Ivy moved to NY from her native Dominican Republic in 1993. She tried yoga for the first time in 2002, as a way to deal with health issues and personal loss. She came to Yoga Haven and she describes her first experience here as her “coming home to yoga”. Since then, Ivy has continued to study and practice with many internationally respected yoga teachers such as Jason Crandell, Seane Corn, Kathryn Budig and Desiree Rumbaugh among others. She received her Reiki Certification from Reiki Master Merrill Black in 2011 and her 200 HR Certification from Yoga Haven in 2012. She is registered with Yoga Alliance. Ivy defines herself as a perpetual yoga student. She credits a mindful, steady yoga practice with helping improve her strength, balance and flexibility, not only on the physical level but also mentally and spiritually. Her goal as a teacher is to share these and all yoga benefits with her students. She hopes to be able to one day teach in Spanish, her native language.