She has an infectious sense of play and has no particular interest in dogmatic teaching or evil egos. She makes yoga profoundly fun and moving in more than just the body.
Nova has passionately devoted herself to yoga for most of her life. Her meditation and yoga experience goes back to the early 80’s when she first began to explore the practice of Buddhist meditations and yoga with her mother. She continues to learn, committing to at least a 100 hours per year of CPD. All of which gives her the food of knowledge to feed and inspire her students. She has studied with world-renowned teachers Visvaketu (Akhanda), Shiva Rea, (Vinyasa Flow), John Friend (Anusara) and David Swenson, (Ashtanga -second series TT). She has also been privileged to learn from inspiring teachers Sarah Powers, Paul Grilly, Sharon Gannon, Micheal Gannon, and Mathew Sweeny amongst others amassing over 2200 hours of training and over 8,000 hours teaching.
Nova’s unique sequences have inspired students across the world, at both her retreats and her studios in Koh Tao, Thailand and Kensington, London UK. She is now based in the New Forest, but continues to offer some workshops around the country and classes in London. Today that unwavering commitment and focus have earned her an extensive and growing reputation as an innovative and inspirational vinyasa, akhanda, and yin yoga teacher. She also teaches Teen Yoga and Special Yoga for children with ADHD. www.novamilesko.com
How long have you been teaching yoga and where do you teach?
I have been teaching since I was 18, which was about 50,000 light years ago but only for fun, then I worked in Television and Film for 10 years while I forgot what FUN was, and eventually I remembered what the point of life was again and started teaching for real. That was over 12 years ago. And now I get to love my job everyday, sharing joy and playfulness at my many private sessions and teacher training. I teach monthly for sold out workshops at CAMYOGA, Cambridge and weekly at YOGAHOME North London.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Constant learning, I am committed to 100 hours yearly of personal study, because I feel it is integral to staying interested and interesting as a teacher. And this in turn allows me to keep evolving and refining my craft.
What style of yoga do you teach?
Life is forever changing, and I feel that yoga needs to be a practical tool to help us not just survive the daily grind but enjoy it. So I try to create a space for the dropping of the external world dramas and any ego barriers. And then letting the practice be a deep connection to ourselves and those around us.
What do you like about teaching on yoga retreats?
I love people, I am sure if I could have chosen my life differently I would have lived in a commune (only without the hippies and in a fabulous house and none of the meetings to discuss who does what or maybe just ran my own retreat centre). I truly love to teach, cook, eat and connect with different people from completely different lives, it is always so inspiring and feeds my soul to see the shifts over the course of the these microcosms of life.
Where do you like to go on holiday?
Thailand and Sardinia