Where it all started
Hi, I’m Regina (Regi) Kerschbaumer the creator and founder of Yoga Orchid and Yoga Orchid Yinstitute (the yoga teacher training arm of the business.)
I was brought up in South Africa, and I travelled to Israel, Turkey and Europe after finishing my studies. In 1990 I met and married my German / South African husband, Andreas in London.
After attended my first yoga class in 1997 I was blown away by the intensity of the workout. As a mother of two toddlers at the time, I needed physical exercise as well as something to ground myself mentally and emotionally. Through yoga, I found balance, better health and an inner stillness. It strengthened my body and allowed me to simultaneously relax and focus.
“I found yoga, or yoga found me, and I have never looked back.”
When my teacher retired in 2003, I realised that yoga had become a way of life and I wanted to help other people share the experience. So, I decided to train as a yoga teacher.
In September 2006 – after two years of teaching Iyengar inspired yoga (500RYT) and two decades as an alternative therapist – I met American Yin Yoga Master Paul Grilley and his wife Suzee during a week-long Yin & Yang Yoga teacher training course. I felt as if I had discovered the ‘link’ between my knowledge of meridian therapy, reflexology and yoga. And realised my true calling in Yoga – as a Yin Yoga teacher.
My Yoga Style – Yin and Yang Yoga / Yoga Nidra and the Chakras
My unique yoga style now blends both a Yin sequence of long held poses to enhance the meridian and organ systems, combined with a Yang Practice – a gentle flow and standing postures. Although I practice both Yin and Yang styles of yoga, I especially like to teach Yin yoga as the deep stretching and long holds provide a meditative practice. It really opens the body and provides a space to explore the body’s inner landscapes.
Karuna Yoga Teacher Training Diploma (Iyengar Inspired) – October 2005
Yin Yoga Training Program (Lead by World Renowned Paul Grilley) – August 2009
Yin Yoga Teacher Training, Program 2 – June 2013
Yin Yoga Teacher Training, Chakra Theory – September 2015
Yin Yoga Teacher Training, Advanced Teacher Training – July 2016
Chakra Vinyasa: Liberating the Body Mandala and Tending the Sacred Fire – June 2011
Human Dissection Workshop (Somanautics Workshops) – July 2011
Insight Yoga Teacher Training – May 2014
Insight Yoga Teacher Training (Intensive / Mindfulness and Inner Practices in Yin Yoga) – April 2017
Insight Yoga Teacher Training (Level 3 Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive Warm-Hearted Awareness in Yin Yoga) – April 2017
Insight Yoga Teacher (500 Hours) – November 2018
Hoffman Process (Body, Intellect, Emotions and Spirit and has found true understanding with compassion, acceptance, forgiveness and love – July 2018
Yin Yoga Teacher Training, Chakra Theory and Meditation – August 2019
Yoga Nidra – October 2019
Practitioner Diploma in Hypnotherapy – September 2020
IFS – Parts Therapy – Level 1 – April 2022
I am also a qualified Beauty Technologist, Aromatherapist, Reflexologist and currently practice as a Bowen Therapist and Hypnotherapist. I have a thirst for knowledge and I am always adding to my professional expertise with additional training and development.
I regularly attend yoga teaching courses in the UK and abroad to keep my teaching inspired and up-to-date. I derive great physical satisfaction from yoga but also, more importantly; it helps me to deal with life’s twists and turns. My biggest hope is to inspire my students, as other teachers have inspired me.