As daughters of educators, we were instilled with curiosity and love for knowledge at an early age. Between the two of us, our undergrad and graduate studies are a combination of economics, linguistics and humanities, social sciences, and international relations. We've learned a great deal from our academic pursuits.
Yet, life remains our biggest teacher. Its unavoidable ups and downs have brought us seeking the meaning of life again and again.
Our introduction to the yoga asana practice came through meditation. Indeed, we came to the mat from the seat. Believing in holistic well-being of body, mind and soul, yoga has proven a great conduit of stimulating our minds, enriching our souls, and improving our well-being.
Living well in one's body and mind, we have found, also benefits the community around.
Yoga is vital to community well-being. Integration and utilization of yoga modalities cannot only nourish and positively transform individuals, it can also amplify positive results at the collective level.
Come join us in building a great community of yogis here in Greenwood Heights.
Come as you are!
Oliana & Mirela
Oliana is the founder of I AM YOGA. Her encounter with Paramahansa Yoganada’s teachings sparked her interest in yoga philosophy and meditation back in 2000. Honoring her love for yoga she later completed the teacher training with YogaWorks and is an E-RYT with YA. In addition, she is a Certified Yoga Tune Up® Instructor; Level 1 NeuroKintetic Therapist; NASM Certified Personal Trainer; TRX Suspension Training Certified. She studied Sound and Holistic Resonance with Don Conreaux. Viewing yoga as a path to joy, self-realization, and optimal well-being, Oliana aims to teach a safe and disciplined practice with detailed instructions on alignment and breathing. She holds a MS in International Relations from The New School.
Mirela's journey into yoga started in the 1990’s when she encountered the work of Paramahansa Yogananda - one of the preeminent pioneers of yoga in the West. Reading his Man’s Eternal Quest, fittingly captured the curiosity and imagination of her own quest. From that moment on, she found her ‘home’ in the study and teachings of yoga philosophy, and started practicing Kriya yoga meditation. Mirela finds her highest expression in meditation, writing and poetry. Seeking to live an integrated lifestyle, she is a graduate of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda and a certified ISHTA Yoga Teacher. Mirela strives to live a life of unbound potential where yoga, art, activism, expression, care towards one’s self, others, and Mother Nature all meet in one place – a place of love. She holds a MA in Women’s Studies from Brooklyn College and a MA in International Education from NYU.