I am a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor.
I’ve been exploring, practicing and teaching the Iyengar technique since 1983.
I spent many years exploring the subject of yoga for women and wrote a practice manual on Yoga for Menstruation (available for purchase) to support women with understanding how to practice and why to make the changes suggested.
I founded two private studios, and am a founding member and faculty of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York. I teach weekly public classes, private yoga sessions, workshops on a vast array of subjects and retreats in lovely locations world-wide.
Through three and a half decades as an Iyengar Yoga Instructor, I have been seeking within the Iyengar system ways to help my students and myself maintain health.
Ayurveda and Yoga
grow out of the same roots in ancient India. For 5,000-10,000 years these sister sciences have been practiced together to allow the practitioners of yoga the advantage of optimal health and balance. Yoga and Ayurveda are not subjects you can just learn from reading books. We need teachers, hands on experience, personal instruction and the time to practice to learn who we are and what benefits our individual needs.
What I wish to share with you is some of the traditional advise that my teachers have shared with me through the years. Supporting the health of the body, mind and spirit, preventing injuries, imbalance and disease.
Both Ayurveda and Yoga help to enlighten our efforts of finding the inner harmony we all seek.
Yoga For Scoliosis
Scoliosis is a three dimensional curvature of the spine with additions of twists, torques and rotations to individual vertebra within the curvatures the spinal column. I am a certified Yoga for Scoliosis practitioner.
When students with scoliosis come to me for private yoga we work in one-on-one sessions. Together we explore what your curvature is and what your body needs. With a regular practice, you can ease pain, explore self awareness and learn to balance your body in a graceful way minimizing further curvature of the spine.
Psychologically, yoga practice can be very empowering, giving hope to improve our condition and quality of life by using a simple repetitive daily practice of yoga. The goal is not to make the “perfect” spine but to find your center and your personal balance and alignment for freedom and ease.
B.K.S. Iyengar, the genius creator of Iyengar Yoga, passed away in 2014 at the age of 95. He is well known for his books Light on Yoga and Light on Pranayama among many more books and articles on the subject. Iyengar Yoga emphasizes balanced alignment allowing the body and the mind to develop harmoniously while avoiding injury and discomfort when practicing.
Mr. Iyengar also developed the use of a wide variety of props to help students with limitations to practice postures they would otherwise not have the opportunity to learn and explore deeper concepts and subtleties. The props assist a student to adjust or support the body in different postures to enable a range of motion that is safe and effective. Thus allowing postures to be held for longer timings to let the effects of a pose soak deep into the students experience and psyche.
Mr. Iyengar was also a world renown master of yoga therapeutics. He was known to have explored the ways asanas could help people recover from illness, ailments, medical conditions and injury. Mr. Iyengar's unrelenting emphasis on balanced anatomical alignment and methods of refining postures support the therapeutic aspects of Yoga. Thus the practice of Iyengar Yoga will often result in improved posture, greater mobility, strength and ease from discomfort.