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< Lebenssinn >

< la razón de ser >

< raison d’être >

< a reason for being >



IKIGAI translates as reason for being, while <Iki> means life and <Gai> means realization of your dreams.

This raison d’être formulated my motivation to create this bodywork home.


IKIGAI Studio is built from selected sustainable materials assembling the source of harmonious balance as a studio, elemental for clients and instructors wellbeing.


It is my wish to be contributing to all those who are open to learn about their bodies, treating them with care and love on this wonderful and inspiring platform.


I am truly excited to embark on this journey together with all of you. 


Also I wish to give a special thanks to my fellow clients who made the transition to the new IKIGAI Studio with me. And to the city of Zürich for trusting the vision and providing this object with the most incredible Bellevue room. 


And last but not least a profound thanks to all my dear friends, my partner and family who made this creation and dream come through. 


Mercedes Villanueva

IKIGAI Studio founder


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Mercedes Villanueva

  • Principal dancer in several companies in Spain, England and with the famous choreographer Maurice Béjart, Lausannne

  • Founder IKIGAI Studio

  • M.A. Tanzpädagogik ZHdK

  • Dipl. Pilates Master Trainer, Lausanne

  • Licenced Gyrotonic Expansion System Teacher

  • current education Tibetan Cranial

Mercedes teaches daily privet and small groups PIlates and Gyrotonic classes at IKIGAI



  • Certified Yoga teacher & Yoga therapist

  • Member of Swiss Yoga Association (Schweizer Yogaverband SYV) and SYV Health insurance approved

  • Dance- and movement therapist

  • Ayurveda Massage therapist

Paola teaches classical Hatha Yoga on Mondays  19:30 - 21:00 at IKIGAI and Shakti Dance evenings




Eleonora Hertenstein

  • Certified 1800h Yoga Teacher

  • Eidg.Dipl. Ausbilderin

  • Member of Swiss Yoga Association (Schweizer Yogaverband SYA)

  • Thai Yoga Massage Therapist

  • Health insurance approved by SYV/ Krankenkassenanerkannt durch SYV

Eleonora teaches weekly MyYoga Flow classes on Tuesdays 19:00- 20:15




instagram: myyoga_eleonora

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Nora Kersten

  • Certified 1250h+ Yoga Teacher

  • Leader of 200 h & Pre&Postnatal Yogatrainings

  • In the process of becoming certified Yoga therapist

Nora teaches 200h Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Trainings at IKIGAI. Every Wednesdays 19:15- 20:45, she teaches Medical Flow Yoga for a small group of Yogis.



Instagram: @yoga_nora

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Bruno Dietziker

  • Teacher of the Teachers with 41 years Experience

  • Owner of 'Pure Yoga' with his own Educational Institute

  • Author and Head of the 4 ½ Years Yoga Teacher Training Course accredited with the highest international standard (DYT 1'200h) – next course: May 2023 – October 2027

  • PhD in Indian Philosophy

  • Holder of 3 Yoga-Diplomas: ‚Yoga Education’ and ‚Yoga-Therapy’ (India) as well as ‚Medical Yoga’ (Korea)

Bruno teaches an unique 2hr Hatha-Yoga-Master-Class on Thursdays 19:00- 21:00 at IKIGAI open to everyone who would like to dig deeper into oneself. Beside Asanas and Pranayama, it includes Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Darshan (Philosophy), Mantra and Yoga Nidra



  • Certified Hatha- Kundalini Yoga Teacher

  • YACEPs in Yin Yoga, Pre&.Postnatal Yoga

  • Courses in Klangmassage &. Meditation

  • Dipl. social Pedagogue

Jasmin teaches Hatha Yoga on Tuesdays 17:30- 18:45 .Her classes are accompanied by singing bowls. The course is suitable for beginners and advanced students who would like to deepen their practice. Book classes here



Instagram: Yoga_and_sound_zuerich

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Revati Wawra

  • Originator of SLOWLING - An Energetic Human Experience

  • Master in Holistic Therapy

  • Traditional Energy Medicine and body work

  • Soundmedicine, Trance Therapy

Revati offers therapeutical, atmospheric arts and ritual work in one on one and group sessions.



instagram: @zenjai_revati


Matthias Egon Seigerschmidt

  • Dipl. Heilerziehungspfleger 

  • Ausbildung Autogenes Training

  • Qi Gong Kurs & Energetische Visualisierung

  • Praxis: Qi Gong, Zen Sesshin, Zazenkai sowie Zazen 

Früh am morgen öffnet Matthias die Türen des Ikigai studios, für die Morgenmeditation. 



Team Paola
Team Eleonora
Team Jasmin
Team Nora
Team Matthias
Team Bruno
Tem Revati

Contact us

Hornbachstrasse 23, 8008 Zürich  |  Tel: +41 78 888 03 01

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