New York, NY 10032-1838
Founder of Breathing Heart, Mandy Sau Yi Chan, moved to New York City from Hong Kong. She has been studying with master teachers, Lesley Powell and Doris Pasteleur Hall since 2004 and teaching in New York City for over 10 years. Mandy is a certified Pilates instructor through the PhysicalMind Institute and Balanced Body University’s Bridge Program. She received a BFA in Dance at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) and her MFA in Dance at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She was awarded a scholarship from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund 2000-2002 to pursue her study in New York.
Mandy is also a ballet instructor at Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn Academy and has been the company’s principal dancer since 2003. She joined Matthew Westerby Company as dancer and teaching artist in 2009. In additional to Pilates and dance, Mandy is also a certified Yoga teacher through the OM Yoga Center and a certified Holistic Health Counselor at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She has worked with many performing artists, athletes and women over 50 and understands no one routine works for everyone. Mandy’s teaching emphasizes on mindful breathing, effortless strength, positive thinking, personal empowerment and whole body integration. With her active listening, she personalizes each session with the best body/mind method and workout sequence to accommodate clients’ needs and fitness goal.
Recently, Mandy completed her Dynamic Embodiment Somatic Movement Therapy Training with Dr. Martha Eddy. She is currently being in the process to be a registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator at ISMETA.
Institute for Integrative Nutrition - Certified Holistic Health Counselor
PhysicalMind Institute - All Apparatus, Mat works and Standing Pilates
OM Yoga NYC - Certified 200 hours teacher training