Nadine Channaoui

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I started practicing yoga at the beginning of a Fulbright grant term in South America. At that point in my life, I had received a variety of accolades in recognition of academic rigor, competitive gymnastics performance, and leadership participation throughout my youth. From its onset, my yoga practice became a coveted space to process the huge amount of input and exertion that made up my daily life. I was quickly captivated by the depth of sensitivity I experienced while practicing yoga. When I was just a couple of months into my yoga practice, I remember being asked what I loved about yoga; my response was that I loved how I could feel things I had never felt before. In retrospect, what I was trying to articulate was that I loved feeling and seeing more and more of myself.  It is this infinite exposure to the deeper layers of self, and inevitably the resilience and luminosity that exists there, that continues to motivate my yogic journey today.
 
I acknowledge that there can be a myriad of personal and societal obstacles to start, re-start, or continue a yoga practice even when the desire to do so is present. I hope to facilitate an environment that welcomes people exactly as they are with simultaneous encouragement to explore experiences with compassion, attentiveness, and curiosity. My approach to asana (postural) instruction is increasingly influenced by the Iyengar method. I also infuse emotionally and energetically contemplative aspects of restorative and yin styles of yoga. I have completed both 200- and 300-hour yoga teacher trainings and assist the Advanced Yoga Teacher Training run by Boston Yoga School.
 
Aside from yoga, I work part-time as a cancer genetic counselor. I obtained my Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from Boston University School of Medicine in 2013. As a genetic counselor, I am attuned to working with clients one-on-one and have knowledge of numerous genetic conditions, particularly hereditary cancer syndromes. I also understand the complexity of the medical field and the demands of being a health care provider. Correspondingly, I hope to use my experience as a yoga teacher and genetic counselor to advocate for self-care in the health care field.