Summer Quashie

Rumson, NJ
United States

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I grew up in Middletown, NJ, although all my family is from the south. I’ve traveled the world in search of light and truth and beauty. When I found yoga in 1999 it was the light and truth and beauty that connected me to world in the way that laying in grass as a kid and looking at the sky did. It was the community I had missed out on since moving away from First Baptist Church of Red Bank as a teenager. Currently I am living back in Monmouth County running the beautiful Seven Arrows Retreat Center, where I host, cook and/or lead yoga retreats.

I have been teaching yoga for 11 years in NYC. I started with Hatha Yoga, trained in the Kripalu derivative, Prana Yoga and learned an extensive amount about the chakra and subtle body system from Jeff Migdow and Robyn Ross. They also taught me about being “real” and not putting on heirs in the fashion of the yoga world. I spent some time studying kirtan with Jai Uttal and Krishna Das and from

Yoga practice is something that has changed for me in so many ways over the became more interested in sound in its raw elements being an experience. I practiced at Jivamukti and vinyasa through out NYC in a very vigorous way until I became pregnant with Lulha. A shift in my body, sparked this deeper listening to what was happening and vigorous wasn’t always mindful for me. Attentive conversations with my body have always happened for me naturally through yoga. And now as a mom, I try to be mindful of the amount of energy that I have through out a given day and practice accordingly.

I’ve had the great fortune to work with friends on projects like workshops, retreats and teacher trainings. Paul Manza, Leigh Evans and I have co-written and co-taught the 200-hr YA Certified Teacher Training Program at Greenhouse Holistic, in Williamsburg. Leigh Evans and I have developed Yoga Sukhavati, an advanced teacher training course study in Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tibetan Buddhism and spiritually aligned Hatha practices. Julianna Takacs and I are renowned for a spiritually elating retreat and Nancy Allen and I have led mother-baby retreats.

Every summer my family and I attend a month long Buddhist retreat at Palyul in upstate NY. This amazing opportunity fuels my year of practice and teaching in the city.

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