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Yoga Studio 6 Empower Regardless Of Age, Skill Level, Or Body Type In Long Island City, New York

By Paul Rowe

Founder and director of Yoga Studio 6 Alicia Bustamante has brought a sense of camaraderie and fun to the yoga scene in Long Island City, New York. With such small classes in such a large city, it is easy to see why so many people flock here seeking the rare benefits of such individualized attention.

"Yoga is experiential," Bustamante said. "How you practice, where you practice, and who you practice with will have a strong, lasting effect on your yoga experience. Learning proper alignment is key to strengthen the structure of body and mind."

Practicing in Yoga Studio 6's manageable and intimate setting helps Bustamante achieve one of her ultimate goals: improving Long Island City's yoga experience. Only in a welcoming, friendly, and unpretentious atmosphere can yoga students expand their horizons and reach for new heights and access parts of themselves that urban life has hidden from them. Unleashing this inner life is what inspires Bustamante to do what she does every day.

"The joy for me in teaching yoga is that students come for the workout, and they leave with so much more," Bustamante said.

Beginning her career as a dancer, Bustamante earned an MFA in Dance from New York University. Over the next 20 years of her life, Bustamante deeply immersed herself in the health and fitness industry, teaching in medical centers, schools, and spas alike.

More recently, over the last 15 years Bustamante has dedicated herself to her lifelong passion: yoga. Training at the renowned Kripalu Institute for a whopping total of 600 hours, Bustamante eventually earned her certification as a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist. Her practice in the field led her to the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York, where she is currently studying the art of yoga with Genny Kapuler.

Blending the best of a myriad of yoga traditions, Bustamante's style of yoga draws from a multitude of experiences including her dance background where creativity, rhythm, and flow of movement play such important roles. Bustamente's Pilates training also plays a large role in carving out her own unique philosophy and practice.

The most important thing Bustamente brings to Yoga Studio 6 is her contagious enthusiasm, warmth, and sense of humor. Natives of LIC may walk through the door feeling nervous, but they always leave feeling as if they were born to do yoga, uplifted in both body and spirit.

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