Iyengar yoga is a form of hatha yoga that promotes strength, flexibility, and stamina, as well as a more focused state of mind. It is suitable for people of all ages and experience, from yoga enthusiasts to athletes interested in building core strength. It is particularly beneficial to those facing challenges due to injury, arthritis, and physical or neurological disorders (students should always discuss their conditions with their teachers prior to beginning). Classes are designed for different levels of experience and capacity.

The New York Times points out that because Iyengar yoga “focuses meticulously on proper alignment” and its teachers undergo “rigorous training,” it allows instructors to cater to students’ individual needs and to minimize the risk of injury. Certified Iyengar teachers undergo a minimum of three years of intensive training and testing which they begin after at least six years of study with a senior teacher (whose training period normally runs fifteen to twenty years). WebMD states, “Analytical in its approach with a constant attention to detail, Iyengar yoga is great for learning the subtleties of correct alignment in each pose. The use of props — belts, blocks, and pillow-like bolsters — help beginners get into poses with correct alignment, even when they’re new to the poses, injured, or simply stiff.”

Jessica Becker is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher at the Introductory II level. She has been a student of yoga since her early twenties and has taught yoga for 16 years in the Hudson Valley. She began her yoga practice in England to balance her study of classical ballet. She is committed to the teachings of BKS Iyengar and the Iyengar Yoga system.  Manuoso Manos is her mentoring teacher. She studies with Kevin Gardiner, James Murphy, Joan White and was a student of Mary Dunn. Jessica works with detail, focus and humility. In addition, her teaching experience covers pre-natal yoga, yoga for those with limited mobility (injury or age related), yoga for athletes, yoga for children and teens. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her two children, her husband, and three cats.

Joe Bartusis Joe has been practicing yoga since 1996 and teaching since 2003. He has been practicing and teaching in the Iyengar method exclusively since 2006. Joe has studied with  Kevin Gardiner, Joan White, Manouso Manos, Christian Pisano and June Whittaker. Currently working towards his Iyengar Yoga Teacher certification, Joe has developed a sense of awe of what can be done and where we can go with yoga.

Susan Murray started studying yoga in 1991 at the Yoga Anand Ashram in Amityville, New York, she has practiced at Moksha Hudson Valley Yoga Center in Rhinebeck, and explored Iyengar yoga with Jessica Becker and Barbara Boris. Sue completed a 200-hour teacher training course at Satya Yoga Center (2005-2006) and has been teaching in the Iyengar yoga method with Jessica as her primary teacher. She sees yoga as a journey of self-discovery and loves teaching people how to live with a greater awareness of the self.
Susan Tveekrem began her yoga studies in 1997 with Sandra Kopell in Middletown, CT, and since 2005 has studied with Barbara Boris in Woodstock, NY. She has taken intensive workshops with Peentz Dubble, Joan White, Francois Raoult, and Kevin Gardiner. She holds a teaching certificate from the Yoga Institute of Houston and has been teaching Iyengar yoga for the past decade.
Cher began yoga classes when she was in treatment for breast cancer.   She has practiced Iyengar Yoga for 3 years.  She has completed her Introductory 1 level assessment.  As part of her PhD studies, she has analyzed the effects of yoga for the treatment of trauma. The Iyengar method gave her the freedom to practice to the limit of her body’s capability without injury.  Now at 60 she credits this approach for stronger and more flexible body with much less pain.  Cher works with Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher Joan White and takes regular classes at Clear Yoga with Jessica. She is part of the Iyengar Yoga teacher training with Joan White.
Tricia Scott is a student of yoga since 1988 and a teacher since 1997. Her background includes training in the Ashtanga Vinyasa system, Thai Bodywork Therapy, pranic healing, music, and whole foods cooking.   Deeply inspired by B.K.S.Iyengar during his 2005 US tour, she has been training and teaching exclusively in the Iyengar method ever since. She studies regularly with Theresa Rowland and other senior teachers, and is preparing for national certification assessment. Tricia’s teaching style is detailed and clear. Her classes are focused and challenging, and are intended to support students in developing a personal practice for their own exploration, transformation and Self-discovery.