Home-builder by Heart, Yoga Instructor by Soul


June 5, 2021

Words by: Brandy Belitsky

Photography by: Trevor Tsoi

Voyin Vilmanovich builds sustainable homes and teaches the healing powers of yin yoga.

At the ripe age of 10, Voyin Vilimanovich started his career working for his parents in the home building industry. He went from red lining walls and making copies of construction working drawings on the old ammonia copy machines to completing his Master Builder Designation through the Professional Homebuilders’ Association in 2015.

With a passion for the planet and sustainability, Voyin went on to educate himself about the impacts of the building industry on the environment. He sought out individuals who shared his vision of a sustainable future, and with the support of an amazing friend, in October of 2015. Euro Design Master Builder Ltd was born.

Between building sustainable homes and growing up playing volleyball and handball, Voyin’s active lifestyle eventually began to take a toll on his body. He suffered multiple injuries, including tendonitis in his elbow, needing to wear a brace for years, along with compartment syndrome in his shins which would require surgery. After hearing about the benefits of yoga on the body, he was led to a local yoga class at Metta Yoga Studio (formerly Moksha Yoga). After one practice, Voyin remembers feeling an internal heat in his core that radiated for at least an hour after class. He had never experienced anything like that before. From there on he kept practicing and began to notice dramatic physical changes in his body.

After practicing yoga for about two years, Voyin no longer needed to wear his elbow brace, nor did he need surgery. By just practicing yoga, he was able to heal his body, not only on a physical level, but also on a spiritual and emotional level. Voyin’s desire to help others achieve healing through yoga as well, drove him to take the yoga teacher training course through Metta Yoga Studios.

By just practicing yoga, he was able to heal his body, not only on a physical level, but also on a spiritual and emotional level.

With a vast amount of different yoga styles, Voyin put his teaching focus into “Yin” yoga. Yin yoga is a meditative style of yoga where poses are held for five minutes or longer, which is more prolonged than at a typical yoga class. This allows the body to go into deeper stretches, targeting the deep connective tissues, such as the fascia, ligaments, joints, and bones. It’s slower and more meditative, giving you space to turn inward and tune into both your mind and the physical sensations of your body. Voyin chose this style of yoga for its physical, emotional and spiritual healing abilities. He practices yoga three to four times per week and prefers to mix it up with different types of yoga classes.

Not only does Voyin practice yoga for its physical benefits, but also the mental and spiritual benefits. Our bodies can have energy “blocks” which can affect our day-to-day lives. These blocks can come from many things – from internal fears and self-doubts, to external relationships and other challenges. Through yoga and meditation you can learn how to release these blocks so you can become your best self.

If you’d like to check out a yoga class at Metta Yoga Studio, they are currently offering online classes. Voyin concludes, “Yoga is for the young, the old, the weak and the strong, but not the lazy.” Finding success with yoga means making a commitment to yourself. Don’t be afraid that you won’t be able to do the poses or that you won’t be as good as everyone else in class. The most important thing you can do for yourself is to show up.



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