With Mr. Iyengar in Pune
A dynamic approach to classical yoga, developed by Mr. Iyengar of India, whose contribution to yoga in the 20th century is unparalleled, leading the Oxford Dictionary to add the term “Iyengar Yoga” to the most recent addition. He is the author of Light on Yoga, considered a master treatise on yoga practice and the innovator of the use of props, commonly used in many yoga studios around the world today. Longer holdings and study of the asana (poses) cultivate the structure for the breath and take the student deeper inward. The Iyengar method of yoga is known for detail, alignment and sequencing, which ultimately work on the consciousness, moving the student towards dhrana, dhyana and samadhi, embracing all eight limbs of yoga.
I have been practicing and studying yoga in the Iyengar method since 1982. Recommending yoga asana and breathing techniques, yoga classes and teachers, to my massage clients led me to pursue my own studies in yoga further and inspired me to teach. In 1999 I entered a three year Iyengar method teacher training program and certified as an Iyengar yoga teacher. I travel to India annually to study directly with the Iyengars at RIMYI (Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute) in Pune. Since 2002 I have been very fortunate to study with Mr. Iyengar, his daughter Geeta and son Prashant on many occasions, having traveled many times to the Iyengar Institute in Pune as well as seeing Geeta abroad. I have been fortunate and grateful to receive direct teaching from each of them. The study of yoga has enriched my life far beyond what I could have imagined. I continue to study as well as teach and travel to India every year. Most recently to continue my studies with Fr. Joe Pereira in the field of yoga, chronic pain and addiction support.