Ha-Chi Yu was born and raised on the Lower East Side of NYC. She grew up dancing in the parks and sidewalks of the city, which she has been blessed to be doing in some form ever since. She was a principal dancer with Feld Ballet/Ballet Tech for over 20 years during which time other projects included work with New York City Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and as a Principal on the Tony Award winning Broadway show FOSSE.
Ha-Chi is a Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher and the Production Director for all Jivamukti Yoga® Teacher Training programs. She has studied within many schools and practices including Sivananda, Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Tripsichore. Ha-Chi is also a certified teacher in Gyrotonic ™, the Pilates method, and Thai Yoga Massage. Her background as a dancer and teacher has taken her around the world where she has taught master classes at colleges and universities and has performed on many of the world's finest stages with some of the greatest performing artists of our time.
Through strength, flexibility, and fluidity Ha-Chi’s classes focus on the practices as an integration of ancient teachings into our modern day life with relevance, joy and reverence.
Ha-Chi sends love and gratitude to all her teachers including Richard Thomas, Robert Moses, Sharon Gannon and David Life, and her friend and compatriot Jules Febre as well as all others. The opportunity to study with such holy teachers as HH Radhanath Swami and HH the Dalai Lama inspires and motivates her dedication to be of service to the world. She continues to travel and study whenever she can...And dances with the whirling dervishes whenever they cross her path.