Nina Raab

Nina Raab
RYT-200 - Atmananda Yoga Sequence - NYC - 2009
“Yoga allows me to be in the present. To be grateful because here, now, usually, nothing is going wrong."
Over 15 years ago I first experienced the subtle, yet challenging power of yoga's transformational essence. After one particular class in child's pose, a torrent of emotion flooded my being. I drifted into this timeless space in savasana. I felt relief. Relief from the obsession of being myself, from the judging voice in my head. A serene sensation flooded my whole being, and my angst was pacified.

In 2009 I obtained my 200-HR RYT from the Atmananda Yoga Sequence, a beautiful 72 pose sequence that draws heavily from the Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Hatha traditions.

My mission as a teacher is to have all my students achieve the full range of the benefits of yoga, like a daily cure from stress, relief from anxiety, and diverse physical discomforts, as well as a cultivation of ritual, consistency, flexibility, strength, better digestion, better sleep, etc... but, most importantly, I want yoga to add value to my students' lives by bringing the mind body connectivity required for acceptance and self-love to flourish. As someone whose mind ran a thousand miles an hour, jumping from past to present in a chaotic mix of regret and anxiety, yoga provides me the gift of presence and calm. It provides me with the tools I need to reveal the self-knowledge I need to view reality clearly and feel connected to something larger than myself.

As a military veteran and trauma survivor, I am especially interested in the study of how the practice of mindful movement can lead to healing from addiction and PTSD and how we can bring the benefits of these practices to communities who lack access or resources.

Favorite Yoga Move: 

Salamba Sirsasana. I love the change in perspective and the feeling of reversing.

How Has Yoga Benefited You The Most: 

Yoga has, in a physical sense, kept me injury free. Emotionally, it has allowed me to learn to feel feelings. Feeling my feelings was difficult, so I would bottle them up and they manifested as anger. As you can imagine, a person who runs around mad at everything is not only unhappy but ends up attracting a lot of trouble. Yoga, in conjunction with other practices, has helped transform that habit. Today I am calm and grateful the majority of the time. I have learned to experience an emotion and then let it go. I have learned to find stillness and joy on a daily basis. I would encourage you to try yoga everyday, even if it's only 15 minutes at a time. You will see, the daily practice is transformative.

Reason Started Doing Yoga: 

I got into yoga seeking stress relief from annoying things in life--or life, you could say. It's worked and has brought more gifts than I could imagine.

5 Words That Describe Your Teaching Style: 

Enthusiastic. Persistent. Imaginative. Curious. Fun.