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Followed: Dina Ivas, Yoga Instructor


Dina Ivas is a yoga instructor at Equinox Fitness gyms in NYC. Lucky for me, she teaches at the location I belong to. Her classes are popular for their cardio component and twisty ab work. Dina has an infectious laugh and a penchant for fitness fashion. All of this naturally led me to FOLLOW her on her way to work. She detoured down the Highline and told me a bit about herself.

"I grew up in a small town in New Hampshire where the most exciting thing to do was go to the mall, or get scorpion bowls at Grand China.  I knew I needed more, so when I graduated BU and was offered a PR job in Times Square, I took it.  I'd never been to New York but the pull was magnetic.  I love the energy here, and, at least for now, I still love the grind."

"Bold, bright, never boring. I truly feel that what you wear can have a direct effect on how you feel, so I try to dress happy."

"I always thought you had to be edgy to attract people to your classes here.  I'm a pretty ordinary girl on the outside, no tattoos, no hip hairstyle, no sexy accent, but what I am is accessible.  I strive to be unintimidating, approachable and real. There's no show with me, no act.  What you see is what you get, and that's how I teach my classes."

"So in kindergarten, I insisted on being Michael Jackson for Halloween and with the help of my Mom, I went ALL OUT.  In memoriam, every Halloween I play all MJ jams in my yoga classes."

"My parents are both 3rd generation Sicilian. Food is the anchor in a Sicilian household, so I've always had a healthy relationship with eating, which I'm grateful for."

"It took me a LONG time to get comfortable with Ohm-ing.  I guess because I started my fitness career teaching boot camp and body sculpt where it's all yang, no yin.  When I got certified to teach yoga, I was worried that the students who knew my other side would think, "This Ohm stuff is BS," so for a while, I never Ohm'd in my classes."

"I can't speak for all yoga teachers, but for me, losing my zen happens almost daily...when someone rams into me on the subway, when I miss my bus, or when I chip a fresh manicure, I too get angry.  The difference is, yoga has taught me how to diffuse my anger, and channel aggression into a more positive direction."

Follow Dina to yoga class in NYC. Click on her class schedule HERE.

While followed, Dina wore a Firebird Tucanario Track Jacket from adidas Originals with a Lululemon Crop Top and Splits 59 Nova Trailblazer Capri. Purple Puma High Tops (on Amazon) and Striped Satchel (on sale!) from Saturday by Kate Spade.

written by Bianca Jade a.k.a Mizzfit



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1 comment
monica May 30th, 2014 6:12PM

Great article on a wonderful yoga instructor. Dina may be "ordinary", yet that's what makes her unique.