Nancy LaNasa began her yoga practice in 1986, taking a class with Sharon Gannon, who at the time was her aerobics instructor. Yeah, you read that right. 1986, aerobics. She wasn’t all that impressed that first time, but her husband Tom went with her to the second class and promptly went into a headstand, so it was game on! The aerobics studio closed and Sharon opened the first Jivamukti Yoga Center with David Life soon after, in a teeny basement space on Ave. B in the East Village. It cost $5, and the money went into a cigar box.
In 1990, at Sharon’s urging, Nancy went to India and did teacher training at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Kerala. She came home 3 months later and began teaching yoga at Jivamukti. She also worked as a part-time manager there and became one of the first certified Jivamukti Yoga teachers in 1995. Living in NYC afforded her opportunities to take class with many wonderful teachers: Dharma Mittra, Alison West, Pattabhi Jois, of course Sharon Gannon and David Life, etc. etc. These modern times find her living in Pensacola, FL, with her husband of 30 years, Tom LaNasa, and an ever rotating cast of boxer dogs and feral cats. She’s been attempting to direct Abhaya Yoga Center there since 2006.
Abhaya Yoga Center
415 a N. Tarragona Street
Pensacola, Florida 32501