Private Yoga Instructor and Breathing Coach in New York City
Life should be enjoyed. I try to find small moments in my day, in between work, reading, and writing, where I can pause. I stop everything and soak in the beauty that surrounds me and feel the gratitude.
I fully understand that not everyone "loves" yoga, but there is something for you out there, your own "love," maybe it is surfing, rock climbing, soccer, swimming, juggling, etc., you get the idea. Taking the time out of your day, everyday, to do what you love is very important.
I started practice yoga about 10 years ago and made it part of my lifestyle as i saw an immediate result that benefit my mind my body and my soul. I always feel like yoga was part of my life; as a dancer from a young age I see lots of similarities between ballet and yoga; both work on proper alignment, stability, flexibility inner strength and build strong body awareness.
The purpose of stepping onto your mat is to feel good. Yes, there is also the mind-body challenge, but ultimately the hope is that when you roll up your mat after practice – you feel better physically emotionally and mentally. Connected with your body and your spirit.
The hope is to leave your mat feeling better, lighter, and happier. Your practice puts those heavy problems in your life into perspective because for 60 minutes of your day (or however long your practice might be), you can’t think of them; you are focused on much more important things like how to balance on one foot or float from down dog to crow. You know you can get through whatever it is you are going through because you just held a handstand for 60-bleeping-seconds. The practice of yoga don’t leave you when you done with the practice, it stays with you outside the yoga room. You suddenly find yourself more aware of your posture, your breathing, your thinking mind etc, it stays with you and reminds you the real important things in life.
How often is it possible to completely clear your head of the frenzy of thoughts, to-do-lists, and worries that generally take over your mind? Well, if you are breathing deeply, in the moment, in a handstand, I assure you – your to-do-list will be waiting for you when you are done.
This is why, initially, the postures are so important. You learn the alignment and postures, so that you can arrive to the place where thoughts and worries are no longer holding center stage. Only after the postures are learned and this space and freedom in the mind is felt can you find the space, calm, and focus to surrender in savasana or find a seated mediation.
In essence, your yoga makes you feel strong, whole, beautiful, and full of love, from the inside out. Starting from wherever you are today, you know that in one week’s time, however small the progress might be that it is there. Breath by breath, posture by posture, you are healing, growing, and nurturing your entire body, mind, and soul.
All at once, you face head on your toughest critic and your biggest advocate. And as the weeks pass, you really do begin to feel lighter. You walk with a little more pep in your step. You stand a little taller. You begin to see more love around you and feel even more love within you. Your practice transforms your life. Your practice becomes more about nurturing your trust in love, kindness, and acceptance. Your practice builds trust from within. And as months pass, you begin to realize, to know, from the bottom of your heart, that you yourself are a gift. No one else in this world is exactly like you, and for this reason alone - find a smile and run with it. Enjoy your next practice, because you can!
I believe in eating as close to the source as possible. This means eating lots of fresh, local, and organic fruits and vegetables. Food is meant to be enjoyed and you should enjoy it. If eating a diet full of fruits and vegetables is foreign to you, I promise that over time you will begin to enjoy the taste of whole foods, and more than that you will begin to crave them. I eat a healthy and love to cook my food. I’m not vegetarian nor vegan but I do think everyone could benefit by eating a little less meat and more vegetables and greens!
There are countless benefits to meditation.
Health Benefits: Decreased blood pressure and hypertension, lowered cholesterol levels, reduced production of “stress hormones,” including cortisol and adrenaline, more efficient oxygen use by the body, increased production of the anti-aging hormone DHEA, improved immune function, decreased anxiety, depression, and insomnia.
Enhanced Concentration, Memory, and Ability to Learn: Researchers have found that our brains have an amazing ability to continue growing throughout the duration of our lives, we are able to grow new neurons, the quality is known as neuroplasticity.
Create Harmonious, Loving Relationships: Feeling balanced brings a wonderful sense of centeredness, where you say goodbye to the toxic and hello to the love.
Improved Creativity and Problem-Solving Skills: All of my best ideas happen while I am meditating. If only I could stop and write them down every now and then, I’d be a bit richer. The ideas just flow, you are in a state of flow. Many athletes describe this state of flow, where there is little to no effort required, but yet, they are swishing shot after shot and on “fire.”
Decreased Depression, Anxiety, and Insomnia: Meditation in a deep state triggers the release of neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphins) all of which improve mood, no single drug can do this, and the process is side-effect-free!
Happiness: A sense of calm, inner harmony takes over, you leave a meditation session, feeling a little more love for yourself, everyone around you, and the world. The outcome is an overwhelming feeling of gratitude and happiness.
Begin by loving yourself. Acceptance, compassion, self-love, and understanding are all components. Wherever you are today, accept yourself as you are, the good and the bad. Commit to being okay with where you are, from this point on there is only growth. Growth won't happen if you beat yourself up, criticize yourself, or add guilt and jealousy to your plate. By loving yourself, more love will naturally begin to flow into your life. I am excited for you, let's make the world a better place together, by starting with ourselves.
Romantic Love - Your love will be fiery, passionate, and inspiring. The person you love will support you as your reach for your dreams. Your love will give you the courage to go after everything you've ever wanted and be by your side the entire time, saying "you can do it," that person is out there for you. Your love will make you feel like you are the most important person in the world. Your love, will find you, once you've found yourself.
“ Esti is incredible! Her passion for yoga is contagious. Her focus on the technical elements of our practice coupled with her unique ability to provide a spiritually fulfilling and physically challenging practice is unparalleled. Furthermore, she’s keenly focused and aware on the individual limits and boundaries, allowing me to excel and progress to the best of my abilities. Namaste ”
“ This is honestly one of the best experiences I have had in NYC. I am used to practicing in a class with many people, and was a bit nervous to try one on one. Esti Provided a safe and comfortable environment guiding me through the practice. Felt amazing! Thank you 🙏 ”
“ Best yoga mentor I've ever had! ”
Hila Dafan Cohen
“ Working with Esti is wonderful! I learned so much and felt transformed after every session. She will tailor her knowledge and assistance to your needs - highly recommend !!! ”
“ Incredible experience! The most satisfying yoga classes I’ve been to 🙏 ”
“ One of my favorite teachers, the vibe the energy the space, Esti Thank you so so much for the best experience ! ”
“ I’ve been practicing yoga for the last 14 years. For the last year I’ve been practicing with Esti 🧘🏼♂️& my progress jumped significantly during this year. from the minute that you inter her yoga room you are filled with positivity and the feeling that you are in the best hands to guide you and help you in your practice & progress the perfect ambience in the room music and delicious smells The best yoga mats I’ve ever used You won’t go wrong trust me you’ll thank me so happy I found you The best Yoga Teacher I’ve ever experience for the last 14 years ”
“ I’m so happy I started doing yoga with Esti. She has wonderful energy and makes me connect to my body in a whole new way. I feel more patient, less stressed and my flexibility has improved tremendously. I have a new-found respect for my body. Thanks Esti! ”
Jill De Jong
“ I’ve been practicing yoga for a while now and there is not another teacher like Esti! She is a patient teacher—she really wants you to learn the postures correctly and takes the time to help you get it right. She will make sure you get a good work out and will adjust to your level of yoga knowledge. Her kind soul is so inviting and her words of encouragement during the practice are just what you need to complete your practice. I highly recommend practicing with Esti in her beautiful space! ”
“ The absolutely perfect experience ! I discovered yoga through Esti, never really liked it before... after one class at her breath taking studio - I got addicted. Personalized to your level and pace. Incredible. ”
“ Had my third class yesterday. Fantastic workout and instructor with great music. Esti offers a nice mix of classes to keep it interesting. Looking forward to my next class. Highly recommended 👌 👍 ”
“ I have been recovering from surgery to repair my quad muscle for almost a year now. My rehab involved some PT ad well as time at the gym. A friend at this point introduced me to Esti and she designed a session specifically to help me strengthen my quad muscle. Her personal attention and caring are such a positive force when coupled with the program she has designed. I have already noticed a dramatic improvement to my injured muscle. If you are thinking of a private a yoga instructor look no further. ”
“ Personal attention, positive energy and so fun! By far the best yoga in NYC! ”
“ Esti is an incredible teacher with a beautiful energy Very professional and spiritual as well . I have been doing yoga for years and when i met Esti I found the perfect balance between yoga Meditation and spirituality . I highly recommend Esti !!!!! ”
“ Super professional, kind and attentive teacher! I had a heeling and uplifting experience. Fell in love with yoga and I highly recommend 1 on 1 class. ”
“ Esti is extremely professional and knowledgeable instructure, she helped me a lot with learning right alignment and going deeper with my meditation practice. I loved doing breath work to help me relax and quiet the mind. ”
“ Esti is the best! I've tried bikram and flow yoga classes, but nothing compares to practicing 1 on 1 with Esti. Over the past year my training has strengthened my core, allowed me to find focus, and reduced stress. It has been a life changing experience. Esti's classes are for your mind, body, and soul. ”
“ Esti was amazing! She was keen on my form, always pushed me but was aware of my limitations. She was extremely professional and I’m already booked for my next session🙌🏼🧘🏼♀️ ”
Private lessons will allow your practice to deepen and evolve at your own pace.
You will begin with a personal consultation with Esti,
and from there she will design a practice explicitly tailored to your individual body requirements,
strengths, fitness goals and injuries. By personalizing your program
you will attain optimum results faster and more efficiently.