The story of We DU Yoga started in 2010 when two sisters Dalia and Rhubin, who had separate carriers in arts and movie productions, with absolutely no thoughts of becoming yoga teachers, ended up together on a teacher training in India. As Rhubin put it: “our mom talked us into it and after a while we got hooked”. They continued working on their yoga practice and did several other teacher trainings around the world talking about a day they will open their own yoga studio. However, since both of them had “normal” jobs, it took some time for their vision of the yoga studio to take form. In 2015 they organised the first yoga retreat in Dubrovnik and found the perfect home for We DU Yoga studio, where it still stands today. The team holds regular studio classes and weekend workshops. In cooperation with other international yoga teachers, we organise yoga retreats, holidays and workshops.
RHUBIN HERCEG | RYT 500 | Studio owner | Yoga Teacher | Founder of Sense Sound Massage
Rhubin pours her artistic energy onto the mat and into sequences that help her center and draw from an inner well of inspiration that lead to creations in the field of illustration, photography, fashion and other arts. In her classes she works towards achieving the same effect within the group, helping people tap into their creative powers.
Her path as a teacher started with a trip to India where she spent time deepening her asana, pranayama and meditation practice and studying yoga philosophy. She completed her 200 hr yoga teacher training at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram in 2010.
After a few years of teaching at a studio in Dubrovnik she encountered the Ashtanga Vinyasa System, and immediately felt an intense pull to the practice. It didn’t take long for her to pack up, fly to India and surrender herself to the guidance of Rolf and Marci Naujokat. In 2013 she completed the advanced teacher training at Kranti Yoga in Goa and is now a 500 RYT Yoga Alliance accredited teacher. She regularly continues to further her practice with KPJAYI authorized teachers Kirsten Berg and Mitchell Gold. Rhubin also completed a 40hour teacher training with David Swenson in 2016 and continues to further her knowledge by attending workshops with authorised teachers like David Robson.
DALIA HERCEG | RYT 500 | Studio owner | Yoga Teacher
Dalia is an open minded, warm hearted yogi who looks at the student and tailors the teaching to his possibilities and needs, finding ways to integrate yoga into their everyday life, and helping them keep the passion and joy of practice, appreciating whenever one finds the time and peace to spend on the mat.
Her own experience with having to adjust and modify her practice due to an arm injury from childhood, has led to applying the values of tolerance, acceptance and perseverance to her teachings.
She strongly believes that the obstacles one encounters in life and on the mat are true opportunities to learn and develop a deeper understanding of the worlds that lie within us. Dalia started her yoga path during her life in India, where she also completed her teacher trainings, the first in 2010 at the Shivananda Yoga Ashram in Kerala, and the Advanced Ashtanga Vinyasa training in Goa, 2013. She keeps furthering her experiences in classes and workshops in Asia and Europe with international teachers as Rolf and Marci Naojukat, Kirsten Berg and Mitchel Gold. In 2016 she completed a 40hour teacher training with David Swenson, and furthers her knowledge during workshops held by authorised teachers like David Robson.
NIKOLINA PAPUGA | We DU Yoga Teacher | RYT 200 | Kundalini yoga, Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga
Nikolina’s childhood dream was to become a teacher, little did she know she will become a yoga teacher. The urge to answer questions about the meaning of life has always followed her around. One day when she joined a yoga class she has a life changing experience that shook her to her core. The journey of her lifetime began that day, and she is forever grateful for it.
She decided to join a yoga teacher training at OM Yoga School in Zagreb. It was a decision driven by her heart. She felt the urge to share all the positive changes yoga brought into her life. The feeling of coming back to yourself. The feelings of gratitude and worthiness. The peace and happiness we all long for. Nikolina teaches at We DU Yoga since 2019. and has furthered her education to also become a Kundalini yoga instructor.
KATARINA SURAĆ | RYT 200 | Kids Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga
Katarina is a bright and joyful teacher, who draws from her years long working experience as a social worker to create great group dynamics and a very supportive environment for her yoga student.
Her first encounter with yoga happened during her studies in Zagreb, while her more dedicated exploration of different yoga styles and a go to daily practice started forming about a decade ago.
Yoga helped her fight of constant doubt and the pressures that come with it, it allowed her to stand strong and act against the fears that keeping her from making deep changes she felt were necessary for her to truly start opening up to life.
Katarina completed a Yoga for Kids TT under the guidance of Cayetane Rodenas, Yoga&Kids Director at Gaya Yoga Zagreb in 2016. She then completed her 200RIT education with the Om Yoga studio in Zagreb.
She is constantly working at finding new ways of spreading yoga amongst the groups wishing the social care system to help them achieve a better quality of life.
Katarina taught full time at We Du Yoga from 2018 till late 2019 when she decided to go independent and open Set & Reset. She still teaches workshops at We DU Yoga as a guest teacher.