It takes years of practice and study to become a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT). There is a rigorous certification process with multiple levels, where candidates are evaluated on dozens of specific aspects of teaching. Some teachers invest additional years to pursue higher levels of certification, enabling them to teach more advanced poses and therapeutic yoga.
All teachers at Yoga Shala are certified in the Iyengar method.
Tam is also an Insight Meditation practitioner and teaches meditation classes at Yoga Shala. You can find her meditation bio and get info about her classes here.
Navigating physical challenges from a previous professional dance career and active lifestyle, Lisa Jo has benefited from the pioneering work of BKS Iyengar’s Yoga Methodology & Therapeutics. She is devoted to helping others, regardless of circumstance or condition, connect with the core of their being and integrate this intelligence within all layers to inspire great well being. Lisa Jo brings the wisdom of philosophy to her students in a practical way to ignite new pathways for absorption.
A seasoned Zen practitioner, John has explored how asana, pranayama, and meditation can be woven together to manage stress, mobilize energy, and spawn creativity. In recent years he completed a graduate degree in creative writing, wrote a book of poems about yoga, and started to bring Indian devotional singing and mantra chanting into his yoga practice. John enjoys teaching all kinds of students, regardless of their level of experience, physical fitness, or flexibility. Students appreciate his calm, gentle manner, attention to individual needs, and sense of humor.
About BKS Iyengar
BKS Iyengar (1918 – 2014) is recognized as one of the principal yogis responsible for introducing yoga to the West. Today, the Iyengar style of yoga is one of the most widely practiced forms of yoga worldwide.
Mr. Iyengar is known for his extraordinary personal practice, his genius as a teacher, and his lifelong dedication to disseminating the ancient art of yoga around the world. A consummate teacher, his distinctive style includes specificity of instruction, innovative sequences of poses, and a profound understanding of the connection between mind and body. He introduced the use of props, including the sticky mat, block, strap, and many more, to help all practitioners experience the essence of yoga poses (asanas). His deep understanding of the effects of yoga asanas led him to be a pioneer in the field of yoga therapeutics, and he is arguably the foremost practitioner of yoga therapy today. He is the author of many classical works including Light on Yoga, the seminal text on yoga postures.
Mr. Iyengar remains unsurpassed in his practice and teaching. Until a few weeks before his death at age 95, he practiced in public every day in the main hall at his Institute in Pune, India. Anyone who witnessed his practice could see the vitality and intense discipline that permeated every pose.