practice ~ balance ~ climb ~ surf & sustain
“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better”
~ Albert Einstein
in brief //
Adi has been a life long student of practicing yoga off the mat in all shapes and forms especially when it involves being outdoors. Her passion for movement and the environment have taken her on countless adventures around the world and she currently travels and teaches as part of the YogaSlackers & created the Redefining Balance series and retreats to share the modalities of shifting perspective through yoga, slacklining, AcroYoga, climbing, surfing, mountain biking and just about anything else you can think to do on the Earth’s terrain. Traveling & teaching often times with her car as a home base, you can find her somewhere in the vicinity of an ocean, climb site, mountain or legit climbing tree as she works with students on and off the mat to discover a new sense of balance, strength and focus in whatever their form of practice might be.
Adi’s adventures and environmental awareness endeavours have been featured in The New York Times, Yoga Journal, Outdoor Japan, New York Magazine, National Geographic, L.A. Yoga, Yoga + Joyful Living, Urban Climber, elephant journal, Current TV and TIME for CNN.
full bio //
A student of movement from an early age, Adi was introduced to yoga in 1995 as a practice that could help her to overcome various dance and sports related injuries. As a result, Adi started to tune in to her surroundings in all shapes and forms and she was suddenly fascinated with this bizarre concept called breath. Thanks to her first serious yoga teacher, Deb Fernandez, Adi was introduced to Jivamukti yoga and began to practice regularly with the constant belief that yoga harnesses the potential to change the world we all share.
In 2002, after graduating with honors from Skidmore College with a double major BA in mathematics & studio art and minors in economics and dance, Adi moved to NYC to attend Parsons School of Design and pursue work as an artist & designer. She found that NYC proved to be one of the most challenging environments for anyone trying to seek clarity and truth. Constantly surrounded by urban strife, violence and pollution she found herself once again on her yoga mat seeking a solution.
As karma would have it, she crossed paths with Seane Corn and was blessed to study with her at her first teacher training in 2006. Adi then had the opportunity to travel with Seane as an assistant at teacher trainings and various workshops nationwide. Inspired in a major way by this practie, Adi began to use her voice as a yoga teacher to raise awareness about all sorts of environmental issues with a focus on sustainability and reducing toxicity. As a result, she created the Detox series which combines her backgrounds in yoga, Pilates, herbalism and environmental activism to raise awareness about reducing various forms of toxicity in our bodies and on our planet on a physical, emotional and energetic level.
Through her endless travels as a student and teacher of new and unusual forms of yoga, Adi also crossed paths with the YogaSlackers, who soon became her close friends and after a year and a half of her protesting it, convinced her to (reluctantly) get up on a slackline. Embracing the mental focus and sense of playfulness that slacklining brought to her yoga practice, Adi eventually joined the crew and persuaded the YogaSlackers to start teaching the practice to others. In addition to getting her hooked on slacking (in the “doing yoga on a slackline sense” not just being lazy and avoiding work), Paul, Jason and Sam also introduced her to AcroYoga. Drawn to the amazing way that AcroYoga uses yoga combined with communication & trust, Adi attended the 2007 AcroYoga Teacher Training in Hawaii and has excitedly traveled around the world sharing the practice ever since.
In 2008 Adi took the first ever Off the Mat Into the World Seva Pledge and spent the year fundraising $25,000 for the Cambodian Children’s Fund. Investing only $20 in the fundraising process she took on grass roots fund raising initiatives such as the trash tour where she traveled with all of her trash accumulated for 3 months to educate about sustainability and draw a parallel to the thousands of Cambodian children living in trash dumps.
As a result of her fundraising experiene Adi created the Redefining Balance series as a way to combine slacklining & AcroYoga into workshops and retreats that take students off the mat and into nature through surfing, climbing, hiking, biking, trail running and other outdoor activities with an underlying theme for eco-conscious preservation. A portion of the proceeds from each Redefining Balanceof retreat is then donated back to non profit organizations working to preserve our oceans and outdoor climbing & hiking areas.
A student of many schools of yoga including Jivamukti, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa and Anusara, Adi is eternally grateful to all of the teachers & experiences that help her to see more clearly every day. Special thanks to all of the teachers past, present and future including: Deb Fernandez, Sharon Gannon & David Life, Seane Corn, Dharma Mittra, John Friend, Sianna Sherman, Edward Clark, Geshe Michael Roach & Christie McNally, Zhenja La Rosa, Jenny Sauer-Klein & Jason Nemer as well as the YogaSlackers family that always inspire a new adventure. Adi holds certifications in Vinyasa Yoga, AcroYoga, Pilates, Herbalism and an advanced 500 hr Yoga certification from Dharma Mittra- the man who always makes her smile and is unconditionally kind to all.
Adi has been featured in The New York Times, Yoga Journal, Outdoor Japan, New York Magazine, National Geographic, L.A. Yoga, Yoga + Joyful Living, Urban Climber, elephant journal, Current TV and TIME for CNN. press & media highlights
In addition to teaching, Adi writes articles on sustainability, yoga, travel, slacklining and adventure and has a passion for surfing, climbing, mountain biking, snowboarding and just about anything else that you can do outdoors. For a list of her regular classes in NYC as well as upcoming workshops, retreats and teacher trainings please visit the schedule page.