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Yoga, Pilates, Meditation, Myofascial Release
Once upon a time, I discovered Yoga in a gym, and quickly realized how simple, yet powerful Yoga can be for bringing balance and healing. Within a few weeks, I began to feel improvements in body and mind. Yoga has helped me overcome trauma and injuries, and redirect my life towards health and happiness. Once I experienced the wellness benefits of yoga for myself, I knew I had to share Yoga with everyone!
I have been studying and teaching Classic and Specialty Yoga for over 20 years. I also incorporate Mat Pilates, Myofascial Release and Meditation.
I am a longtime faculty member of the mang'Oh Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training where I teach the art of yoga and directly mentor new teachers. In 2022 I will be designing and leading modules for the 300-hour Advanced Program as well.
You're in Good Hands
I love learning and continue my education regularly, so I can be of the best service to clients.
I have studied with Physical Therapists and Psychotherapists as well as Yoga and Pilates leaders. Topics of study include movement for Osteoporosis, Spine Injuries, Joint Injuries, Seniors, Expectant Moms, New Moms. I also love teaching challenging flow classes, and leading meditation.
To see a select list of my education, click here.
I combine Hatha, Vinyasa, Pilates and other therapeutic techniques. My studies include classic indigenous wisdom from the yogis of India, and also contemporary sports medicine.
The Vinyasa we practice today evolved from the work of Krishnamacharya and Pattabhi Jois. The Hatha I teach comes from the Iyengar tradition. Much of my understanding of the energy system was taught by Dr. Vasant Lad.
Let us bow in gratitude to the ancient yogis who developed and passed down the technology of yoga. Let us bow in gratitude to the modern yoga practitioners who continue to contribute to the evolution of this incredible system for working with the mind to relieve suffering and elevate consciousness.
What's a Chintāmaṇi?
How'd You Get Your Name?
I was not raised with yoga, but I like to joke that my first yoga training was in utero! For a brief time, my parents lived on an Ashram and practiced bhakti (devotional) yoga. Just before I was born, they decided to return to their classical Midwestern U.S.A. lifestyle. But they named me "Chintāmaṇi" in memory of their special time in the spiritual community.
"Chintāmaṇi" (pronounced chin-TOM-uh-knee) is a Sanskrit word, which has multiple meanings. My parents say it means that "the soul is like a diamond: clear and indestructible." In Buddhism, Chintāmaṇi is "a jewel which removes obstacles to enlightenment."
Chintāmaṇi is a long name, so many people prefer to call me "C" for short.
When I'm Not Doing Yoga
My partner, Andrew, and I live in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
We hike, bike, swim, take photographs, visit museums, watch movies, read, listen to music. And we cook!
His family lives in Jamaica, Staten Island, New Jersey and Florida. My family lives in Kansas.
Vegan Jamaican Split Pea Curry
We have 3 rescue cats, Bagheera, Jubie and Bruce.