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Yoga as Religious Practice

Yoga as Religious Practice

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Michaan reflects on how yoga gave her an avenue to religion.

Nevine's Biography

Teacher’s Wisdom: “The biggest defeat in life is bitterness.”
Pioneering Practitioner:  When she began studying yoga in the mid-1970s, she believes New York City only had three yoga studios.
Earliest Role Model: “For dignity and constancy of purpose, my father.”
Advice to Her 15-year Old Self: “Learn things that support your health and well-being and the well-being of others… And keep breathing.”

Nevine Michaan was born in Egypt in 1954 and moved to New Rochelle, New York at the age of three. She began studying meditation and yoga after college, and soon began training in New York City under the auspices of renowned yoga guru Alan Bateman.
 
Michaan began taking on her own students after relocating to the New York City suburbs in 1980. She founded the Katonah Yoga Center in Katonah, New York in 1991, before moving to operation to nearby Bedford in 2005. In 1999, she produced “Yoga for Women,” an instructional tape directed toward women of all ages.
 
“I really decided to do it because so much of the yoga that was coming out was part of a youth movement,” she says. “I saw a lot of women who were going towards menopause and struggling and didn’t have technique. The classical yoga had so much more [to offer them.]”
 
Today Michaan continues to teach and train other yogis in the Westchester County area.

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