About Us


Sushumna Yoga School was founded by Sonja Appel. Initially for 3 years in Delhi, then In 2008 she moved to Goa and set it up there with her partner Gita Sahni. 

Sonja grew up in Zimbabwe and London. She pursued a career in the performing arts and acting, later teaching and doing workshops in acting and doing theatre in education (T.I.E). Seventeen years ago she started a regular daily yoga practice. Her first teacher was Cathy Louise Broda who inspired her to pursue the path of teaching yoga too. Three years after this she went to Mysore, India to study with Guruji - the late Shri K Pattabhi Jois. After her initial stint of three months with him at his school, she made up her mind, to one day make India her second home. This materialised finally in 2005 and now 10 years later she splits her time between England and India.


Sonja has a B.A. in Classical Theatre and Acting and an M.A. in Contemporary Dance.  She has devised a unique Yoga Teacher Training, through her constant love of learning which never stops and firmly believes that it is the only one that offers a grounding in all the different aspects of yoga styles: Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Iyengar, Pranayama, Meditation and Restorative. This is achieved with the help of four other diverse and highly experienced teachers. 

Sonja also conducts workshops in Ashtanga, Sushumna Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Sushumna Restorative Yoga, Sushumna Pranayama & Meditation, Mysore self-practice, Yogalates and Pilates, Free-style Dance & Method Acting Techniques nationwide and abroad. 

Gita Sahni was brought to yoga through Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and his world famous 'Inner engineering' programme. After many years of living in London she moved back to her birthplace of India around the same time. Years of working in the corporate world finally stopped when she decided to join Sushumna in 2008 and she successfully takes care of the business and sales & marketing. She also now has the best equation of working in India and abroad and has successfully taken on the 70% raw food and 30% saatvic food on our 315 hour YTT.

"Sushumna offers a healing environment that is extraordinary for the holistic treatment of the mind, body and soul."