A native of Israel, Einat Peled-Katz grew up as a classically trained violinist and later an army officer. After arriving in Boston, she worked as an administrator at a hospital. Coming from these high-stress, high-performance environments, Einat took her first yoga class in 2007 and immediately recognized she was connected to her body in a whole new way. In addition to losing 25 pounds, the feelings of well-being and peace she experienced on the mat captivated her. As she started practicing yoga daily, it began to have an effect on her life off the mat. Previously, she suffered from stage anxiety that caused her to set aside the violin. Now Einat found a new outlet for her creative spirit and was finally able to overcome the fears that kept her from doing the things she loved. Einat has a B.A. in psychology from Northeastern University. After first training as an assistant at the Baptiste studios, she completed teacher training levels 1 and 2 with Baron Baptiste, as well as 200-hour teacher training with Claire Este-McDonald and Gregor Singleton. She now enjoys playing the violin for her husband and two children.
Einat teaches a flowing class with emphasis on alignment to promote sustainability of practice. She encourages her students to show up as they are, to challenge themselves and immerse themselves in the physicality of their moving, breathing body. Her students come out of class feeling uplifted and supported.
Getting on my mat every day is a lot like making music. Most classical music pieces were written hundreds of years ago and played many times over, yet they never sound the same. Asana practice is similar. We all practice the same poses that have been around for thousands of years, but no one person’s practice is like the other. It’s personal, it’s individual, yet it’s also universal. I find creativity and self-expression in my practice, as I strive to make every note count, filling each pose with energy and breath.—Einat Peled-Katz
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Born in Japan, Masaaki spent most of his childhood in Tokyo and Hong Kong. He challenged himself mentally and physically by practicing martial arts, which lead him to train with the Yamada style karate, Hong Kong Royal Police Aikido team and Hong Kong Asian Olympic Judo team. Masaaki studied martial arts for many years working with professional fighters and classic masters.
In 1993, he moved to Boston, where he attended Boston University and graduated with a degree in Psychology. Masaaki took his first yoga class in 2002. This experience had a profound influence and he became committed to regular practice after his first time on the mat.
Masaaki received assistant training and subsequently a specialized teacher training at the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute with Coeli Marsh. Masaaki continues to study with Coeli and also works closely with Tom Alden. He honors Coeli Marsh and Tom Alden for their guidance and continuous support and also recognizes Yamada Sensai for sharing his wisdom on “Bushido” (way of a warrior).
Through his teaching, Masaaki remains committed to bringing love, peace, wisdom and kindness to others. Using skilled techniques to help students therapeutically and to empower their own intelligence and wisdom to be able to heal.
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Ansley DeLaney has been teaching infant development classes for the last three years in New York and, now, in Boston. She trained with Ellynne Skove of "Go Go Babies" and completed her 30-hour certification in 2014. Recently, Ansley has achieved Level 1 Reiki certification with Emily Peterson. Ansley has a BFA from The Boston Conservatory and is pursuing her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Down Under School of Yoga.
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Claire Carroll was living in New York City in the 1980s when she came across a copy of Light on Yoga and a video of BKS Iyengar. She immediately wanted to try all of the poses, and was fascinated by Iyengar’s skillful integration of yoga philosophy with asana practice. She began practicing formally in the early 1990s when she moved to the Boston area. The precision and orderly progression of learning inherent in the Iyengar method drew her in initially and continues to guide her practice.
Claire has been a certified Iyengar teacher since 2001 and currently holds a Junior Intermediate II certificate. Many teachers, friends, and colleagues have contributed to her learning, but none more than Patricia Walden. She has also studied at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India, several times.
In each of her classes, Claire strives to cultivate a lighthearted and supportive learning environment. She regularly weaves together physical and philosophical themes: focusing on self-study (svadhyaya) in a class emphasizing twisting poses, or building fire (tapas) in backbends. Claire moves at a brisk pace to keep the group energized, and also allows quiet moments for students to absorb the feel and intent of each asana.
In her personal practice and her teaching Claire emphasizes the asanas on the Junior Intermediate III syllabus. Claire's favorite pose is Chaturanga Dandasana, in its elegant simplicity. Chaturanga is her go-to pose for teaching oppositional movements to build steadiness and ease.
Claire also loves strong coffee ― but only off the mat.
I admire Down Under Yoga’s focus on yoga education rather than consumerism. The studio environment is one of respect for tradition and support for each individual’s learning journey. Yoga is a vast subject and Down Under offers meaningful experiences for everyone.—Claire Carrol
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Donna's teaching is infused with joy and enthusiasm, and her passion for yoga is apparent to anyone she meets. From the very first moment Donna entered an Iyengar yoga class, she was hooked. As a pianist and piano teacher, Donna found herself pondering how yoga (something with no sound!) could reach her as deeply as music so she decided to enroll in a yoga teacher training program to find out. She is now dividing her time between teaching her two great passions: piano and yoga. Through teaching, Donna endeavors to guide her students to connect with their inner selves more deeply so that they can live their lives more fully.
Donna completed 500 hours of Iyengar teacher training with Peentz Dubble and is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. Donna continues to study with, assist, and apprentice under Peentz Dubble, Nadja Refaie and Tristan Binns. She has also taken many workshops with Patricia Walden and Jarvis Chen to further develop her teaching skills.
Donna Gross Javel is a member of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS) and its New England chapter; Iyengar Yoga Association of New England (IYANE).
Donna is known for her ability to always see a 'silver lining' and she carries that into her teaching. Through thoughtful sequencing, detailed instructions and the warmth of her personality, Donna guides her students to help them find acceptance with where they are in the present moment while challenging them to reach their fullest potential.
When Donna's not on her yoga mat or at the piano, she's probably searching for balance and equanimity in her life.
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Shara aims to create a warm and supportive community in the classroom: She wants to help students cultivate body awareness, and bring freedom to the body and spirit through yoga. After dabbling in different yoga styles for over 25 years, Shara discovered Iyengar Yoga and was amazed how subtle refinements in an asana can transform a pose, and bring a better sense of well-being, not only physically, but also emotionally and spiritually. “I was immediately intrigued by the depth and layers of Iyengar Yoga. I loved experiencing how making the subtle adjustments suggested by my teachers transformed a simple pose into a whole body, mind, and soul experience. Mountain pose wasn’t just standing straight, it was a full body experience from the four corners of the feet pressing down into the mat, all the way up through the crown of the head and out through the fingertips.” She completed the Heart of Iyengar Teacher Training program taught by Peentz Dubble in 2014 and has assisted in Peentz's Level 1 classes regularly since 2015. Shara is immensely grateful to the Iyengar Yoga community at Down Under Yoga for supporting her on her continuing yoga journey. Shara is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) at the Intro II level.
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Harvard PhD and fellow, History Professor at Tufts of global intellectual history, and named a 2015 Emerging Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Kris Manjapra is a little bit special.
Kris came to Iyengar yoga as a graduate student struggling with stress and anxiety. With guidance and commitment to the practice, he began to discover the intelligence of the body and found more than he expected, a different way of experiencing daily life.
"Iyengar yoga leads us to explore and witness the relationships between the different parts of our embodiment, cultivating relaxation, balance, spaciousness and strength."
Through close study Patricia Walden and Jarvis Chen, he received his Introductory Level I/II Certification in 2015, and spent a month studying at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India. As a practitioner of Iyengar yoga for the past eight years, his style of teaching is marked by joy, clarity of instruction, intensity, and kindness. His depth of interest in BKS Iyengar’s wisdom and philosophy is also often shared in his classes. A drive to increasing diversity, inclusiveness and equality, informs where he is committed to offering socio-economic access to yoga. He states, "Yoga practice shines light not just on our personal embodiment, but also on social formations of race, class, gender and sexuality, and I seek to teach within that light."
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Rosie Richardson, a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and a graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, has studied for many years with senior Iyengar teachers in and out of the Bay area as well as with the Iyengar family in India. Her classes are thoughtfully sequenced, challenging, but playful and inclusive as she truly believes yoga is for every body. She has conducted workshops on restorative yoga and yoga for cyclists, and has specialized training in back care issues like scoliosis.
Rosie is eternally grateful to Elise Browning Miller, Manouso Manos and Jito Yumibe in the Bay Area for having guided her practice and teaching journey to this point, and currently studies with Patricia Walden and Peentz Dubble in the Boston area. When not on the mat, she’s on the hiking trail or her road bike, walking her dogs or travelling the globe with her family.
Asceticism is NOT to hold at any cost a pose that is painful, but to do this very pose with as much intensity of intelligence and love as possible.—B.K.S. Iyengar