Oliana is the founder of I AM Yoga.
After a successful career in banking she decided to embark in a journey of self-discovery. The initial spark came from reading Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha, the book that introduced her to the far-eastern philosophy of yoga. Later, her journey brought her to the concrete jungle where she has been studying yoga philosophy, meditation, and Kriya Yoga from the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda for over 20 years. These teachings inform her life and her very existence.
She founded I AM Yoga in 2013 with the intent of adding value to her life and the lives of those around her. Based on the belief that knowledge ought to be shared, she offers her yoga practice in a fun, informative, and safe way and imparts practical tools of self-care to help in the journey of self-realization.
With a curious mind and innate creativity she approaches life with passion and wonder. She expresses her creativity through painting, drawing and design. Oliana is also passionate about designing spaces that maximize the expression of the inner landscape of their inhabitants, which she does with even more confidence after studying Interior Design at Parsons School of Design.
She is an E-RYT, a Certified Yoga Tune Up® Instructor; Level 1 NeuroKintetic Therapist; NASM Certified Personal Trainer; TRX Suspension Training Certified; and studied Yoga of Sound and Holistic Resonance with Don Conreaux.
Oliana holds a MS in International Relations from The New School; a BBA in Information Systems Management from Berkeley College; and a BS in Food Economics from the University of Tirana.
Mirela is the co-founder of I AM Yoga.
For the past two decades Mirela has committed to the study of yoga philosophy and made it an integral part of her life. She found her home in the study and teachings of yoga philosophy, and started practicing Kriya yoga meditation since the early 1990’s.
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, a certified ISHTA Yoga Teacher, and a certified Life Coach.
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 Master’s degree in International Education from New York University and another Master’s in Women’s Studies from Brooklyn College.