Suann Polverari, ERYT, YT, HCC
Yoga, Meditation, Belly Dance and Arthritis Exercise Teacher
I’ve always been a student of yoga (the physical practice) and I knew how good it was for me and others, so I was a dedicated practitioner for many years before I decided to teach. It wasn’t till my Mother became ill that I really saw how Yoga, Meditation and Faith helped her tremendously which helped her heal. This is when I got “the calling” to teach and share these amazing healing practices with anyone who would listen to me….so I began to study the philosophy of yoga.
In 2006 I graduated from OM yoga center in NYC where I focused my studies on yoga therapeutics and aliment based yoga practices taught from a Buddhist Philosophy. During and after my training I realized that compassion and love is FREE and easy to give and get if you just practice. Shortly after my training I began to teach at a women’s healing center in a major hospital. I loved watching the women in my class transform and become healthier. I went on to completed a training course with the Arthritis Foundation and now I am a trained exercise teacher and teach in hospitals as well as health centers. In 2008 I graduated from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and I hold a certificate of accreditation as a Health Care Counselor from the Teachers College of Columbia University and the American Association of Drug-less Practitioners (AADP).
Since 2005 I have been a student of Middle Eastern Dance/Oriental Dance and I’m well versed in all aspects of their techniques. I studied with Safiya, a highly accomplished teacher for many years. Learning this art of dance with the use of finger cymbals and veils, I continue to study and dance in NYC and in my home in Pushkar, India. I use moves, and music to open the body, which allows my students to express them selves truly and freely.
In 2007 I founded a company called Choices New York today it’s known as the Shiva Shakti Yoga Shala. My mission is to provide people the proper tools to lead a more balanced lifestyle. My healing approach to diet and exercise is based on the oldest science of life – Ayurveda. I travel the world teaching yoga as a way to heal naturally and to help the individual feel more connected to everything.
Suann is the creator and teacher of Welly Belly an exercise DVD about Wellness through BellyDancing for the Handi-Capable.
Maria Sanchez, RYT, IFPTF, Tapping Therapist
Maria started with yoga and pilates 10 years ago in Spain. When she arrived for the first time in India in 2010, she started developing her practice in a more spiritual way and got deeper into the yoga philosophy. A year later she trained with Shiva Shakti Yoga Shala in Pushkar, India and got her 200-hour certification to teach yoga.
A few years later she got into an accident and her leg was badly injured. She turned to pilates and yoga on a therapeutic level and healed her own body. The results from her pilates training gave her great strength and so she decided to take a training to become a certified teacher.
Being a tapping therapist she is able to unblock stuck energy inside her students and this helps release fear, anxiety and diseases. Maria’s hope for her students is that they become strong and fearless so they can start to heal themselves and see the great potential they have to live a free and open lifestyle.
Apart from being a yoga, piliates and tapping therapist she works in different charities around Africa, Europe and Asia in the promotion and education departments. She mainly works with animals and the communities for development and fund raising.
Currently she works at Shiva Shakti Yoga Shala in Arambol, Goa teaching daily classes in yoga and pilates.
“ I enjoy meeting people from around the world and sharing my knowledge with them. Every person I meet leaves class a little happier and they give me so much more happiness! I believe every single person is perfect and here for a reason we just all need to be more open to the plans of the universe.” maria