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.
I am a devoted student and teacher of Iyengar Yoga, and am eager to share this knowledge with you. My classes are a dynamic mix of anatomical exploration and energetic experience, with a focus on bringing the mind to a deep and quiet state of absorption.
I am a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (Level II/Intermediate Junior II) 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.
I came to yoga initially to address the stresses of an intense law practice, but over time learned to appreciate the greater awareness and focus that comes from an alignment based practice.
After a background in athletics, including football (I was a 230-pound center in college for eventual all-pro NFL quarterback Ken Anderson of the Cincinnati Bengals), and martial arts (three black belts), I turned to yoga, and began to experience yoga’s power to not only reduce stress but also to increase awareness, focus, and self-awareness-- skills that can enrich our lives off the mat and the lives of others. Immersing myself in alignment based yoga, I soon soon fell in love with yoga’s rich philosophical traditions and in 2005 received a master’s degree, focusing on the role of yoga in transforming human behavior.
My initial Iyengar teachers were Craig Kurtz and Lisa Beckwith Wolf from Denver. After moving to Vermont I studied with Janice Vien and Mary Flemming. Rebecca Weisman is my primary teacher and I continue to take workshops with senior teachers. My primary philosophy teachers are Dr. Douglas Brooks and Dr. Edwin Bryant and Dr. Paul Muller-Ortega wkas most influenced my mediation practice. Writing is a meaningful part of my practice, and I write books on the practical use of yoga philosophy in our every day life.
I bring my passion for the wellbeing of my students to each class I teach. My students experience an entertaining yet challenging and inspiring combination of alignment with a touch of philosophy for context and hopefully more than a touch of humor. I am currently a teacher-in-training at the Iyengar Center of Vermont.
I am a yoga practitioner, apprentice of Rebecca Weisman and advocate of holistic health practices. I began my practice of yoga in 2010 while studying social work at the University of Vermont. After completing several trainings in Ayurveda, Reiki, and Yoga Therapy I am now pursuing certification as a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. My approach to teaching meets students where they are at, allowing progression to happen. I approach my practice of yoga from a place of determination and self improvement from micro to macro, and from gross to subtle.
10 years ago while living, traveling and farming in rural Chile I began a daily practice and study of both yoga and meditation. 4 years ago I returned to Vermont with my two children and fell into a yoga therapy training that initiated a catalyst of healing and study. After this initial training I completed a 200 hr integrative Āyurveda program, 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training, Reiki Level I and participated in a Phoenix Rising School of Yoga Therapy Training.
In 2018 a dear friend of mine brought me to an Iyengar Yoga class with Rebecca and I was hooked. I am inspired by the Iyengar method and its tradition and standards. What I appreciate most from this practice is that it can be rigorous however inclusive of all bodies.
As a student of social work and yoga I believe and work towards making yoga accessible to everyBODY in sharing yoga as a secular tool in maintaining the body, mind and spirit.
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.
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.”