Paula Heitzner has been involved with movement her entire life. Beginning as a dancer, she owned her own dance studio at the age of 16. Paula has been teaching yoga for over 45 years. She started her training with the esteemed Blanche DeVries, long considered one of the pioneers in bringing yoga to the United States along with her husband Pierre Bernard.
Paula is a master yoga teacher widely recognized by her peers, and well known for owning and operating Nyack’s first, and longest running yoga studio. Paula is a certified advanced Kripalu Yoga Teacher E-RYT500. She is one of the earliest members of the Yoga Alliance and a board member-at-large for the for Yoga Teachers Association (YTA), and is responsible for writing their monthly memo. Paula has graduated a minimum of 150 certified yoga teachers through her teacher certification program. Paula is skilled in Iyengar, Siddha, Sivananda and the Intergral methods of Hatha Yoga. In addition to these Eastern techniques, she has studied the western mind-body modalities including; Reichian Work, The Alexander technique, Ideo-Kinesis, Polarity, Bio-Energetics and Continuum. Her classes are a synergy of the best of Eastern and Western ideologies. It would be a disservice to describe her teaching as one form or another, but a unique, classically informed evolution of all the previously mentioned techniques. She is a regular guest master teacher at various yoga studios around the country. Her students have travelled with her to India and Bali on yoga retreats.
The Journal News called Paula, “The Doyenne of Yoga in Rockland.”