Between professional dancing engagements in New York, Monica donated her time to working with the elderly at senior living facilities to help them release tensions from their bodies. This illustrated that the alignment principles she discovered work effectively through the spectrum of age, from childhood to old-age.
Monica also operated her own dance school that included a practice for private and group classes she named, “Dramanatomy,” a therapy program based on dance movement, breathing, and analytical examination of emotional attitudes and mental fabrications inhibiting an individual’s physical performance. During this period, Monica introduced many new, highly effective, innovative exercises by combining breathing and movement. Students of Dramanatomy nicknamed the method, “The Yoga of Performance.”
In the 1940s and 1950s Monica began studying Eastern contemplative and wisdom traditions, including Buddhism and Taoism. She combined these teachings with her ballet expertise, recovery from polio, understanding of anatomy, breathing exercises, certain yogic forms, mindfulness, and meditation to create what she called “American Yoga,” which was specifically designed to assist individuals from Western cultures to liberate their mind and body from inhibiting environmental and behavioral conditioning.