I am a teacher with no woo-woo. I specialize in assisting students struggling with physical problems. I understand the fear of re-injury that often results. Both my hips are artificial implants. Many vertebrae in the lumbar, thoracic and cervical spine are unstable, and as a result, several spinal discs have disintegrated. I have mild scoliosis and fibromyalgia. The joint disintegration was first diagnosed in my knees in 1984. The physical problems have given me a particular interest in anatomy in the context of yoga and in studying therapeutic yoga modifications. My classes are suitable for prenatal students.
Suffering from joint and disc degeneration, I began studying yoga in 1995. The pain relief brought on by regular practice led me to want to share the gift of yoga and to start teaching in 1997. I have studied continuously with senior teachers of Iyengar yoga since 1997, starting with Karin O'Bannon. (I am grateful every day to have known Karin, who died June 10, 2013.)
But far beyond the physical, yoga has transformed my life. I have found the person within through yoga: I found someone courageous where I had always been fearful; I found someone who could be content after decades of longing and frustration; I found someone who didn’t have to be angry all the time. And the journey of discovery continues every day.
In September 2005, I had the great good fortune to study under BKS Iyengar and senior teachers at the Yoga Journal Conference in Colorado. Iyengar Yoga conventions attended:
I took workshops and specialized classes at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles until 2019. I study regularly with Manouso Manos. I attended four years of Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics sessions taught by Manouso Manos, which ran through January 2019.
I continue my studies of yoga therapeutics through Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics.
“Thank you for working with me on my own yoga practice and helping me see that it is okay for yoga to be different for everyone.”
“You were there for me when I shed my tears early on and shared my joy at the end. You have instilled in me an excitement to share my yoga wisdom with others. I leave here with an open heart, expanded knowledge and a little bit looser shoulders.”
“Thank you for inspiring me to stand strong for what I believe in, reach for what I sometimes question is possible, and to become the teacher that has been hiding within.”
All quotations of BKS Iyengar are from Guruju Uwach: BKS Iyengar, concept and compiled by Nivedita Joshi.
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