Nadja Refaie studied ballet as a child and into adulthood but found that she sought other types of movement. She took her first yoga class in 1997 with a friend at the gym and loved it immediately. It felt wonderful and provided the artistic and physical release she was seeking. She soon became a regular and began exploring different styles of yoga.
Nadja left the corporate world in 2002 to teach yoga and Pilates in Boston and surrounding communities. She is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and a STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer, and she continues to study with and assist senior Iyengar teacher Patricia Walden in Cambridge. Nadja enjoys the precision and freedom of movement that yoga and Pilates teach us and encourages her students to find the grace and steadiness that a yoga practice can bring.
Nadja chooses a focus or theme for each class and tries to link the poses so students can see how each pose affects the next in the sequence. She focuses on alignment and gives a lot of instructions about what you should do to get into a pose, maintain a pose and come out of it. She often uses props to explore a pose more deeply.
Outside her yoga practice, Nadja says she is very laid back and doesn’t obsess about how things are aligned in her house.
I love Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana (revolved head-to-knee pose) because it combines so many movements of the spine: forward bending, twisting, and back bending. I really feel my body come alive and then surrender. One of my most challenging poses is Dhanurasana (bow). It is work for me to keep my tailbone from lifting, especially in the prone backbends! Add to that lifting the thighs off the floor and you have my nemesis.—Nadja Refaie