Since the age of four, when she first attended ballet classes, Ilonka has immersed herself in international and contemporary dance. She went on to study gymnastics and dance at the University of Berlin where she trained as a physical education instructor. She has danced frequently on stage including solo performances at the National Concert Hall and Siamsa Tíre (Ireland) and Trowbridge Folk Festival (England). She studied African Dance in Berlin and teaches her own very successful yoga classes in Dingle, where she now lives. Ilonka also completed a two year teacher training course with Imelda Smyth (Álainn) in "Soul Making" and trained in Dance Meditation and Sacred Dance with Friedel Kloke-Eibl and Nanni Kloke
Ilonka became interested in Yoga as a teenager when she attended classes run by Ananda Marga in Berlin. This step was a natural progression after her early dance and physical training and set the seed for her continued studies and practice to become a Yoga Teacher.1995 she received a teaching certificate from the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute and in 2007 she studied at the Indian University in Nashik 'Yoga Vidya Gurukul',where she attained a Diploma in Advanced Yogic Studies.
Movingto Ireland in the late seventies she set up one of the first wholefood shops and vegetarian restaurants (Eirí na Gréine) in the country. Here her interest in homeopathy and complimentary health therapies flourished with a strong emphasis on wholesome diet and a holistic approach to healthy living. In 2009 she completed her training to become a medically approved coach in Fasting and Nutrition at the Academy for healthy living in Germany- Oberursel(dfa-Buchinger)
Ilonka has raised her family of five and can devote much more time teaching Yoga , running Yoga , Fasting, & Meditation/Dance Workshops/Holidays, retreats or individual tuition.
She also ran a successful Vegetarian Wholefood Cafe (Cul Gairdin) and Restaurant in Dingle for seven years.