Photo Credit by Lisa Kiss

Photo Credit by Lisa Kiss

SHARON EPSTEIN

My beliefs:

I believe in the healing power of community and the exchange of ideas and energy that comes from people of all backgrounds and beliefs coming together. I believe in treating people with kindness, respecting both their abilities and challenges.

The “body-mind-spirit” paradigm is a renewable source of inspiration. We can continually tap into this source to develop our overall health and well-being. By strengthening, awakening and enlivening the “body-mind-spirit” we have the capacity to experience vitality.

The body-mind-spirit paradigm is interchangeably woven and connected, each part influencing the whole.

Body – That which makes up our physical self . . . our bones, muscles, organs. Our unique DNA. 

Mind – perceptions, thought process, cognition, emotions, behaviors.

Spirit – Our breath, our unique spark, that which connects us to the vast mysterious cycle of birth/life/death.

Attending a workshop by a master teacher,  yoga was defined as coming into homeostasis.  Homeostasis is defined by Oxford Dictionary as, “the tendency toward a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements, especially as maintained by physiological processes.” This concept resonates with my view of health, as I believe we are always shifting in and out of balance and looking to come to equilibrium or homeostasis.

What has informed my work?

As a youth and young adult, I was energized and stimulated by the discipline of dance and the craft of acting. I was influenced and shaped by the performing arts.  I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater Arts, graduating with honors, from Bard College. 

Into adulthood, I was fascinated by an advanced study in movement and behavior, leading to a Master of Science degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from Hunter College and a NY State License in Creative Arts Therapy. In hospitals, I witnessed the positive and healing affect of Dance/Movement Therapy for populations in need. Over the years, I worked within the field of psychiatry, substance abuse, gerontology, neurology and oncology. 

Spanning my life, I continue to feel intrigued and revitalized by the practice and teaching of yoga.  When I practice yoga,  I experience the capacity to change, to grow, to heal, to be lifted up in the face of life’s challenges.  It is with respect for the tradition of Yoga that I continually return to practice yoga with so many esteemed teachers and mentors, and to share these teachings with others.  I teach yoga in community centers,  synagogues, corporate settings and in private homes. 

I received a 200 hour certification from The Yoga & Polarity Center of Long Island and a 300 hour certification from Laughing Lotus, NYC. I have advanced training in prenatal yoga and Yin Yoga. I offer teacher training in prenatal yoga.  I create curriculum for Jewish educators through the Jewish Yoga School, where I serve as the Creative Director.  I am registered with Yoga Alliance as an experienced yoga teacher, (ERYT-500) and I am a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, (YACEP)