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Welcome to our search for New York City's hottest trainer. Over the coming weeks, we'll profile twenty-two smoking candidates who work at local gyms and studios. Once you've gotten to know everyone, we'll host a March Madness-style showdown in which you get to vote for your favorite.
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In addition to cycling, SYNCSTUDIO in Williamsburg also quadruples as a yoga, circuit, and personal training facility—and we'd say Vinyasa instructor Sophie Green is a pretty good reason to cross the river and take a few classes. She's been practicing yoga since she was just a kid (five years old!), and has the flexibility, muscle, and body to show for it. After the jump, her advice for anyone looking to do more Downward Dog on the reg.
What made you want to become a yoga instructor?
My mom has been a yoga teacher for the past thirty years, so the idea of teaching yoga and leading the yogic lifestyle has been ingrained in me since childhood. I am also a practicing art therapist. I initially got certified as a yoga instructor with the purpose of integrating yogic elements into my art therapy practice. I sort of fell into teaching yoga prematurely and surprised myself at how much I loved it and how natural it felt. I am thankful everyday that I am able to make this my career!
How long have you been an instructor?
I've been teaching yoga for about a year and a half now, but I've been practicing since I was five years old.
What's one piece of advice everyone should hear before beginning a new workout?
Listen to your body! Be mindful of what it is telling you and don't judge it. And most importantly, be openminded and have fun with it. Yoga shouldn't be as serious as some make it out to be.
Want to try out SYNCSTUDIO? See the website below for more info on classes and pricing, as well as additional info on Sophie.
· Sophie Green [Official Site]
· SYNCSTUDIO [Official Site]
· Yoga [SYNCSTUDIO]
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