|Andréa began practicing in 1997 at Integral Yoga, and teaching in 2007; she received both her 200-hour (2007) and 300-hour (2008) certification from New York Yoga under the guidance of Kristin Leal. In addition, she's completed teacher trainings with David Swenson, Shiva Rea, and Isauro Fernandez. She brings an ever-expanding knowledge of bodywork to her classes, specializing in Thai Yoga Massage and Marma Point Therapy, and is an ERYT-200, RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance.|
Andréa's strong flow combines Vinyasa and Ashtanga principles in an assimilation of anatomical knowledge, spiritual intention, meditation, and focused breath. An avid runner and kick-boxer as well as a yogini, she loves the honesty found in simply moving and sweating. Yoga is medicine; it is peace; it is intuition revealed and she dedicates her classes to this deep respect for the practice.
*More about Andrea
What classes do you teach at Pure?
Vinyasa, Hot Power, Ki Power Vinyasa, Ashtanga
How long have you been practicing yoga?
I've been practicing yoga for 15 years.
What brought you to yoga?
The simplicity of it; the stillness I felt within myself - I'd never experience it before.
What brought you to teaching / what do you love about teaching?
I did my first teacher training to understand my own practice better - but once I taught my first real class, and felt utter peace doing it, I knew teaching was for me. I love watching people grow into their bodies, seeing that glimmer of understanding when the breath feels just right or the alignment of a pose clicks for them. In that beautiful moment, they're free. Teaching inspires me to be a better person every day so I can give something back.
Who was your first yoga teacher and how did he/she inspire you?
The first teacher that I really studied with on a consistent basis was a woman named Lilian, who taught at NYSC. I don't even know her last name! I went once a week for about 2 years to her class. I felt at home there and was constantly inspired by her grace, kindness, and focus - I wanted to be like her and figured yoga could get me there.
What motivates you to practice today?
A desire to evolve - not just my practice, but my spirit; every time I step on my mat, I'm amazed by some new discovery. Maybe I feel a pose in a new way, or the solution to a personal problem pops up during class - it's always an adventure!
Before becoming a yoga teacher, what did you do?
A producer for documentary films; I still work at this, but yoga has long since become the organizing principle in my life.
Aside from yoga, what other hobbies or interests do you have?
Photography, film, reading, travel, kick boxing
If you weren't a yoga teacher, what would you be?
Probably still working full-time in film; or an English teacher.
What do you love about Pure Yoga?
I love that a boisterous and loving community has grown out of the multitude of styles offered at Pure.
Everyone has a favorite class or teacher, but what we all share is a love of practice and I feel that every time I step through the doors. It's a happy buzz.