October Student of the Month

Lydia, Dena, and Kian!

What is your profession and what do you love most about it?

Lydia: I run a nonprofit that provides financial assistance to people in cancer treatment – Ray of Hope Cancer Foundation. I love being a part of providing relief to people who are struggling.

Dena: I teach Social Justice Studies for 4th – 8th grade, and I am the Diversity Coordinator at my school. I love talking about the issues of the world with children and listening to the brilliant solutions they have for them.


What is your favorite yoga pose and why?

Lydia: I love airplane because I get to imagine that I’m flying.

Dena: I love chair pose because it’s the only hard pose I am somewhat good at.


What is “Your Yoga Story”?

Lydia: After practicing on and off at various studios, I joined the River right after it opened – I remember coming to classes with only 2 or 3 people in them in the early days!  After giving birth I was so excited to get back to the River, but I was also struggling with the onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis. The teachers at the River were so helpful and supportive in my post partum recovery and making adjustments for RA. The process has been a great reminder that yoga is a lifelong journey, and can be a huge asset in navigating the unexpected.

Dena: I began practicing 15 years ago at Jivamukti studio in NYC when I worked there. I have been doing it off and on since then (mostly off), but in December I took a few River classes after having taken a few a couple years prior, and everything just finally clicked. I am happy to say that I am dedicated to practicing for as long as I can.


What do you love about the River that makes it hOMe?

Lydia: CHILDCARE. I love that my whole family has found a hOME here at the River.

Dena: I love the teachers and all the people who work here. It feels like hOMe to me because it’s hot and humid and that reminds me of NYC.