Yoga found Francine Papadimitrakis over 10 years ago, when life brought her to her knees. Having been a plus size girl for most of her adult life, she was always interested in yoga but was intimidated by the images she saw in magazines of young slender women in perfect poses. It wasn't until she faced unexpected losses and hardships (in her 40s) did she serendipitously find herself on a mat. From that moment on, she knew yoga was her dharma, her purpose. After a couple of years of intensive studies and vigourous daily practice, Francine packed her bags and attended teacher training with world renowned teacher, Aadil Palkivala at the College of Purna Yoga in Bellevue Washington, where she received her 200 hour and Yoga Therapeutics certifications. Upon returning to California, she continued her education with Bryan Legere (the inventor of the Yoga Wall and a senior Iyengar teacher) in Ventura California. There she received her 500 hour certification, twice (not because she failed but because she loves to learn and wanted to continue her studies). Francine furthers her yoga studies and training with dedication and purpose. She travels local and abroad to study with world renowned senior Iyengar teachers in Bali, Paris, Rome, Portland, Austin, San Francisco, Seattle, New York and 3-4 weekends per month at the Iyengar Institute in Los Angeles. Francine states that "yoga has restored her in every way a person can be restored" and has lost 167 pounds (naturally, with yoga and nutrition). Her passion for sharing yoga and her love of people fuel her to be a better person and teacher.


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