Yoga

Yoga

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“Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.”  ~ Jason Crandell

What Does “Yoga” Mean?

“Yoga is the quieting of the mind’s chatter.” ~Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutra 1.2

What does it mean to quiet the mind? We can never “turn off our brain”, but we can let go of thoughts that don’t serve us. Meditation, asana (physical postures), daily gratitude, love and compassion, time spent in nature, and a healthy diet can help you achieve a quieted mind state. Yoga doesn’t have to mean standing on your head, balancing all your body weight on your arms, or even doing dozens of downward dogs….it just means finding a balanced practice that works for you.

In the modern world we live in, it can be difficult to find the time to develop the habits we need to live our best lives. Are you ready to begin your yoga journey? Begin now, or read about my own journey…

My Yoga Journey

“It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.” ~Ursula K. Le Guin

Like many others who’ve found yoga, I came into the practice through the physical discipline. I wanted to “get fit” and be more “flexible”. It wouldn’t be until years later that I even considered what the mental/emotional benefits of the practice were. Meanwhile, a transformation was taking place inside me the entire time…

My practice began when I attended my first Bikram class in February 2009.  That first class felt torturous…but I kept going back, and soon I was hooked. One day a week eventually turned into 3-5 days.

When I first started out, I was strolling into a Saturday noon class, completely hungover and prepared to “sweat it out”…I wasn’t at a healthy or happy place in my life. A few months in, things began to change. The more yoga I did, the healthier my lifestyle became. Eventually, it became easier to pass on happy hour, because I “had an early morning yoga class”. My diet changed drastically, as I began to realize what “clean-eating” really meant. I drank way more water. I was happier, and in that first year of practicing, I also found a new job and an amazing boyfriend (the same man I’m with to this day). Although I’ve since stepped away from the Bikram method, I am grateful for all the benefits it offered to me. Looking back, it gave me some of the tools I need to live a better life.

Over the years I began to drop-in to a variety of yoga classes in NYC… Vinyasa, Iyengar, Hatha, Power Flows, Kundalini, Ashtanga, Aerial Yoga…but I could never find the right method of teaching that fit for my practice.

Then, in the Fall of 2014, I tried out a free week at YogaWorks, and suddenly it all clicked. These teachers taught Vinyasa/Hatha from the ground up, they focused on proper alignment, not on powering through a flow in a way that could cause potential injury. They shared yoga philosophy in a modern way that made sense to the busy New Yorker.

I wanted to learn to teach like these instructors. A few months later, I saw a flyer in the studio…it was for a 200hr YTT with Alicia Cheung in Bali, taking place in October 2015.

This was the next big step on my journey, and it would require a leap of faith. I applied, was accepted, and eventually quit my corporate design job in order to embrace this amazing opportunity. I didn’t know Alicia or her partner Oliver Reinsch before the training, but they turned out to be the most wonderful human beings, and the best teachers a student could ask for. This was a training that required us to go beyond the physical, ultimately cultivating a practice and teaching style that began with kindness, honesty and compassion for ourselves and for others.

I am now a certified yoga teacher at the 200hr level, and am so excited to share everything I’ve learned with my new students.

Back in 2009, I was just looking for that better body. I had no idea how much yoga would transform both my body and my mind. It’s a practice that I am so grateful to have found. I invite you to begin your own journey or to deepen your practice. Read on if you’re ready to begin your journey today. 

Yoga Offerings.

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“NOW, begins the practice of yoga.”~ Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutra 1.1

Physical Practice (Asana)

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but habit.” ~Aristotle

Are you ready to begin or deepen your yoga practice? I am currently offering private/semi-private yoga sessions + corporate yoga classes in New York City. I am also available to travel for teaching opportunities around the world.

I am a 200hr level certified yoga teacher, having completed my YogaWorks teacher training in the fall of 2015. My teaching style is focused on alignment, building from the ground up and practicing with kindness towards yourself. If you’re just looking to nail the perfect handstand so you can impress your friends at parties, then I am not the instructor for you.

It took me years before I understood how to correctly align myself and move through yoga postures. My goal is to share this information with my students so that they can practice in the most beneficial way from the very beginning.

Schedule a private/ semi-private lesson, or corporate yoga class today! 

Photography Sessions

“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.” ~Paul Caponigro

Are you a yoga teacher or aspiring yoga teacher in need of new photographs for your website? My yoga photography sessions go beyond the typical “pose worship” pictures! My passion is in creating beautiful images that let your natural light shine through. 

I bring the same methods of mindfulness in my yoga practice to my photography sessions.  I always want the subject to feel comfortable and beautiful, and I practice kindness and honesty when shooting. And as a certified yoga teacher, I can help adjust your postures to guarantee that you’ll always receive the images you want!

View my Yoga Portfolio

Ready to get your picture taken? Set up a session!

Mindfulness & Meditation

“Our culture made a virtue of living only as extroverts. We discouraged the inner journey, the quest for a center. So we lost our center and have to find it again.” ~Anaïs Nin

The path of mindful living isn’t always an easy one. It involves a process of self-transformation, and it can be difficult to know where to begin. I am so grateful to have had the help of my teachers over the years, and am now sharing what I’ve learned with others who would like to take this journey.

Living a mindful life means living your best life! It’s a life of health, harmony and happiness. We’re living in an exciting period in time, when statistics are beginning to show the benefits that practicing mindfulness has on our overall well-being. (Just Google “benefits of mindfulness” or “benefits of meditation” and see what pops up!)

Whether you’re just getting started on this journey, or you’ve been on the path for some time now, I offer guidance to assist with beginning or deepening your mindfulness practice. Whether you’re interested in beginning with meditation, or you’d like to explore more about self-love, reducing stress, practicing gratitude, clean-eating and living in harmony with nature – we can work together to build your best life.

This type of service is done on a individual basis,  contact me to see if it would be an inspiring fit!

Are you ready to begin your yoga journey?

Email hello@melindadiorio.com and let’s get started!