Iyengar Yoga Center of Denver

Transformative yoga for the whole person


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Hips and Low Back with Dana Hanizeski




The pelvic and lumbar region is an area of chronic pain, frustration, instability, and/or tightness for many.  Learn how to let your yoga practice support physical and emotional well-being by addressing the pelvis and lumbar spine.  


This workshop will cover exercises you can incorporate into your home practice to stabilize, stregthen, and open your hips and low back.


All levels are welcome to attend

Iyengar Yoga Center of Denver offers:

  • Traditional hatha yoga taught in the Iyengar tradition, thanks to the guiding light of BKS Iyengar
  • Ways to use yoga to relieve physical ailments and stress
  • Well trained instructors committed to providing a positive yoga experience, with well honed observation and correction skills to help create an optimal pose, including the use of props to assist learning and advance accurate alignment
  • No Glitz, No Glamor,  It's all about the yoga!!



8:00am - 9:30am All Levels
This class meets the needs of all levels of practitioners.  Students at every stage can work to their individual capacity. 
Sawyer Ward
Years studied: 40+
Iyengar Certified: Intermediate level
Studied with: Iyengar family (four trips to Pune, attended all U.S. conventions since 1990), Mary Dunn, Dean and Rebecca Lerner, Manouso Manos, George Purvis, Gloria Goldberg, the Chanchannis and Devki Desai.
Teaches: Level 1 and All Levels (on staff), substitutes for level 1 through level 3.
Began studying yoga philosophy and the lives of great yogis as a teenager. In early 1980's got a copy of "Light on Yoga", and became devoted to Mr. Iyengar and started to teach his method.
Owned and operated Ruidoso Yoga for 26 years in New Mexico.
My philosophy:
Yoga is a complete discipline, an art and science, enabling a human being to obtain health of the body, calmness and clarity of the mind and joy and oneness with the Soul.
I am dedicated to the Iyengar system and to helping others reap the benefits of this most auspicious method. I find great joy in the practice of Bhakti yoga, the yoga of devotion and in mantra yoga, chanting and singing with others.
9:15am - 10:45am Level 2
Yoga asana sequence with adaptations for all practitioners.  Yoga for every body and everybody!
Lisa Beckwith Wolf
Lisa Beckwith Wolf started practicing Iyengar Yoga in 1997 in an effort to heal runners’ knees. In 2001 Lisa attended a 4 week Yoga intensive in Blacons, France with Faeq Biria. Her experience in Blacons kick started a 3 year teacher training program in Paris, FR which included instructing at the Centre de Iyengar Yoga de Paris, assisting in the medical (including prenatal) and level 1 classes taught by Corine Biria. Lisa is certified at the Intermediate level in the Iyengar method. Lisa has traveled to Pune, India, on two occasions, where she studied under BKS, Geeta and Prashant Iyengar. Lisa is the co-owner of the Iyengar Yoga Center in Denver and teaches All levels of practitioners, Prenatal, and Yoga for Fertility. 
9:30am - 11:00am Women's Class
A class for women only, where postures are worked on in a safe and nurturing environment.
Donita Reitze
Donita Reitze began practicing Iyengar Yoga in 1986 because of arthritis in her thoracic spine. With continued practice her spine became more mobile, and she has grown 1 inches due to good posture. She began teaching in 1992 and is an intermediate level certified Iyengar Yoga teacher. She teaches with enthusiasm, joy and the passion to help others get as much out of Yoga as they can, so the students can take responsibility for taking care of themselves. Donita continues to study with senior teachers in this country as well as the Iyengars in India. She also has a love of the mountains and enjoys skiing and hiking.
10:30am - 12:30pm Teacher's Class
An ongoing class for teachers, where sequencing and peer teaching is the focus.
Leslie Bradley
Leslie Bradley, Director, became an Intermediate Jr. III Certified Iyengar Instructor in 1995 and has been to India many times to study with the Iyengars, including the invitation-only Women's Intensive with Geeta Iyengar in 1997. Leslie has taught locally for 30 years and regularly studies with and assists senior teachers in the U.S. She has been an assessor in the Iyengar method since 2003 and was recently elected Certification Chair for the U.S. Yoga in the Iyengar method has helped Leslie overcome health issues and given her a spiritual foundation on which to thrive. She is honored to share the brilliance and wisdom of the Iyengars and their teaching in this format. She has been running this teacher training course for 15 years.
12:00pm - 1:30pm All Levels
This class meets the needs of all levels of practitioners.  Students at every stage can work to their individual capacity. 
Dana Hanizeski
4:15pm - 5:45pm Healthy Joints
Work with small actions to make big changes in your body and your Self.  With more freedom of body comes freedom of mind!

This class promotes biomechanical health (or said another way, your freedom of movement). It has been designed to work through chronic pain & injuries, general aches & stiffness, and work for the inflexible, hyper flexible and the aging body.  Work from your joints to maintain or return the body to optimal structure and functionality. 

(This class was formerly called Seated and Supine and is based on the methods of Francisco Kaiut.)

Juliet Sherwood
Juliet Sherwood moved into the Iyengar discipline while teaching yoga in Los Angeles before moving to Denver in 1998. She studied here under Nancy Crum Stechert and Leslie Bradley and was Iyengar-certified in 2001. She has studied with BKS Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar and most of the highest level Iyengar teachers in the United States, in France with Faeq Biria and in India with Swati and Rajiv Chanchani. Her early training was in the Sivananda tradition from which she received certification in 1993 in Kerala, India. Study of Hindu and Buddhist literature, Ayurveda and meditation lead her further along her chosen path. Juliet holds a bachelor’s degree in French from the University of North Carolina and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado. She is a graduate of the NationalOutdoorLeadershipSchool and is a certified ski instructor. She lived and taught English in Kathmandu, Nepal and has trekked extensively in Nepal’s Himalayas. A grandmother, Juliet advocates lifetime yoga practice for a healthy body, mind and spirit.
5:30pm - 7:00pm Level 1
For continuing beginning students. Provides the foundation for the study of Iyengar Yoga.
Stefania Szostak
6:00pm - 7:30pm Yoga for Scoliosis
This class is for students with scoliosis or spinal asymmetries. Students will learn more about their curves and how the yoga practice may help manage scoliosis progression and discomfort. The class will include basic practice guidelines and useful posture modifications. All levels welcome.
Robin Thorpe
In 2000, while living in NYC, Robin Thorpe took her first yoga class and was immediately hooked. In 2004, she started teaching after completing the Yoga Union Teacher Training. It was through Yoga Union that she was first
introduced to Iyengar teachers, Kevin Gardiner and Bobbie Clennell. Ever
since she has been grateful to have found the Iyengar school with their
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. More info at
7:15pm - 8:45pm Level 2
Yoga asana sequence with adaptations for all practitioners.  Yoga for every body and everybody!
Stefania Szostak

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"This art can be practiced by young or old, weak or strong, firm or infirm, irrespective of gender and under any climatic conditions. However, the practice must be done according to the requirements of the individual, the circumstances and temperament."
-- BKS Iyengar