Cari Friedman O’Connor has been teaching in New York both as a private and class instructor for 16 years. She is a dedicated and gifted teacher who combines exceptional technical knowledge with an ability to recognize and respond to each student’s individual needs. Regarded for her ability to impart a clear understanding of structure, Cari’s classes manage to be both challenging and nourishing. Most importantly, Cari creates a safe space for all students, inspiring trust, risk-taking, vulnerability and ultimately, confidence. Her primary motivation in teaching is to help students understand a transformative yoga practice begins with a willingness to become aware of our personal habits. Her mission is to support students to make the unconscious, conscious through organization of the body, mind and breath.
Formerly an Anusara yoga teacher, Cari has logged hundreds of hours studying with John Friend, completed a certified teacher training with Max Strom in 2001 and a year long training in 2002 with Jimmy Bernaert & Ellen Saltonstall.
Since 2012, Cari has studied under Nevine Michaan and Abby Galvin of Katonah Yoga, whose outstanding teachings have transferred into her own classes: igniting curiosity, opening possibilities in the mind and transforming the body. A lifelong learner, Cari continues her yoga education with teachers of all styles and traditions, and her greatest teachers are her family, who inspire her practice at the most intimate and fundamental level. Cari also holds a BA from the Boston Conservatory of music.
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