Natascha was introduced to yoga nearly 20 years ago and began teaching in 2009. She is drawn to the transformative power of yoga and the constant evolution one finds in the practice, ultimately recognizing that “Yoga is a state of mind, not a body position” (as quoted from one of her teachers, Indu Arora). Natascha has experience teaching a variety of ages and fitness levels and recognizes yoga as a personal practice that meets you where you’re at –a practice of constantly listening to oneself on all levels. Personally, Natascha found Yoga and Ayurveda to be her lifeline after years of chronic stress and burnout as well as what has helped her surf the unpredictable waves of life from a more balanced place. This ancient wisdom brought her back to herself and, rooted in compassion, this has inspired her to share and guide others. She strives to create a welcoming, safe, accessible, and non-intimidating atmosphere that encourages self-awareness and self-exploration. Her personal mission is to empower her students in improving their overall well-being, finding balance and creating space for nourishing self-care. In her classes, she enjoys incorporating breath-centered movement and Ayurvedic wisdom as well as creative exploration of all layers of being.
Natascha is a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level, an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200 hour level, and a continuing education provider through Yoga Alliance (YACEP®). She is also a Relax and Renew® trainer, Yoga4Cancer instructor, and has studied prenatal yoga and yoga for breast cancer recovery, heart disease and cardiac rehabilitation, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, injuries, and more. She is a yoga therapist in practicum to receive C-IAYT credentials in Sattva Yoga Therapy through Pranayoga Institute of Yoga and Holistic Health. In addition, she is a Level 1 Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor through the Sevanti Institute. Natascha is a Master Reiki Practitioner through the Usui System, and has background in assisted stretching and the Thai Yoga Therapy tradition.
Over the last decade, Natascha’s journey, including experiencing the loss of loved ones, has led her to hold deep compassion and interest in working with people at end of life. She is an End-of-Life Doula through the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine and provides non-medical support to individuals and families. One of her areas of interest involves assisting with legacy projects, providing a meaningful way for individuals to carry on their personal stories to loved ones.
In addition to her healing arts background, Natascha has more than 15 years of professional experience in marketing and communications in commercial real estate, social services, financial services, and senior living. She holds an MBA in management and offers freelance services in copyediting, copywriting, marketing, and communications. She has copyedited and proofread several published books, including The Path of Joyful Living: Cultivating Mindful Action through Yoga written by her teacher, Dani McGuire.
Natascha is a member of Yoga Alliance, the International Association of Yoga Therapists, the National Ayurvedic Medical Association, and the National End of Life Doula Alliance.