I started Yoga about twenty years ago without knowing why I was getting into it. Even after taking my first Yoga class, I immediately started savoring the benefits of this practice. Soon I found myself on a path of self-discovery that has led me into what appears to be a lifetime of self-study.

I share how Yoga has helped me better tune in and respond to my body’s needs, feeding it nourishing foods when I feel hungry, allowing it to rest when I feel tired, and giving it exercise and adventure when I feel the need to liven up my day. I have also developed more compassion toward myself which naturally seems to overflow into more compassion for others. My newfound sense of well-being I have found through my yoga practice has given me a new sense of connection as well as gratitude.

Yoga has become a way to peel layers of misperception/confusion about myself, revealing, beneath those layers, the true essence of my existence. Yoga led me to uncover, and later accept, some parts of me that I had neglected or refused to accept for a long time.

Gradually, my yoga practice started to positively affect the rest of my life. For instance, I would find myself, unwittingly, in a deeper sense of awareness throughout the day. I would also try to stay attentive of my thoughts and feelings at any given moment. I also began to turn within for guidance and, with much trepidation and trust, I gradually discovered the inherent intelligence we all have the potential to tap into. I progressively felt more at home in my body and I started to feel that it is a sacred temple rather than the surface of my person. My body started to feel more and more as the carrier of my spirit; a concept I had never before grasped. I started to treat my whole being with more respect, with kindness and compassion, and  a patient sense of humor.

Along with assisting me in befriending my body, understanding my mind, emotions and underlying conciousness, yoga has helped me learn to be with the inevitable up and downs of life. I used to feel uncomfortable whenever strong emotions arose. Yoga has helped me to now live with more freedom, to accept and compassionately relax into being; to be less reactive, less impulsive and to embody a deeper sense of calm. Yoga has taught me to integrate every layer of my existence, living a more balanced life. I now savor heightened sensitivity for my body, a clearer mind, less fluctuations in my emotions and the kindness of my essence which allows me to teach those who value how wisdom ripens in time, that our growth is a life long journey. For two decades, I have learned and studied from the best teachers. Thanks to my teachers and thanks to my devotion to experience these teachings in my life I have the confidence that I can have the clarity to make good choices to optimize my well-being and that of those who are ready. I work with people who express the same values I have such as respect, patience, compassion, the capacity to care (for themselves and others), generosity, integrity, truthfulness and humility to mention the most important ones. I work with those who understand that the benefits of this sacred practice take time to develop and I work with those who are looking to grow in wellness.

Every day, when I go teach, I feel honored to be able to share my Yoga experience and knowledge with other people.

I share how Yoga has helped me better tune in and respond to my body’s needs, feeding it nourishing foods when I feel hungry, allowing it to rest when I feel tired, and giving it exercise and adventure when I feel the need to liven up my day. I have also developed more compassion toward myself which naturally seems to overflow into more compassion for others. My newfound sense of well-being I have found through my yoga practice has given me a new sense of connection as well as gratitude.

What Yoga Means to Me

Yoga has helped me develop an integrated body, mind, emotions and spirit connection.

Thanks to Yoga I can listen to my inner intelligence and experience a sense of confidence and trust in my self I have not experienced before.

Yoga has taught me to see myself as an integrated being, not just as a body that has to look a certain way to fit in with society’s expectations.

Yoga has allowed me to develop awareness, helping me better tune in and respond to the needs of my body, mind, emotions and spirit. I now live a much more balanced life. I now live in wellness.

Yoga is teaching me that we all have the capacity to love, to care (for ourselves and others), how we live our lives and what qualities and values we express is a choice.

Yoga has given me the strength to surf through some of my deepest life challenges, and to develop trust that when I relax into silence I can make good choices to optimize my wellness and that of those around me.

Yoga has given me patience to work consistently at diminishing the inevitable suffering that our human experience brings. Whether the suffering is physical, mental, emotional  and/or spiritual, Yoga as a practice to optimize wellness has given me and still gives me awareness to tap into my inner resources to face and diminish suffering. Thanks to having lived through contrast, I help others discover their own inner resources to help diminsh their suffering and optimize their wellness.

Victoria Garcia Drago discovered Yoga in 2000 in her quest to find a deeper connection between her body and mind. Certified (500+ hrs) through the Yoga Studio of Barbara Benagh, who has been her main teacher for nearly 20 years. Victoria has been sharing her knowledge and passion for Yoga with students of many levels, including professional athletes, for almost 20 years.

Victoria uses her creativity, intelligence and curiosity to explore innovative and original sequences to open up physical as well as mental and emotional blockages. Victoria takes students through a journey of exploration of the body, mind, emotions and spirit, inviting students to explore the integration of the four layers of our existence through conscious movement and breath awareness. Her thorough and step-by-step explanations allow the most timid and inflexible students to mindfully get into poses they didn’t even know they could do. Victoria’s secondary teacher is Shiva Rea, who has inspired Victoria to ignite her own sacred strength (inner and outer) and encourage her students to do the same. In 2011, Victoria completed Shiva Rea’s Chakra Alignment Certification.

Victoria was part of the research team at Boston Medical Center(BMC) “Back to Health”, led by Robert Saper, MD. This research lasted 4 years and it was to give Yoga more scientific credibility, documenting how Yoga can help reduce chronic back pain. Victoria taught Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain to study participants from 2010-2014. In 2018, Victoria was invited to present “Integrative Approaches to Pain Management” in the pre-Conference for Nutrition and Health in Boston. Victoria taught a weekly Yoga class at BMC, department of Integrative Medicine, for chronic pain patients.

Victoria has produced a bilingual (English-Spanish) Yoga DVD, available on our DVD page. Victoria is also certified through Boston University in Medical and Legal Interpreting and Translation.

In addition, Victoria has a B.S. in Holistic Nutrition, and a M.A. in Mind-Body Integrated Studies.

To keep a deep connection to her roots in Argentina, Victoria dances Argentine Tango, her love for this music/dance has inspired her to create a very unique rhythmic flow where Tango (chill) music is incorporated in some of her Yoga classes. Victoria also teaches Slow Flow Yoga as a continuity of the lineage her most influential teacher Barbara Benagh created (no music in these classes). Currently, Victoria continues her studies with Dr.Tom Alden who is her mentor in the practice and studies of Yoga. Tom mentors Victoria to grow as a person and a teacher of Yoga as a practice of spiritual wellness. Victoria integrates Yoga to access to all layers of our existence (body, mind, emotions and spirit) and to skillfully apply purposes in life, to optimize wellness.

Additionally, Victoria has also completed a Reiki Level 1 & 2 Certification.

In addition, Victoria has taught Yoga classes and written articles for Down Under School of Yoga in Boston (featured as one of the best schools of Yoga in the country), where she still travels to study with Barbara Benagh. Exhale Spa is another one of Victoria’s preferred Yoga studios in Boston, where she taught for over a decade. While in Saint Petersburg, Florida, Victoria wants to continue helping in the Medical field as well as to bring her approach to few local Yoga Studios. She’d like to share her experience of Yoga as a practice of spiritual wellness with the community. Currently, she’s working remotely, in collaboration with Boston Medical Center and Butler Hospital to study Yoga, chronic pain and opiates addiction along with Robert Saper,MD, who Victoria has collaborated with for over a decade.

To further understand the connection of mind and body (in relation to the outside world) Victoria practices Kokikai Aikido, a Japanese martial art.

In 2014, Victoria was named as one the 50 Hottest Trainers in America by Shape Magazine.

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Victoria Garcia Drago

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