Nevine Michaan was born in Egypt in 1954 and moved to New Rochelle, N.Y., 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.