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Hana  Raftery

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Hana: I practice yoga because yoga has transformed (and continues to transform) my life. Yoga has given me tools to feel more trusting, empowered, and content in my relationships, my career, and in my own body. Through yoga, I am learning that I don’t have to always live and react from a place of fear or anxiety.

I teach yoga because I have the opportunity and responsibility to share this knowledge and experience with others. I teach because I want to make yogic principles applicable, accessible, and practical to daily life so we can really live the practice on and off the mat and reap the lasting benefits. I teach yoga because I love learning, I love sharing, and I love people. I teach because I feel inspired when I am in the presence of others who also want to elevate their consciousness and better themselves. I teach because I believe that the more people who are able to learn, apply, and integrate the principles and practices of yoga into their everyday lives, the more positive change we will see in our own lives and in the world.

In addition to teaching yoga, I am a licensed master's-level occupational therapist. I work with incarcerated youth and young adults with mental health disorders to help them develop skills to lead meaningful and productive lives. I have a B.S. in exercise biology and am a certified massage therapist.