About Nora

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Nora Heilmann is a Brooklyn-based yoga teacher and movement educator sharing the art of asana, pranayama, meditation, yoga philosophy, and yogic ethics. She is passionate about environmental consciousness, species and gender equality, veganism, and non-hierarchical forms of collectivity. In her free time she likes to play music on didgeridoo and handpan.

Nora studied a variety of yoga styles: Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Hatha Yoga. She had many wonderful teachers who have communicated different aspects of yoga. Her own teaching practice is a remix of those teachings, personal research, and constant experimentation with re-shaping yoga for the needs of the contemporary practitioner in an always changing world. Nora has completed over 1600 hours of teacher training in yoga and meditation and has been teaching since 2007. She is a guest lecturer at the 300-hour YogaWorks Advanced Teacher Training and regularly leads immersions, retreats, and workshops locally and abroad. She also teaches didgeridoo classes through DidgeProject in Brooklyn.

Originally from Germany, Nora lived in Amsterdam for 15 years where she worked as a choreographer and performance artist, before moving to New York City in 2013. She lives with her wife Tamar Samir and cat Emme in Brooklyn.

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Meditation Facilitator 60-hr training with Michael Stone (2017)
Prison Yoga Project 12-hr training (2016)
Liberation Prison Yoga 15-hr training (2016)
Jivamukti Yoga Advanced Certification (2014)
Jivamukti Yoga 500-hr training (2011-12) mentor: Jessica Stickler
Jivamukti Yoga 300-hr training (2011)
Anatomy/Physiology 50-hr training (2010)
Svaha Yoga Amsterdam 500-hr training (2007-08)
OM Yoga NYC 200-hr training (2007)
School for New Dance Development Amsterdam, Netherlands: BA in performance art and choreography (1997-2001)

Nora has also studied elements from breakdance, Kalaripayattu (South Indian martial art), Pencak Silat (Indonesian martial art), Kungfu, Aikido, Qigong, and Tai Chi.

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photography: Guzman