a brief history
Alessandra Calderín is a writer, tarot reader, yoga teacher and performer based in Brooklyn, New York. Hailing from Miami, Florida, Alessandra grew up in a rich culture that combined Cuban, Catholic, Jewish and Colombian influence thanks to the integration of her mixed family.
She studied journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York and working a range of freelance positions including digital production, copy writing, quality assurance testing and bartending. She then spend three years as a creative recruiter at a top notch staffing agency where she found solid ground, steadiness and the curiousity to look beyond the path that seemed to be prescribed to her.
Alessandra had the supreme honor of sustaining a mentorship with the great Lindsay Mack of Wild Soul Healing for over a year from one on one teachings to immersive retreats and ceremonies. She furthers her practice through meditation and scholarly study of allegory and archetypes including psychological and spiritual texts from Jung to Estés and beyond. She believes in the magic of science and is thrilled by concepts beyond human comprehension.
She has read tarot at events for 305 Fitness, The Numinous, Club Söda, Greenpointers, Bash Productions, MINKA Brooklyn, and Ars Nova.
Alessandra’s love affair with yoga began at age 12, when her father started bringing her to group classes where she met her first teacher, Lina Vallejo, and eventually Ken "Anand" Von Roen III, founders of Skanda Yoga in Miami.
She completed her 200 HR training at Yoga Shanti and has trained in specialties including Energy and the Subtle Body (a primer on the psychosomatic connection, chakra systems and beyond), Yoga for the Pelvic Floor with Leslie Howard and is currently engaged in a 300 HR apprenticeship with her mentor of over 3 years, Justin Ritchie.
Alessandra has loved to write since she received her first diary. Her most treasured entry reads, “Today I stayed home because I didn't feel good. I played Final Fantasy VII and Aeris died. Sephiroth killed her. He is the asshole of the game. Then I played Amazon Trail and almost won. I hope I get better soon.” Alessandra loves Final Fantasy VII more than anyone you know.
She took the magazine writing track in journalism school and wrote for Popular Science, The AV Club, Girl Scouts of America and North by Northwestern, but those two screenwriting classes senior year ruined her. Her heart lives in fiction.
She is currently working on her first novel for which she is happily and miserably pouring out all her life blood. In the mean time, you can check out her blog, More Lancelot than Galahad, or selected works of poetry.
Alessandra's first performance was a silent role as the Virgin Mary in her pre-school's nativity play. She later performed her first monologue as Lucy Van Pelt, a role that spoke to her very soul and directed a 40 minute stage adaptation of Fight Club for her high school directing workshop. (She regrets the final script has been lost to the ether.)
Alessandra has studied improv, musical improv and storytelling at the Magnet Theater since 2015 with Rick Andrews, Louis Kornfeld, Megan Gray, Nick Kanellis, Peter McNerney, Nikita Burdein, Frank Spitznagel and Adam Wade. She has performed on the Magnet main stage with some of her favorite people in some pretty cool shows including The Saga, You Are Not Alone: An Uplifting Show About Depression, The Coven (a Halloween / Samhain special), We Just Might Kiss: A Female Improv Event and The Rundown (with various indie teams).