brings a depth of personal experience, creativity and joy to
her teaching. With twenty years of personal yoga practice experience
and five years of teaching experience, she is knowledgeable
in several forms of hatha yoga including Iyengar, Vinyasa/Flow,
Power, Bikram and Forrest.
teaching focuses on mindfulness of breath and safety in postures
with particular emphasis on developing core strength. In addition
to completing her teacher training with yoga master, Ana Forrest,
Niav has studied with internationally recognized teachers including
Cyndi Lee, Baron Baptiste, and Shiva Rea. She is also a 19-year
practitioner of vipassana or insight meditation.
has been actively walking a path of healing and recovery through
various personal growth movements for the past seventeen years.
She has a Masters in Clinical Psychology, specializing in Prenatal
and Perinatal Psychology. And soon to be a birth doula!
currently teaches ongoing yoga classes in Santa Barbara.
You can find her at Yoga
Soup, 28 Parker Way, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12 –
1:15 PM for a Level 2 Slow Flow Class and Fridays, 5 –
6:30 PM, for a Level 1/2 Class.
is also available for Private Instruction and Corporate Yoga
Classes. Please contact her directly at 805-448-7207
is an excellent way to begin a yoga practice, as the teacher
is able to focus her full attention on one student attending
to the specific needs of the individual. Additionally, if a
student has injuries or health issues, private instruction allows
the teacher to tailor classes for that students unique needs.
Niav has in-depth training and experience working with beginning
students as well as those with injuries and medical conditions.
the Sacred Feminine with Niav Connor
is the creator and teacher of a unique workshop for women entitled
Celebrate the Sacred Feminine through Erotic Dance Yoga.
workshop fuses the physical postures of yoga with the art of
erotic dance, the sacred sexual practice of tantra yoga, and
the ancient rituals of goddess worship. It offers a uniquely
safe and sacred environment for women of all ages, shapes, sizes,
and religious or ethnic backgrounds to bond with one another
while exploring the essence of womanhood. The workshop bestows
women the unique opportunity to develop and deepen a connection
to the power of their innate sensual feminine energy. The philosophy
and teaching foster an integration of polarities thus creating
inner balance and harmony on all levels – physical, emotional
and spiritual. Participants leave feeling vibrantly alive, beautiful,
and sexy regardless of physical appearance.
Dance Yoga is a unique and integrative workshop designed
to guide women through a journey of (re)connecting to their
sacred feminine essence. Niav believes this work will contribute
to healing the divine feminine in women as well as the archetypal
energy on the planet. Her vision is to be a part of ending violence
against women by resurrecting and nurturing the unique, inherent
wisdom and power of the feminine.
this work, she intend to resurrect the sacred and beautiful
parts of herself that are uniquely feminine and to inspire,
teach, and guide other women to do the same. Her purpose in
teaching this workshop is to support women in honoring, acknowledging,
embracing and loving all things feminine – nature and
beauty, the unseen realms of the heart, magic and mysticism.
visit her website, www.eroticdanceyoga.com,
for more information and for dates of upcoming workshops.
strong woman is a woman who craves love like oxygen, or
she turns blue choking. A strong woman is a woman who loves
strongly and weeps strongly and is strongly terrified and
has strong needs. A strong woman is strong in words, in
action, in connection, in feeling she is not strong as stone,
but as a wolf suckling her young. Strength is not in her,
but she enacts it as the wind fills a sail. What comforts
her is others loving her equally for the strength and for
the weakness, from which it issues lightning from a cloud.
Lightning stuns. In rain, the clouds disperse. Only water
of connections remains, flowing through us. Strong is what
we make each other. Until we are all strong together, a
strong woman is a woman strongly afraid.