23 Aug 2016
Galina, a former swimmer, was born and raised in Russia. From a young age, she was trained to push her body to the limits and beyond, which led to injury. She was introduced to yoga soon after moving to NYC in 2003. She has practiced ever since, using yoga as a tool to deal with transition and assimilation, and to deepen her knowledge about herself. As she became more interested in exploring and deepening the mindbody connection, she completed a 600 hour massage therapy training while seeking to address her own long term injury. She has practiced at Jivamukti, Laughing Lotus, and Kula Yoga Project, but it was not until she discovered the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York that her understanding of yoga completely changed. Studying the Iyengar method taught her to turn her own practice from being not only physically intense and challenging, but also therapeutic for both body and mind. Galina obtained her 200 hour certification from mang’Oh yoga studio. She teaches classes in the Vinyasa Flow style with a strong emphasis on alignment, the breath, turning within and loving yourself. Her uplifting classes are slowflowing but intense, creative but safe, challenging but never competitive. She enjoys challenging busy New Yorkers to slow down, be present, and look for the connection between mind and body.