Naorah has 2000+ hours of bodywork and movement training. After studying massage therapy and bodywork at the Florida School of Massage in Gainesville, Florida, she became a Licensed Massage Therapist in 1998 (MA55492). She has additional training in Thai (Ariela Grodner), Sports (Michael Loomis), Deep Tissue, and Pregnancy massage. Opening her first practice in San Francisco, she worked extensively with athletes and women in all stages of cancer. She also taught Infant Massage classes to new parents and served as a Doula for several families in the Bay Area. Now, she has a massage practice in Jacksonville, Florida, and teaches Yoga and Pilates in both Jacksonville and Saint Augustine.
Naorah was exposed to meditation as a child by her parents but didn’t explore it much until she was introduced to Vipassana meditation through the award winning movie “Doing Time, Doing Vipassana.” Deeply moved by the potential of meditation to balance, heal, and liberate the mind, Naorah decided to explore a little further. After attending several weekend retreats and experiencing the benefits of meditation, she took the next step and went to the Vipassana Meditation Center in Shelburne, Massachusetts for a 10-day course, and then another two years later at the Southwest Vipassana Meditation Center in Kaufman, Texas. These 20 days of silent meditation have remained profoundly influential on her self-development and teaching style.
Pilates and Yoga became essential to Naorah’s health after sustaining a back injury in a car accident. Both practices helped her regain the strength and flexibility she lost and helped her to effectively manage pain, and then eventually become free of pain. Since then, she began a serious study of Yoga and became a certified instructor in the Kripalu tradition under the guidance of Deva Parnell. She is also greatly influenced by Ashtanga, Iyengar, Yin (or Insight Yoga as taught by Sarah Powers), and Kundalini Yoga. In tandem, she completed her Pilates training with Balanced Body University under the guidance of Vicki Sullivan and Cheryl Lemmer. Naorah is certified in Mat Pilates, as well as the Reformer, Trapeze Table, Chair, and Ladder Barrel apparatus. She is also certified to teach yoga through Kripalu.
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