Many of us first encounter yoga through books or videos. Both are valuable resources, but neither compare in value to the experience available in yoga class.

Working with a teacher in a class setting offers you tremendous benefits. Teachers design yoga classes for learning, deepening of your technique, and exposing you to new ways of working and to new qualities of mind. Teachers help deepen your appreciation and understanding by drawing from their own experience and enthusiasm. Without a teacher to guide you, you may be unable to see clearly your greatest weakness. Teachers spark your curiosity and encourage you to follow their example and explore the many aspects of yoga more fully.

Teachers at the Yoga Co-op are experienced and involved in our method’s rigorous training and certification programs. They work closely with senior teachers throughout the country and the world.

Teachers build dedication, camaraderie, compassion, interaction, community spirit and friendship.

Come join us in class!

Faith Russell is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor at the Junior Intermediate III level. She has been teaching Iyengar Yoga in Madison for over 20 years, and has studied with Geeta and Prashant Iyengar at the Ramamani Memorial Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune, India on multiple occasions — most recently in 2014. She continues her study through her daily practice and continued teacher training and asana workshops with senior teachers in the U.S. She is dedicated to sharing, through her teaching, the experience of joy and stability that regular yoga practice brings.

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Katie is a certified Intermediate Junior I Iyengar Yoga instructor and dedicated student.   She has studied with the Iyengar family in Pune, attends workshops and teacher trainings with senior teachers throughout the U.S., and studies weekly with Faith Russell.   Her daily practice keeps her curious, grounded, calm and happy.   She is grateful for the opportunity to learn something new every day.

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Karan is a certified Intermediate Junior I Iyengar Yoga instructor. After years of studying dance she began practicing yoga in 1999 while living in NYC. She feels very fortunate to have been able to study with the Iyengar family on several occasions both in the US and in Pune, India. She continues to deepen her respect and understanding of the art of Iyengar Yoga by studying with senior teachers.

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Lisa has practiced the Iyengar Method for 20 years and has taught children and adults for over eight years.  She is trained under the auspices of Chris Saudek and Faith Russell and is an Intermediate Junior I Iyengar Yoga teacher.  In 2012 and 2014 Lisa attended the RIMYI in Pune, India, where she studied under the direction of the Iyengar family.  In daily life, Lisa works with children and their parents as a psychotherapist.

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Sophie has been practicing yoga in the Iyengar tradition since 1982; she has taught yoga since 1990 and has been active in the Madison yoga cooperative community for over 25 years.

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Jill is a physical therapist and a certified Iyengar yoga teacher at the Junior Intermediate II level. She began her study of yoga in the 1980’s in Madison and then moved to N.H. in 1998 where she opened a studio in Lebanon, N.H. She continued her studies with Patricia Walden in Boston and Janice Vien in N.H. Jill has traveled to Pune, India six times to study with the Iyengar family and to assist in the medical classes. Recently, she returned to Madison to be closer to family and is looking forward to combining her physical therapy knowledge with yoga to conduct private yoga sessions and classes.

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Elizabeth was drawn to Iyengar yoga because of its precision and its ability to energize, relax, and inspire. Before moving to Madison from Boston in 2012, she completed a teacher training with Patricia Walden and Peentz Dubble and apprenticed with Jarvis Chen. She became a teacher in 2008, passed the first level of Iyengar Yoga assessment in 2013, and is pursuing full certification as an Iyengar teacher. In her life off the mat, she works as a health coach and a writer and editor.

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