City: New York City
An accomplished professional pianist, Angelica Olstad first turned to yoga after developing crippling performance anxiety while at grad-school.
She “accidentally” discovered that weekly visits to her local studio helped her feel calmer, and her love of meditation and spiritual practice grew from there.
Upon graduation, she decided to move to New York City to get certified and began teaching yoga to kids in prison, but continued working as a musician.
While working with these troubled youths, Angelica realized that many people still assume yoga is an activity exclusively for the privileged and decided she wanted to teach by example by hosting her own free pop up classes in non-traditional urban locations, like parks, for anyone that wanted to join, and her company Pop Up Yoga NYC was born.