YOGA. FITNESS. DANCE.
Hadiya Movement Systems - A studio for optimal movement wellness & mastery.
In the Swahili language of East Afrika, hadiya means gift. Hadiya Movement Systems comprises a cornucopia of stylized, self-actualizing movement gifts to the self. To those seeking recovery or recreation, targeted training or peaceful abiding, we provide one-to-one, partner, and/or group instruction in a wide variety of dance, yoga, and fitness practices. Whatever the divine or earthly doctor has ordered, there is an HMS “temple training” technology just for you. Bringing Spirit hOMe to the body, let Hadiya Movement Systems be the gift of optimal health, joy, and freedom you give to yourself.
Let Hadiya Movement Systems help you THRIVE!
ABOUT Our Principal Movement HEALER
Shani Ojukwu Mantenso is the Principal Movement Healer for Hadiya Movement Systems. She holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, is both a certified yoga teacher and personal trainer, and vied for the 1992 Summer Olympics as an elite gymnast. While living in New York City in the early 2000s, Dr. Ojukwu Mantenso taught gymnastics and ballet at the Vanderbilt YMCA, apprenticed with premier modern dance choreographers Elizabeth Streb, Peter Pucci, and Bill T. Jones, and worked as a professional fitness model in Body By Jake infomercials and David Kirsch workout videos. She has also taught dance abroad, namely Cuba, Brazil, and as visiting faculty of West Afrikan dance at the Victorian School of the Arts conservatory in Melbourne, Australia on a four-month work visa in 2000.
Shani is a consummate movement specialist who provides instruction with compassion, rigor, professionalism, and joy. Having supported her body through cancer by “training her temple” from Stage 3 to Stage 1 in six weeks with vigorous exercise, strict veganism, and a focused yoga and meditation practice, she kicked cancer’s ass in 2012. From her own experience as well as that of the hundreds of students and clients with whom she has worked over the twenty-five years of teaching, Shani knows that a supported body is an effective one that can meet the greatest of life’s challenges. Whether through yoga, fitness, or dance, let her help you help yourself bring Spirit hOMe to the body with Hadiya Movement Systems.