April is honored to be a Senior ISHTA Yoga teacher and trainer of ISHTA yoga. Through this lineage, her studies, and teaching she hopes to inspire students to find what resonates with their individual spirit and tap into their unbound potential.
Dedicated to the yoga practice for 15 years, April Puciata's initial desire to participate in a teacher training was not to be a teacher, but a student. The day after she finished the final practicum, April was laid off from her job as a manager at Random House after working in publishing for almost 6 years. As her reality reformed, April completed her 500 hour teacher training under the guidance of Kavi Yogiraj Alan Finger, the co-founder of ISHTA Yoga with Mani Finger. She taught classes at ISHTA Yoga and YogaWorks in New York City for nearly a decade, as well as offering private sessions to a wide base of clients including The Museum of Natural History, Citibank, and a collection of actors, attorneys, Wall Street businessmen/women and movie directors. For the past 6 years, April has also been teaching teachers.
Now based in Washington D.C., April has had the privilege to bring the ISHTA teacher trainings to the DC area. In 2012 she created Shakti Inspired, the only 85 hours Prenatal Yoga teacher training program in Washington D.C., and designed a mentoring program for teachers. Her popular yoga retreats run twice a year to spectacular destinations such as Cuba, Italy, Mexico and Costa Rica. She has been a part of many teacher training programs, sharing her love and knowledge of yogic texts, the subtle body and chakras. April is also appointed to the faculty at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. Born and raised in New Jersey, April also teaches yoga classes and SUP at the Jersey Shore each summer.
April has studied with Shiva Rea, Sean Corn, and Mark Whitwell. She has completed prenatal certification with Janice Clarfield, Reiki Master Training with Brett Bevell, and has earned a Relax and Renew® Trainer certificate with Judith Laster. April continues to study with Alan Finger at ISHTA Yoga in NYC and is grateful for all of his guidance. In 2016 she will continue her studies with him in Marma Points; an Ayurvedic technique.
April also has an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in literary journals as varied as New York Quarterly, Salamander and The New Orleans Review.
April believes we are always students and is grateful to all of her many teachers.
OM, or Pranava, is the sound or humming the ancient rishis heard while meditating. It is often referred to as the primary sound of the universe, the essential or seed sound of consciousness and creation. OM has a vibrational quality along with other meanings, one of which is a term to denote pure consciousness.
There are four parts to the OM or AUM. The first three parts the OM - A U M - can correspond to the physical, subtle and causal; the Creator, Destroyer, and Sustainer; the unconscious, subconscious and conscious. The fourth part of the OM, Anagata, is beyond verbal pronunciation. It is the silence we leave after the OM. It is unpronounceable. It is the vibration that is left after the verbal sounds end.
Cultivated by April Puciata, Beyond OM® is multidimensional approach to the space we touch after we make the shapes. After the chanting, pranayama, and all techniques we use to still the business of the mind, it is the indescribable silence we leave at the end of the OM. It is the place where the healing happens.
This vibration is within you always. We practice yoga so we can get quiet enough to hear it. Beyond OM® is about being open to the unlimited possibilities, the unbound potential that exists within each of us.