We couldn’t be more pleased to have April teaching her incredible Heart Opening Yoga class at our Take a sick day for wellness urban retreat in Brooklyn this month! Her class created an overwhelming amount of feel-good energy and positive vibes that helped everyone really get in touch with themselves in a very special way. People are STILL talking about this class from last year’s retreat and we can’t wait for her to create her magic again this year! Find out more about this incredible teacher and healer, April!
Moved LA: How would you describe yourself?
April: I am a yoga activist with a strong belief that yoga reconnects us to our greatest inner resources (breath, body and spirit). I hold spaces for yoga to reconnect folks back to their inner strength and to be warriors of their own wellness.
Moved LA: What’s your story?
April: I have studied yoga with a focus resilient schools as a means of social justice and peace. I am also certified in Yoga for 12 Step Recovery, a program that connects the spiritual principles of yoga with addiction recovery. I teach yoga and meditation in schools in under-served areas throughout New York City and the country and believe in the healing powers of yoga to resolve past trauma. I am a certified Laughter Yoga teaches playfulness in yoga.
Moved LA: Why do you do this work?
April: I do this work because self love is a revolution and I believe that it's a tool for social activism and equity. We are all in our breath and body anyways, so might as well find ways to reconnect to our inner resources to navigate challenges of life and feel like our own caretakers. I also do this work so those who have been marginalized by society see the strength that lies within them, especially those who society has tried to disempower and disconnect from ownership over their own bodies.
Moved LA: Who is your role model, and why?
April: My role models are the children that I learn from more than I teach. Another role model of mine is Ana Forrest who has unapologetically stepped into her wild power and nature amongst her challenging life circumstances. She is a powerful yoga teacher and her book "Fierce Medicine" has helped me in so many ways.
Moved LA: If you could give everyone one piece of advice on their health and wellness, what would it be?
April: Everything you need lies within you
Moved LA: If you could have one super power, what would it be?
April: To have a magic button where I could randomly turn any life situation at any given moment into a musical. It would be hilarious.
Moved LA: What are you top three favorite things to do when you have time off?
April: I love to ride my bicycle with my husband, teach Intensati which connects positive affirmations with kickboxing, and be in the presence of children where I can play and see the world through their eyes.
Moved LA: Who are the top 3 people/companies you are following to stay informed?
April: I don't follow anyone and don't have any social media. I follow the person who is in front of me when I am connecting with them I guess.
Moved LA: What’s up next for you?
April: I love where I am and I am sure the universe has a plan better for me than I could ever imagine. But I know everything I do will involve yoga activism and children.
April is a proud social media virgin and purist, but you can head to her website here! http://ahimsamyllc.mystrikingly.com/