About Us

Betsy CevaBetsy Ceva, (Director/Choreographer) E-RYT 500, is a dancer, choreographer, and yogi. Her vision of "dance for personal renewal" was the inspiration for Moving Mantras. Betsy's experience as a professional modern dancer, choreographer and dance instructor since 1970 has shaped her unique style of yoga and meditation-in-motion. As a professional modern dancer she performed with Mathews-Masters Dance Company in NYC, and in San Francisco with the Lucas Hoving Performance Group, Gary Palmer Dance Company and various choreographers, touring nationally and worldwide. In 1984 while living and dancing in San Francisco she met her Guru, Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, and began to study mantra, meditation and yoga philosophy. Through his influence she created the concept of Moving Mantras ~ Merging Movement and Meditation, using movement, breath, repetition and intention to explore the essential question, "Who am I?" Betsy has been composing and teaching Moving Mantras for over twenty years and has taught yoga and meditation to all ages and levels since 1992. She is co-founder of Birchwood Center in Nyack, NY, and directs their 200- and 500 hour Yoga Teacher Trainings.