Yamuna Benedict

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Yamuna Benedict

Portland, Oregon, United States

Yamuna is a Nia Green and Blue Belt teacher with a flare for all things Nia. She has been practicing and teaching Nia for over five years, yet has been dancing since she took her first movement class at age 3. Yamuna has studied ballet, tap, and jazz dance, and studied and taught Iyengar Yoga in Visalia, CA. She's also enjoyed choreographing a number of musicals for students in grades K-8, though her favorite musical was her own childhood performance in West Side Story! She loves teaching Nia to adults and kids, and regularly subs classes at StudioNia, Nia's International Training Center in Portland, OR. She loves the global Nia tribe, becoming aware of her body, and sharing the joy of movement with others.

When she's not teaching Nia or working at Nia's International Headquarters (wearing many hats and juggling many balls as she does so), you'll find her hanging out with her handsome twin teenage boys, playing Scrabble, walking through Portland's funky SE district, and searching out the best Americano Olé in the city. 

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