Marzena Lucyna Kierepka, Yoga/Pilates Teacher & Master Teacher Trainer and Founder of Zenith
I began practicing yoga in 1999. The classes were on a Sunday in a local gym. I confess back then I didn’t even know what yoga was. It was not long after that I began to look forward to Sundays with anticipation, excited to go to the gym and practice. One day, I took the plunge. I approached my teacher and asked ‘Where can I learn more about this?’ Her answer was: ‘Go to India to this ashram in the south…’
Two months later, I was on a plane to that ashram in India to develop my practice and hone my skills. On that journey, I explored different styles, teachers and places. The rest is history. The vastness of this subject, its depth, and its beauty can be overwhelming.
I tried and practiced many different styles before I found the style that speaks to me best, Iyengar Yoga, a type of Hatha Yoga that focuses on alignment, strength and unity of body and mind. Iyengar Yoga was developed by Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar, who I met in Pune, India, on several occasions. I feel a depth of gratitude to all my teachers: the Iyengar family, Hart Lazer, and Radjiv & Swati Chanchanis. Their graciousness in sharing their knowledge with me has allowed me to experience the joy of Yoga.
I moved to Hanoi in 2005, working as a tour guide and saw a gap in the market. With the support and encouragement of my husband and two close friends, I took a leap of faith, and set up a small yoga studio near the Temple of Literature. This was where Zenith was born.
But my journey didn’t end there. Not long after that, I became very interested in Pilates and introduced it to Hanoi in 2007 and was the first Pilates instructor offering classes in Northern VietNam.
And … Zenith continues to develop and expand to meet the needs of our ever growing community, now incorporating yoga, pilates, teacher training and a range of health and wellness services.
Marzena Lucyna Kierepka is the owner and founder of ZENITH yoga pilates wellness, one of the oldest and most highly regarded centres in Hanoi. She is a master trainer in therapeutic & foundation Yoga, and in the Pilates method, with a particular focus on apparatus (reformer). With over 15 years of experience, she offers therapeutic consultations in both yoga and Pilates, and leads a range of workshops, classes, courses and teaching training (TTC) in Vietnam.