Paula Bellini

Paula found yoga over 25 years ago in her hometown, Rio de Janeiro, inspired by the beauty of tantra yoga philosophy. Her very first class experience was an introduction to meditation and pranayama with energy visualization. Yoga has since become a way of living.

Paula left Brazil as a successful and traveled model, arriving in New York in 1994 to live the "American Dream." From babysitting to waiting tables to bartending, she made her way to college and graduated with honors in 2001, already holding a full-time job on Wall Street. Paula worked long hours on the 74th floor of Two World Trade Center and held on to her yoga in order to stay centered and positive. Her career was taking off fast and on September 10, 2001, she met a client that was about to change her fate. But the following morning, September 11, 2001, changed Paula's life forever!

Paula never made up to her office that morning, but her soon-to be-husband went up and never made it back down, leaving Paula seven weeks pregnant, with her dreams shattered and grief that could stop a heart from beating. Yoga then became home for a broken heart and enlightened Paula with the realization that this was all part of her journey. She embraced this journey and cherished every moment of her pregnancy.

Nicholas was born healthy and serene the following year. His birth brought hope back and filled Paula's heart with love again. She is now remarried and has a little girl that can fill the room with her smile and bubbly personality. Nicholas is a smart and very kind young man who is being raised to be a true gentleman, following the footsteps of his father.

Paula became a registered yoga teacher with the intention to share the empowering practice of yoga with her students, bringing a calming presence and uplifting style to encourage each student to “embrace their journey and live in the moment."