Nina Yau took her first yoga class in 2009, in the midst of a highly dedicated and disciplined practice in Shotokan Karate. As a certified 2nd Degree Black Belt (Ni-Dan) by the Japan Karate Association of Chicago, the inward journey begun in 2006 with an intensive physical and meditative practice. Years of diligent training helped cultivate focus, concentration, and the will to never give up. She is a two-time Illinois State Champion, a two-time USA Karate Nationals medalist, the 2006 Champion of the American Shotokan Karate Championship and, in 2009, Nina was Gold Medalist in the Women's Kata Division at the USA Karate Open in Las Vegas, Nevada. She also holds a Green Belt in Kyokushin Karate. In 2015, she placed 2nd in the Adult Kata Division at the World So-Kyokushin Karate Budo Giant Challenge in Montreal, Canada. Nina most recently was Gold Medalist in Adult Women's Advanced Kata at the 2019 Fonseca Spring Challenge and Bronze Medalist in Adult Advanced Team Kata at the 2019 Windy City Traditional Karate Championship. Nina trains regularly in Traditional Japanese Shotokan Karate at the Japan Karate Association of Chicago - Sugiyama Dojo and is a member athlete of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) and International Traditional Budo Alliance (ITBA).
As a complement to martial arts, Nina started practicing yoga regularly in 2011, unearthed a deep resonance with it, and soon made her way to South India where she received her teaching certification in Hatha Vinyasa. She is certified by the Yoga Alliance as E-RYT 200 and by The Yin Yoga Institute as a Yin and Yang Yoga Registered Teacher (YYYRT 500) under the founder of Yin Yoga, Master Teacher Paulie Zink. She is also a certified Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP) Yoga instructor. Nina has also completed advanced trainings in Yoga Nidra, Tantra, and subtle body sequencing with experienced yoga teacher Mia Park, an initiated teacher of the Sri Vidya spiritual lineage.
Nina believes that each of us is filled with unlimited potential and that nothing is lacking, for everything we should ever need or want, we already have within us and around us. Nina’s classes are a creative blend of philosophy, breath work and focus, and mindful movement to ease the body, lighten the heart, and strengthen the spirit.
Yin & Yoga Nidra at Nature Yoga Sanctuary 2021 W Division St
Sunday, July 21, 6-7pm $10.
Tap Room Yoga with Metropolitan Brewing 3057 N Rockwell St
Sunday, July 28, 10:30-11:30am
$15 for yoga class and 0.5L of German crafted beer. Weather permitting, we will practice yoga on the patio outdoors.
Olympic National Park Yoga and Backpacking Trip August 3-6, 2019. $950/person.
Explore the great natural beauty of Olympic National Park in the Pacific Northwest US on a 4-day yoga and backpacking adventure. Each day will begin and end with a gentle yoga and meditation practice lead by experienced yoga teacher, Nina Yau. We will be following the Hoh River Trail exploring 37 miles through the Hoh Rainforest, gaining a net elevation of 3,700 feet at our highest point, and end at the Blue Glacier and base of Mount Olympus.
Aug 3, Day 1: Hoh River Trailhead to Olympus Guard Station Campsite. (9.1 miles, 600 ft)
Aug 4, Day 2: OGS to Elk Lake Campsite (5.5 miles, 1600 ft)
Aug 5, Day 3: Day Hike to Blue Glacier and back. Move the camp lower to Lewis Meadows Campground (12 miles, 3000 ft). Most of the elevation gain today would be without the big backpack.
Aug 6, Day 4: Hike out to the trailhead. (10.5 miles)
We will use the excursion as an opportunity to learn and practice essential outdoor and backpacking skills including packing, camping, equipment, mountaineering, environmental responsibility and safety, waste and water management, and Leave No Trace principles for a back country trip. Expect to leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated by the natural surroundings of the great outdoors.
Space is limited and only 4 spots left! No previous yoga or backpacking experience required. Price includes accommodations and group gear, 2 meals/day, daily yoga classes, national park and camping fees, outdoor safety skills, and guide fees.
Payment plans available. Email email@example.com for more info or to register. FB event page here.
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March 6-10, 2020 5-Day Mexico Yoga and Wellness Retreat in Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Coco B Wellness, Isla Mujeres
Single, Double, Triple, and Quad Occupancy Available
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