Buddha meets Bhakti in a joyous exploration of NOW!

Corina Benner

I incubate super-heroes. As a yoga teacher I focus on awakening students’ inner-teacher; connecting them with their innate wisdom, strength, resilience and fortitude. While helping them live boldly with authenticity, passion, humor and joy, I remind seekers of the astonishing nature of this miraculous existence and the extraordinary beauty of one's exquisite human body.  My cheerful demeanor, positive vibrations and contagious optimism empower students of all levels to practice with enthusiasm, while my detailed instruction, poetic language and intelligent sequencing create a safe space for students to explore the landscapes of their body, mind, heart and soul. I have enjoyed teaching vinyasa yoga since 1999 and yin yoga since 2004 and continue to teach workshops and teacher trainings locally, nationally and internationally. From 2002-2020, I owned and operated Wake Up Yoga, one of the original yoga centers in Philadelphia and had amazing experiences as a teacher, business owner and perhaps most of all, a student myself.  While I may have actually saved a few lives during my twenty one years as a yoga teacher, mostly I pride myself on helping to bring people back to life.

In addition to my initial vinyasa teacher training with Cyndi Lee at OM Yoga Center in NYC, my teachings and understanding of yoga have been influenced by more than 100 hours of Teacher Training with Rodney Yee; more than 70 hours of Teacher Training with Shiva Rea; and 300 hours of Teacher Training with Paul Grilley. As one of my primary teachers, Paul Grilley has imparted a deep respect for anatomical uniqueness, which is the guiding principle behind alignment instructions in Yin Yoga. My understanding of chakras has been informed through study with Paul Grilley, and also nearly 50-hours of Training with Anodea Judith, and a 4-day intenstive with Kristine Kaoverii Weber . I have been a student of Sanskrit under the expert tutelage of Manorama, of Sanskrit Studies, and have been working on memorizing, chanting and writing the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali in Sanskrit with help and guidance from both Manorama and Paul JJ Alix, of Yoga for All. In 2013 I completed a 500-hour Yoga Therapeutics Teacher Training at the IHYT in Ontario, Canada, exploring therapeutic applications of yoga to treat; anxiety and depression, cancer and end-of-life care, chronic pain and grief, along with study of structural alignment, and Ayurveda. I have been strongly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism and the teachings of Chogyam Trungpa as imparted largely by my Meditation Teacher and friend, Michael Carroll, and have been fortified by a steady meditation practice since 1999. My mind and perspectives have also been shaped by the writings of J. Krishnamurti, and my heart has been opened through the beautiful poetry of Rumi, Hafiz, Rilke, and Mary Oliver, just to name a few.


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