Offering Yoga for Back Care and Scoliosis, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Four Seasons Yoga in public and private classes, office visits, retreats and workshops.
My first yoga teacher, Jose Santos, encouraged me to share my dedication and love of yoga. Since 1996 I have been teaching group classes and private lessons in Taos, New Mexico, USA and leading workshops in Central and South America. It is my intention to present the practice in a peaceful and non-judgmental way that helps one tap into their true essence. When we deepen our relationship to ourselves, we deepen our relationship to all living beings and our interconnection to the world we live in. Yoga is transformative, which can be scary and intense, but most of all, yoga makes us feel good. When we feel good it is easy to treat others with kindness and to be of service in the world.
My yogic path has led me to Mysore, India again and again, where I have had the privilege to study Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga with its founder, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Over the years, his senior student, Annie Pace, has also provided much inspiration and guidance.
In 2006 I turned to Iyengar yoga therapeutics to address my congenital asymmetries. I study Yoga for Scoliosis with Elise B. Miller and have the honor of assisting her in her teacher training courses at the Iyengar Institute in San Francisco, CA.
Over the last two decades I have completed six teacher training courses with Tias Little, who has extensive training in both Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga. He also incorporates Hannah Somatics, in-depth anatomy, yoga philosophy, and Buddhism into his teachings.
I specialize in Yoga for Back Care and Scoliosis, and have developed Four Seasons Yoga, in which I combine precision of alignment with deep, fluid breath and movement. Four Seasons Yoga also employs ayurvedic principles to balance the predominant dosha (ayurvedic constitution) of each season. Into every practice I weave meditation and contemplation.
With deep gratitude and love for all of my teachers, and the teachers who have come before them, I am honored to facilitate your practice, whatever your stage in life, yoga experience, or physical condition may be.
Sonya Luz Hinton Costanza holds an undergraduate degree in Cultural Ecology from UNM, is step-mother to two radiant daughters and lives in Taos, NM with her husband David Costanza. To compliment her yogic studies of healing mind, body and spirit, she is certified to teach meditation through the Sage Institute For Creativity, Consciousness and Environment; has completed a one-year apprenticeship with Herbalist Lucy McCall; a sixteen-week course in ayurveda with Patrick Shaw; and courses in cranial-sacral therapy, muscle energy therapy, and Thai massage.
Private and Group Classes
Morada Lane Yoga Studio (218 Morada Ln, Taos, NM)
8:00 – 10:00 AM Open Studio/Self Practice
8:00 – 10:00 AM Ashtanga Mysore Style w/ Sonya
7:45 – 9:10 AM Jivamukti Yoga w/ Jayne
5:30 – 7:30 PM Open Studio/Self Practice
8:00 – 9:30 AM Four Seasons Yoga w/ Sonya (class cancelled on Friday, 9/30/16)
Monday thru Friday
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM Private instruction by appointment
Shree Yoga Taos (112 Camino de la Placita, Taos NM)
Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 – 11:00 AM Yoga for Back Care and Scoliosis w/ Sonya
Wednesday 5:30 – 7:00 PM Four Seasons Yoga w/ Sonya
Four Seasons Yoga: Considers the climate, activities, and Ayurvedic constitution related to each season, informed by Ashtanga Vinyasa and Iyengar Therapeutic Yoga.
Yoga for Back Care and Scoliosis: Catered to practitioners with an asymmetry of the spine or other back issue, to lengthen, strengthen, and restore.
Mysore Style: Individual guidance from the instructor to help design a self-practice appropriate for your level and unique circumstance.
Open Studio/Self Practice: A quiet space dedicated to yoga and meditation for practitioners to work on their personal practice with like-minded individuals.
Morada Lane Yoga Studio Prices
4 classes within 40 days- $40
Open Studio/Self Practice- $3
Monthly Membership- $85
Private Instruction w/ Sonya- $50/ hour, $160/ four one-hour sessions
No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Trade, payment plans, or sliding scale can be arranged.
Morada Lane Yoga Studio Parking
There is no parking available at 218 Morada Lane. Please park at the Mabel Dodge Luhan Retreat Center, just past the yoga studio at the end of the road and walk back to the studio, which takes about three minutes.
Enter through the gate with the star on it. The path will take you to the yoga studio on the left side of the building.
Please, DO NOT park on Morada Lane or along the MDL driveway.
Authentic cultural travel broadens horizons and enriches the spirit, affording a deeper understanding of the world in which we live.
Peruvian Yoga Retreat and Cultural Journey
May 14-22, 2017
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This Andean cultural journey combined with a yoga retreat sets the stage for a profound cultural and personal experience. Based out of the Pisac Inn in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the woven itinerary, accommodations, and meals celebrate the Andean perspective. Your participation directly supports sustainable efforts to preserve traditional Andean culture.
Admire sacred archaeological sites, colorful markets, breathtaking scenery, and delve into the rich culture of the Quechua Indians, the Inca descendants, in a very personal relationship with the land, the people, and their customs. Among the highlights of the trip are visits to Cusco, capital of the vast Inca State, known as the navel of the ancestral world, and, of course, a day of marveling at Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the world. One event that makes the trip truly unique is a visit to the traditional highland community of Amaru, where we will participate in their communal workday, share a meal, enjoy weaving demonstrations, music and dancing – a cultural exchange that deepens the appreciation of Quechua history and social life.
The daily yoga practice can range from an invigorating vinyasa sequence, to a restorative Iyengar-inspired session, depending on the other activities of the day, and the needs of the group.
We invite you to deepen your yoga practice in the enchanting Sacred Valley of the Incas and experience this rare opportunity for authentic social interaction, personal comfort and cultural participation.
Price: The cost of $2,250. includes accommodation, scrumptious home cooked meals, transportation upon arrival in Cusco, guidance through and entrance fees to historical sites, and all yoga classes. Not included in this price is: airfare, airport taxes, travel insurance, gratuities, meals eaten out, and other personal expenses.
Price is based on double occupancy. Single occupancy is an additional $205. For families traveling together, there is a discount for children under 12.
To register for this Peruvian cultural journey and yoga retreat an $800 deposit per person is required by March 14, 2017. Please contact Sonya for registration:
email@example.com or 575-758-8007
The state of open illumination (yoga) is preceded by faith, strength, mindfulness, absorption and deep insight.
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