A Kentucky native and mother to twin daughters, Tracy Abeles started her yoga journey when she learned about “neutral spine” as a technique in her theatre career. Diving deeper into the Feldenkrais Method, the Alexander Technique, and Joseph Pilates’ work, Tracy became enamored with the concept of “living in her spine”. Naturally, this passion delivered her to yoga. As the years passed and New York City led to Los Angeles, she studied with anyone who could help deepen this yogic connection. Eventually, it was her good fortune that life shifted again and she landed in the magical embrace of Ojai, CA. In Ojai, Tracy was truly taught and encouraged to let her breath linger and her spine lengthen.
Life happened, as it often does, and the birth of twin daughters taught her even more about learning to root in order to stand tall. But all the while a dream was germinating and she felt maybe – just maybe – she had something to offer others through the art of teaching yoga. With the loving support of her family, Tracy became a 200-hour Certified Yoga Teacher through Kim Valeri’s Yoga Spirit in 2009. Since then, she has never looked back. She continues to be a student, completing her Advanced RYT-500 certification with Kate Smith at Gaea Yoga School in November 2016. Coming back to the beloved study of yoga reminds Tracy how grateful she is to have found folks in Charleston, SC as curious about the anatomical structure as herself.
In addition to her yoga training, Tracy was trained in Pilates by Kelly Kane of The Kane School.
“Developed by Kelly Kane, the Kane School certification is a rigorous training program combining the classic principles of Pilates with a modern, clinical perspective on the human body. Known world-wide for its anatomy-based approach, the Kane School program goes beyond choreography to explain why exercises work. Students not only learn classic Pilates repertoire, but also delve deeply into biomechanics, postural imbalances and common injuries.”
Both on and off the mat, Tracy loves to let her sense of humor and her growing compassion offer support to her community. Whether cheering for her daily students on their mats or volunteering with sexual assault survivors, Tracy strives to offer her students a sense of hope, openness, and strength in their structural alignment.