Dina Abbondante has studied and practiced bodywork and Yoga for more than a decade. She blends her expertise in classical massage, Acupressure and Usui Reiki method with a reputation for teaching Yoga classes that are intelligent, tranquil and quietly powerful. Trained as a dancer and choreographer, Dina’s teaching draws on the rhythmic breath and flowing sequences of Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga. Clearly influenced by the intelligence and alignment of Iyengar Yoga, Dina is known for her emphasis on adaptability and her knowledge of therapeutics.
She specializes in Yoga for back-care and scoliosis, pre/postnatal Yoga, and mat Pilates. During class, Dina merges anatomical and energetic alignment to encourage intelligent movement with mindful breathing and directed intention. Her teaching seamlessly connects the practice for newcomers and seasoned practitioners alike, making each class like a tapestry of experience that combs the layers of body, energy, mind and focus. Dina continues to practice and explore through the lenses of Vinyasa Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga, as well as complimentary forms of bodywork. Over the years, she has been honored to study with Elise Browning Miller, Patricia Walden, Lee Albert, Tom Karis, the New England School of Acupuncture, Sudhir Jonathan Foust and Megha Nancy Buttenheim.
Dina is a licensed massage therapist, Usui Reiki Master, experienced registered Yoga & Prenatal Yoga teacher through the Yoga Alliance, and certified mat Pilates teacher. She is deeply grateful for her teachers, students and clients, as they inform and inspire her work. When not teaching, Dina can be found practicing massage at Down Under School of Yoga in Newton, carving out beach days, and spending time with her family.
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Whether we choose bodywork, Ayurveda, Yoga or other complimentary practices that foster well being, the intention is ultimately the same - adaptable and conscientious lifestyle choices help to cultivate internal balance. My focus through bodywork and massage is to promote the movement of blood, oxygen, lymph and Prana, which cleanses the internal ecosystem of our body/mind/spirit. This blend of bodywork techniques leads to sustained physical balance, a decrease in fascial discomforts and an overall sense of emotional ease that is lasting and can be shared with those around us.—Dina Abbondante