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Thursday, June 7, 2012

YIP has been so lucky in the ever flowing fountain of support it has received in Washinton Heights/Inwood since 2010, its first summer of yoga fun. 2012 has not been short on blessings either and true to our grassroots, YIP continues to strive in finding ways of encouraging healthy lifestyle and community building by tapping into the wonderful people and resources in our vicinity.  With this philosphy in mind YIP was able to offer classes throughout the winter for the first time, thanks to a partnership with Beloved Yogi Harlem.  And now...well, now...lets just say the YIP summer is about to take a most musical turn as our very own WAHI cellist in resident, Sara Cortinas will grace some of YIP's summer classes with her talented and melodic interpretations of beloved composers such as Johann Sebastian BachStarting this Sunday, June 10th at 10:30AM prepare yourself for a yoga practice like no other as you transcend yoga poses with the deep heart warming sound of the Cello.

About Sara...She began learning the cello at the age of ten and has studied at the Juilliard School with Harvey Shapiro and David Soyer, Indiana University School of Music with Janos Starker and at Stony Brook University with Colin Carr.  She has participated in numerous music festivals, including the Gregor Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles and the Perlman Music Program in New York, and she has also played for many renowned musicians such as Steven Isserlis, The Emerson Quartet and Donald Weilerstein.

Sara has been a prize-winner in the Holland-America Music Society Cello Competition, the Concurso para Violoncello Carlos Prieto and the Olga Koussevitzky Competition for Strings in New York. She has performed in festivals and concerts in Germany, Switzerland, and the United States. She has played chamber music in Alice Tully Hall and the Mendelssohn-Saal at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig.

From 2009 to 2011, Sara was teaching assistant and cello instructor for undergraduates at SUNY Stony Brook while pursuing a doctorate in music.  She is also offers lessons to students of all ages and abilities, from beginners to advanced level. You can visit her website for more information and to inquire about lessons.

Sara...YIP thanks you from the heart for giving us the pleasure to hear you play.  Namaste

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