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. Sincerely, Tzvetana Konstantinesku [Supply Planner IKEA Europe]
Estambul, 10 de octubre de 2015 Estimados señores: 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 compañeros. 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 conmigo. Atentamente, María José González Vicente Bogazici University
Dear Tulay, 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 nurturing. 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. Namaste Tessa Maddison, Canada/England
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. Kind regards, John Rose
Hi 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, Takako Yeung
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; Best regards, Banu Uzgur
“The creative adult is the child who has survived.”  ― Ursula K. Le Guin
From the founder and CEO of International Women Connected As it is mindful Thursday, I will like to present the person who has opened my eyes for yoga and mindfulness and has led me to the deepest depths of my personal development. This is not just another yoga teacher, she is THE yoga teacher everybody needs to have in their lives! Extremely educated and prepared, and yet humble and modest she has turned her life into a journey alongside yoga. In her presence I found the real meaning of yoga practice and how strict one must be to achieve full results not only on turning my body upside down, but transforming my way of being. The Yoga MasterTulay! For her long years of practicing and teaching she has been traveling to numerous countries bringing the light to each and one of us - her students for life!☀️ In October Tulay will be in London and I personally would like to invite you all to this breathtaking ( literally) experience! Boryana Tuzharova
Tulay is an amazing teacher Her knowledge of Yoga – from origins to physiology is immense. As a teacher she listens to you, and encourages you to listen to your body. She is calm and careful and will never ask you to put yourself in any jeopardy. She helped my body release itself from many years of skewed walking and damage due to hip and sacro-iliac joint problems and instilled a great peace in me as well as helping my muscles release. In addition, she gave guidance as to the right foods to eat, and diet and wellbeing without forcing her opinions. I thoroughly recommend Tulay as a unique and first-class Yoga teacher who will match the right yoga moves to her client. Elaine Macnamara Mallorca Nov 2017
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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. Sincerely, Tzvetana Konstantinesku [Supply Planner IKEA Europe]
Estambul, 10 de octubre de 2015 Estimados señores: 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 compañeros. 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 conmigo. Atentamente, María José González Vicente Bogazici University
Dear Tulay, 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 nurturing. 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. Namaste Tessa Maddison, Canada/England
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. Kind regards, John Rose
’’She is the best - we missed her so much when she left Bangkok’’                                                               Kathy Wallace, Singapore
Hi 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, Takako Yeung
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; Best regards, Banu Uzgur
From the founder/ CEO of International Women Connected As it is mindful Thursday, I will like to present the person who has opened my eyes for yoga and mindfulness and has led me to the deepest depths of my personal development. This is not just another yoga teacher, she is THE yoga teacher everybody needs to have in their lives! Extremely educated and prepared, and yet humble and modest she has turned her life into a journey alongside yoga. In her presence I found the real meaning of yoga practice and how strict one must be to achieve full results not only on turning my body upside down, but transforming my way of being. The Yoga MasterTulay! For her long years of practicing and teaching she has been traveling to numerous countries bringing the light to each and one of us - her students for life!☀️ In October Tulay will be in London and I personally would like to invite you all to this breathtaking ( literally) experience! Boryana Tuzharova
Tulay is an amazing teacher Her knowledge of Yoga – from origins to physiology is immense. As a teacher she listens to you, and encourages you to listen to your body. She is calm and careful and will never ask you to put yourself in any jeopardy. She helped my body release itself from many years of skewed walking and damage due to hip and sacro-iliac joint problems and instilled a great peace in me as well as helping my muscles release. In addition, she gave guidance as to the right foods to eat, and diet and wellbeing without forcing her opinions. I thoroughly recommend Tulay as a unique and first-class Yoga teacher who will match the right yoga moves to her client. Elaine Macnamara Mallorca Nov 2017