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Niav Connor - Yoga Teacher, Healer, & Visionary

About Niav

Yoga Teacher, Healer & Visionary in Santa Barbara with Niav ConnorNiav brings a depth of personal experience, creativity and joy to her teaching. With twenty years of personal yoga practice experience and five years of teaching experience, she is knowledgeable in several forms of hatha yoga including Iyengar, Vinyasa/Flow, Power, Bikram and Forrest.

Her teaching focuses on mindfulness of breath and safety in postures with particular emphasis on developing core strength. In addition to completing her teacher training with yoga master, Ana Forrest, Niav has studied with internationally recognized teachers including Cyndi Lee, Baron Baptiste, and Shiva Rea. She is also a 19-year practitioner of vipassana or insight meditation.

Niav has been actively walking a path of healing and recovery through various personal growth movements for the past seventeen years. She has a Masters in Clinical Psychology, specializing in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology. And soon to be a birth doula!

Niav currently teaches ongoing yoga classes in Santa Barbara. You can find her at Yoga Soup, 28 Parker Way, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12 – 1:15 PM for a Level 2 Slow Flow Class and Fridays, 5 – 6:30 PM, for a Level 1/2 Class.

Niav is also available for Private Instruction and Corporate Yoga Classes. Please contact her directly at 805-448-7207 or

Private yoga instruction is an excellent way to begin a yoga practice, as the teacher is able to focus her full attention on one student attending to the specific needs of the individual. Additionally, if a student has injuries or health issues, private instruction allows the teacher to tailor classes for that students unique needs. Niav has in-depth training and experience working with beginning students as well as those with injuries and medical conditions.

Celebrate the Sacred Feminine with Niav Connor

Niav is the creator and teacher of a unique workshop for women entitled
Celebrate the Sacred Feminine through Erotic Dance Yoga

This workshop fuses the physical postures of yoga with the art of erotic dance, the sacred sexual practice of tantra yoga, and the ancient rituals of goddess worship. It offers a uniquely safe and sacred environment for women of all ages, shapes, sizes, and religious or ethnic backgrounds to bond with one another while exploring the essence of womanhood. The workshop bestows women the unique opportunity to develop and deepen a connection to the power of their innate sensual feminine energy. The philosophy and teaching foster an integration of polarities thus creating inner balance and harmony on all levels – physical, emotional and spiritual. Participants leave feeling vibrantly alive, beautiful, and sexy regardless of physical appearance.

Erotic Dance Yoga is a unique and integrative workshop designed to guide women through a journey of (re)connecting to their sacred feminine essence. Niav believes this work will contribute to healing the divine feminine in women as well as the archetypal energy on the planet. Her vision is to be a part of ending violence against women by resurrecting and nurturing the unique, inherent wisdom and power of the feminine.

Through this work, she intend to resurrect the sacred and beautiful parts of herself that are uniquely feminine and to inspire, teach, and guide other women to do the same. Her purpose in teaching this workshop is to support women in honoring, acknowledging, embracing and loving all things feminine – nature and beauty, the unseen realms of the heart, magic and mysticism.

Please visit her website,, for more information and for dates of upcoming workshops.

A strong woman is a woman who craves love like oxygen, or she turns blue choking. A strong woman is a woman who loves strongly and weeps strongly and is strongly terrified and has strong needs. A strong woman is strong in words, in action, in connection, in feeling she is not strong as stone, but as a wolf suckling her young. Strength is not in her, but she enacts it as the wind fills a sail. What comforts her is others loving her equally for the strength and for the weakness, from which it issues lightning from a cloud. Lightning stuns. In rain, the clouds disperse. Only water of connections remains, flowing through us. Strong is what we make each other. Until we are all strong together, a strong woman is a woman strongly afraid.

- Marge Piercy


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