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RAFAEL RIVERA | BALDWIN, NY

 U.S. Army Veteran Rafael Rivera from Baldwin discovered the practice after being inspired by Arthur's transformation. Struggling through Post Traumatic Stress along with transitioning home in 2012 in time for Super Storm Sandy; the practice saved his life.  After almost two back to back years in Afghanistan, once deployed with the 372nd MP Company as a driver and mechanic and once more as a civilian contractor working with Ideal Innovations Inc. on the Force Protection Program.

Both experiences had their unique challenges,  and they took a toll on the mind the body and the soul.  Having discovered the practice through Restorative and Gentle Flow yoga;  Rafael continues to focus on the slower more nurturing aspect of the practice.  Having lost over 100LBS   Ranging from novice level classes to open level mixed with Yin yoga, the style of teaching is slow and strong with an emphasis on alignment and safety for students to get the most out of their practice