Naima remembers being drawn to yoga ever since she first heard about it. She became more interested in yoga after realizing how much havoc her artistic career was wreaking on her body. Long days and nights spent hunched over a piece of paper, or looking into a computer screen left her feeling achy, stiff and irritable. Yoga became a way for her to feel more energized, and opened in her body, as well as a way to feel spiritually connected. Her relationship with the practice grew as she used yoga to help cope with stress, anxiety and intense emotions. Naima is constantly amazed by the healing properties of yoga on physical, mental and emotional levels. She believes that our bodies are wiser than our brains, that each sensation is a message and if we just listen, we can begin to cultivate a deeper relationship with ourselves and everything we touch. To Naima, yoga is a practice of empowerment, showing us that we already have everything we need; it is simply a matter of believing in ourselves and this deep love running through all life. Yoga allows for the discovery of just how mysterious and magical life truly is. Naima is certified through Studio 34’s alignment based vinyasa teacher training. Her classes focus on mindfulness, and a balance between work, play and rest.