Aiyisha Castillo

Aiyisha was born and raised in the Bay area where her love for creativity, the great outdoors and doing anything physical flourished. She grew up using dance as a way to creatively express herself. Being self taught, Aiyisha had plenty of space to grow her own insight about movement. To her movement is life and it offers growth, healing, strength and resilience. On a deeper level and just like Yoga, it also offers connection. It is no surprise to her that her love for movement brought her a yoga practice in 2007. At that time she had been studying Massage Therapy and had been healing an overused right shoulder. Early in her career, yoga practice offered her new ways to work with the pains she felt in her own body. She began to use her breath as a way to massage dis­ease. That’s how she first fell in love with Yoga. It was like a form of self­massage. First on a physical level and then it’s richness would reveal it’s ability to attend to so much more. It was a massage for her mind, in the form of meditation and a massage for her soul as she would sweat away what was no longer useful and felt lighter after each time she practiced. She loves how Yoga is like a story. It’s a story that she is familiar with but that’s so deep each time she reconnects with it, there’s an opportunity to discover something new.

Given her love for Yoga, Aiyisha’s transition into teaching felt like a natural one. Her simultaneous love for Purusha made deciding to take their 200 Hour YTT a no­brainer. Aiyisha is so grateful to all of her teachers and for the opportunity to share what she has learned with others. Her background in Somatic Psychology heavily influences how she practices and teaches. Her classes are filled with heart and while sometimes challenging she understands that strength and growth don’t always come easy. Sometimes we have to dig a little deeper and hang out in uncomfortable areas a little longer to allow ourselves to enjoy the nectar of our work.

Aiyisha graduated from Purusha 200hr YTT in May 2016. She teaches Vinyasa, Hatha and Restorative. She also offers private yoga classes, Integrated Bodywork, and Somatic Movement Therapy by appointment.

Aiyisha graduated from the Somatic Psychology program at CIIS in 2014 and from National Holistic Institute for Massage Therapy in 2008.