About Nora

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Nora Heilmann is a Brooklyn-based yoga teacher sharing the art of asana (posture), pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation and yoga philosophy. She is a passionate vegan, animal lover and environmentalist. In her free time she likes to travel, hike, swim, be with trees, and make music (didgeridoo, handpan).

Nora studied a variety of yoga styles (Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Hatha Yoga) and had many wonderful teachers. Most influential to her teaching style have been Clive Sheridan (Hatha Yoga, Tantra, Vedanta, pranayama, meditation), Richard Freeman (Ashtanga Yoga, yoga philosophy), and Michael Stone (Zen Buddhism, meditation, yoga, social activism). She 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-hrs YogaWorks Advanced Teacher Training. Nora specializes in one-on-one breath coaching and pranayama (yogic breathing techniques).

Originally from Germany, Nora studied and 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. Nora and Tamar co-teach yoga retreats in the US and abroad.

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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)

Past studies:

Kalaripayattu (South Indian martial art), Qigong, Tai Chi, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Reiki.

Current interests:

Music (didgeridoo, handpan, harmonium, overtone instruments).

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photography: Guzman