Mariana is a dance and performance artist currently based in New York City. She aims to create work that evokes sensations rather than thoughts while combining various forms of movement. She also performs for various events, private and corporate parties. Use the gallery below to explore her past projects. Learn more about her work or inquire about booking here.
Photography: Dani Blake
As a visual artist, Mariana enjoys mixing different mediums to create intriguing, multilayered designs. She aims to create work that evokes sensations rather than thoughts and is constantly exploring new techniques. Most of her work draws on sacred geometrical patterns as well as on nature for inspiration.
She is also very interested in costume design and wearable crafts, focusing on creating a new, otherworldly being with each outfit.
Mariana strives to share the wisdom of Yoga with anyone who wishes to learn, regardless of their skill level. She treats Yoga as a holistic approach to life, and considers it to be indispensable in the modern world.
For her, Yoga is the way to constantly find the joy in life.
Below you can find her regular teaching schedule as well as a gallery and links to the studios where you can find her.
She also offers individual and private group sessions, contact her for more details.
TUESDAYS 7:30-8:30PM @ The Chanda Lair
Kundalini + Vinyasa Yoga at an artists' community house in Bushwick
SATURDAYS 7:00-8:30PM @ Hari NYC
Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and Sound Bath at a studio in Chelsea
Also check out SHAKTIBARRE for sporadical subbing of Kundalini Yoga.
Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Mariana grew up being constantly exposed to art, sports, and spiritual traditions. After excelling academically, being a high-level gymnast and football player, she began her formal dance studies at the age of 16. She then moved to California to attend Idyllwild Arts Academy, where she was awarded a Dance Diploma and obtained the prize for the Most Outstanding Scholar of her class. She then graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.F.A. Dance degree from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, in New Jersey, USA. During this time Mariana also spent a year at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and studied several visual arts techniques such as illustration, drawing, film, photography, and performance art. Aside from her artistic studies, Mariana is also a certified instructor of Kundalini and Vinyasa Yoga, having studied and trained at various studios in Colombia, Israel, and the USA. She received her Level 1 KRI certification under the guidance of Hari Kaur Khalsa and her 200 RYT certification through Om Factory.
As an artist, she is interested in challenging her audience's definition of beauty and tradition by in creating work that can only be defined by sensations and emotions rather than words. She believes art should be made with the purpose of transforming a viewer in any way without being hindered in any way. Mariana treats dance as another facet of the visual arts realm in which the performer's unparalleled experience of the work is directly proportional to the audience's connection to the work. She is also ceaselessly amazed at the infinite possibilities the human body has and at the illusions that can be created with movement and space. Here you can find Mariana's performance reel, a variety reel and an improvisation excerpt.
Through her work as a visual artist, Mariana is also interested in the illusions and sensations that can be evoked through form and color. She finds sacred geometrical shapes and natural patterns especially compelling; as they give her work life and power of their own. Mixing techniques is also attractive to her, as it allows for a greater range of expression and surprise.
As a Yoga Teacher, Mariana seeks to transmit the wisdom that has been passed on to her in order to expand her students' self-awareness and their enjoyment of life. Using the techniques of Kundalini and Vinyasa Yoga, she believes she can effectively and safely exercise the mental, emotional, and physical bodies of her students so they can become healthy, happy, and in control of their lives. She strives to offer challenging yet playful classes full of tips that students can take and practice at home.
Photography: Dani Blake