To whom it may concern:
I moved from Bucharest to Istanbul with my job in IKEA and I happened to get to know
Tulay Konca by chance. While waiting for my son on Sunday, to finish his football class, I
decided to take a chance on the yoga class and I loved it!
I had been practicing yoga with Tulay for almost 3 years (when we both left Istanbul) in
small and bigger groups, joining her classes all over Istanbul. A year after I had started,
my teenage daughter decided to give it a try as well.
Tulay is a great yoga teacher; she knows how to awaken passion for yoga in everyone.
She pays attention to all her students, no matter how big the group is, always working
towards improvement in the posture. She always keeps in mind the physical problems
of each of her students and directs each individuals’ practices, according to that. She
taught us to aim for spiritual peace and good physical form.
Every yoga lesson is different with her, every time she would add something new or
change the lesson up a bit, so that you could never be bored.
At the same time she is not only a yoga teacher, she is a wonderful person, calm and
balanced. Tulay is organized and punctual. She has a talent to perceive each person and
tend to their needs.
After each lesson, the class would discuss different topics related to a healthy body and
mind. And here I have to say that: she always knows what to say.
She is much missed by all her students in Istanbul as well as me in Bucharest!
I highly recommend Tulay as a yoga teacher, without any reservations.
[Supply Planner IKEA Europe]
Estambul, 10 de octubre de 2015
Mi nombre es María José González Vicente y me dirijo a ustedes para recomendar a Tülay
Konca como profesora de yoga en su Institución.
Durante los últimos dos años he asistido regularmente como alumna a las clases de yoga
matinales impartidas por Tülay en la Universidad de Koç (Estambul, Turquía). Durante este
tiempo he tenido la suerte de conocer a Tülay como persona y profesora.
Son muchas las cualidades que podría mencionar de Tülay, pero me gustaría resaltar,
particulamente, su extremada profesionalidad, dedicación y puntualidad. Sin lugar a
dudas, Tülay disfruta de su labor como profesora y logra trasmitir su entusiamo a la clase.
Cada sesión superaba con creces cualquier expectativa que pudiéramos tener y hacía que
creciera nuestro interés y motivación por la práctica del yoga, tanto en la clase como en
casa. De hecho, gracias a su entusiamo y a sus pequeños deberes para casa, todos
empezamos a practicar de forma individual y continuada fuera de la clase. Nuestra
práctica continúa incluso ahora que Tülay ya no está en Estambul. Debo mencionar que
nuestra sesión empezaba puntualmente a las 7h30 de la mañana y todos asitíamos a la
hora, a pesar del madrugón, por respeto tanto a nuestra profesora como a nuestros
Tülay tiene la habilidad de trasmitir total seguridad al estudiante, está pendiente de los
movimientos de cada uno y es consciente en todo momento de las limitaciones
individuales, adaptando las posturas en caso necesario. Con su saber hacer, motivación y
cariño consigue que el alumno salga de la clase con la sensación de logro, de bienestar y,
sobre todo, de haber aprendido algo nuevo.
Estoy segura de que los alumnos que tengan la oportunidad de practicar o iniciarse en el
yoga con Tülay tendrán la misma sensación que mis compañeros y yo teníamos en sus
clases. Es una pérdida para nosotros no tener a Tülay como profesora, pero es, sin duda,
una suerte para cualquiera que pueda trabajar con ella.
Si tienen alguna pregunta o necesitan más información, no duden en ponerse en contacto
María José González Vicente
I would like to write to express my pleasure from taking your yoga lessons.
Since starting yoga lessons with you at the BISI on Sundays I have learnt so much.
Not only do I enjoy each lesson, I have learnt something new each time and I have
developed and improved my yoga over the course of time.
I also look forward to each and every lesson.
You are a great teacher. You have encouraged us all. Imparted each week something
new to learn or improve on. The atmosphere you create in the space is also very
It is with great sadness that due to moving back to Canada I will no longer continue to
take your lessons.
I wish you continued success with your teachings.
If anyone would like to take yoga I can highly recommend you as a teacher.
Wishing you all the very best.
To whom it concerns,
While my life was wasting away, between home and heavy work load, what made a
sharp turning point for me and find peace in my life was meeting my lovely teacher
Tulay. She tailored a class especially for me for my private lessons, worked on every
health issue that I had. I had infertility for years. Tulay addressed the issue in a very
holistic way and I got pregnant when I was 43 years old!
I am ever so grateful for Tulay’s kindness, patience and all the time she has given me.
Fusun Dertli Demir,
MSc Construction Engineering & BSc in Environmental Engineering
To Whom It May Concern:
My name is John Rose, I’m a school teacher at Shrewsbury International School
Bangkok. I’m writing about a lovely young lady called Tulay Konca, who is My Yoga
instructor. Before I start I just wanted to tell you a bit about my background. I’m 28,
Australian and I’m a very keen rugby player. I have been injured all my life with 2
torn hamstrings and a recent slip disc in my neck playing in the Dubai 7’s in 2007.
Being a Rugby player I though yoga was for girls but I have to say it has changed my
life. I went from being a nearly crippled and retired from rugby to playing
international rugby competitions. Since tearing my hamstrings when I was 18, I
have never been able to sprint properly for the last 10 years, I could even touch my
toes, but since doing yoga with Tulay I’m playing like I was when I was 18 again bar
the pace and can now touch my toes easily. My life style has also changed and I’m
hardly ever tired. I have also slimmed down and lost 10 kg. I’m more agile, have
more energy and just generally feel better about myself.
Tulay was a lovely teacher and I still do Yoga now because of her. She was brilliant
always encouraging even though I could not to do half the postures because I was
not very flexible. But doing 1 month I really started seeing the difference. I can just
about do most postures now. In my opinion if I had to have any yoga teacher it
would be Tulay.
Thank you very much for your email, although I’m sad to hear that we only have a couple of
lessons left! I will definitely try to build up a home practice although it would be great if you
could recommend a teacher for us. I’m not sure how disciplined I’ll be otherwise!
It has been really wonderful learning yoga with you. I feel like I have improved a lot and am
now far more aware of my body and what it is capable of doing. Even though I might find
some of the moves easier than the others in my group, I have really appreciated how you
adapt positions to challenge me. It’s like having a tailor made lesson with the fun of learning
with my friends.
We’re all going to miss you and our classes lots but it sounds like you have exciting plans in
Turkey as well as a baby to look forward to!
See you this afternoon,
I know Tulay since college years and I observed how yoga transformed her in years.
So, I thought I might have a chance to become a person who struggles less with
herself and is more flexible towards the difficulties that life brings about.
As a matter of fact, I tried yoga once when Tulay was out of the country, with some
lecturer who believed to be spiritual by changing the tone of her voice during the
class. With Tulay, yoga is nothing like fake! From where I stand, I see that she
completely devoted herself to the philosophy and anything about yoga, you name it;
she shares that with you in a heart beat. She always amused me with the depth of
her knowledge; let alone Sanskrit names of the poses (Recently, I found out not every
instructor is capable of learning them...); the anatomy of the human body and the
food that is good for the body. She is very a great motivator and just the type I like..
She told me nicely how I shouldn't back up when I felt discouraged during some
classes due to flexibility issues. However, she was also tough enough to show me the
importance of pushing my limits for sustainability.
Now, I become a person who tries her best to practice yoga everyday! And day by day,
I feel that my body, home to my soul becomes stronger and more flexible, which also
makes me feel like I can better cope with the challenges of life.
PS: Tulay is a great mom and a wife, and a precious friend that you should definitively
get to know!
Please do not hesitate to ask any questions you might have;
“The creative adult is the child who has survived.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin