Most of Paula Tursi's time is devoted to teaching what she has learned in more than two decades of studying various forms of yoga and alternative healing practices. She is the renowned founder and director of Reflections and the internationally acclaimed Reflection’s Yoga Teacher Training Program. For more than twenty years, she has inspired and taught yoga and alternative healing to hundreds of students in New York City, across the country and abroad. She developed Reflections as a way to integrate what she found most inspiring in other yoga practices with her own personal truth.
Paula began her training at Integral Yoga, where she studied Hatha and Restorative Yoga. She went on to work with esteemed teachers such as John Friend, Rodney Yee, Richard Freeman and Angela Farmer. Also, Paula worked extensively with Leslie Kaminoff and Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen in the art of yoga, breath work, anatomy and movement awareness practices. She went on to practice Zen meditation with Adi Da Samraj Roshi, of the Zen Studies Society of New York. Paula is certified at the 500-hour level with the Yoga Alliance and is an affiliated Anusara teacher. Most of her current studies are in Body-Mind-Centering with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. Paula's work focuses on the alignment of mind and body, understanding that we move not only from our muscles and joints, but also from the support of our inner body. Movement or asana can start from the inner or outer body. However, movement initiated from the inner body can be an expression of the organs bringing awareness and health to the body's deeper systems.
Her teaching and insights are born of the ongoing study of anatomy and kinesiology with master teachers, such as Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Tom Myers and Gil Hedley for anatomical dissection.
Paula holds a Masters degree in Psychology from Columbia University and a Masters degree in Education from Hunter College. She did her clinical post-graduate training at the Milton H. Erickson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis. Paula conducts biannual Teacher's Trainings in New York City and Latin America, and she teaches workshops nationwide and in Europe, as well. The Reflections Yoga Teacher Training program is fully registered at the 200 & 500-hour level with Yoga Alliance.
aula teaches ongoing classes, conducts corporate workshops and offers individual instruction in breath awareness, partner yoga and yoga for body ailments. Readers who would like to learn more about Reflections Yoga are encouraged to visit reflectionsyoga.com.