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 Junior Intermediate 2 level. She has been a student of yoga since her early twenties and has taught Iyengar yoga for 18 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 main teacher. She is currently enrolled in a 3 year Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics training with Manouso. Jessica works with detail, focus and humility. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her two children, her husband, and three cats.|
|Sheila Bunnell started studying yoga in 1998 and soon began training with Joan White, one of Iyengar Yoga’s senior teachers. She became certified as an Iyengar Yoga Instructor in 2007. Sheila has continued to pursue her education, studying with senior Iyengar instructors at classes, workshops and training events. She has also attended several classes with BKS Iyengar as well as Prashant and Geeta Iyengar in the US and/or in India where she studied for a month in 2010. She also attended several lectures with Edwin Bryant on the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and studied Anatomy/Physiology and Kinesiology at the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy. Sheila is currently enrolled in the next level of the Iyengar teacher training program with Joan White. www.sheilabunnell.com|
|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 de Rossiter began yoga classes when she was in treatment for breast cancer. She has practiced Iyengar Yoga for 7 years and 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 63 she credits this approach for stronger and more flexible body with much less pain. Cher takes regular classes at Clear Yoga with Jessica and workshops with visiting teachers. She is part of the Iyengar Yoga teacher training with Joan White and has taken workshops with Manouso Manos and training with Ray Long, the author of the Yoga Mat Companion series.|
|Tricia Scott is a student of yoga, meditation, and healing arts since 1988, and a teacher since 1997, exclusively in the Iyengar method since 2005. She is Iyengar Certified at the Introductory II level. Tricia has traveled to Pune, India for extended study with the Iyengar family, and regularly studies with Theresa Rowland & other gifted teachers. Through a cultivated, sustained practice, Tricia has experienced the profound healing & transformative power of yoga, which continues to inform her teaching & dedication to sharing this method for others’ experience, exploration and Self discovery. Tricia also works as a Thai Bodywork Therapist and as a Chef, and enjoys living with her partner on their homestead, growing food & medicine.|