"Even though my background is in business, at the very core, I am a teacher. It means the world to me to see my students experience the benefits of this amazing practice and leave feeling so much more centered and grounded ..."
Wanderlust Weekly: Congrats on the growth of AtthenaYoga! What inspired its creation? Atthena: I spent many years in finance before leaping into yoga. Finance is a very competitive, high-stress, high-pressure, non-stop work environment without many dedicated wellness resources. I found yoga to be the most effective solution for managing the physical and mental consequences of stress in a natural and healthy way. My personal experience with the lack of resources in this industry inspired the creation of AtthenaYoga. We hold late classes and are strategically located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan next door to many financial institutions. You can expect a community that understands the pressure you are under and classes that directly address your needs. Our Stretch, Tone & Relax class is your all-in-one package: workout, stretches, and relaxation in just one hour. Our Relax & Restore class is perfect for the overworked professional coming off late nights or struggling with insomnia. Our approach will leave you feeling restored and rejuvenated, ready to fall asleep or tackle the rest your work with equanimity.
Wanderlust Weekly: You've built a strong community following in New York, what are some of your proudest moments? Atthena: Even though my background is in business, at the very core, I am a teacher. It means the world to me to see my students experience the benefits of this amazing practice and leave feeling so much more centered and grounded than when they first came in. When students tell me how much they enjoy a class and how incredible they feel afterwards, it encourages me that I am on the right path and making a positive difference in their lives.
Wanderlust Weekly: The wellness field is constantly evolving, what upcoming news or developments can we look forward to? Atthena: There’s been a greater shift to digging deeper beyond the physical in the last few years. You’ve seen this with the rise of meditation, and I think this next step reflects our desire to understand the most fundamental questions in life: Who am I? What’s the purpose of this life? How do I find lasting happiness? This is the soul yearning for wisdom, connection, and an understanding of the Absolute Truth. My hope is to incorporate spiritual philosophy classes into the program soon so that students can journey deeper into yoga beyond the physical and mental and reconnect with a higher source.
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