200 hour certified | 50 hours continued education
Afrooz is a 200-hour certified yoga instructor with a PhD in Kinesiology and a professor at UCLA and George Washington University. She is a published author of several books and journal articles on health promotion and prevention of bone/muscle loss. Afrooz started practicing hot yoga regularly in 2004 to alleviate stress due to her prolific academic career. After ten years of a dedicated personal practice, she decided to educate and give back to the larger fitness community. In 2014 she started combining her passion for yoga with her extensive knowledge and research of anatomy, exercise physiology, and nutrition to provide a truly transformational experience. She has created a peaceful space where students can practice yoga without judgement, ego, or expectation and focus solely on learning, improving, and healing.
Favorite Yoga Move:
Pigeon in Yang (Sleeping Swan in Yin). When held long enough, this pose is the essence of yoga.
Reason Started Doing Yoga:
I started yoga when my life was consumed with the stress of graduate school and just as I began a busy career in academia. I was not only spending a lot of time behind a computer, I was under pressure to prove myself daily and be prolific in my work. Yoga was the outlet I needed to calm my mind, delve deep into my body, open up tight muscles, and detox.
5 Words That Describe Your Teaching Style:
Calming. Heart-felt. Informative. Deep. Free.