Abby Bassett is a Yoga Alliance Certified 200-RYT who came to the practice of yoga at an early age when a friend took her to her first yoga class at the local library. An athlete her whole life, Abby practiced to offset the intensity of training as a collegiate swimmer and rower at a Division 1 school in Los Angeles. She found that the balance of movement and breath helped her focus and perform better when she was in or on the water.
After college she moved to New York where she worked as a high-profile Senior Producer for major news networks including CNN and ABC. During her time in television, Abby’s yoga practice fell off. The rigors of the jobs and travel were too much and eventually took a toll on her physically and emotionally. In June of 2014 Abby went through a series of major life-changing events, got divorced and headed south.
First she went south to Little Rock, Arkansas, and then to Austin, Texas. In early 2016 she began to return to her mat with regularity to help heal the emotional and physical trauma. She found peace and happiness in her practice and decided to begin her first 200-hour training in September of that year. In May of 2017, Abby left Austin for Los Angeles where she currently teaches and trains, now.
Abby approaches her classes from a number of perspectives. Her lineage is a blend of Iyengar, Anusara, and Alignment-based teachings, with an emphasis on finding safe ways to make all poses achievable by everyone, regardless of age, body size, shape, ability or strength. She believes that we don’t come to our mat to be good at yoga, but to find a balance of peace of mind and physical ability. You don’t have to be “good at yoga” to get the benefits of movement and breath.
If you’d like to know more about Abby’s work outside of yoga, you can check out her professional portfolio, here.