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Ana Pilar Cruz Yoga & Wellness Worldwide, Inc – Ana Pilar Cruz, E-RYT 500, C-IAYTAna Pilar Cruz Yoga & Wellness Worldwide, Inc – Ana Pilar Cruz, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Inspired by the Viniyoga method, Ana Pilar helps her students to connect the breath with movement and use postures that protect and strengthen the lower back, a vulnerable part of the body that often needs attention. Before coming into poses and holding them, she first has students open up their bodies with dynamic motion. Her classes end with a pranayama, or breath control exercise, so that students leave with calm, focused energy.
Ana Pilar has supplemented her 200 and 500-hour certifications with studies in a number of specialized areas. She studied the intelligent sequencing of Vinyasakrama under Srivatsa Ramaswami, the longest standing student of the legendary Shri T. Krishnamacharya and whose Sanskrit chants are considered the gold standard for the sutras in India. She took part in various workshops and intensive trainings with the widely-respected Donna Farhi, honing in on yoga therapy techniques, and later studied under pioneering yoga therapist Leslie Kaminoff.
Her time with Kaminoff led to her current studies with his well sought-after Yoga Anatomy course, deepening her knowledge of the spine and the respiratory system. In addition to her exploration of yoga therapy, she also continues to immerse herself in the healing science of Ayurveda, the ancient Hindu science of health and medicine as first introduced to her by Dr. Robert Svoboda, which also influences much of Ana Pilar’s teaching.
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Meet Ana Pilar:
Although her name sounds almost as exotic as you’d expect from some yoga teachers, Ana Pilar’s name is actually Spanish for “pillar of grace”. If you know her or have taken her classes, you’ll understand how this also reflects her personality and teaching style. Ana Pilar Cruz is half Puerto Rican and half Scottish. Her extensive travels and living abroad have given her an open-minded outlook on life that has been invaluable to both her teaching and personal yoga practice. Bilingual, she has a special way of sharing her talent in teaching and exploration of yoga with both English and Spanish-speaking students.
Ana Pilar first discovered yoga as many of the younger generation does now, in college, while studying Film and Art History at Emerson College in Boston. It wasn’t until she moved to Austin in 2000, however, that she discovered her dharma. Yoga has been and continues to play an important role in Ana Pilar’s life during periods of growth and change. Her unique relationship with regular, private, and teacher training students, as well as the countless members of the yoga teacher community, inspire her to evolve and further define her own practice today.
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