Jivamukti Yoga is an integrated practice that places compassion as the path towards enlightenment. The 5 tenets of practice are non-harming, devotion, deep listening, study, and meditation. Samatha is a traditional Buddhist practice that translates as ‘mind-calmness’. Samatha furthers the right- concentration aspect of the Noble Eight Fold path. These complementary pillars of practice are explored through physical practices that are intelligent, creative and awakening for the spirit. HaChi & Miriam have grown up together walking the path as sisters, dancers, students and teachers. Through wit and wisdom and everyday joys these paths merge and the spirit is awakened, once again.
HaChi Yu is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher, founder of Prana Productions LLC, and was the owner and founder of Jivamukti Yoga LaLaLå! building the first Jivamukti Yoga School on the west coast. (which sadly closed in 2020 due to the global pandemic).
HaChi was born and raised on the Lower East Side of NYC, and has traveled the world as a teacher, performer and producer.
She was a principal dancer with Feld Ballet/Ballet Tech for over 20 years during which time she also worked on and off-Broadway. Her yoga studies began as a child and she has was raised with movement as her first language. Formerly, HaChi served as the Program Director for Jivamukti Yoga® Teacher Training programs internationally (including Blue Spirit Costa Rica) and she remains on the senior teaching faculty for Jivamukti Yoga globally. She has also studied intensively with esteemed teachers within various practices including: Sivananda, Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Tripsichore. HaChi is 500hr EYT Yoga Alliance and is also a certified teacher in Gyrotonic ™ and Pilates. Over the last 25 years her life as a dancer and teacher has taken her around the world where she has taught master classes at universities and festivals…and performed on many of the world’s finest stages with some of the greatest performing artists of our time.
HaChi is honored and humbled to be a lifelong student and dedicates her efforts with eternal gratitude to her teachers.
She is in service to her teachers and these practices that keep her on the path of the Boddhisattva …while dancing with the whirling dervishes whenever they cross her path.
Through strength, intelligence, and fluidity HaChi’s classes focus on the various practices of yoga as an integration of ancient wisdom teachings applied into our modern day life- with joy and reverence. She currently resides in NYC and teaches yoga at Three Jewels NYC and Souk Studios.
Miriam Parker is a visual and performance artist, and has been working professionally in the New York City dance and visual art world for the past 25 years. Miriam’s deep and steady Buddhist spiritual practice is seamlessly intertwined with her creative identity. Over the last 4 years, her personal practice has led her to complete over 35 weeks of solitary spiritual retreat. In 2019, Miriam completed a rigorous study of the 15 Foundational Buddhist Courses as offered through the Asian Classic Institute, which parallels the basic core of information that a Geshe (Doctor of Theology) learns at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Miriam has been teaching meditation in NYC studios, non-profit organizations, and corporate settings for nearly 10 years. She has been imparting yogic techniques and physical training, both individually and in group settings, for nearly 7 years. In sharing the gifts that her practice as offered her, Miriam has realized that each of us are the architects of your own worlds, and that the inner landscape is the soil that needs tending in order to bear fruit. Miriam is beloved by her students for her authenticity, wisdom, and embodiment of joyful effort. Miriam is indebted to her teachers Dr. Lisette Garcia and Thupten Punstok among others; she has completed 200 hours of Meditation teacher training through Three Jewels NYC, and 300 hours of Yoga teacher training through Jivamukti.