renata has been practicing yoga for over 12 years. she was first introduced to yoga in high school by choreographer robin lakes while studying ballet and modern dance at a summer arts intensive. her interest peaked as an undergraduate student at nyu when she discovered om yoga center, which offered a method of practice that helped her to feel more at home in—rather than at odds with—her own body. in 2011, renata completed her 200-hour teacher training certification under the guidance of om yoga founder cyndi lee and current now yoga director edward jones, along with frank mauro, joe miller, and margi young. in the tradition of her beloved mentors, renata teaches vinyasa yoga—a method that places value on breath, alignment, and transition. she aims to cultivate each student’s individual and nuanced practice, allowing for freedom of breath and creating space for patience, mindfulness, and compassion.