has devoted her
career to bringing her
passion, yoga, to others.
has taught Yoga for 27 years and has been teaching in the tradition of B.K.S. Iyengar since 1989.
Seventeen years ago, she
founded and incorporated Yoga Fit, now known as Yorkville Yoga, providing a full range of yoga classes and private instruction to New York City residents.
Norma's teaching style is a unique synthesis of nurturing support and strong encouragement.
inspires students to do more and better.
Whether in private instruction or group classes, she
caters to each student's individual needs.
Every student receives one-on-one, hands-on, correctional assistance.
also provides prenatal yoga and yoga for special populations (including the deaf and hard-of-hearing and people with MS).
Having taught group classes at numerous venues on Manhattan's Upper East Side, including Hunter College, Marymount Manhattan College, Classic Body Fitness, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, and Manhattan Body
now has all her
classes under one roof at MonQi Fitness on East 67th Street.
has also taught classes for corporate clients including McCann-Erickson
, New York Hospital
, Tribeca Film Center
, NBC Television
, 1100 Architects and the UN Indo-US
Subcommittee on Education and Culture.
has taught for the New York City chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society
private clients have ranged from "ordinary" New Yorkers to fashion and film industry personalities.
Norma's journey to transformation (she's still traveling) has taken her
from a yoga practitioner to a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher with a wide range of experience and a diverse range of devoted clients and students.
started taking yoga classes at local health clubs in the mid 1970s.
moved to East 73rd Street in 1977, she
discovered Serenity, a yoga center just a block away.
In just two weeks, the classes cured the chronic neck and shoulder pain that had plagued her
Each class had immediate and residual physical and emotional benefits, putting her
in touch with her
body and emotions for the first time in her
In 1978 Norma
took her first Iyengar Yoga class with two blond, slender teachers who turned out to be the now world-famous, brilliant Patricia Walden and her gifted business partner for many year, Karin Stephan.
In the ensuing years, Norma
explored a diverse range of yoga methods-Sivananda, Alan Bateman, Kundalini, American Yoga with Eric Bealer (yoga for dancers), Yoga with Ideokenesis, Ashtanga (called "The Hard and the Soft" back then) with Beryl Bender-Berch, Bikram-not yet so hot.
Whatever the method, Norma
also took workshops on Bartenief Fundamentals and Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis, Ideokenesis with André Bernard, and Awareness through Movement-directly with Moishe Feldenkrais.
even took ballet classes which she
had longed for as a child growing up in the Bronx.
took a workshop in Viniyoga (Vinyasa) with Gary Kraftsow in 1988, he
, "stop shopping around and commit to one method".
chose Iyengar Yoga.
had already been taking classes with Rama Patella (now an Anusara teacher) at World Yoga and Kevin Gardiner and had attended a pivotal "Yoga and Macrobiotecs Vacation" with Karin Stephan (Once again Karin brought Iyengar yoga into Norma's life!).
It took a decade between Norma's first Iyengar class and her
reintroduction and subsequent commitment to the method.
It was another 10 years before she
first teacher's certification from the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the US
In the interim, Norma
had earned certifications from Serenity (1978), Alan Bateman (1981), Sivananda Yoga (1987) and World Yoga (1989).
Yoga inspired Norma to major in Human Movement at Hunter College.
vows to some day complete her
college education and earn her
Norma is a member in good standing of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the U.S. (and the Greater New York chapter) and has served on the NYC board of directors.
has been in numerous classes with her
beloved Guruji-B.K.S. Iyengar and plans to study at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute
in Puna India in the near future.
Yoga is Norma Colón's
plans on studying Iyengar Yoga and sharing her
love of the method with others forever.
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