April Dechagas

9602 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209
United States

Contact Information

Phone: 
(516) 528-8804

April’s teachings encourage students to unravel the connections between conscious movement, intention, and philosophy and embrace yoga as a way of life. In each class, April offers an experience that balances individual attention with collective energy, a combination that inspires students to discover their unique, innate potential and incorporate that into their everyday lives.

April’s education in applied psychology and counseling prepared her to approach students with compassion and empathy, guiding them to become familiar with, and ultimately trust, the wisdom of the body. April skillfully pairs this deep exploration of ancient postures with a curious investigation of sacred texts, facilitating a process of inquiry that students feel empowered to continue in their home practice and beyond.

April began her yoga practice in 2008 as a preparation for surf camp in Costa Rica, but fell in love with yoga and only fell in-like with surfing. She was drawn to the tenets of Jivamukti Yoga – the emphasis on ahiṃsā (non-harming) and śāstra (scripture). Her yoga practice sustained her through her corporate career. Handstands in hotel rooms helped alleviate the demands of an intense travel/work schedule. After 7 years as a campus recruiter for the financial industry, April attended NYU and earned an MA in School Counseling.

Certifications:

300-Hour Jivamukti Certified

800-Hour Jivamukti Apprenticeship

Advanced Jivamukti Certified

Aerial Yoga Certified (AerialMukti Yoga)

Kids Yoga and Yoga in the Classroom Certified (Karma Kids Yoga)

MA Applied Psychology - New York Universiity

BA English - SUNY Albany