Nianna is an international yoga teacher, traveler and entrepreneur who inspires her student with both her in-depth knowledge of yoga traditions and culture and her openhearted, liberated teaching style.
Her comprehensive study with master teachers of diverse methods of yoga, dance and healing arts in the US and India has given rise to her thoughtful translation and dissemination of ancient wisdom in modern times. She is eternally grateful for the mentor-ship, trust and tutelage of her beloved teachers who continue to light her path with their brilliance, friendship and love. Dedicated students make for the best teachers and Nianna's commitment to learning is inherent in her teaching.
"Yoga found me at a time when I was really young and searching for meaning, answers and a way out of my teenage angst, pain and confusion. Throughout the years I continued to explore different paths yet yoga claimed me. Even now I believe my life and work as a yoga teacher has chosen me. I trust the process and go where I feel guided. Yoga gave me something to hold onto in a chaotic world where nothing made sense. And since my very first class yoga has been my rock, my constant, my lover, my teacher and friend on the path of self-realization, freedom and integration. I know it will do the same for you if you let it. I trust yoga and I trust that if you are curious and courageous enough yoga and your own listening will answer your questions and usher you to truth. Be careful what you wish for because soon enough it will come and you will have to step into the life you have dreamed of and all the responsibility that comes with it. " ~ Nianna
Nianna is uniquely her own. Her teaching is relevant to modern life while steeped in the tradition of eternal wisdom. She has woven her diverse embodied translation of wisdom teachings into the fabric of her life with power and grace. Her trainings, classes and retreats are grounded, inspired, nurturing and integrated, With guidance from the eight limbs of Yoga by Patanjali she shares yoga that is rooted in vinyasa krama and tantra in line with the lineages of Krishnamacharya and Sri Vidya .
Her teaching is rooted in the transmissions received from the 'modern mystics' whom she has had the honor to study closely with during her time in her birth place, Los Angeles. Her most essential inspiration has come from nearly a decade of apprenticeship with Micheline Berry, Shiva Rea, Denise Kaufman, Mark Whitwell and Aaron Reed. This was during an influential time of her evolution at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement in Venice where she eventually taught classes along side her mentors. In her earlier movement explorations she found her fluid spine in Continuum Movement with Emilie Conrad, the freedom of expression through the 5 Rhythms of Gabrielle Roth, and originally in Soul Motion with Vinn Marti who 'turned her on' to life at the ripe age of 18. Later she was influenced by the Shakta Tantra and Sri Vidya lineage of Sri Amritananda in 2006 through her teacher Psalm Isadora. Chris Tompkins, Douglas Brooks, and Anna Marti have illuminated her tantric path since. Her Yin Yoga training with Paul Grilley in the early years coupled with the apprenticeship to Denise Kaufmann and Aaron Reed has provided the essential skills and experience needed to teach yin yoga beautifully and effectively. Her first ever 'official' teacher training was with Erich Schifmann in 2003 at Exhale and his Freedom Style yoga. Her devotion to the souls unbound freedom and the Divine Feminine along with her own sensual nature has birthed her women's sensual empowerment movement that is creating the space for women to liberate their power and ground themselves in their truth.
"Nianna is a goddess with beauty, brains and soul." - Erich Shiffmann
Before graduating from the World Arts and Cultures program at UCLA she took up residence in India upon receiving a scholarship for a six month study abroad program at Hyderabad University. She thought she was meant to live forever as an aesthetic monk in a cave before realizing the householder path of tantra yoga. In Jan of 2010 she led her first global retreat that was in fact an initiation via a powerful pilgrimage, yatra, to India. For the past 7 years she lead spirit adventure retreats across the globe from New Zealand to Tibet and in between with the company she co-owened until the end of 2016, Away Inward Retreats. In total she has traveled to over 40 countries and counting. In the fall of 2016 with her former non-profit, www.childrenweserve.org, she rebuilt a school in Darbung, Nepal after it fell in the earthquakes of 2015. Her passion for travel lives in her DNA as she began traversing mama earth whilst in her mother's womb. She let go of her classes on the schedule at Exhale in Venice Los Angeles, flew the coop and has looked back only with heartfelt gratitude for the empowerment and platform from which to fly. For the past 7 years she has been a 'nomadic teacher' profoundly touched by the places and people she meets, and the ceremonies and sacred rituals that have shaped her understanding of Life and the Mystery. Her teaching has been boiled down to the universal essence found in the sacred center in the heart of humanity. Its her great joy and honor to share all of this and so much more with you.
"Yoga with Nianna is a dynamic and inspiring experience where breath, love and asana meet." - Micheline Berry
For the past 6 years she has been part of The Ashram family teaching yoga seasonally on their world renowned retreats in Mallorca, Spain and the summer or 2016 marked her last season. In 2014 on the South Island of New Zealand she was part of the team that launched the incredible Aro Ha Wellness Retreat as the yoga program director and trainer for which she received kind mention in Harper's Baazar International. She is co-director and lead trainer for the Nadi Wellness Teacher Training program in Queenstown, NZ. You can find her teaching in Holland as it has become her home away from home and you can practice with her at yogaonline.nl. During high Summer she teaches in the Hamptons offering private sessions and a couple public classes at KamaDeva in East Hampton. She grew up in the crazy city of angles, Los Angeles, and has lived to tell the ancient story of a phoenix rising.
"I teach yoga because it changed my life in undreamed of ways and I am passionate about sharing this knowledge with others. I never would have thought I would be were I am today. I am living my dream. I won't say it has been easy but I will say that it has all been worth it. Yoga and Tantra are a science of the heart, a technology for mind and body, that returns us to our soul essence. It reminds us that fear is only a marker that we are truly living and that love, freedom, and connection is what we really want. We are born and then we die, what we do in between is up to each of us. "
Gratitude To My Teachers
Endless pranams, deep bows, to the many teachers who have shined their bright light upon me and my path and has led the way for me to do the same for others; The sweet ones mentioned above along with favorable mention to Nandan Guatam who is my dearest mitra, Hala Khouri, Max Strom, Jo Tastula, , Annie Carpenter, Maria Garre, Bharat Thakur who initiated me into Kriya Yoga, Daniel Odier, Lorin Roche, David Frawley, my Grandmother and Grandfather who introduced me to the ancient ways at a young age, Sera Beak, Meggan Watterson, Krishna Murti, Anandamayi Ma, Amma, Paramahansa Yogananda, Krishanmacharya and more intimately my parents, siblings, friends, students, and The Great Teacher, Life.