Anastasia uniquely combines her dance background, love for dynamic flow classes and her devotion to the deeper and more subtle healing aspects of spiritual practice. She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in NYC, where she has been teaching for the past 9 years. Anastasia infuses her Vinyasa style group classes with a more therapeutic tone from her training in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Restorative Yoga, as well as additional trainings in Ayurveda & Chakras. She strongly believes in movement as medicine.
Private Yoga Sessions with Anastasia
The practice of yoga is a personal journey. Private instruction provides a safe space to be guided into deeper layers of your practice. Especially for those in recovery from disordered eating & trauma, yoga is a powerful way to heal the connection between body, mind + spirit. Anastasia draws upon various therapeutic modalities including Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Phoenix Rising yoga therapy into her individual yoga sessions. A private session typically includes a centering mediation, use of reflective therapeutic language and dialogue, and integration or processing of the session. Yoga therapy also may include hands on healing touch, only with the permission of each individual.
For information about specific practices, please read more below.
Restorative yoga is a quieting, supportive, and deeply nourishing practice. Much like the practice of savasana or deep relaxation, it is a meditative, receptive practice in which you continually let go of holding yourself up and allow yourself to be fully supported. Over time, with the body fully supported by props, and with the help of gravity, you are able to surrender layers of deeply held tension. Restorative Yoga helps to relieve the symptoms of chronic stress and balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system by initiating the relaxation response.
Yoga Nidra, or “Yogic Sleep” is a guided meditation during savasana (corpse pose) that brings one into a hypnagogic state, a place between wake and sleep. Yoga Nidra is known to reduce stress and anxiety, lower sympathetic nervous system activation, and help to heal trauma.
Phoenix Rising is a yoga therapy technique that combines psychotherapy with movement to access the wisdom of the body. Through an experience of the present moment, the practitioner has an opportunity to discover how embodied, self-awareness on the mat connects to daily life: work, play, family & relationships. Using focused breathing and deliberately held postures, this practice creates a space to feel more attuned to the body and innate wisdom. Through the process of awareness and discernment, this practice can help to release old undigested experiences, traumas, personal beliefs and outdated patterns in order to move more fully into life with new perspective and presence.