NATHALIE FARI (born 1975 in São Paulo) is an independent performance-artist, researcher and teacher. She holds a degree in Art Education from the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado University and in acting from the TUCA theatre school of the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, and the Centro de Pesquisa Teatral Institute under the direction of Antunes Filho. In 2009 she received a MA in Space Strategies - Exploratory Art in Public Contexts from the Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee.

Since 1997, she has been presenting performances in collaboration with other artists and researchers at the most various contexts: art-exhibitions, performance-art, performing-arts and multimedia festivals, theater-, opera-, and film productions, architecture-, design-, and fashion events and as well at the public space. Furthermore, she has contributed with the co-design of the awarded Brazilian pavilion’s art and cultural program at the EXPO 2000 in Hannover and the implementation of the artist-in-residence program of the Art Factory Casa das Caldeiras in São Paulo

After her move to Berlin in 2004, she has founded the production label ATELIER OBRA VIVA to create collaborative projects based on participatory art and site specific performance. Additionally, she has been promoting the concept of BODY MAPPING , designing workshops and residency programs with the focus on the relation between body and space, body and city.

Besides her artistic career, Nathalie has been teaching YOGA since 2005. In 2001 she has started to practice Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in the so called "Mysore Style" tradition in São Paulo and after her move to Berlin, she has started to teach as well. From 2006-16 she was part of the Ashtanga Yoga Berlin team, having completed several teacher trainings and workshops with the renowned teachers: Nancy Gilgoff, Richard Freeman, Maty Ezraty, Chuck Miller and Gregor Maehle. Furthermore, she has been teaching Vinyasa Flow Yoga at fitness studios and in 2016 at the on-line platform Yogaia as well.

"In my teaching, the focus lies on the fostering of a steady, flowing and conscious yoga practice. Therefore I integrate the notion of somatics by exploring the deeper levels of the body anatomy and by adapting the postures to the conditions and individual needs of each student. In the core of this process, stands the understanding of the own's movement patterns, habits and believes. For me the most important thing is to help the student to integrate the yoga practice into daily life, by using it especially as an „enlargement lens“ that reveals what is emerging within the body and mind."

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