Olga Dadalko

My entrance into yoga lacks originality: I stumbled upon it while going through a rough patch. For me, the paradoxical uniqueness of yoga is in that while being consistent, it evolves with the practitioner. Since the beginning, practice has provided me with consistency and acceptance, two things that I desperately needed during anxiety filled times in graduate school. Fast-forward a decade, and I needed a completely different texture of consistency during pregnancy, which yoga provided for me. And now my practice teaches me humility and strength as I dive into acceptance of the turmoil that life of a career mom brings.

 

I started to teach yoga while studying neuroscience in graduate school. Soon after, I merged my two passions and devoted my research career to studying how yoga practice changes our brain structure. I have had a chance to be a student of diverse yoga lineages, and my favorites are yin and ashtanga vinyasa. What I appreciate the most in all types of yoga is its mindfulness, which is the key for me in both my practice and teaching. Movement linked with breath allows us to approach life both on and off the mat mindfully, which is magic for our mind and body.