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.