Wake Up Yoga


Nai Soto

Nai became serious about yoga while completing her undergraduate degree in education. While struggling to cope with the stress and anxiety of student life, she decided to attend a class at the campus gym. She noticed the calming effects of a physical practice and meditation on her mind, body, and spirit. Ten years later, yoga continues to be an integral part of her daily routine. After moving to South Philly, Nai stumbled upon Wake Up Yoga. She found a space to deepen and explore her practice, as well as a community filled with love and support. Wanting to share her passion for yoga, Nai enrolled in the 250-hour Foundational Vinyasa Teacher Training program at Wake Up Yoga in 2015. She is immensely grateful to her teachers Corina Benner, Felicia Graham Comisar, Laura Edoff, and Stephanie Berliner, as well as her mentor, Bernie Malin. Nai's classes are light-hearted and playful. She truly believes yoga should be accessible to all and hopes to facilitate a safe environment for students to strengthen and explore the connection with self. She is humbled and honored to be teaching at Wake Up Yoga and is grateful for the opportunity to share this practice with others.

Where are your favorite places to go in Philadelphia?

My absolute favorite place in the city is the Ben Franklin Bridge. I've always had an irrational fear of bridges until deciding to stroll along the walkway. I love the breeze off the river and seeing my favorite city's skyline.

How do you express your creativity?

I express my creativity with herbal medicine. In my free time, you can catch me mixing herbs to make "potions" for all of my friends to try!

What causes do you support?

I'm an avid supporter of Planned Parenthood because I believe all women should have access to safe and affordable healthcare. 

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