Iyengar Yoga Sarasota's Teachers Group Photo

Our Certified Yoga Teachers

Susan Marcus, PhD, CIYT, C-IAYT

Sue has been studying Iyengar yoga since 1989 and is currently certified at the Intermediate Junior II level. She has completed more than 2000 hours of Iyengar Continuing Education. Her teachers include Suzie Muchnick, Lois Steinberg, Manouso Manos, Linda DiCarlo, and Sri H.S. Arun. Sue has studied with the Iyengars in Pune at RIMYI, and in Bangalore with Sri Arun. Sue 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. She received her C-IAYT Certification as an International Association Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) in June 2017.

Sue brings dedication, enthusiasm, and humor to her teaching, which encourages students to develop their skills and enhance their understanding of yoga as a path for self-understanding, self-improvement, and spiritual development. According to Sue, “Your yoga mat is your laboratory for observing who you are in the moment, without judgment or distraction.”

Sue is also a full-time professor of psychology at Walden University. She was married to the late, great Barry Tuchfeld, and has one son, Elliot.
RIMYI LINK: https://iynaus.org/iyengar-institute-rimyi
ARUN LINK: http://yogashraya.org/yoga-praveena-arun-hs/

For your own well-being, why Iyengar yoga?
After sampling many yoga forms and developing my practice, my first Iyengar class was a meta-physical lightbulb, an “aha” moment. The attention to alignment as a means of focusing attention, the use of asana as the path of the inward journey—these features spoke to me as no other yoga did. In addition, it’s given me a way to work with my physical challenges so that they’ve become vehicles for self-study, exploration, and growth.

Why did you want to teach?
Another “aha” moment. Teaching is a vehicle for seeing the possibility in others and offering the tools and guidance so that interested others can find meaning in physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Teaching Iyengar yoga means I am well-trained, with ongoing continuing education to ensure I am on top of my game. As Geeta Iyengar says, “Knowledge is always something that is universal. It is not meant for one person. It is not individual, but every individual contributes. When knowledge goes in the right direction and ignorance is removed, it takes all of us in the same direction. So, I learn when you learn. When you feel and you understand, that gives knowledge to me. In a similar manner, when I give knowledge to you, you also start to understand.”

Susan Marcus, PhD, CIYT, C-IAYT Owner of Iyengar Yoga Sarasota
Sue Marcus demonstrating Chakrasana backbend

Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan

Jayanthi’s yogic journey began in 2004 and, after experiencing different styles of yoga, chose to practice Iyengar yoga. She is a Certified Iyengar Teacher at the Introductory II level.

As a magazine editor, Jayanthi spends most of her day sitting at a desk in front of a computer. Practicing Iyengar yoga helps her overcome the physical and mental challenges to go beyond the external self. “Sincere practice transforms the practitioner physically and physiologically, which opens up endless possibilities”.

Jayanthi studies with Susan Marcus and Suzie Muchnick, and attends 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.”

For your own well-being, why Iyengar yoga?
Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar said, “Words fail to convey the total value of Yoga. It has to be experienced.” It is the experience that has drawn me to Iyengar yoga. The goal of yoga is to transform our physical body, organic body, and mind. None of this is possible unless you understand a pose—an asana—from its foundation. Once you understand the foundation, you will be able to move towards the final pose, one step at a time. And, as you go on that journey, you begin to experience your own transformation. It takes dedication, a curiosity for self-discovery, and an act of letting go of attachments. It’s an experience like no other!

Why do I teach Iyengar yoga?
Practicing Iyengar yoga brings freedom to the mind and body. And with that freedom, you can explore possibilities you thought were never possible. The price of freedom—priceless. I want to give everyone an opportunity to achieve this freedom.

Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan, Yoga Teacher
Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan demonstrating Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose)

Deborah Di Carlo

Deborah 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. She is also certified as a Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).

“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. Iyengar, Geeta, and Prashant. Learning the pragmatic aspects of yoga enables the student to build his or her personal practice and continue to reap the benefits outside of the yoga class.

For your own well-being, why Iyengar Yoga?
I came to yoga as a 21-year-old in 1975 because I heard it would help quiet my mind. After taking Hatha yoga classes, I discovered that Hatha yoga increased my self-awareness; this was enough to propel me forward. My first Iyengar yoga class in 1982 was refreshing in that the instructor provided detailed instructions, which captured my attention and deepened my understanding of the poses. Further, the creative use of props helped make poses more accessible. Finally, the manner in which he wove yoga philosophy into the class moved me closer to my original goal to quiet my mind. When I went to Pune, India, in 1993 to study with the Iyengars, Guruji had just published Light on The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, which brought clarity to the philosophy I continue to embrace.
Why did you want to teach?
I am drawn to teaching Iyengar yoga for a few reasons:

  1.  To share the transformation of yoga as taught by B.K.S. Iyengar
  2.  To help students develop a personal practice to sustain them throughout their lives
  3.  Teaching keeps my own practice sharp
Deborah Di Carlo, Hatha Yoga Teacher
Stretching on a Yoga Trestle

Paula Curtis

Paula 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, in Petoskey, MI, and Suzie Muchnick of Postures, in Naples, FL.

Paula is a retired Registered Nurse and “snowbird” from northern Michigan. She has been visiting the Sarasota area since 1983 and wintering here since 1999. Paula owns a house in Venice and plans to move there permanently when her husband retires, which should be in 2019. She has two married sons and three grandchildren.

For your own well-being, why Iyengar yoga?
Iyengar Yoga grounds me and helps me be a better person.

Why did you want to teach?
I teach because I want other people to experience everything that is yoga. I want them to share in the experience, not just the physical, but the emotional and psychological as well. There’s so much to learn.  

Paula Curtis, Yoga Teacher
Paula Curtis Demonstrating Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle)