What books do you always recommend to friends?
A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga and Kriya by Swami Satyananda Saraswati - a really fabulous introduction to the practice that also provides lesson plans and tutorials for anyone looking to start a well rounded daily practice. And, of course, the beloved and widely read text by BKS Iyengar , "Light On Yoga" is a perfect primer for anyone interested in the philosophy and practice of Yoga.
Favorite food on York?
"I love the green juice at Jugos Azteca and the veggie tacos at El Pique taco truck on York & Ave 53!"
Nora was born a devotee of yoga. She began her practice at a young age, and continues to practice daily. Her first training was with her beloved teacher Bethany Eanes at Mukti Yoga school in the traditional Hatha and Vinyasa style. She holds a Master's degree in Philosophy, where she spent time studying Vedic texts. Her interest in Indian philosophy led her to get her second training in Rishikesh, India at Rishikesh Yogpeeth where she studied traditional Yoga practices like Pranayama, Kriya, Mantra, meditation, and Hatha yoga in the classical Indian style. Nora continues to learn. She takes regular classes on ancient texts, is also being trained in Kundalini Yoga, and is learning to play the traditional Indian Harmonium.
Proud to both practice and live her yoga, Nora maintains a strict vegan diet and is free of alcohol and caffeine. She meditates daily, and (tries to) practice loving kindness regularly. Because of this devotion, it is easy for her to find her teaching guided by love. You can expect her classes to be warm, lighthearted, and informative.
- E-RYT-200, Mukti Yoga School
- RYT-300, Rishikesh Yogpeeth, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
- Advanced Class Planning, Safe Harbor Yoga School
- Practicing since 1981
- Teaching since 2012
Nora Brank regularly instructs the following classes:
In this steady-paced yoga class traditional asanas are held in accurate alignment with emphasis on building core strength, stamina, flexibility and balance as well as improving concentration and breath control.
**Focused on refinement of the basics, the practice of Sun Salutations and introduction to revolved standing poses, hand balances, inversions and backbends. Using props when necessary, we move at a faster pace than in an All Levels class.
This gentle flow class is focused on the experience of being in your body and with your breath. Accessible to all levels, including beginners, this class is a combination of gentle & dynamic flow coupled with longer holds to help find alignment in our bodies, within ourselves, connect with clarity, humility, and love.
We begin end class with Mindfulness Meditation – a subtle but very special practice that is often overlooked.
Integrating movement and breath, this class is aimed at the seasoned beginners and regular practitioners.
- Introducing twists, some backbends, approachable inversions, be prepared to explore both beginning and intermediate poses. Modifications are given allowing the students to choose a more beginning or more advanced practice according to their needs.