Mona was born in Riga, Latvia, and grew up in Stockholm, Sweden. In her teens, she and her family moved to Orange, California, where Mona turned to dance and athletics for refuge. Initially drawn to the physical aspects of yoga, she attended classes sporadically to improve flexibility and strength. Her relationship with yoga shifted when she developed a consistent practice at an authentic studio. It was there that she began to explore the idea of deepening her practice and perhaps one day teaching. Mona trained under the guidance of Diana Pipaloff and Jnanan Nanda Bjarati for her 200 hours and Katherine Zirling and Rudra Newell for her 300 hours. She attends continuing education workshops and study groups, and is devoted to the on-going learning experience of being teacher and practitioner. She is dedicated to living her yoga with heart, and to teaching with a commitment to the ancient traditions of yoga.