We knew we wanted a transformative morning meditation for the 2018 Global Mala, so we spent DAYS thinking about how to create an opportunity for yogis to gather, set an intention, and find inner peace before the 108 salutations got under way.
After countless conversations focused on who even remembers what, we paused, took a deep breath, and realized as we need was one thing.
Or really, one person.
All we needed was April!
April Puciata was the main voice behind our 2018 Meditation Immersion, and one of our earliest supporters in the creation of the NJYC and the VibeWell Yoga Festival.
Basically, she was our #1 from Day 1.
And we firmly believe that she can teach ANYONE to meditate – even Amie (haha!)
Learn more about April right here, and make sure to arrive at the Mala for our morning moment together on the beach! We start the meditation at 7:30 AM.
When did you start practicing yoga and why?
Everyone at the gym where I worked out in NYC would rave about Victoria’s yoga class. I thought it was super weird but then I finally went to see what the fuss was about. And I loved it!
What got you hooked?
A few weeks after Sept 11, in NYC, I was in savasana in Victoria’s class and it was the first deep breath I could take. It felt as if someone breathed into me. It was so simple yet so profound I knew I had to learn more.
Where did you do your training?
I did a 500 hour training in NYC. At the time the studio was called Yoga Zone. It is now Ishta Yoga and Yogiraj Alan Finger is still my teacher!
Where do you teach? (and tell us about it!)
Everywhere! I travel to teach in TT’s and Retreats all over the world. I spent almost a decade in NYC teaching and then in DC for about 6 years. Now I am back in my home state of NJ but I stay connected to my teacher in NYC and also to the amazing community in DC. I am back in DC 8-10 times a year teaching Teacher Trainings and workshops.
When I moved back to NJ the community was also so amazing and now I am closer to family as well! I am grateful for the studios below for welcoming me and also being so supportive and kind as I am going to through a severe issue with my neck that i just had surgery for.
Inlet Yoga – Manasquan – I’ll be leading a training here in Nov called The Business of Yoga Today (for yoga teachers and healers who want to grow their tribe and learn how to create amazing events like retreats.)
EvenFlow Yoga – Red Bank
PowerFlow Yoga – Asbury Park
Tula Yoga – Long Branch – I do not teach a weekly class here but am super excited to be offering a Meditation Teacher Training here in December for yoga teachers, social workers, healthcare proffesionals and anyone who wants to learn for themselves and help guide others.
What’s your “style” on the mat? How would you describe your teachings?
I am an Ishta yoga teacher and this means that I recognize and honor that each person might need something a little different in their practice. I think a good teacher will always lead you back to the teacher within and I want for students to learn to trust themselves on the mat and carry that power off the mat.
I love to teach a strong flow class where you can challenge yourself and also let go. I take a multidimensional approach so students can access the space we make after the shapes. By adding pranayama, kriya and meditation techniques I do my best to create a class where students can get quiet enough to connect with their inner wisdom, the unlimited possibilities and the unbound potential that exists within.
What’s your favorite pose and why?
Right now since I cannot physically practice any pose would be amazing! I always love a good wheel pose because I feel the balance between the strength and the flexibility. The balance Stira and Sukha. I don’t know when I’ll be able to practice it again and that is the one I miss the most.
What advice would you give a yogi seeking to take their practice to the next level?
Taking the practice to the next level can mean very different things to different people. Eventually it should mean more than just making it physically harder and doing more challenging shapes. To me, really exploring how to enter and exit the poses can make huge differences. Also not just connecting the movement and breath and but actually lengthening the breathe is something I suggest when people feel like they have hit a plateau.
Yoga means stilling the busyness of the mind. This is so challenging for most of us. And many times taking the practice ot the next level is learning how to control and still the mind and start a meditation practice.
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