Adriana Bateh

 
 

I began my yoga practice by completing a 30 day Bikram yoga challenge with a friend of mine. We spontaneously signed up for the challenge as part of a New Year's resolution. I didn't have many expectations when I began my yoga practice. I didn't play sports in school, I was never an athlete, and I wasn't even very flexible. In the beginning of my Bikram challenge, I looked around the room in awe as I saw other yogis effortlessly perform poses that I thought seemed impossible. I never let this get me down. In fact, as I was practicing, I would simply tell myself, "That's not for me. I'm not a yogi. I'm not a dancer. I'm not an athlete. I can't do that." I thought that I was being practical, but I didn't realize that I was putting limitations on myself. I was inhibiting my own growth by telling myself these poses were impossible.

Outside of the yoga room, I had also been inhibiting my personal growth, scared to take action in my own life. Over time, the yoga began to work on me. At the end of the 30 days, I made remarkable progress and changes that I never even anticipated. I became so much more comfortable and in-tune with my body. I started wearing less clothing in the hot room, and I was no longer ashamed of what I saw in the mirror. I learned, through the strength and power of my own body, that I was limitless... my life was limitless... and anything and everything was possible and open for me to try. I continued to grow my yoga practice with constant curiosity, exploring my body and getting to know myself even better.

In 2013, I found my way to Sacred Brooklyn, where I eventually completed my 200 hour Vinyasa yoga teacher training. I now regularly practice yoga from a variety of disciplines, and my classes are inspired by Dharma and Ashtanga yoga. Yoga, for me, has been a beautiful process of self liberation. I was keeping my soul locked in a cage, and with each practice, I feel myself opening up like a flower petal blooming. As a teacher, my goal is to help others find liberation and love for themselves. My classes contain a mix of sensual poses and powerful flows, set to a soundtrack that's part R&B, part Indie. I encourage students both to mindfully embrace challenge and to luxuriate in the sensations of their own bodies. When we open our hearts to the world, the love flows back.

 
Hollis Maloney