Hi. My name is Antonia Small. I go by "Toni" mostly.
My business name, Oryx Worx, comes from the title of a book, Antonia Saw the Oryx First, written by a family friend, about a western medical doctor named Antonia, practicing in Africa. I am not a doctor, but I do believe movement is good medicine.
My background in dance began at an early age, through dance I met the world. I had many beloved teachers who introduced me to ballet, modern, and jazz techniques, as well as the stage and performing. As a young woman, stage and screen performer, Marge Champion, took me to my first yoga class. Movement classes were where I met many life-long friends.
At 18, I moved to Paris to study with Marcel Marceau and have a real love for the performing arts, the joy of which infuses my Zumba® GOLD classes.
My yoga classes are taught with a curiosity for the body's innate wisdom, drawing on my years of dancing, lots of current study and a firm belief that everyone who walks into a yoga class, already has some kind of practice.
In 2003, I took on a caregiving role for my father who was nearing the end of his life. It was a life-changing process, in its wake I have turned my attention to wellness for seniors, or for those whose healthy movement patterns have been interrupted.
Certified as an Integrative Yoga for Seniors instructor through Kimberly Carson and Carol Krucoff's Yoga for Seniors Professional Training at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham, North Carolina. I am also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), through the Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level and considered an E-RYT, or Experienced Yoga Teacher, at the 200 hour level. My yoga teacher trainings were completed through the ShivaShakti School for Yoga & Healing Arts in Union, Maine. I recently became a Certified Hospice Volunteer.
If I can be of service to you, please be in touch, or come by and try a class. I also offer private yoga sessions, please inquire about availability.
Om Shanti | Peace.