My name is Esther Petrocine. I am a movement educator and creative instructor. I began my movement studies as a child, growing up as a dancer and an athlete in Laramie, Wyoming. I went on to earn a BS in Human Physiology and a minor in Dance from the University of Oregon.
Sharing my love for movement, I worked as a personal trainer and pursued modern dance performance opportunities in Portland. Due to chronic, debilitating pain as a result of car and bicycle accidents, I devoted much of my time to my yoga practice. Upon tapping into the healing qualities of yoga, both physically and spiritually, it felt important to me to deepen my practice and find ways to offer this ancient art to others. I pursued the yogafit teacher training as well as a STOTT Pilates instructor training and began offering these mind body classes to my gym community.
In 2008 I changed career paths, but continued my life as a student of yoga and dance. My work as a dancer evolved into teaching, choreographing, and putting on productions. In the midst of it all, I found my way back to teaching yoga when I met Alison Alstrom, a certified Anusara Yoga instructor. I completed a 200 hour teacher training program with her, learned the Universal Principles of Alignment, and taught in Portland before starting a family.
Along with my loving partner, Kyle, and supportive mom, Mary, we eventually made our way to this wonderful corner of the state, where we hope to grow our roots and build our lives. I am very excited to become a part of the yoga community in Wallowa County!
I aim to empower each individual through movement to find their own inner wisdom and to deepen their relationship with Self so that they can bring the fullness of their being to their community.