ABOUT

Ruah Bhay, ERYT500, M.A. & Prenatal Certified


WELCOME! NAMASTE! BIENVENUE! SHALOM! AYUBOWEN! ASALAAMALEKUM!

I'm so glad that you’re here!  I am here to guide and support you on an inward journey to (re)discover the yogi, teacher and healer inside of you, and to empower you to be your own nourishing balm so you can best manage and soothe the stresses, anxieties, pain, and sorrow that can accumulate in everyday life. Through the teachings of yoga - on and off the mat - I am here to offer opportunities to plant seeds of nourishment that will grow all of the amazing qualities that already dwell inside of you.  

Just as green leaves have layers of beautiful colors inside of them that wait for  the opportunity to express themselves, all of us have the potential to connect to our inner beauty and shine brightly from the inside out when  we take the time, utilize our energy and cultivate space. When we connect to the best versions of ourselves, it is so much easier to not only make the most of life, but also to show up for and be of service to those around us. 

MY STORY

My name is Ruah Bhay, I’m a teacher of yoga, meditation, breathwork, mindfulness, wellness, amazing abs and more!  I’m also a mom of two and a native New Yorker.After traveling and living around the world, I eventually returned home to New York.  Today, I live in Brooklyn and am a senior teacher and mentor at Yogaworks and Equinox.

I was introduced to yoga, meditation and self-hypnosis by my mom, who took classes at Integral Yoga and went on retreats with Swami Satchidananda before I was born.  My mom and I used to lie down together often in svasana doing Yoga Nidra, relaxing one body part at a time.  To this day, I think back to those times as a young child as a reminder of how important and accessible it is to relax and rest.  I was initiated in Transcendental Meditation (TM), which I am especially grateful for, as thanks to TM  I have a 2x/day meditation practice and am under the guidance of my aunt and uncle, who are devotees of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.   Spirituality and healing have always been important to me.  I am thankful for being exposed to various philosophies that showed me that common denominator in all ways of life is compassion and love. 

When I started my journey as a teacher, I had just returned to my Native New York City after living for years in Senegal and France.  My mom and I were having lunch in a cafe on Hudson Street, in the neighborhood I grew up in.  As we discussed what I might do in my next steps of life, she said, “you have been given this precious gift of life. Use it well and do your best to help those around you.” These words touched my heart deeply.

In that moment, I was sure of  what I already knew: that whatever decisions I would make would be about helping others.  While yoga was not my plan at the time, through various countries and careers, my passion for practicing and teaching yoga  was a constant.   After completing graduate school, I pursued a career in nonprofit management while teaching yoga on my  lunch hour and on the weekends as a hobby.  Then, while journaling in a cafĂ© of Istanbul, I suddenly had the realization that I could no longer burn the candle at both ends and I had to make a decision.  As soon as I posed the question to myself, the answer was crystal clear and I chose yoga.  Six months later, I quit my job and the flood gates opened.  I was teaching 29 classes a week all over NYC and my heart was full.  Today, I continue to have the privilege of teaching and connecting with students for 15+ years, and I am deeply grateful. 

It’s not that yoga and meditation magically take away the ailments of life., Rather, when we have the luxury to practice taking such great care of ourselves, whatever life offers  is suddenly easier to navigate. The full experience of yoga, meditation and mindfulness have brought me extraordinary self-awareness, mental clarity, physical strength and emotional balance.   The reason I teach today is exactly the same as I did when I started.  When you love something and it helps you so much, you naturally want to shout about it from the mountain tops and share it generously with others!  It is my honor and privilege to be this path and I hope to have the chance to pass along all that has been so valuable to me!   


TRAININGS & CREDITS
I have been in many health and fitness features, collaborated with celebrities such as Russell Simmons and has also appeared in Marie Claire, Time Out, In Resident, More, Uptown, FOX, WPIX, NY Post & NY1.  I am 500hr Yogaworks Certified, Khalsa Way Prenatal Certified, have been teaching for over 15 years, hold a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Sustainable Development.


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PRAISE/GRATITUDE 

It is truly a privilege and honor to have taught so many extraordinary beings.  Over the years of teaching, I have learned that it is often my students that I learn from most and inspire me to be the best that I can be.  One of the words of a student in Sanskrit is chatra, which also means umbrella.  The significance is that the student protects the teacher from negativity and helps elevate the best in a teacher to show up as well as they can for those around them.  I am deeply thankful to my students over so many years and here are their words of gratitude from our time together...

“Ruah is a giving person, who is  incredibly generous with her knowledge. Her Memorial Day retreat  put me in a state of bliss. I left feeling both relaxed, and uplifted and energized to get back to my life. My physical yoga practice deepened and expanded: her personalized adjustments are EVERYTHING... just what I needed  to understand my body. Also, her guided meditation was sublime. She led me to a place of calmness deep within that I didn’t even know existed, let alone how to tap into! Most importantly, thanks to  her guidance, I find that I am able to recreate it for myself whenever I want. That is the most wonderful thing about a retreat with Ruah: not only do the benefits linger, but she also equips you with the tools you need to return to them time and again. A truly unforgettable experience.” 
"Ruah is one of the kindest and most talented women it has been my good fortune to know. She was called to teach yoga and meditation; those who have the opportunity to learn from her should leap at the chance." 
"I absolutely recommend going on a retreat with Ruah.  No hyperbole, I think a retreat with Ruah is prescriptive for a life best lived. Ruah is the ultimate guide. She leads with clarity, grace, precision, wisdom, and abundant love. She meets and guides each person in the unique way they need to take their yoga practice (on and off the mat) to the next level. Practicing with Ruah in such an intimate, hands-on way elevated my practice in profound and long-lasting ways that I will be grateful for throughout my journey as an aspiring yogi. I left this retreat inspired, strong and ready (though another day would still have been lovely!) to go back into the world and bring my fullest, most loving, and present self to others. This retreat was a truly life-affirming experience."
"Thank you, Ruah, from the bottom of my heart, for all the time, energy, love, and generosity of spirit that you brought to each and every moment of this retreat. I love how you facilitated us to all authentically connect, take time for ourselves and come away with a newly discovered community. My cup overflows."
"Ruah is one of the kindest and most talented women it has been my good fortune to know. She was called to teach yoga and meditation; those who have the opportunity to learn from her should leap at the chance."

"I absolutely recommend going on a retreat with Ruah.  No hyperbole, I think a retreat with Ruah is prescriptive for a life best lived. Ruah is the ultimate guide. She leads with clarity, grace, precision, wisdom, and abundant love. She meets and guides each person in the unique way they need to take their yoga practice (on and off the mat) to the next level. Practicing with Ruah in such an intimate, hands-on way elevated my practice in profound and long-lasting ways that I will be grateful for throughout my journey as an aspiring yogi. I left this retreat inspired, strong and ready (though another day would still have been lovely!) to go back into the world and bring my fullest, most loving, and present self to others. This retreat was a truly life-affirming experience."

"Thank you, Ruah, from the bottom of my heart, for all the time, energy, love, and generosity of spirit that you brought to each and every moment of this retreat. I love how you facilitated us to all authentically connect, take time for ourselves and come away with a newly discovered community. My cup overflows."

“The unfolding of my life after starting to practice and learn about the deeper dimensions of yoga with Ruah has been incredibly enlightening on and off the mat.  Her teachings are with me daily and the people that Ruah has connected me to in class are just beyond wonderful, I am so grateful.”
“Ruah’s impassioned yogi spirit has energized and awakened my 10 year yoga practice from its sleepy hibernation. Ruah provides the perfect balance of spiritual teaching and challenging asanas, within an inspiring sphere in which to deepen one’s practice.

Having practiced with a myriad of instructors, it is easy to identify a truly devoted teacher with a breadth of knowledge at her fingertips. Ruah has taught me new ways to find the most basic pose, while presenting me with old challenges and boundaries to push past.
It is rare to find a teacher as inspired and passionate about Yoga. I feel blessed to have Ruah as a guiding light in my practice.”
-Jungah 

“It has been an amazing experience taking yoga classes with Ruah. I used to be the kind of person who never took interest in sports or activities.  I was extremely hesitant and found it very difficult to do yoga in the beginning. More than 4 months of taking several privates and weekly group class with Ruah I feel so much progress in my body and my mind!”
“Every class with Ruah I learn something new about yoga and myself!  Now I am able to do so many movements I had never even believed I would be able to do - especially when Ruah first demonstrated the poses so beautifully!  She understands the body and somehow understands my own body, too.”
“Ruah is a careful guide in showing me how to make adjustments so that I feel safe to do poses and even comfortable enough to test my own limitations.  Ruah is very attentive; she watches every movement of every person and gives appropriate feedback.  She physically helps or shows how to do certain things that work for each individual, all the while maintaining the flow of the class.”
“Ruah is a strong young woman both mentally and physically, which shows especially while demonstrating poses or when giving adjustments in downward facing dog.  Ruah is a supportive and encouraging human being.  She inspires me to do my best, even when faced with the most challenging poses.  Ruah's class makes me want to try things over and over again just to seek that extra improvement.”

To know Ruah, is to love her. She is a joy to be around and I find that my own mood improves just when I see her warm smile. I am so grateful that I have met her in life and look forward to continuing to enjoy and be inspired by her classes.” -Lyudmila 






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