“Asana-s have to be done in such a manner that every portion of the body, every aspect of the mind and every ray of intelligence is penetrated to bring about a transformation in yourself.” - Geeta S. Iyengar

Our Teachers

BKS-iyengar-sarasota-flDeborah Di Carlo is certified to teach asana (poses) and pranayama (control of the breath/life force) in the Iyengar tradition, as exemplified by Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar. This is often referred to as Hatha Yoga. Deborah has been teaching Hatha Yoga in the Iyengar tradition since 1986 and has been a practitioner of Yoga since 1976.

She received her Introductory Iyengar Certification in 1994 and her Intermediate Junior Iyengar Certification in 2004. Deborah has been to Pune, India twice to study Yoga directly with B.K.S. Iyengar, his daughter Geeta and son Prashant.

"The ultimate goal of Yoga is to quiet the mind. Through the practice of this ancient discipline one can acquire a healthy body, develop a keen self-awareness and manage the stressors of everyday life."

Deborah's desire is to make yoga accessible to everyone by sharing the teachings of B.K.S., Geeta, and Prashant Iyengar. Learning the pragmatic aspects of Yoga enables the student to build their personal practice and continue to reap the benefits outside of the Yoga class.

BKS-iyengar-sarasota-flSusan Marcus, Ph.D. has been practicing since 1986 and is a Certified Iyengar Teacher at the Intermediate Junior II level. She has completed more than 1000 hours of Iyengar Continuing Education. Her teachers include Suzie Muchnick & Joan White. Susan studied with Dr. Geeta Iyengar and Mr. Prashant Iyengar at the Ramamani Memorial Institute in Pune, India in June, 2008. Click here to read about her trip. Susan recently participated as an instructor and co-author of a pilot study of Iyengar yoga for Aromatase Inhibitor-associated Joint Pain in Women recovering from breast cancer, conducted at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL.

Susan brings a passion and enthusiasm to her teaching that encourages students to develop their skills and enhance their understanding of the benefits of yoga. "Your yoga mat is your laboratory for observing who you are in the moment, without judgment or distraction."

BKS-iyengar-sarasota-flJayanthi Gopalakrishnan: Jayanthi’s yogic journey began in 2004 and after experiencing different styles of yoga, chose to practice Iyengar yoga. Its focus on precision; the discipline of continuous practice; and the physical and mental benefits corresponded well with her way of life and philosophy.

As a magazine editor, she spends most of her day sitting at a desk in front of a computer. Practicing yoga has helped her overcome some of the physical and mental challenges that surface from that. Jayanthi moved to Sarasota in 2011 with her husband, to escape the frigid Canadian winters. In 2013 she received her 200-hour RYT and is currently pursuing Iyengar certification. She studies with Susan Marcus and Suzie Muchnick and enhances her practice by attending workshops with senior teachers. “Yoga is a way of life and is a continuous journey of learning and making new discoveries. I look forward to sharing what I learn with my students.”

BKS-iyengar-sarasota-flPaula Curtis began practicing yoga in 2003 but her passion for the practice was not fully ignited until she faithfully began studying Iyengar yoga in 2009. Since then, she has been a dedicated student of B.K.S. Iyengar's method. Paula is a Certified Iyengar Teacher at the Introductory II level. Her teachers are Senior Iyengar teacher Mary Reilly of Northwoods Yoga, Petoskey, MI and Suzie Muchnick of Postures, Naples, FL.

Paula is a retired Registered Nurse and “snowbird” from northern MI, who has been visiting the Sarasota area since 1983 and wintering here since 1999. Her 96-year-old mother lives in Venice and her brother lives in Englewood. She plans to move to Venice permanently when her husband retires. Paula has two married sons and three grandchildren.

Deborah in Ubhaya Padangusthasana


Sue in Ustrasana

Iyengar Yoga Certification

iyengar-yoga-certifiedBecoming a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher requires years of practice, study and a rigorous examination of skills. For teachers, the Certification Mark demonstrates a commitment to maintaining the purity, excellence and high standards of Iyengar Yoga.

Certified Iyengar Yoga instructors teach the method set forth by B.K.S. Iyengar without mixing in other styles or disciplines. They maintain a regular personal practice, continue their training with senior teachers or by traveling to the Iyengar institute in India, and hold to ethical guidelines.

Every Certified Iyengar Teacher has passed at least two rigorous, standardized assessments. Some have passed many more.

Becoming an Iyengar Yoga teacher begins with long term, thorough and dedicated practice. One is a student of Iyengar Yoga for many years before becoming a teacher. Only after three years' study, and after developing a relationship with a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher who agrees to become a mentoring teacher, may the candidate begin the application process. Then comes two years' teaching, exclusively in the Iyengar Method -- all before the actual testing begins. In the assessment process itself, candidates are carefully observed and evaluated as they demonstrate asanas and Pranayamas and as they teach a class of students.

bks-iyengar-asana"We want sharp crisp teaching, not casual teaching. We want to feel the candidate has done the work, knows the poses, is able to get the information out in a clear concise form and sees what is in front of them. At each level these expectations increase.

"We need to feel the teacher is a safe teacher and can take care of the students in a positive, safe manner. This requires both practicing and teaching the poses over and over until you know them on a cellular level."

— Senior Teacher Joan White on what is expected from candidates for certification



For more information on Certifed Iyengar Yoga teachers, go to www.iynaus.org/teach

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