brian nygard

As a Katonah Yoga teacher and Vipassana meditator, Brian Nygard is compelled to teach Yoga as way to live life more fully, simply and sensibly. With a formal education from the New England Conservatory of Music, and through years of study beside his foremost mentors Nevine Michaan and Abbie Galvin, Brian’s lessons draw from a wide vocabulary of music, yoga, philosophy, and embodied work.

In practice, Brian seeks to offer his students a playful forum to identify nature’s implicit pattern by  understanding forms for their function and employing metaphor to enhance the imaginations experience of the relationships inherent in every circumstance. A senior faculty member at many of New York City’s most established yoga schools, Brian has trained and mentored hundreds of teachers over the last decade. He has been a guest teacher at the United Nations, and regularly headlines workshops, retreats, festivals, and teacher training programs, both in the U.S. and internationally. He lives in New York City.


Brian is practiced and trained in: 

Thai massage
Hot yoga
Katonah yoga
Restorative and Therapeutics
Wim Hoff Method
Vipassana meditation 

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Brian is honored to facilitate Katonah yoga trainings and workshops and has trained and practiced in the Wim Hoff Breathwork certification



"Though the subject matter of yoga archetypes can go deep, Brian kept an incredibly light tone. Complementing the lightness in his personality is a lyrical quality to his language. His word choice is both entertaining and enriching.When I left the room, I felt refreshed and ready to get back to the hustle, but in a much more mindful way.’ – Yoga Sleuth NYC

“Having hired Brian Nygard to teach yoga classes at several technology conferences, I cannot recommend him enough. Brian is always responsive to the unique needs of a given group, customizes the class to tackle participants' most important challenges, and helps those he teaches find an inner strength they did not know they had -- all in an hour or less. Even when instructing a room full of first-timers, it is clear that Brian has a gift for his practice.“- Andy Rossmeissl, Co-Founder Brighterplanet

”A class with Brian is something I truly relish. From the start, it is clear that his knowledge and understanding of Yoga is expansive; and as the class goes on, and as you learn more about Brian, the clarity of the deeply rooted connection he shares with Yoga and the practice becomes sharper and sharper. What may be most impressive is that even though he seems to be plugged into a higher echelon in terms of his connection with and understanding of Yoga, he is able to funnel all of that into an graspable, yet very meaningful experience for someone who may not have grown to his level yet. Nothing is loss in the process; it carries a beautifully authentic and non-imported feel. I leave every class with Brian feeling energized, refreshed, and more developed.” -The New York Running Company