Becoming a CIYT, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, begins with long term thorough and dedicated practice. One is a student of Iyengar Yoga before becoming a teacher. 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.



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Robin Attia  

Robin is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher and has been teaching since 2001. She is a founder and co-owner of the Bija Yoga Studio which opened its doors in October 2002.Robin's journey into the practice began with certified Iyengar teacher Kathy Alef, who guided and inspired Robin into a deeper understanding and appreciation for yoga and its discipline. In 2003, Robin graduated from the Advanced Studies Program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of SF.

 

Jennifer Macgregor Dennis  

 Jennifer’s first Yoga teacher was her mother who trained as an Iyengar teacher in the 80’s. Jennifer completed her Iyengar Yoga teacher training in New York in 2013 and has been teaching ever since. She has taught in New York, India, Scotland and now California to a large range of ages and abilities.  She has been to India a couple of times to study with the Iyengar family and with Firooza Ravi with whom she studies with on a regular basis.

 

 

 

Nina Gold  

Nina Gold was first introduced to yoga as an acting student in New York in the late 1980's. The practice was used as a way to collect and center oneself for performance. She began a more serious inquiry into yoga itself in 1994 after she returned to her native San Francisco and has been teaching since 1998. 

She has been fortunate to study with many extraordinary Iyengar teachers over the years including Janet MacLeod, Judith Lasater, Manouso Manos, Anne Saliou, Tony Briggs and Kathy Alef and she studied with Geeta Iyengar at the 2010 Portland convention. In addition to her yoga practice Nina is a devoted meditator and has a daily sitting practice. 
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Anna Karasek  

Born in the beautiful city of Prague, Anna started learning yoga from books as a teenager. She relocated to San Francisco, where she now lives with her two sons and studies with her teachers Manouso Manos and Brian Hogencamp. Anna is a graduate of the three-year Iyengar Yoga teacher training program taught by Gloria Goldberg and Manouso Manos. She is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher and looks forward to teaching and learning with her students. From the deepest part of her heart, she is grateful to all her teachers and students, and to yoga.

 

 

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Larry Lopez  
As a young teenager Larry started practicing martial arts and studied under Doc Fai Wong for 7 years. At the age of 18 he started a Yoga practice and eventually went on to study with Manouso Manos and Ramanand Patel. In 2004 he met Guruji B.K.S Iyengar in Pune India. After his profound meeting with Iyengar He has dedicated his life to the Yoga practices and the teachings of BKS Iyengar. He continued to study with him along with his children over the next 10 years until is passing in August 2014. Larry opened the Bija Yoga center in 2002 along with his friend Robin Attia which is dedicated to the method of Iyengar. "Learning this art and science has been the biggest blessing in my life. It is my sincere hope that I can convey to the best of my abilities the teachings I have received from all my teachers and to Guruji B.K. S Iyengar with whom I cherish close to my heart. What ever clarity and light comes out from my teaching I owe it to all my teachers. "

 

Naoko Katakami
Naoko is a certified Feldenkrais® practitioner since 2013 and has been practicing yoga for over 15 years.  Going through 4 years of training to be a Feldenkrais® teacher gave a tremendous boost to her yoga practice and beyond, cultivating more awareness and mindfulness.

Naoko loves to share the power and knowledge of Awareness Through Movement® lessons that Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais brought forth.  

Classes are for anyone who wants to improve their skill sets that build better coordination and balance, to reduce tension and chronic pain, and to become a better learner.

 

 

 

 

Mimi Pajo  

Mimi turned to Iyengar Yoga during a particularly difficult period of her life, while trying to cope with her mother’s battle with cancer. She didn’t know what to expect, but was amazed when her yoga practice not only helped manage her emotional pain, but also her chronic physical affliction with tendonitis and bursitis.

Yoga is defined as “the cessations of the fluctuations of the mind.” It brings awareness to your whole body. Mimi quickly learned that it’s not just something you turn off and on; yoga is everything you do in daily life-how you sit at your desk, how you wait for the bus, how you sleep at night. It’s forever changing and evolving with you and that’s why she fell in love with it.Mimi is a Certified Iyengar Instructor. She has been practicing for over 13 years and is a devoted student of Yoga. In November of 2014, she graduated from Bija Yoga’s 3-year teacher’s training program headed by Gloria Goldberg and was under her guidance throughout the Iyengar Yoga certification process. Mimi was certified in August of 2015.

 

Ramanand Patel

Ramanand's extensive, distinct, and lifelong yoga experiences inform both his yoga practice and his teaching style. He is recognized and respected internationally and many in the yoga community regard him as one of the world's foremost yoga instructors.

Ramanand actively encourages both learning and sharing of ideas amongst his students and peers. Furthermore, he is especially skilled as an innovator in the use of props and in working with students who have special needs.

 
 

 

 

David Nicholas Sirgany  

An ardent practioner of Iyengar Yoga for more than twenty-five years, David's depth and passion for the subject shine forth brightly in his teaching. He is an Iyengar certified instructor based in San Francisco, and teaches both nationally and internationally.

 

 
 
 

Barbara Wiechmann

Barbara has been studying and practicing Yoga for over 32 years. Her primary teacher is Ramamand Patel. She attended the July Intensive at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune in 1987. For the last 32 years she has taught classes in San Francisco, mainly at the University of California in the Millberry Recreation Program. About yoga she says "Its an on-going miracle in my life--a gift that I am incredibly grateful to have been given and even more delighted to be able to share."

 

 
 
 

 

 

Meg O Donnell

Meg, a San Francisco native, was introduced to yoga at a young age. She decided to seriously pursue a yoga practice three years ago as health and wellness became an increasingly important part of her life.

The physical, mental and emotional stability that Meg derives from her yoga practice inspires her teaching.

As a recent graduate of the 200 hour teaching program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, Meg is excited to share her yoga knowledge with a kind and open heart. She continues to study with her teachers Janet MacLeod and Judith Hanson Lasater.

 

Kaz Shibao

Kaz has been a Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner for 20 years.  Until recently, he has worked at Sutter Health’s Institute for Health & Healing in San Francisco for the past 15 years.  He taught weekly classes and workshops, as well as gave private sessions there and in his private practice.  His goals with his clients are to relieve muscular tension and chronic pain, and to improve flexibility, coordination,  balance, and dynamic posture while teaching movement sequences and strategies.  

Kaz’s additional somatic experiences include teaching Shintaido, a Japanese martial art, for 20 years, jogging for 35 years, and being a student of Iyengar yoga.  He is highly knowledgeable in functional anatomy as a Certified Hendrickson Manual Therapist.

 

 

Michaela Montfort

Michaela is a Bay Area native who began the study of yoga more than 8 years ago. She found the practice while in search of relief from serious back and neck pain. A migraine sufferer she found yoga to be the first long term source of relief. 

After many years of practice mainly in back care classes she progressed onto more advanced classes and workshops. Working in the fashion industry, Michaela found herself wanting more from her career, looking for something that would nourish and cultivate health in her life. In 2015 she completed the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco Teacher Training 200-hr program. Michaela seeks to continue to unravel the sources of pain and future suffering for herself and others through the path of yoga. 

You'll find her classes to be filled with movement, lightness and fun, built on a strong foundation from her Iyengar background.

 

 

Ana Mari Hamada  

A devoted student of life, Ana-Mari came to the practice of yoga over 20 years ago while pursuing doctoral studies at the Center for Politics & Economics at the Claremont Colleges. What began as a simple joy in learning to dance with all aspects of oneself through the postures, has since evolved into an ongoing study of what it means to be a full and engaged human being in communion with life in all its forms. 

BKS Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar, Prashant Iyengar, Ramanand Patel, Peter Thompson, and Kofi Busia inspire and inform her understanding of this practice with their direct guidance, personal example, and heartfelt presence in her life. It is through their care and affection that she has come to be woven into the tapestry of a living tradition and welcomed into a community of learning and love. She is also grateful to Manouso Manos, Osha Hanfling, Kathy Alef, Anne Saliou and Villard Martin for helping to establish a firm foundation in the practical art of teaching yoga and generously sharing their wisdom over many years of apprenticeship, mentorship and friendship. 

Ana-Mari is certified to teach yoga in the Iyengar Tradition. In her classes you will be encouraged to work with an open and inquisitive mind to develop a clear and self-directed process of learning that will lead towards greater skill and understanding in the practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation. All are welcome--the only requirement is a sincere desire to learn and practice with patience, curiosity, and great joy!