Five Pillars Yoga

Nina LaBruna

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Manhattan.

How did you come to Yoga?
I first began taking yoga classes in high school after my physical therapist suggested it for my clavicle injury. Although I started my practice then, it was not until I attended NYU that I truly found my passion for yoga and arrived on my mat almost every day.

Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by my family, my friends, and anyone who is selfless, kind and loving.

How would you describe your teaching style?
My teaching style is attentive, energetic, and fluid. By thoughtfully stretching and warming up the whole body, I direct my students through a safe, but challenging sequence. I love to make my classes as engaging as possible by being creative and inspired within my sequences. My overall goal as a teacher is to support and guide my students through their personal journeys, and eventually help them balance mind, body, and breath, in order for them to go beyond and experience more than just the physical shapes.


Silence or music in class?
I like teaching and practicing with music. Usually my genre selection is electronic, ambient and alternative.

Personal motto or mantra?
Live in the moment and love what you do.

Current favorite inspirational quote?
“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship” — Buddha

Complete the sentence: I practice because…
I want to not only feel but be present, patient, and placid.

Which of the Five Pillars most resonates with you (right now) and why?
Right Nutrition, because not only will your physical body benefit, but so will your spirit. If you fuel your body with processed, refined, or unhealthy foods, you are reversing the self-loving effects that come with yoga. We have to care for our bodies from the inside out.