Yoga 216 Wellness Therapists
The 216 Wellness Team are dedicated to your whole-person wellness through therapeutic treatments for body, skin, and daily routines. Working through the lens of Ayurveda, all treatments and wellness consultations are custom crafted for to meet your specific needs with massage, facials, wellness consultations, and seasonal check-ins.
My heart-felt desire and calling to heal has been ever present since I was nine and my father felt the healing touch flowing through him as I spontaneously put my hand on a painful place on his leg. My hands were an extension of my heart and even at that young age healing came naturally to me. Initially, I followed this calling as an Intensive Care pediatric nurse, caring for the young patients and guiding their grieving parents and family members. This role took a personal turn when in my twenties my father became terminally ill. I used all my training and experience to care for him each day as he moved toward the end of his life in body form. It was this transformational process that I experienced as a spontaneously arising relationship with Spirit – a presence which continues to guide me to this day.
I began my spiritual journey with Baba Kanhai Mishra in Holland. He ignited the true love of God, the wisdom to follow the truth, and a longing to give service from the heart. I followed my longing to learn about holistic approaches to health by studying Ayurvedic Medicine with Vaidya Baj Rathod who introduced me to Kiran Vyas, the director of Tapovan, the most respected Ayurvedic and Yogic Ashram retreat center in Europe. I was fortunate to have studied with and was mentored by him for seven years through the teachings of Sri Aurobindo. By Spirit’s grace, I have studied with many Masters, Sages, and men and women of Wisdom. While Western medicine taught me how to work with the physical structure, Eastern medicine deepened my understanding of how to help people gracefully deal with difficulty, prevent illness, and live a joy-filled life. I feel that my true gift is my ability to identify the root cause of a disease (physical, emotional, mental or karmic imbalances) and understand how these causes can lead to health issues and deep suffering in the individual. We then walk together, down the path of empowered spiritual healing and physical wellbeing using the breadth and depth of my knowledge and expertise. Ultimately, each will form their own unique and deeply rooted connection to the Inner Source, resulting in long-term restored vitality and wellbeing.
Ayurvedic Skincare, RYT 500
Through her yoga studies, Heidi began her training in Ayurveda Nutrition under Dr. Naina Marballi and Ms. Amita Banerjee, and is recognized by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) as a Holistic Health Counselor. Her interest in Ayurveda Nutrition led her to continue her training with Dr. Marballi, where she began to study Ayurveda skincare while pursuing her esthetics license.
For seven years, Heidi had been sharing her skincare expertise in addition to her nutritional knowledge with clients at Pratima’s Ayurvedic Spa and Clinic in Soho. She now enjoys her new home at Yoga 216 working with clients by addressing their individual needs and goals through yoga, nutrition, and skincare.
Raindrop Treatments, RYT 500, Prenatal Yoga Teacher
Naomi completed her 500 hour training at the Ayurveda Retreat Center in Coonoor India. Upon returning to the states she continued her certifications in Prenatal Yoga in New York, Yin Yoga with Ulrica Norbert, as well as the Yoga Birth Method with Dorothy Guerra. Naomi also continues to expand her studies in botanical healing as an Aromatherapist under Jade Shutes.
She began her yogic journey 15 years ago through the means of healing. Her many years of classical ballet and competitive swimming took quite a toll on her body. It was the gift of yoga that gave her the awareness and inspiration to take better care of her mind, body and spirit. Her highest intention is to teach through mindful movement, continuous practice of self love and to encourage students to find a sense of lightness and joy in their practice.
Massage Therapy, LMT, Prenatal Massage
Marina discovered massage during the time she was in College in Russia. She took a course and was surprised by relaxation that followed after the short session. Many years and moving to USA later she studied at Swedish Institute of Health and Science with the best teachers of the country. Her passion for healthy living lead her to yoga. Massage was a natural continuation of realization that mind and body are connected. She has worked with various brands and spas in New York City and trained in classical Swedish, deep tissue, reflexology and pregnancy. Her technique combines knowledge of human anatomy and years of practicing yoga and meditation. Her sessions are designed to reach the natural balance of the body and mind. She loves working personally with each client to discover what needs to be addressed and what needs healing. Marina is Reiki certified.
Massage Therapy, LMT
Phaki is a graduate of The Finger Lakes School of massage and has been practicing massage since 2010, including prenatal massage. Phaki believes in the healing and spiritual power of massage. She is very excited to be a part of the Yoga 216 wellness team, especially as working within a community of Ayurvedic treatments will compliment her work which focuses on myofascial, trigger point therapy, and Swedish massage.