve wanted to talk to Kia since I started the podcast and am so happy this particular conversation is now out in the world. A must listen…
Scott Johnson – December 2020

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