50 years of
PIONEERS OF THE IYENGAR YOGA METHOD.
Colleen began practicing yoga in her early 20’s to find relief for severe spinal pain after being hit by a car while on a run. In 1985 Colleen was introduced to the Iyengar method. Understanding alignment in the asana realigned her body and the pain subsided and through time disappeared. After years of consistent practice, Colleen has not just seen physical change but also growth and change mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Wanting to share her love of the Iyengar method, Colleen began her teacher training and became certified in 1994 while eventually obtaining her senior intermediate certification. Colleen has mentored many local teachers who are now certified and wonderful teachers in their own right.
Colleen has traveled numerous times to India to study with the Iyengar family and has studied with some of the top senior teachers in the USA, especially Manouso Manos since 1988 and Patricia Walden since 1993. Colleen has 4 children and resides in Delray Beach with her husband, David.
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In 1978 Bobbi Goldin opened the first Iyengar Yoga Studio in Florida, The Yoga Institute of Miami....and the adventure continues. Mr. Iyengar certified Bobbi as Junior Intermediate III in 1983.
She recently completed a 3-year intensive Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics course, and is certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Bobbi finds that Iyengar Yoga helps students with physical challenges. Yoga is rewarding to them and to her.
Bobbi teaches: "We do Yoga to quiet the mind and soothe the heart. When we are physically and mentally strong, elastic and stable, the quality of life is high, then each day is a gift." Bobbi teaches with great support, challenge and humor, so everyone's needs are met.
Bobbi conducts the week long Sanibel Island Vacation Retreat; 2018 is the 43rd Retreat. Bobbi has instructed over 600 Yoga practitioners in her teacher training courses. Several are now certified Iyengar instructors and have Iyengar Yoga studios.
She has instructed in Europe, Mexico and the US. However, her joy is being a student.
For more info visit her website: http://www.yogamiami.com/
Made in Brazil with Mexican ingredients, Rosa Santana, Iyengar Yoga Certified, has been studying, teaching, and propagating the therapeutic art of Iyengar Yoga since 1995. She was drawn to the mental and physical discipline after suffering three accidental falls, one of which fractured her tailbone. Since healing her back, neck and sciatica pains, she has introduced yoga to thousands of students who had never experienced this healing art and science.
In 2002, she founded Yogarosa, which has become a respected yoga studio in the classical teachings of Iyengar Yoga. She has hosted numerous internationally recognized teachers and continues to teach and mentor yoga students as well as yoga teachers.
She has had the privilege of studying directly with Yoga Master BKS Iyengar, as well as his daughter, Geeta, and son, Prashant in India. Rosa has presented the benefits of Iyengar Yoga as a Guest lecturer at Nova Southeastern University, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of South Florida and Puerto Rico, and the National Parkinson’s Foundation. She leads Iyengar Intensives in the US, and internationally. She believes yoga is accessible, healing, and transformational to all who try it.
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Rosa Habla Español e Fala Portugues.
Suzana Alilovic-Schuster is Iyengar Yoga Certified Jr. Int. 2, IAYT (International Asoc. of Yoga Therapists.) She started practicing Iyengar Ygar in 1996 with Simon Marrocco in Australia. In 2003, after moving to California, she taught Iyengar Yoga to patients at a physical therapy office. Suzana's main teachers in California were Deb Murray and Manouso Manos. Suzana was one of the original founders of the Orange County Iyengar Yoga Community, a study group for students and teachers of Iyengar Yoga. Suzana studied with Mr. Iyengar in Estes Park whilst pregnant with her son. She has studied with Geeta Iyengar at the Iyengar National Convention in Las Vegas and Rimyi in Pune, India. Suzana also participated and was the prop co-ordinator at the Iyengar Yoga National Convention in Boca Raton, Florida featuring Abhijata Sridhar.
Javier Wilensky is the owner of Om’echaye Wellness Center in Hallandale, FL, where he teaches Iyengar Yoga. His goal is to heal the bodies, expand the hearts, and balance the minds of his students. Through both humor and discipline, he inspires his students to stretch beyond their comfort zone to realign their bodies, relieve stress and pain, and move towards happiness. Ultimately, Javier finds that through Iyengar Yoga, the practitioner is able to find satisfaction and contentment.
Javier is constantly evolving his craft to include the methods of all his teachers. He has been traveling to India to study with Geeta and Prashant Iyengar, who carry on B.K.S Iyengar’s legacy. He participates closely with Manouso Manos and Colleen Gallagher. He has studied Several times Rebecca and Dean Lerner, Marina Chaselon, and Faeq Biria on workshops and teacher training programs. Javier has taught at several large events including Yoga Journal ‘14 and ’15, and Yoga Fest ‘15 and ’16. Javier is deeply experienced and committed to the practice of Iyengar Yoga. He teaches more than 10 classes per week, and has taught thousands of students.
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Waraporn (Pom) Cayeiro CIYT Intermediate Junior II
graduated as a Physical Therapist in her native Thailand. In 2007 she moved to Miami and started teaching yoga. She was trained at the Yoga Vidya Gurukul (Nasik, India ) and then travelled to Pune 2 times to study at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI). It is there where she found her passion to help others with the traditional Iyengar method Her mentor & teachers are Dean Lerner, Rebecca Lerner, James Murphy Lois Steinberg and Colleen Gallagher. She is co-director of Miami Beach Iyengar Yoga Center since 2014.
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Edwin is Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and is the founder of YOGA THAT, a yoga studio in Miami Beach. He began practicing Yoga in 1989 in New York City. Over the last nearly thirty years, he has practiced and studied with many of the great teachers in the Iyengar tradition, including Mary Dunn, Manouso Manos, Patricia Walden, Carrie Owerko, Colleen Gallagher and the Iyengar family in Pune India. Before turning to Iyengar Yoga, Edwin traveled the world, leading the highly respected YogaWorks Teacher Training. His classes bring you deep inside by balancing precise instruction, detailed alignment and skillful sequencing. Prior to teaching Yoga, Edwin was the creator and host of “You are the light”- an inspirational cable TV program- in New York and Los Angeles for 15 years.
Katrin is a certified Intro II Iyengar yoga instructor, who has travelled to India to study with BKS, Geeta and Prashant Iyengar. She studies regularly with her teacher and mentor Colleen Gallagher and other leading yoga teachers including Manouso Manos, John Schumacher, Gabriella Giubilaro.
Initially drawn to yoga for its physical benefits and for the relief of back pain due to her scoliosis, yoga’s ability to calm and steady the mind continues to hold her interest
She has been teaching at Prana Yoga since 2001. Her teaching style is energetic and precision oriented. She works with students of all levels, ages, physical injuries or limitations.
Katrin lives in Miami with her husband and her 2 children.
Jeaneen Bell (CIYT @IAYT) is an Iyengar Certified Intermediate Junior I instructor along with an accredited Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Since 1971 she has been studying, practicing and teaching yoga. Her extensive yoga training includes a recent trip to India to study with the Iyengar family. She welcomes all levels of students and loves sharing her knowledge acquired from numerous teachers on the art of yoga.
Ruth Ann Bradley
Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT), a Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT) and is the founder and owner of the Yoga Institute of Broward since 1995. Through the studio, in public classes and private lessons, Ruth has helped countless students find health and balance in their lives through the practice of Iyengar yoga. Ruth’s knowledge of the body and her teaching style make the Yoga Institute one of the most successful yoga studios in Broward County.
Ruth falls in the ranks of countless others that have turned to Iyengar yoga to find relief and healing after a life-changing event. A horse racing accident in 1985 left her with numerous broken bones in her leg, ankle and foot. With the help of Iyengar yoga, she feels she was better equipped to deal with the 28 years of chronic pain that eventually led her to a Total Ankle Replacement in 2013.
She is an inspiration to all that meet her and proof that a yoga practice can help us to endure life challenges with equanimity and poise. Her knowledge gained from her personal physical journey and her background as a licensed massage therapist for over 25 years greatly enhances her ability as a yoga instructor.In addition to her travels to Pune, India to study directly with the Iyengar family, she continues her studies with Senior Iyengar yoga teachers from around the country.
For more info visit her website: http://www.yogabroward.com
Asha is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, a Certified Yoga Therapist and the founder of Pines Iyengar Yoga. She was introduced to Iyengar Yoga after two car accidents, one week apart. She credits the methodical approach of Iyengar Yoga to her speedy recovery.
Over the course of fifteen years, she has attended teacher training with senior teachers such as Dean Lerner, Rebecca Learner and Colleen Gallagher.
She also has a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and has worked as a Software Developer for several years. Her engineering mind continues to be attracted to the Iyengar approach because of its focus on precision.
Above all else, however, she loves Iyengar yoga for its inclusivity. She loves that through this approach, anyone, regardless of their age, flexibility or physical condition, can experience the healing benefits of yoga.
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