I’m the founder of Earth YogaNYC which was an award-winning hot power vinyasa studio I started in 2008. We had over a decade of amazing success with a highly respected Yoga Teacher Training program & a schedule of classes taught by the Big Apple’s best. Selling the studio in 2019 allowed me to travel more & to continue my passion for helping instructors uplevel their teaching & leadership skills through mentorship & zoom trainings.
Now that I’m back in New York after a hiatus in England over Covid, I’ve established a new little studio (Yanti YogaNYC) offering a schedule of asana & co-teaching classes. I’m super excited to collaborate with local teachers on a calendar of upcoming workshops, retreats & courses. Throughout Covid over zoom I continued to teach yoga to a strong Weill Cornell community of scientists & doctors. It’s amazing to now teach them in person after 22 months speaking to them in little boxes over the internet. I’m so in awe of the bonds possible through the use of tech & despite the miles.
I had the honor of working with Adrian & the Warrior Flow team at the beginning of Covid and I saw that everything about what they do is about substance and "being the change". In this day and age you see a lot of performative behavior in social responsibility programs. Adrian and his team are true disruptors and innovators. It takes get-up-and-go and a lot of courage to do what they do. I relate and teach my students that despite setbacks and challenges it's with this persistent mental fortitude that we can create social change.
Yoga is what helps me manage the ups and downs of the human condition. I can't look at yoga without looking at both the asana and the philosophy. As such, it's my way of blending movement with mental health management. The result is that my default is the state of being calmly energized.
This current age of learning yoga is so liberating. Everything goes and everything is so much closer to tolerance and authenticity. It's an exciting time.
We have been put through the crucible during Covid and now is the time to forge the landscape we want to live in. After this introspective time of determining true "meaning" on a social systems level and on a personal level, we are in the throes of creating a new age.
That's a great question. That is something I ask myself whenever I interact with friends and family who have not yet had the chance to discover yoga at a deeper level. It makes me think I would be a very materialistic ambitious and intolerant person who prizes work over all else. I would not be likable but I wouldn't really care. I would be the opposite of compassionate, tolerant and kind. I would not really understand the concept of seva because I would be obsessed with outward expressions of ego, image, prestige and status.
I used to be that way!
My big struggles would have to be moving 3 times to different continents for my work when I was still a lawyer, and adapting to different languages and cultures. It taught me so much humility, resilience and patience. The other big challenges which defined me would have to be a big sporting accident which ultimately led me to yoga rehab and then my divorce- big existential crises which led me to a clearer path towards yoga and ultimately making it my life's work.
I guess these days you can’t talk about struggles without mentioning Covid. During this difficult time away from New York I helped close family work through issues of senior care & Alzheimers. Again a truly humbling & sobering experience.