Teacher Feature: Oksana Yatsenko
What or who inspires you? My biggest inspiration is life itself. Any happy moment, any challenge or any discovery I come across serves as my inspiration.
Do you have a personal philosophy you live by? Always try to see others as yourself, don’t separate or judge too harshly. We are all ONE!
Many people choose a word for their year. Do you have a word for 2016? Balance (keep things simple and give time to my passions, not just work)
What is one movie you watched over and over again?Kingdom of Heaven, it has everything in it, passion, hate, faith, strength, hope and love. I find it is really timeless and true to life in an uplifting way.
What is your favourite song to practice yoga to? I practice and teach multiple styles of yoga, so it really depends on the style of the practice. My playlists are full of kirtan music to open the heart.
How do you recharge your batteries? Being in nature really helps. I hike, bike, run and ski just to be outside.
Do you have any healthy eating secrets? Might sound cliche, but eating the rainbow of raw, organic foods on a regular basis seems to work best to keep up energy and health. All the vitamins we need nature has already in natural form.
What advice would you give your younger self? Take care of yourself better, you is entirely up to YOU!
What do you like most about the Victoria Yoga Conference? I like the focus on local teachers. BC has so much to offer in terms of quality of yoga and its diversity. We don’t really need to go anywhere anymore to receive top level yoga teachings. I say its about time for the world to come to us!
Oksana S Yatsenko is a yoga and meditation teacher and creator of UMA Yoga College. Adept of many styles, she provides her students with not just a practice, but a complete self care tools for life. Teaching worldwide classes in Kundalini, Hatha and Yin yoga. Her motto is, “Realize your potential”. Bringing eastern physical practices and western mindset to her teachings, Oksana makes yoga accessible and relatable to any student. Igniting a spark of self discovery and teaching a lifelong love of yoga.