First things first, yes, Bhakti is truly my legal middle name given to me at birth (yeah, my parents are like that). And yes, with a name like Nityda Bhakti (Nityda coming from the Sanskrit word “Nityananda,” or “eternally blissful”), what else could I have become in life if not a yoga teacher?!
My interest in meditation and spirituality began in my early childhood years, as I would listen to my dad, a student of Nichiren Buddhism at the time, chant each morning. By the time I was eight years old I knew I was going to pursue a professional dance career and dancing became my “moving meditation.” The professional ballet career I had always hoped for left me unfulfilled in the end- I tried it for several years and soon ran out of patience for what I perceived as unforgiveable politics, or bul*^&%. What fell into my lap instead, was a yoga mat. I fell in love with vinyasa yoga and the ways it healed my body and mind immediately. Through this practice I found the meditative quality I had been seeking and the dancer in me was fulfilled by the physical work. I found the ideas of compassion and acceptance so healing and in contrast to what I had personally experienced in the dance world. My second yoga teacher told me I should teach, so I did, and I’ve now been teaching Vinyasa for eight years.
I'm also a licensed mental health provider in New York state, having received my Master's in Social Work (MSW) from Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service. I provide individual and group counseling to children, adolescents, and adults. I view peoples' challenges through a multidimensional, and when appropriate, a trauma-focused lens. I believe in a holistic and whole-body approach to wellness. I am a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN), and in such, a certified Health Coach through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP).
As much as I feel talk therapy is incredibly beneficial for many people, regardless of age, we hold so much of our tension, stress, and trauma in our physical bodies. I’ve witnessed yoga heal and make whole again a broken body and mind. I always encourage my yoga students and therapy clients to follow their inner wisdom- well, mine told me to create Yoga Heal, yoga with a psychotherapeutic focus.
My goal is to live each day through service, while still honoring my own needs and definitely having some fun. I hope I can help you do the same.
Namaste (the light within me honors and salutes that same light that shines within you!)
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I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.
- Rabindranath Tagore