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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
Greta Cashette
Brad Denning
Kevin Durkin
Dana Hanizeski
Signe Hartmann
Craig Kurtz
Alice Rasmussen
Gary Reitze
Donita Reitze
Jayne Satter
Juliet Sherwood
Stefania Szostak
Robin Thorpe
Jean Upshaw
Sawyer Ward
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.


Greta Cashette

Years studied: 8 Years

Iyengar Certified: I am certified Intro Level I & II

Studied with: I have participated in three teacher training sessions with Craig Kurtz and Leslie Bradley, my mentors are Lisa Wolf and Angie Woyar. I have attended several workshops with Devki Desai, Elise Miller,

Teaches: Prenatal & Level I

Method:

Iyengar Yoga has rocked my world. It has given me the tools to maneuver through life in a more gracious and stable way. I love it for it's discipline, precision, care, and overall holistic approach. I am honored and so deeply grateful to be part of the community, I can't wait for you to be as well.  


Brad Denning

Years studied: 8

Iyengar Certified: Introductory II

Studied with: Nancy Stechert, Manouso Manos, Gloria Goldberg, Gabriella Giubilaro, Craig Kurtz, Leslie Bradley, Jonathan Dickstein

Teaches: Level 1 and All Levels

Method:

Brad initially sought a yoga practice to rehabilitate various injuries and became impressed with the holistic results from the precise alignment, sequencing, and philosophy offered in the Iyengar tradition.  Brad is eager to share this transformative practice with others.


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 Hanizeski

Years studied: 11

Iyengar Certified: Introductory II

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

Teaches: Level 1 & 3, 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.

 


Signe Hartmann

Years studied: 11

Iyengar Certified: Intermediate Junior I

Studied with: Nancy Stechert, Leslie Bradley, Craig Kurtz

Teaches: Community Class, 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.


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.


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: since 1986

Iyengar Certified: 2005 Intermediate Junior II

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

Teaches: Levels 1, 2 & Level 3

Method:

Gary began practicing Iyengar Yoga in 1986 to rehabilitate a number of injuries. Soon he became intrigued with the spiritual philosophy of Yoga. He began teaching in 1990, became a Certified Iyengar Teacher in 1993, and now has over 12,000 hours of teaching experience. Gary has taken over 800 hours of teacher training and has studied with the Iyengars in India 3 times. He is an expert with therapeutics, and is certified with the international Association of Yoga Therapists. 

Gary teaches the postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), the philosophy of the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita, as well as meditation. His style of teaching is pecise and deatailed for a better physical posture and less pain, and he weaves practical yoga philosophy into his classes. He also studies Ayurveda, the ancient system of medicine from India.


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:

Donita began practicing Iyengar Yoga in 1986 to do something for a back problem. She not only found relief from the pain but she felt better on so many levels. She started studying with senior teachers and began teaching in 1990, became a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher in 1996, and now has over 10,000 hours of teaching experience, and is Certified with the IAYT. Donita has been to India twice. She teaches with a fun attitude, compassion for her students, and loves to create a sense of community with her students. She is a popular teacher because her joy fills the room!


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, Healthy Joints, Restorative

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.


Stefania Szostak

Years studied: 10

Iyengar Certified: Introductory II

Studied with: Faeq & Corine Bira, Rita Keller, Lois Steinberg, Dean and Rebecca Lerner, Katarzyna Pilorz, Natasza Moszkowicz, Ewa Wardzala, Gulnaaz Dashti, Lisa Beckwith Wolf and the Iyengar family in Pune India.

Teaches: Basics, Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3

Method:

I was introduced to yoga by my mom when I was seventeen years old and since then I've been in love with the Iyengar Yoga Method.  Yoga helped me grow up, helped me decide what kind of person I wanted to become, and gives me purpose and structure in my life.  I am grateful for everything that yoga changed in me and my life and I love teaching and being able to share that with others.  I love to pass on what I have learned from my teachers and to be able to see the successes of the students whether it is small or big.


Robin Thorpe

Years studied: 15

Iyengar Certified: Introductory II

Studied with: Elise Browning Miller, Bobbie Clennell, Karin Stephan, Genny Kapuler and Craig Kurtz.

Teaches: Yoga for Scoliosis and All Levels

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. 


Jean Upshaw

Years studied: 21

Iyengar Certified: Not yet certified

Studied with: Gary Reitze, Lisa Beckwith Wolf, Craig Kurtz as well as the other gifted teachers at IYCD and Blue Spruce Yoga. One trip to India when Geetaji and Prasantji were the primary teachers and conventions

Teaches: Level 1

Method:

I joined the IYCD community when I moved to Colorado in 2006 and I took my first class before my furniture and boxes had arrived at my new home.  Every year when I count the things in my life that I am grateful for, at the top of the list are the intelligence, enthusiasm and warmth of our teachers and students and the brilliance of this practice.  


Sawyer Ward

Years studied: 40+

Iyengar Certified: Intermediate

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, Level 3

Method:

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.


Lisa Beckwith Wolf

Years studied: 13

Iyengar Certified: 2011 Intermediate Junior II

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 Intermediate Junior I

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 traveled to Pune, India to study with the Iyengar family.

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