Norma Colón’s passion is Iyengar Yoga, and she has devoted her career to sharing it with others. 

Norma has taught Yoga for over 30 years; in the tradition of B.K.S. Iyengar since 1989.  Twenty four years ago, she founded and incorporated Yoga Fit, now known as Yorkville Yoga, providing a full range of yoga classes and private instruction to Upper East Side New York City residents. 

Norma's teaching style is a unique synthesis of nurturing support and strong encouragement. She inspires students to do more and better. Whether in private instruction or group classes, Norma caters to each student's individual needs. Every student receives one-on-one, hands-on, correctional assistance. Norma also provides prenatal yoga and yoga for special populations. Including people with MS and in the past, the deaf and hard-of-hearing. 

Having taught group classes at numerous venues on Manhattan's Upper East Side, including Hunter College, Marymount Manhattan College, Classic Body Fitness, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, Manhattan Body, and MonQi Fitness, Norma now has all her classes under one immaculate brand new roof, P.E. Club on East 75th Street.

Norma has also taught classes for corporate clients including McCann-Erickson, New York Hospital, Tribeca Film Center, NBC Television, 1100 Architects and the UN Indo-US Subcommittee on Education and Culture. She has taught for the New York City chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Her private clients have ranged from "ordinary" New Yorkers to fashion and film industry personalities. 

Norma's journey to transformation (she's still traveling) has taken her from a yoga practitioner to a Certified Iyengar Yoga instructor with a wide range of experience and a diverse group of devoted clients and students.

Norma started taking yoga classes at local health clubs in the mid 1970s. When she moved to East 73rd Street in 1977, she discovered Serenity, a yoga center just a block away. In just two weeks, the classes cured the chronic neck and shoulder pain that had plagued her for years. Each class had immediate and residual physical and emotional benefits, putting her in touch with her body and emotions for the first time in her life. 

In 1978 Norma took her first Iyengar Yoga class with two blond, slender teachers who turned out to be the now world-famous, brilliant, Patricia Walden and Karin Stephan her gifted former business partner for many years. The next day, Norma was paralyzed with pain (every bone and muscle in her body hurt every time she moved). She thought she would never take an Iyengar class again. 

In the ensuing years, Norma explored a diverse range of yoga methods--Sivananda, Alan Bateman, Kundalini, American Yoga with Eric Bealer (yoga for dancers), Yoga with Ideokenesis, Ashtanga (called "The Hard and the Soft" back then) with Beryl Bender-Berch, Bikram--not so hot at that time. Whatever the method, Norma tried it. 

She also took workshops on Bartenief Fundamentals and Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis, Ideokenesis with André Bernard, and Awareness through Movement-directly with Moishe Feldenkrais. She even took ballet classes, which she had longed for as a child growing up in the South Bronx. 

In 1988 Norma took a workshop in Viniyoga (Vinyasa) with Gary Kraftsow, he told her, "stop shopping around and commit to one method". She did. She chose Iyengar Yoga. She had already been taking classes with Rama Patella (now an Anusara teacher) at World Yoga and Kevin Gardiner and had attended a pivotal "Yoga and Macrobiotecs Vacation" with Karin Stephan (Once again Karin graced Norma's life with Iyengar yoga!). 

It was another 10 years before Norma received her first teacher's certification from the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the US. 

In the interim, Norma had earned certifications from Serenity (1978), Alan Bateman (1981), Sivananda Yoga (1987) and World Yoga (1989). She earned her Introductory Course Level II Iyengar certification, as promised, in 2002. 

Yoga inspired Norma to major in Human Movement at Hunter College. She vows to some day complete her college education and earn her degree. 

Norma is a member in good standing of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the U.S. and the Greater New York chapter and has served on the NYC board of directors. She has been in numerous classes with her beloved Guruji-B.K.S. Iyengar and plans to study at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Puna India in the near future. 

Yoga is Norma Colón's passion. She plans on studying Iyengar Yoga and sharing her love of the method with others forever. 




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Chuck Lau