Good to see you & Let me introduce myself.
My name is Justyna Traczyk. I use she/her pronouns.
I’m from Poland but I have a second home as well – India. If you don’t find me in any of these two, it means that I’m travelling and most probably indulging in one of my passions: yoga, photography or rock climbing/ hiking/ surfing.
I’ve been changing my location often in past years – traveling from Switzerland, through Portugal and US, back to Europe and my home country. There’s one element that dictates my heart where to go – and it is nature – mountains and oceans. They nourish my soul. And teach so much about life.
Sharing yoga practice internationally with local communities has been an experience I feel very grateful for.
And as long as I do what I love, I feel I am at home.
I studied cross-cultural studies and maybe that’s what developed my will to travel and get to know other cultures. Or maybe it developed because of my grandfather, who has been travelling all his life. Or thanks to my mom, who always encouraged me to listen to my inner voice.
I am a yoga facilitator and an outdoor enthusiast.
I have begun practicing Ashtanga Yoga in 2005 and right after the first class it became my daily routine. In 2006 I have already been in India where I have been studying yoga ever since.
It is both, the movement and stillness, felt at once, that keep me showing up on my mat to observe who I am deep inside.
Since 2012 I have been returning to KPJAYI to practice with Sharath Jois Rangaswamy. I was also honoured to receive his blessing in January 2014 and I was given the authorization Level 1 to teach Primary Series as taught by the KPJAYI. I was assisting in Shala during my study there in 2015 and 2016.
As a result I began to teach Ashtanga Yoga in its traditional way in yoga studios, in companies, and also as private lessons and in prison, where I was running a special yoga program for female inmates.
Since 2018 I have been returning to learn in Ashtanga Yoga Morjim. Sharmila Desai guides me into holistic practice of yoga and how to apply what we discover into daily life’s duties. She also encouraged me to start my own traditional Shala. It’s called MERU Shala and you can check it HERE
I am a pelvic floor therapist. I teach about menstrual cycle awareness. I aim to support women in all stages of life, introduce yoga to teens and young women, assist during pregnancy and after giving birth, inspire to live in tune with laws of nature which our body reflects.
I also address problem of lack of self acceptance, negative body image and common eating disorders and hold the space for open conversations about these experiences. These are part of my own story and caused suffering for many years.
It is a healing journey and to share it with others is my effort to bring more softness and compassion to ourselves and to the world.
I implement trauma informed lens to the ways I share yoga practice with others.
My mother passed away 8 years ago and it developed my need to help patients suffering from cancer. Apart from introducing asana and meditation practice to them, I also started to study Carl Simonton and program and somatic yoga for a more holistic approach to healing process.
I teach what I learned and experienced myself over these years. Yoga quiets my mind but also it makes me face my fears and limitations, empowers and builds resilience. Teaches me daily to simply let go, too.
I have been working lately on new chapters of my teaching and personal development. One relates to trauma and other to our environmental responsibilities as humans – but they also meet in many ways.
EcoYogic Collective emerged as connection of yogic values and environmental care to raise awareness and act together as a community of likeminded people.
I am a professional photographer and I focus on portraits, lifestyle and landscape photography.
By the latter I strive to inspire to protect natural world.
And my personal goal is to live in a sustainable lifestyle day to day, as there is only one Earth.
I don’t eat animal products, mostly bike to work, try to avoid plastic and choose only responsible & cruelty free initiatives and brands to collaborate with. You will see me working with them as a photographer or occasionally as a model also.
I live a healthy lifestyle and I prepare my own food. I have just learnt a word that describes my eating choices best- Swiss Vegan. I love chocolate, cheese from time to time and drink Rivella while in the mountains. And carry chilli sauce always with me.
I also love life on the road, sleeping in windy places and waking up early for adventures that await.
I like to have plans. And changing them.
I love a man who loves me back. I have a few true friends. And amazing groups of folks who I meet through yoga and climbing. I do what I love to do. And I am free. As free as I can be.