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Nikki Nasto

Looking for something different to do on the mat, Yoga Sleuth hit the Upper East Side for House of Jai’s new DanceAsana class. Except when I got there I learned we wouldn’t be using mats at all! Rather than a traditional yoga class with elements of dance, this was to be a true fusion of the two, merging the mindfulness of asana with real dance choreography from an expert instructor, Nikki Nasto.

The absence of mats meant we were going to explore utilizing the entire space of the studio, but first we began in traditional yoga style.

“Just close your eyes and bring yourself into the space, becoming aware of what surrounds us,” said Nikki. “This is not about judgment, it’s about expression.”