Life is a wonderful journey,

and although we all experience challenges along the way,

they can be opportunities for growth and enlightenment. 

This site is about

Nourishing the Essence of Life


true stories, good food, poems & prayers, and empowering practices 

Wishing you peace, joy, & wellness on every level, 

~ Andrea

Andrea Francine
Yogi ~ Educator ~ Creator

My History

Andrea Fortuin is an international yoga instructor, meditation coach, and certified Integrated Restoration (iRest®) facilitator. 


She studied complementary and alternative therapies at Maria College -  Albany, New York -  and has gained extensive knowledge of how the effects of these therapies can help people who have experienced various forms of trauma. 


Andrea has served as a wellness consultant for several large agencies including;

MVP Health Care

New Choices  Addiction Recovery 

Albany Medical Center Child Cancer Palliative Care Team 

and as a member of the University at Albany Hearts Initiative. 


In 2006 she interned at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in a research program offering yoga and meditation to active duty military members diagnosed with non-responsive PTSD. Upon her return to upstate NY, she formed Soldiers Hope, Inc., an organization to educate and empower veterans through the use of alternative and complementary therapies. 


She served as Executive Director of Orenda Yoga & Healing Arts - New York - for over 13 years. Her recent efforts are focused on advocating the importance of building resilience through self-care practices and empowering individuals with the tools and knowledge to do so.


In 2017, Andrea moved to the tiny country of Belize in Central America where she facilitated yoga retreats and paddleboard adventures. When international travel halted in 2020, she returned to her home at The Little Red Cottages where she continues to practice Healing and Creative Arts.   

My Yoga


Yoga has always been a part of my life...

As a child, I connected with the gymnastics of yoga. 

As a teenager, I connected with the strength of yoga. 

As a mother-to-be, I connected with the breath of yoga.

As a young adult, I connected with the physical joys of yoga.

As a busy mom, I connected with restorative yoga.

As a trauma survivor, I connected with the healing power of yoga

As an entrepreneur, I connected with the business of yoga.

As a student/educator, I connect with the community of yoga.

As a human be - ing, I connect with my peace of yoga ~