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Inspired by the Viniyoga method, Ana Pilar helps her students to connect the breath with movement and use postures that protect and strengthen the lower back, a vulnerable part of the body that often needs attention. Before coming into poses and holding them, she first has students open up their bodies with dynamic motion. Her classes end with a pranayama, or breath control exercise, so that students leave with calm, focused energy.
Ana Pilar has supplemented her 200 and 500-hour certifications with studies in a number of specialized areas. She studied the intelligent sequencing of Vinyasakrama under Srivatsa Ramaswami, the longest standing student of the legendary Shri T. Krishnamacharya and whose Sanskrit chants are considered the gold standard for the sutras in India. She took part in various workshops and intensive trainings with the widely-respected Donna Farhi, honing in on yoga therapy techniques, and later studied under pioneering yoga therapist Leslie Kaminoff.
Her time with Kaminoff led to her current studies with his well sought-after Yoga Anatomy course, deepening her knowledge of the spine and the respiratory system. In addition to her exploration of yoga therapy, she also continues to immerse herself in the healing science of Ayurveda, the ancient Hindu science of health and medicine as first introduced to her by Dr. Robert Svoboda, which also influences much of Ana Pilar’s teaching.
Rachel Hector, ERYT-500, has been teaching yoga since 2002. She holds a Master’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Austin where she is currently completing her doctoral degree with a focus in yoga-related research.
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