Brian Williams Yoga

Brian Williams Yoga

Brooklyn, NY

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I'm a vinyasa yoga instructor with ten years of experience teaching students of all levels. I also teach and practice Reiki and Feng Shui. I grew up in Alabama, and moved to NYC in 2000.

About Brian Williams Yoga

Have you heard that yoga is good for you, or even that it's bad for you? Are you curious to try it but afraid you can't do it because you can't touch your toes?

You don't have to touch your toes right now to do yoga. You might be able to, but that's a few months down the line though! Yoga is an evolving practice that starts where you are, and it builds on that.

Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga burns calories, develops core strength, develops long lean muscles, and will help you become more flexible. You will breathe deeper, you will feel better, and you will be stronger and better able to take on the challenges of life around you as they arise.

Yoga is great, but Core Strength Vinyasa is a form of yoga that is specifically designed to help you use your deep core muscles; your abdominals and your spine working in concert. When your belly is strong, your spine is strong. You reduce the risk of back problems. The sequences are active and full of movement so you burn calories as you work.

You develop lean muscle mass which increases your metabolism, enabling you to burn calories quicker. You'll develop strength and flexibility in your legs, hips, and shoulders. You will find yourself more energetic, able to breathe deeper, and ready to stand true to yourself in the midst of the chaos of living in New York City.

There are so many reasons to practice Core Strength Vinyasa. You'll get the benefits of a 90-minute yoga class in 60 minutes due to the way the poses are sequenced, and you will work smart and safe.

My name is Brian Williams. I'm a yoga teacher who works with everyone, from absolute beginners to seasoned yoga teachers. I love what I do, and I especially love working one-on-one with students in their homes.

I have been teaching Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga for 8 and a half years, studying and working by the side of Sadie Nardini, founder and creator of Core Strength Vinyasa.

I'm a popular teacher in my group classes around the city and elsewhere. I'm continually studying and developing my teaching skills; whether practicing on my own, or immersing myself in all forms of yoga.

I teach privately around the city. I'm available to come to your house, and work with you one-on-one to develop a program of yoga designed just for you. I will work with you, where you are right now.

You will receive instruction that is designed to meet your goals, and it will take you on a journey to the best possible version of you.

Want to lose weight? Build muscle? Get flexible? or just learn to relax? I will help you get there. My sessions are challenging but I laugh a lot. I'll make you laugh and help you get where you're going safely. We'll have a lot of fun on the journey.

Here's what my teacher Sadie said about me: Brian is one of my most senior instructors, and he has synthesized a profound knowledge of yoga with the flow and creativity that makes a great teacher into an inspiring one. Just to be in his presence is to grow, energize and discover deeper layers of your body, mind and heart.
-Sadie Nardini, Founder, Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga

Richard, who is one of my private students, wrote this:
As a runner, and an overworked and over-stressed New Yorker, I did not devote the appropriate time for stretching after my runs. I always wanted to take up yoga, but I would put it off for the same reasons I did not have time to stretch after my runs (overworked and over-stressed; not enough hours in my day).

Until one day, I decided to take the plunge. I went online and found Brian Williams. My lessons with Brian have been a godsend. He is very attentive to my needs (as a runner and my lack of flexibility) and has created an incredible yoga program for me.

I look forward to my one-on-one yoga lessons with Brian. He's an amazing instructor who has given me the opportunity to be one with myself, and the realization that it's okay for me to take some time out of my day to devote to a stress releasing yoga session.
-Richard Q.

I hope you'll consider studying with me. I have years of experience, and I genuinely love helping my students develop their yoga practice.


Brooklyn, NY 11249

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  • 5/5 stars March 11, 2015

    Brian Williams is a caring yoga instructor who makes sure that you are able to practice your own yoga. Brian makes yoga available to everyone, no matter what personal journey or path you are on. He takes care in making sure that you are properly warmed up, and that the postures are properly sequenced, progressed, and expressed by you (while also giving you that little push and encouragement when you need it).

  • 5/5 stars March 10, 2015

    I recently had the great fortune of attending a week-long yoga retreat with Brian and 7 other students in Costa Rica. It was an amazing experience! Brian taught us 2 classes a day and each left me feeling more relaxed, rejuvenated and stronger than before. Brain is a very knowledgeable, creative and thoughtful instructor; he offered a variety of modifications for each student's level of ability, but still challenged us to try new things and it brought out the best in us! I am so glad that I had this experience-it was a week I will never forget!

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Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. I generally provide private, one-on-one yoga instruction for men who want to practice yoga but for whatever reason do not want to attend group classes. I work with them to create a custom-designed program to meet their needs, whether it be meditation, relaxation, or fitness and flexibility. I often work with guys (and women) who have no flexibility, and I love it! Yoga isn't only for people who are limber and bendy-it's for everyone. You will develop flexibility as we go. I work with clients who are committed to a weekly or twice weekly practice.

I am also a Reiki master who can provide Reiki healing sessions or Reiki classes for people interested in learning how to do Reiki, and a certified Feng Shui practitioner, so those services are available as well.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Ask questions. Be honest about what your goals are. Don't be shy. It's important to express what you are feeling when you are practicing yoga. It's also important to pick an instructor you trust. This is your body, and yoga is a physical exercise. It has the capacity to heal, but also to hurt. Ask your instructor how long they have been teaching, where they studied, and if they practice yoga on a regular basis. A great instructor will be happy to answer your questions. Make sure to communicate, above all else. If you are looking for a slow, meditative practice, let the instructor know. Some of us are great with that, and some of us don't really teach that style. If you want a sweaty workout, again, let us know. We will tell you what we can do for you, and a good instructor will tell you if they can't provide what you're looking for. I am pretty adamant about taking on clients I like working with; people I want to spend time with are the people I work with. So be nice! I also will tell you if I don't think I can help you, and I have other instructors I may recommend to you.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. I would want to know that yoga instructors are plentiful, but good ones, who really care about their students, are hard to come by. Yoga instructors should design a practice that fits their students, not try to make the students fit into a one size fits all practice. Alignment is super important, and if an instructor does not place strong emphasis on proper, safe alignment, they are not doing their job. Great yoga instructors recognize that knowledge of anatomy has changed since yoga was first practiced, and they should be willing to adapt classical postures to fit our current knowledge of what is safe and good for the body. I think to get the most out of one-on-one yoga instruction, you should meet once a week, on a pretty regular schedule. If you have to cancel, we need 24 hours notice. We understand that emergencies come up, but in general, please let us know as far ahead of time as possible.

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