Offering Yoga for Back Care and Scoliosis, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Four Seasons Yoga in public and private classes, office visits, retreats and workshops.
Sonya Luz Hinton Costanza has been exposed to yoga her whole life. She began her personal exploration of yoga in her late teens and began teaching yoga in her late 20s. Soon afterward, in 1997, Sonya was introduced to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, of which she has been a dedicated practitioner ever since.
The deeper Sonya explored her yoga practice, the more sensitive she became to asymmetry, in advanced yoga postures and other physical activities. In 2005 she visited a chiropractor for the first time, then learning of her scoliosis she was able to see the patterns that were causing so much discomfort. Having studied yoga for scoliosis and back-care with senior Iyengar Yoga teacher and scoliosis expert, Elise B. Miller on two occasions, to supplement her teacher training, Sonya knew whom to turn to for deeper inquiry. In 2006 she completed the 20-hour Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher’s Training with Elise, in San Francisco, CA. In 2007 she repeated the 20-hour course, completed a practicum and is now certified by Elise to teach yoga for scoliosis. Incorporating this method into her life has helped Sonya to continue her Ashtanga practice and other physical activities pain free, and has given her more tools with which to help others.
Sonya considers it an honor to teach yoga. She teaches from a peaceful and non-judgmental space with the intention of cultivating one’s connection to his or her own true nature. Her teaching is holistic, incorporating yoga philosophy and wisdom of health with yoga asana (physical posture).
Sonya has had the privilege of studying yoga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, the founder of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, in Mysore, India for two months in 2000, two months in 2004, and on three occasions, one week long workshops in the USA. On each trip to India she has also studied Sanskrit and yoga philosophy with Dr. M.A. Jayashree. Since 1998 she has been a student of Annie Pace, one of the world’s most highly qualified Ashtanga Yoga practitioners. Sonya has extensive anatomical knowledge through her university studies of anatomy and physiology, and the three in depth teacher’s training courses she has taken with Tias Little, an anatomy, asana and yoga philosophy authority. Additionally a sixteen-week course in Ayurveda, the Indian science of medicine, and a one-year apprenticeship with master herbalist, Lucy McCall, have enhanced her knowledge of healing the body, mind and spirit.
Daily, her research of yoga philosophy and asana, meditation, Sanskrit chanting and singing continue. Sonya looks forward to facilitating your yoga practice, no matter what your age or physical condition may be.
Private and Group Classes
8:00 – 10:00 AM Open Studio/Self Practice
8:00 – 10:00 AM Mysore Style w/ Sonya
9:00 – 11:00 AM Open Studio/Self Practice
9:00 – 11:00 AM Open Studio/Self Practice
5:30 – 7:30 PM Open Studio/Self Practice
8:00 – 9:30 AM Four Seasons Yoga w/ Sonya Monday thru Friday
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Private instruction by appointment
Sonya also teaches Yoga for Back Care, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 – 11:00 AM, and Four Seasons Yoga, Wednesdays 5:30 – 7:00 PM at Shree Yoga Taos.
4 classes within 40 days- $40
Open Studio/Self Practice- $3
Monthly Contribution (depending on how many classes you plan to attend and what you can afford)- $65 – $85
Private Instruction w/ Sonya- $50/ hour, $40/ hour for four or more sessions pre-paid.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Trade, payment plans, or sliding scale can be arranged.
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.
There is no parking available at 218 Morada Lane. The Mabel Dodge Luhan Retreat Center has generously opened their parking lot to yoga students.
Park at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House, 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.
nurture your body and your spirit with a yoga retreat
Peruvian Yoga Retreat
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Price: The cost of $2,250. includes accommodation, delicious home cooked, healthy meals (vegetarian available), 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 and for family members not participating in the yoga classes.
To register for this Peruvian cultural journey and yoga retreat a $600 deposit per person is required two months before departure date. Please contact Sonya for registration:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 575-758-8007
Visit Pisac Inn for more information about accommodation, and Peru Cultural Journeys for more information about your hosts, Fielding Wood-Vizcarra and Roman Vizcarra.
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 archeological 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! traditional cultureOne 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 Ashtanga 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.
The state of open illumination is preceded by faith, strength, mindfulness, absorption and deep insight.
Yoga Sutras 1.20
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