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Meet our teachers

All teachers at the Iyengar Center of Vermont are Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYTs) or in the process of becoming certified. Becoming a CIYT 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. Look for the mark! Only the world’s most knowledgeable, rigorously-trained teachers earn Iyengar Yoga Certification. We are excited to share the depth of our knowledge and passion for yoga education with you! For more info about certification and the Iyengar method visit the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the US.


Rebecca Weisman

I am a devoted student and teacher of Iyengar Yoga, and am eager to share this knowledge with you. 


I am a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at the Intermediate Junior II level, a Certified Yoga Therapist, and the Director at the Iyengar Yoga Center of Vermont.  

 I study regularly with Patricia Walden, Kevin Gardiner, Mary Reilly, and Edwin Bryant, and have trained with many other senior Iyengar teachers. I also have traveled to Pune, India to study directly with the Iyengar family.

I have been teaching in Vermont for many years and have a passion for all 8 limbs of the Yoga system which I try to share with my students.  I teach prenatal and postpartum yoga and also have a particular interest in therapeutic and medical applications of yogasana (postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises). I have worked successfully with individuals in private and group classes on many issues including fatigue, depression, chronic illness, chronic pain, lower back pain and sciatica, hip/knee/shoulder problems, recovery from injury, anxiety, blood pressure and immune system disorders.

Monika Jaeckle

I discovered Iyengar yoga in 1984 as a way to recover from physical injuries and to develop greater calm and balance in my life.



I am a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at the Introductory II level. I practiced with Theresa Rowland, director of Studio Yoga in Madison, NJ, completing her teacher training in 2012. During my three year intensive training with her I assisted in specialized classes for students with back and neck problems and taught beginner level classes. I am grateful to have studied with many other senior teachers such as Kofi Busia, Lois Steinberg, Gabriella Giubilaro, Sri Arun, and Mira Metha. I am currently studying with Rebecca Weisman and Janice Vien.


My meditation teachers Drs. Jim and Diane Handlin have laid a foundation for my continued study and practice of mindfulness meditation.



After a 17-year career in art education I bring my passion for students, teaching, and learning to the life-long study of yoga as a holistic system of knowledge. I embrace the rigor and rich tradition of Iyengar yoga and am passionate about the possibilities of personal transformation and empowerment that the regular practice and study of yoga can offer.

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Chaya Thanhauser

I started practicing yoga in college and am so grateful to have discovered Iyengar Yoga several years later after the Iyengar method helped me recover from a traumatic accident and subsequent panic attacks.



In 2009, I completed a 200-hour teacher training with Alison West in New York City. I moved to Vermont in 2010 and began to teach in Montpelier, and take classes with Mary Flemming. She guided me to Patricia Walden’s Iyengar teacher training in Boston. I completed the two-year training in 2015, studying with Janice Vien and Patricia Walden.



I also ran River House Yoga in Plainfield, VT from 2012 to 2016. In 2016 my daughter was born, my family moved to the Burlington area, and I began studying with Rebecca and teaching at IYCVT.



In 2017 I passed my assessment and am a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor at the Introductory II level.

Lindsay Helwig

I was first bitten by the yoga bug as a teenager but it wasn’t until I attended an Iyengar class in my late twenties that my personal practice started to blossom.



I completed a 500 hour Hatha Yoga teacher training in 2012, taught in various studios and community organizations in Massachusetts, and in 2014, moved to Vermont and began teaching in the Burlington area and attending classes at the Iyengar Yoga Center of Vermont.



In 2017 I felt ready to make yoga a deeper part of my life by becoming the owner of River House Yoga in Plainfield. I have a sincere desire to help people through teaching yoga and believe its benefits can be all encompassing.



This year I began my teacher training with Rebecca Weisman to prepare for my Introductory I and II assessment to become a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. I am also passionate about herbal medicine, botanical drawing, and spending time in my garden.

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Nancy Renaud

I was introduced to Iyengar Yoga in 2007 and ever since yoga has been an important part of my life. Through ongoing practice, yoga brings me balance of body, mind, and emotions, restoring inner peace.



Since living in Vermont, I have had the opportunity to participate in multiple workshops given by advanced teachers in the Iyengar tradition. Recently, I completed an Iyengar Yoga teacher training with Janice Vien of Grantham, NH assisted by Rebecca Weisman.



After passing my introductory assessment, I am thrilled to now be a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT).



I love teaching yoga and helping others learn more about their body, helping each student build greater strength and flexibility while at the same time developing confidence and quietness of mind.



Through my teaching, I strive to provide an encouraging, comforting, joyful and safe environment for students.

What students are saying...


“I am new to yoga and started taking the gentle class at IYCVT after about a year of doing yoga in general. I was never particularly limber, not even as a child, and I have a frozen shoulder that has improved greatly through the teacher’s thoughtful and knowledgable approach. I have become so much more aware of my body in entirely new ways and look forward to class every week as essential to my physical and emotional wellbeing.”

“I am a golden-aged woman with the aches and pains that naturally go along with achieving this stage of life.  I have been taking Yoga classes with Rebecca for over a year and find her to be an excellent teacher in the true, classical sense of the word.  She is constantly observing, cognizant of each person’s abilities and/or limitations; everyone gets individual attention – with props, modifications, or gentle hints.  It seems that Rebecca instinctively knows when a class member is not comfortable and she is there, presto, with some aid or suggestion. I always look forward to Rebecca’s class and trust my body to her knowledge and expertise.”


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