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. All are members of the Iyengar Yoga Association of the U.S. They study with senior teachers throughout the country and the world. Most have traveled to study at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India.

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 2019. 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 Iyengar yoga instructor at the Junior Intermediate II level and a 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 Randy Just and Gulnaaz Dashti.   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.

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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. She studies with a mentor in the IYNAUS certification system.

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Paul is a Level 1 Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. He has been a student of Iyengar Yoga since 2004. Recent highlights include study with Abhijata Iyengar at the national Iyengar Yoga convention in Dallas in 2019. Paul works to offer an affirming space where all students are welcome. For Paul, yoga practice is a source of challenge, confidence, and stability. “The light that Yoga sheds on life is something special. It is transformative. It does not just change the way we see things; it transforms the person who sees.” — B.K.S. Iyengar

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