Hedy Iankelevich

Yoga instructor, Franklin Method Educator, Conscious Mover, Snowboarder, World Traveler and Crossword Puzzler

Who did you study with?
Yoga with Paula Tursi and The Franklin Method with Eric Franklin.

What year did you begin teaching yoga?
2010.

What other jobs have you had?
From the beginning: camp counselor, lifeguard, bartender, office admin, dog sitter, personal assistant, managers of hotels in Buenos Aires, South Africa and NYC and now the manager of Reflections Yoga.

Favorite place that you have traveled to?
So many favorites: Argentina, Greece, Costa Rica, Brazil and Israel.

List 3 words your students would use to describe your classes:
Dynamic, connected and lighthearted.

How does your own practice influence your daily life?
My life is my practice. I no longer consider yoga to be something only done on a mat. Walking, standing, sitting, breathing, snowboarding, dancing, eating, laughing and loving– this is my practice. You can live a life of depth, intention and meaning when you practice moving consciously in your everyday life.

Favorite asana?
I don’t have a favorite pose. I enjoy moving through them intelligently more than remaining static–even the simple movements of rolling up through the spine, soft knees, heavy head, released shoulders to the effortless posture of standing with feet grounded, bones balanced, breath steady, head floating and noticing the natural sway of the body. As long as we are breathing, we are never completely still.

Who is a teacher who inspires you?
Paula Tursi.

A great yoga class makes you feel
Light, connected, grounded and nurtured.