Casey Bernstein, At the age of 14 I understood the power of dance and healing while experiencing a family tragedy. During my diverse professional career as a nurse, my philosophical belief strengthened viewing movement as a way to live life at one’s highest potential via movement. In 1988, my life changed. As a young mother of 3 children and working as a critical care nurse, I was introduced to Nia while seeking postpartum exercise and time for myself. I knew Nia’s movement diversity, it’s aesthetic attention of the body, and it’s healing quality were something that was a perfect fit for me, personally and professionally, for a lifetime. In 1993, wanting a suitable home for Nia, I opened one of the first Body-Mind centers. It offered classes in all the movement forms and other healing modalities. Currently I am the owner and director of The Center for Nia & Yoga, in Albany, NY. I obtained my Nia Black Belt in 1996 and I am first generation Nia White Belt trainer since 1997. Progressively, I became a Green Belt trainer in 2011 and a Blue Belt trainer in 2012. I facilitate trainings out of my studio, Israel, Italy, New England, and Washington, regional areas. I have a passion for creating Nia choreography and working with special applications for Nia. I have worked extensively with women in drug rehabilitation and created Nia movement programs for victims of domestic violence, Alzheimer patients, children, prenatal populations, and women with cancer. I also produce and present weekend workshops and been a guest presenter at Kripalu Yoga Center. I hope to create an east coast Nia training center in Albany, NY in the near future. In addition, I am certified in Yoga and Expressive Arts Therapy.
Casey received her 200 CYT from the Houston Yoga School. She has studied with beryl bender birch,Erich Schiffmann Rodney Yee and David Life.