Paula Reyes has always been fascinated by bodies and movement. She received her first training in movement at the early age of 5 as a ballet dancer. She grew up with a dancer’s discipline, which led her to explore her own body’s graceful capabilities and perceive her own space. She carries this dynamic background into her yoga practice and shares it with others in her yoga classes.
Paula took her very first yoga class in 2008 at Yoga to the People in the East Village in New York City, which to her felt like coming back home. Since then she has become fascinated by the joy and every other feeling that would emerge during and after all forms of yoga practice, and has learned to cherish the experience. She considers this experience as a gift and has made it her duty to share it with as many people who are open to receive it as possible.
Paula considers herself a forever student. She is curious to learn the all-encompassing aspects of yoga through the guidance of her many teachers. She received her 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certification through Yoga to the People in May 2010, and matured as a teacher and a yoga studio manager while living in New York City. In November 2016, after moving to Hawaii, she completed an additional 300 hours of Advanced Yoga Teacher Training with Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini at Maya Yoga on Maui, during which she became reacquainted with her body’s strengths and ability to heal by learning to work intimately with her own injuries. This training reaffirmed her core belief: you are your own best teacher. She hopes to keep supporting others so that they could realize their own strength and ability to heal, as well as cultivate their unique yoga lifestyle practice. In December 2017, Paula joined Nicki Doane for a weeklong intensive in Yoga Philosophy through another 100 hours of Continuing Education program, called Maya Yoga Citta Flow Teacher Training. Most recently in November 2018 in Honolulu, she participated in another 300-hour program with Yogi Charu, fine-tuning her meditation practice while embracing Yoga Nidra and further understanding Swara Yoga and yogic breathing.
Paula is currently transitioning back to New York City where she is working to earn her Bachelor’s Degree at Hunter College in Liberal Arts, concentrating in Religion Studies.
Certification: 200-Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga to the People, 300-Hour Advanced Maya Yoga Teacher Certification with Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini, 100-Hour Yoga Philosophy Continuing Education with Nicki Doane, 300-Hour Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Yogi Charu