Welcome to my special haven. This is my cozy digital nook where I share handy tips, reflections and experiences that have helped me along the way – physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally. I hope my growth will help yours.
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My real deal quirky story. . .
Born in LA and brewed in NYC, movement, holistic health and the arts has been at the forefront of my healing journey. Inspired by 23 plus years of yoga, 14 years as a yoga teacher and wellness advisor, a BFA in photography and mixed media arts, and a love of writing and globe trotting - I'm passionate about sharing my growth and tools with you. And since so many ask, my first name is pronounced ‘Ah-rah-nah’.
At 19 I fell into a sticky depression and thankfully found yoga which taught me powerful tools to navigate that awkward dim terrain. My early photography and art days challenged ideas around culture, identity, and body image - which in retrospect, was amazing therapy. I also lived in India for 6 months where I photographed the Maha Kumbh Mela and dove deep into my yoga studies and the Ganga river.
My yoga journey began when my brother introduced me to a summer of Kundalini in Los Angeles. I was forever changed. My studies continued: Ashtanga in Connecticut, hatha yoga and meditation in India, and Anusara, Vinyasa and Iyengar in New York. After an 10 year yoga spree I became a certified teacher with Ana Forrest and have been blessed with amazing teachers every step of the way. Eventually I landed in my home studio Kula Yoga, where I weave all of my experience into a cohesive aligning flow.
I'm also a Reiki practitioner, have a Holistic Health Coaching degree, and spent 3 years in a 12-step program recovering from a stubborn case of bulimia, body dysmorphia and chronic binge/cleanse cycles.
With a preference for words over math, I use to make up my own secret languages as a child and eventually became a spoken word artist in my 20's where I discovered the rhythm of voice and the soul of language. I also love all things moon, create altars wherever I go, consider my crystals and stones my wise friends, and am reminded to *trust* when I find a feather on my path.
Just like the rest of us I'm made up of many threads, a tattered yet beautiful tapestry. It's what makes me me and you you. I'm pretty sure the world is a better place because of it.
Thank you for stopping by and clicking around. This is a place where we can powwow about our personal growth, our spiritual ‘aha’ moments, our body-loving wins and the ups and downs that are a part of this big beautiful ride.
Born in LA and brewed in NYC, movement, holistic health and the arts have been at the forefront of Aarona's healing journey. Inspired by 20 plus years of yoga, 12 years as a yoga teacher and wellness advisor, a BFA in photography and mixed media arts, and a love of writing and globe trotting - she’s deeply inspired to share her growth and tools with others. Her classes combine various yoga and meditation disciplines where she invites you to safely explore your edge and enliven the wisdom of your senses. She’s the author and co-creator of ‘The Moon Deck’ (an intuitive oracle deck filled with inspired offerings to stoke the powers of intention and ritual), curates and teaches ‘Yoga Soundscape’ (a live music and sound concert combined with a thoughtfully orchestrated moving meditation practice), and created the music modules for the Kula Yoga and Wanderlust teacher training programs.
Aarona teaches public yoga classes, facilitates global adventure yoga retreats, leads empowering women’s workshops, mentors new yoga teachers and offers private coaching. She's been featured in the Free People BLDG25 Blog, New York Times, Self Magazine, National Geographic Traveler UK, Teach.Yoga, The Weather Channel, Wall Street Journal, Fréttblaðið of Iceland, Times of India, Origin Magazine, the cover of FitYoga, NBC, Elephant Journal, Yoga Journal, AlignYo, Well+Good NYC, and Co-Creator Radio. To learn more find Aarona at: www.aaronalea.com