Ilana Berman LMT, E-RYT 200
Philosophy and Style
Ilana believes strongly in the power of simply feeling good in the body, and sees yoga and massage as incredible tools for listening inwardly and finding what makes each of us, as unique beings, feel most vibrant and alive. As a massage therapist she has a compassionate and confident touch, holding safe space for releasing old patterns of tension and allowing fresh energy and healing to come through. For more on her massage work click here.
With a playful spirit, Ilana brings to her teaching an emphasis on alignment, kinesthetic awareness and developing sensitivity to your body's intuitive wisdom, in order to find pleasure in each movement and breath. Using a combination of the invigorating and surrendering aspects of yoga, and a passionate understanding of how the body works, she helps students to steadily progress and deepen their practice while receiving the therapeutic benefits of building strength and flexibility of both body and mind. She sees the yoga mat as a place of safety and freedom where you can practice being your most empowered, loving and awesome self.
Education and Training
Originally from Brooklyn New York, Ilana is an E-RYT 200hr and received her Teacher Certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Massachusetts in 2011. Seeing the potent healing affects of the compassionate body awareness that yoga offers in herself and her students, she felt inspired to deepen her understanding of the physical and energetic body with the study and practice of massage therapy. In 2013, she graduated from the Finger Lakes School of Massage with 1000 hours of training for her License in Massage Therapy, and was on the teaching team at FLSM from 2015 to 2017 teaching Swedish Massage, Connective Tissue Therapy, Pregnancy Massage, and Communication Skills. She has completed further trainings in Biodynamic Craniosacral work with Jenna Milner, Thai Yoga Massage through the Lotus Palm school, and Embodied Anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff at The Breathing Project in New York City. She also holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Ithaca College.
Cooking, ecstatic dancing and being with the awesomeness of nature make her feel warm, fuzzy and alive. As often as possible, she makes an annual pilgrimage to the desert of Nevada for Burning Man festival where she offers massage and yoga to the community there and credits it as an immeasurable source of inspiration and love.