About Kyra

podcast13Kyra discovered the power of yoga in the aftermath of a ski accident as a Pennsylvania teenager. After healing her body through the practice, she felt a calling to share the gift of yoga with others. Her yoga studies have taken Kyra across the United States, to Central America and India and back again. Prior to her move to California, Kyra owned 3 yoga studios in Washington, DC, serving thousands of students.

Kyra teaches a physically challenging class, promoting a mindful awareness of the breath in this moment. Her intention is to inspire others to discover their own sense of adventure and tap into their joy, both on and off the mat.

Kyra’s dedication to healing has inspired her to become a personal holistic health and nutrition counsellor. She works with clients one-on-one to help them achieve their health and nutrition goals, and to manage issues that can be improved with simple diet and life changes. Through specific questions and her analysis of food diaries, Kyra crafts personalized menus and tips for improving vitality. Kyra’s clients love her attention to the details of their lives and her ability to respond to their individual challenges.

An avid traveler, Kyra has led adventure tours to four continents and more than 40 countries for organizations like National Geographic and the Smithsonian Institute. Her tours have included trekking in Nepal, visiting Mayan ruins in Guatemala, swimming with dolphins in New Zealand, flying kites on the Great Wall of China and hot air ballooning in Southern Turkey.

Kyra’s twin passions for yoga and adventure have culminated in exotic yoga retreats – the fruit of a philosophy that embraces all that life has to offer. She has led students to West Virginia, Jamaica, Bhutan, Turks and Caicos, Belize, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii.

Last summer, Kyra became an ordained minister and began officiating weddings. Her positive energy and love of people has made this a natural extension of her open-hearted approach to teaching and her support of loving relationships. Among other marriages in California, she first officiated the wedding of two of her east coast yoga students. She enjoys working with couples to design a ceremony reflective of their vision, collaborating on readings, vows and poetry.

Kyra’s ability to forge connections, even with large groups, has prompted invitations to lead numerous events. In 2010, Kyra led a meditation for 600 police officers and social workers at The Sexual Assault Conference in Los Angeles. This past year, she taught mindful movement to 200 participants through Southern California’s Joyful Heart Foundation. Kyra has been a guest teacher at the Iowa City Yoga Festival for the past two years.

Sought out for her expertise, Kyra has been interviewed by The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and CNN for a story on the benefits of yoga to cope with stress during tough economic times. She is currently collaborating on a book entitled ‘Inspired by Yoga’, about her personal evolution through the practice. In other related projects, Kyra is working with DINO apparel on a new line of yoga-inspired clothing.

Kyra Anastasia is currently based in Venice, CA but travels frequently and may be heading your way soon…Please inquire at info@inspiredyoga.com.

Education

Teacher Trainings and Workshops
Beryl Bender Birch
Rodney Yee
Shiva Rea
Saul David Raye
David Swenson
Erich Schiffmann
John Friend

Schools

Kripalu Center for Healing – Massachusetts
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Ayurveda – Massachusetts
Nosara Yoga Institute – Costa Rica
Atmavikasa Centre of Yogic Sciences – Mysore, India
Institute of Integrative Nutrition – New York City
Loyola Marymount University Yoga Studies Program – Los Angeles

Yoga Studio History

18th & Yoga – Washington, DC
Inspired Yoga – Washington, DC
Power Prana Yoga – Tallahassee, FL
Exhale – Venice, CA
Naam Yoga – Santa Monica, CA
Yoga Garden – Philadelphia, Pa

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