I have practiced and studied Hatha Yoga since 1969. In 2002 I received my teaching certification in Prana Yoga at the New York Open Center lead byDr. Jeff Migdow and Pritti Robin.
Prana Yoga focuses on the chakra system and teaches ways to consciously release energy blockages in the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual body, creating balance and ease on all levels of being. In Prana Yoga we combine the practice of asana with chanting the seed sounds and vowel sounds of the chakra with the intention to increase, decrease, move, and balance the energies in the major energy centers (chakra) in our bodies.
My teaching style is also greatly influenced by my early teachers Ani Nadler Grosser and Rachel Gluckstein.
I have a great desire to share Yoga with those who experience restrictions in their physical bodies due to age, excess weight, or injuries. I want to show that with the help of gentle movement, attention to the breath, and an open heart, we can change the way we feel about our bodies, how we relate to ourselves and others, and to the world around us.
I fell in love with Yoga after my very first class with Heidi Ruehlmann somewhere around 1998 and am blessed to be working with her all these years later at the Mountain Breeze Yoga studio.
I received my teaching certification in 2008 from The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute with Beryl Bender Birch.
My classes are alignment based, fun artistic expressions that combine various styles and techniques of yoga woven together with the transformative power of the breath. Students are encouraged to move from where they are, go inward throughout the practice, and fully explore with gratitude all that is.
As a teacher one can have many hours of instruction on the teaching and learning of yoga, but the best experience comes from spending time on your mat, exploring the mantra of breath, and moving your body with the intention of deep listening. I am inspired by the limitless places one can go.
Akkamahadevi has relocated to the beautiful Northern Catskills from New York City. She studied and taught at the Integral Yoga Institute of New York. Following the teachings of Swami Satchidananda, she incorporates his inspirational affirmations into her class.
Akka is a certified 500 hour yoga guide in Level I Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga, with additional trainings in restorative, gentle and yoga for arthritis. By providing accessible yoga to all, she found her calling in therapeutic yoga. Today, Akka is a certified yoga therapist, a C-IAYT with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Akka is also a Reiki Master Teacher of the Usui system.
Guiding students through gentle and restorative postures, deep relaxation, breath awareness, sound vibration and meditation, Akka gives her students a full integral yoga practice to obtain balance in body, mind and energy.
I was first introduced to yoga in my early twenties, and almost immediately felt the magic that the practice has to offer. I felt connected for the first time in a long time, as if all the pieces were beginning to come together. As my yoga practice grew and I began to recognize the benefits, I knew this was something that was going to be part of me for the rest of my life. I started to become more aware, more compassionate, less anxious, and overall, very grounded.
My teachers were a blessing, helping to guide me on my path; nourishing and living the best version of myself. After years of training, going deeper within myself and deeper within my practice, I decided I wanted to share the gifts that yoga had given me. With the encouragement and support of my many wonderful teachers, I decided to focus all of my energy and passion, committing myself completely to Shakti Yoga Teacher Training, in Woodstock, NY.
As I began to simply direct my feet forward, and turn my attention inward, my life started to shift.
I became more aware of myself, my thoughts, my body, and my breath; and I started to change from a place deep within. I learned to love myself entirely and practice self-care. It was only natural that this love and compassion, beginning with me, grew and expanded into everything I did and everyone around me. Yoga changed me, it is a transformative practice. I wanted to be able to share with others, all the benefits that I had gained, and continue to gain, through yoga. The change that I wanted to see had to begin with me, and I feel blessed to be able to help others along in their journey as well.
I love teaching all levels and truly believe that I learn just as much from my students as they do from me. I like to keep my classes fun, upbeat, and focused on individual needs in a group setting. I practice and teach with a lot of love and compassion, leaving you feeling empowered and positively motivated.
I was born and raised in the Catskill Mountains, which has helped to shape me, my practice, and my teaching. I have always found nature to be a brilliant source for inspiration and centering, so it is an absolute honor to be able share all of this with you.