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Iyengar Yoga Center of Denver

Transformative yoga for the whole person

Instructors

All Iyengar Yoga Center of Denver Instructors are certified through the rigorous Iyengar method and many have decades of teaching experience.

Emma Addison
Leslie Bradley
Brenda Campbell
Darren Christensen
Jonathan Dickstein
Kevin Durkin
Dana Hanazeski
Lynn Hanger
Signe Hartmann
Denise Johnson
Holly Kostura
Craig Kurtz
Kila Lau
Laura Matthews
Kelly Moore
Alice Rasmussen
Gary Reitze
Donita Reitze
Jayne Satter
Juliet Sherwood
Robin Thorpe
Josh Warren
Lisa Beckwith Wolf
Angie Woyar

Emma Addison

Years studied: 40 plus

Iyengar Certified: 1999 Intermediate Junior 1

Studied with: Most Senior Teachers. Six trips to India to study with the Iyengar family.

Teaches: Basics, Level 1, All Levels

Method:

Mr Iyengar was my first, accessible "guru"/teacher and his unique emphasis on alignment has helped keep me injury-free over the years and his teachings/books absolutely have been a guiding light for my spiritual and moral development.

Emma is also one of our in-house massage therapists.


Leslie Bradley

Years studied: 30

Iyengar Certified: 1995 Intermediate III, Assessor in the Certification process since 2002, Currently chairing Assessments

Studied with: BKS and Geeta Iyengar, 5 trips to India including Women’s Intensive by invitation only, all US conventions, International teachers: Swati and Rajiv Chanchani, Gabriella Guilbilaro, Faeq Biria, Neeta

Teaches: Levels 1-3, Teachers Classes, IYNAUS recommended Teacher Trainings, Women’s issues and Prenatal expertise

Method:

BKS Iyengar’s method is based on precision, timing and sequencing, adjusted to the practitioner. The goal is meditation, to find the Self, and reside there. There one finds joy, and it is my goal to share that joy with my students. 

Leslie is also the owner of Blue Spruce Yoga in Lakewood.  She also co-teaches the Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training with Craig Kurtz every January-June.  Leslie has also been named the national Certification Chair for the national organization IYNAUS.


Brenda Campbell

Years studied: 20

Iyengar Certified: Introductory Level 11

Studied with: Craig Kurtz, Kila Lau, Eddy Marks, Mary Obendorfer, Laura Antelmi and Christian Leeby. *I have been to Pune to study at the Iyengar Institute one time.

Teaches: Basics, Level 1

Method:

I am grateful to be studying and practicing the tradition of Patanjali's 8 fold path, Astanga Yoga.  BKS Iyengar, a true devotee of Patanjali's Astanga Yoga, gifts us with his translation of this timeless knowledge, allowing us to put this knowledge into a true practice.   I am grateful to be a devotee of BKS Iyengar. 


Darren Christensen

Years studied: 9

Iyengar Certified: 2013

Studied with: Level 1

Teaches: Manouso, Dean Lerner, Gary Reitze, Craig Kurtz, Leslie Bradley

Method:

Darren is a new additon to IYCD. He deeply appreciates the opportunities he has had to study with many knowledgeable teachers in the Iyengar Yoga tradition.  Darren is especially drawn to the practice of yoga because of its use of the body to work with the mind. He is excited at the prospect of sharing this practice with others. 


Jonathan Dickstein

Years studied: 10

Iyengar Certified: Certified at the Intro II level.

Studied with: Faeq Biria, Patricia Walden, Lara Brunn, Dean Lerner

Teaches: Basics, Level 2, and All Levels

Method:

It is with joy and gratitude that I find myself within this sacred tradition of Yoga.  I am indebted to Sage Patanjali, B.K.S. Iyengar, and all of my teachers for their wisdom, guidance, and generosity.  The Iyengar method of practice requires a dynamism infused with intelligence, and this is what I strive to cultivate in my students. Jonathan travels to France every year for an Iyengar Intensive with Senior Teacher Faeq Biria.


Kevin Durkin

Years studied: 35

Iyengar Certified: 2001 Intermediate Junior II

Studied with: Aadil Palkivala

Teaches: Levels 1, 2, & 3 and Therapeutics, Certified and licensed Neuro-muscular Therapist

Method:

I respect how Mr. Iyengar created a precise way to use the body to move to the mind.  The trinity of body, energy and psychology is the Spirit. Kevin is an internationally known teacher who travels every year to Europe to spread his knowledge of yoga.


Dana Hanazeski

Years studied: 11

Iyengar Certified:

Studied with: Manouso Manos, Patricia Walden, Gloria Goldberg, Gabriella Giubilaro, Swati and Rajiv Chanchani, Elise Miller, Nancy Stechert

Teaches: Level 1, All Levels

Method:

Iyengar yoga builds strength and flexibility all while correcting postural issues and alleviating general aches and pains. Through the practice of Iyengar yoga, I have found a balance of body, mind, emotions and spirit... and I am so grateful! Dana has also recently studied in Pune, India with the Iyengar family.

 


Lynn Hanger

Years studied: 5

Iyengar Certified:

Studied with: Karin Bustamante, Hansa Knox, Maha Jyoti Glassman, Bethann Bierer

Teaches: Kids Yoga

Method:

I use yoga as a tool for self study.  I appreciate the transformative aspect of yoga; no matter what we are looking for, it is there for us to find in yoga.


Signe Hartmann

Years studied: 11

Iyengar Certified: 2003 Introductory 2

Studied with: Nancy Stechert, Leslie Bradley, Craig Kurtz

Teaches: Level 1, Level 2, Adaptive Yoga

Method:

I have always been an active person.  I grew up cross country skiing and running.  Then in college I rowed for the University of Wisconsin and then for  the U.S. Women's Lightweight team.  When I came to Colorado I was excited to find the mountains and yoga.  Iyengar yoga gave me an opportunity to move inward and become more meditative, reflective and spiritual in my movement.  I love teaching Iyengar yoga and helping others learn more about their body and the union between their own body, mind, and spirit.


Denise Johnson

Years studied: 22

Iyengar Certified: 2002 Intermediate Junior I

Studied with: BKS Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar, Manouso Manos, Swati and Rajiv Chanchani, Patricia Walden, Nancy Stechert, Gabriella Giubilaro, John Schumacher, Dean Lerner, and many others.

Teaches: Seniors, Women of a Certain Age, Cancer class

Method:

One's body awareness and knowledge grow through focus on alignment and integrity of poses, which by practice leads to yoga's spiritual benefits.


Holly Kostura

Years studied: 12

Iyengar Certified: 2004

Studied with: BKS Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar, Patricia Walden, Joan White

Teaches: Rise and Shine, All Levles, Level 3, Prenatal

Method:

Her deep dedication to her own practice inspires and informs her teaching, which is clear, compassionate and steeped in philosophy. Her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and special interest in anatomy and physiology give her the unique ability to see her students from a place of wholeness.

 

For Holly, Yoga is a path of transformation and absolute freedom that has far-reaching effects beyond the limits of the physical body. It is her intention to share with her students how Yoga reveals the infinite source of health and joy within.

 


Craig Kurtz

Years studied: 29

Iyengar Certified: 2008 Intermediate Junior III

Studied with: BKS and Geeta Iyengar, Manouso Manos, Ramanand Patel, Nancy Stechert, Swati and Rajiv Chanchani, Gabriella Guibilaro, Debra Ann Robinson

Teaches: Levels 1-3, Seniors, Back Care, Teacher Training

Method:

I am eternally grateful to BKS Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar for making yoga accessible to all, and for outlining a methodical and thorough system of teacher training.


Kila Lau

Years studied: 40+

Iyengar Certified: 2002 Intermediate Junior I

Studied with: BKS Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar, Prashant Iyengar, Manouso Manos, Ramanand Patel, Swati and Rajiv Chanchani, Nancy Stechert, Patricia Walden, Gabriella Giubilaro, Dean Lerner, George Purvis, Mary D

Teaches: Levels 1-3, Restorative, Meditation

Method:

Mahalo nui loa. With much gratitude and love to Sri BKS Iyengar, Geeta and Prashant. I AM grateful for the vastness, depth of this profound subject: yoga. I AM.


Laura Matthews

Years studied: 15

Iyengar Certified: 2010 Introductory II

Studied with: Geeta Iyengar, Prashant Iyengar, B.K.S. Iyengar, Patricia Walden, Manouso Manos, Gloria Goldberg, Gabriella Giubilaro, Swati & Rajiv Chanchani

Teaches: Women’s Health class, Level 1 and Level 2

Method:

Iyengar yoga has proven to support our physical alignment and I consider my yoga practice to be my medicine, physically, emotionally and spiritually.  I am regularly amazed at the healing power of yoga and I am delighted to share this effective modality with my community.


Kelly Moore

Years studied: 15

Iyengar Certified: 2010 Introductory II

Studied with: The Iyengars in Pune India, Manouso Manos, Patricia Walden, Swati and Rajiv Chanchani, John Schumacher, Dean Learner, Gloria Goldberg, Elise Miller, Francois Raoult, Gabriella Gubillaro, Nancy Stecher

Teaches: Level 1 & 2, Pranayama, Philosophy, Anatomy

Method:

The path of yoga guides me to recognize and experience true joy and contentment in my life.  I have gratitude for my teachers who bring this ancient, yet timeless, art of yoga to the present day (and gratitude to my students who are also my teachers!).


Alice Rasmussen

Years studied: 35

Iyengar Certified: 2011 Introductory II

Studied with: The Iyengars and many of the US senior Iyengar teachers

Teaches: Level 1, Level 2

Method:

The good that Mr. Iyengar has done for the world is just astounding. His teaching has helped so many.


Gary Reitze

Years studied: 24

Iyengar Certified: 2005 Intermediate Junior II

Studied with: Manouso Manos, Patricia Walden, George Purvis, Dean Lerner, BKS Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar, Prasant Iyengar

Teaches: Level 2 & Level 3

Method:

BKS Iyengar has given his life to the world so that we may have a why to keep our bodies flexible, strong, & healthy. And Iyengar Yoga gives us the philosophy on how to live the best life we can.  Visit Gary's website for retreat and workshop info.  


Donita Reitze

Years studied: 24

Iyengar Certified: 2002 Intermediate Junior I

Studied with: Manouso Manos, Patricia Walden ,Dean Lermer, George Purvis, Gabriella

Teaches: Levels 1-3, Women\'s class

Method:

Yoga has been the thing that has gotten me through all of the highs and lows of my life.  It enhances the support of friends and family and helps me to find gratitude in challenging situations.   That being said, sharing yoga with my students is the reason I teach. My students feed my soul and they never cease to make me laugh and to teach me things. I am very grateful for having found Iyengar yoga in particular.  It allows everyone to share in the subject no matter the physical, mental or emotional problems they come with. My advice is to give it a try but to commit for a few weeks,  Take the Basics series and let the benefits seep in.


Jayne Satter

Years studied: 20

Iyengar Certified: 2008 Intermediate Junior III

Studied with: BKS Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar, Prashant Iyengar, Patricia Walden, Mary Dunn, Manouso Manos, Joan White, George Pervis, John Schumacher, Gabriella Giubilaro, Gloria Goldberg, Nancy Steckert, Dean Lerner,

Teaches: Level 1-3, Women’s, All Levels, Restorative

Method:

Iyengar yoga enables me to live a full life, having had chronic fatigue due to overtraining & marathon running. I am honored to share in its practice. 


Juliet Sherwood

Years studied: 20

Iyengar Certified: 2003 Introductory II

Studied with: BKS Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar, Nancy Stechert, Leslie Bradley, Craig Kurtz, Debra Ann Robinson, Ramanand Patel, John Schumacher, Faeq Biria, Manouso Manos, Patricia Walden, Chris Saudek, Francois Raoult

Teaches: Basics series, Level I

Method:

In preparing and strengthening the body for ease and stability of physical movement and for sitting in meditation, the link between the body and the mind is forged. The practitioner becomes serene and lives in equanimity – though it may take several lifetimes. No one is too old, too weak or too physically impaired to begin reaping the benefits of yoga.


Robin Thorpe

Years studied: 10

Iyengar Certified:

Studied with: Elise Browning Miller, Kevin Gardiner and Bobbie Clennell

Teaches:

Method:

Robin is grateful to have found the Iyengar methold of Yoga with our
cultivated and knowledgeable teachers.  She feels blessed to have studied
with Elise Browning Miller and is a Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer.  In 2011,
she returned to her native Colorado and is happy to join the Denver Iyengar
community. 


Josh Warren

Years studied: 11

Iyengar Certified: Introductory 1I

Studied with: Craig Kurtz, Leslie Bradley, Lisa Jo Landsberg, Manouso Manos, Rajiv and Swati Chanchani, Gabriella Giubilaro, Nancy Stechart

Teaches: Basics, Level 1, Level 2

Method:

As a practicing structural bridge engineer, I deeply appreciate the methodical and accurate detail inherent in the Iyengar method.  I am also grateful to Mr. Iyengar and all yoga teachers for developing a living method that so effectively awakens the intelligence within every cell of the body, leading to a serene and subtle stillness of mind. 

 


Lisa Beckwith Wolf

Years studied: 13

Iyengar Certified: 2011 Intermediate Junior 1

Studied with: Faeq and Corine Biria, Geeta Iyengar, Prashant Iyengar, Manouso Manos, Gloria Goldberg, Dean Learner, & Carolyn Belko

Teaches: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 & Prenatal

Method:

The practice of Iyengar yoga brings you to where you should be in your life. It keeps your physical body healthy and your emotions in balance. Through this balance you achieve confidence and willpower. Lisa recently studied at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India


Angie Woyar

Years studied: 9

Iyengar Certified: Certified at the Intro II level.

Studied with: Manouso Manos, Swati and Rajiv Chanchanni, Devki Desai, Patricia, Walden, Donita Reitze, Craig Kurtz, Lisa Beckwith Wolf, Nancy Stechart, Dean Lerner, Elise Miller

Teaches: Basics and Level 1 and Level 2

Method:

I love this method of yoga,  It has taught me so much about my mind, my body and how to live a more abundant life.  Life should be lived with joy and a sense of gratitude.  Yoga enables us to live this way no matter the situation. She has also just returned from a trip to Pune, India to study with the Iyengar family.

Check out her blog at http://www.angiesenioryoga.blogspot.com