Iyengar (pronounced eye-yang-gar) Yoga, was developed in the late 20th Century by the late BKS Iyengar, who refined the physical practice of asana with scientific rigor, to emphasize its healing potential and to adapt the ancient Eastern practice to Western bodies. Iyengar invented the props that are now commonly found in yoga studios. Iyengar Yoga is a slow, stabilizing style of practice with an emphasis on precise alignment and isometric activation within each pose. The style is widely known for its adaptability and safety and for utilizing props to accurately achieve each pose and teach the body how the pose should ultimately feel.
Yoga is an ancient healing modality that is finally being recognized as the perfect complement to Western medicine. The key to experiencing the healing benefits of yoga is working with an alignment focused yoga therapist who can help you to develop a home practice. With practice, you will decompress and strengthen your body, overcome injury, and develop a mindfullness that will reduce the risk of future injury.
In 1999 my best friend, a fellow modern dancer, invited me to my first yoga class and I was immediately hooked. Luckily, I was then based in Los Angeles and had unlimited access to Power and Vinyasa Yoga. A few years later, when a whiplash injury and scoliosis started catching up with me, my practice shifted toward the more therapeutic Iyengar method.
In 2005 I received my 230 hour teaching certificate in alignment based Hatha Yoga with Lillah Schwartz, in Asheville, NC. Over the years I have continued to study with Lillah and with Aadil Palkhivala, both direct students of B.K.S. Iyengar. In 2014, I completed my Level II-500 hour certification with Lillah Schwartz, with emphasis on yoga’s therapeutic applications in Back Care, Heart Health, the Organ Systems, Sleep Disorders, MS, and the Asymmetric Body.
My passion is to share the healing power of a mindful yoga practice. In the words of Mr. Iyengar, “Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”
In my classes and private yoga therapy sessions we learn to master the breath, we create length and space through precision in body alignment, we create awareness and stability through isometric actions within each asana (pose), exploring variation and modification with the use of props, providing every body access to the therapeutic benefit of the asanas (poses).