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Alba Azola

Alba Azola

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  • 787-249-1502

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  • M.D.

Alba Azola

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Throughout my life I have had the opportunity to explore my passions for Movement, Science and Healing, however incorporating all three into my life at once felt impossible. For years I struggled with the feeling that I had to choose one over the other resulting in dissatisfaction, resentment, and despondency. The practice of Nia has allowed me to integrate my passions in a seamless way, restoring a sense of balance and purpose in my being…….


I was born and raised in San Juan Puerto Rico, and began studying classical ballet, gymnastics and jazz at the age of 4. When I was 13 years old I received a full scholarship to study at The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C. and I completed three years of training. Upon my returned to Puerto Rico I became a member of the company Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico from 1995 to 2000. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico in 2000, I taught Biology, AP Biology and Dance at Commonwealth High School in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico for four years. I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a physician and obtained my Doctorate in Medicine at Ponce School of Medicine in 2008 and subsequently moved to Baltimore for a residency on Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

During my residency, I lived in a stressful hostile environment where compassion, love of others and joy of life were considered a weakness rather than attributes. By the fourth year of residency, I had lost myself and my purpose in life, I was spiritually bankrupt, and a deep depression ensued. Finding my way out of darkness has not been a simple task but it definitely has been a gratifying one. I started taking care of myself, asking for help and getting to know ME. I became a volunteer at the Esperanza Center which allowed me to reconnect with my Latin culture, strengthening my sense of community, service, and purpose. A friend brought me to my first Nia Class; it’s hard to put into words what I felt that day, all I can say is that it felt amazing and I wanted more. Six months after I started taking class, I decided to fly to the Nia HQ in Portland for my white belt so that I could become a teacher and share Nia with others.
 

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My Nia Classes

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Wednesday 6:00pm - 7:00pm Hopewell Cancer Support Center
10628 Falls Road, Lutherville, MD, US
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Saturday 11:45am - 12:45pm Baltimore Yoga Village
6080 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD, US
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