Patricia Walden Director

Patricia Walden is a uniquely inspiring teacher who is renowned for her keen observation, the dynamic depth of her teaching, and the elegant refinement of her practice. She is one of only two North Americans who holds a senior advanced certificate in the Iyengar method.

Patricia came to yoga in her early 20s, as a spiritual calling. In 1976, she met B.K.S Iyengar and was immediately struck by his light, energy, insight, and genius, as well as by his joy in yoga and delightful humor. She became his devoted student and has been traveling to Pune, India, to study with him (and his daughter Geeta) every year since. Under Guruji’s guidance, she has developed her own methodical and inspirational approach to practice and teaching.

Patricia has been a prominent figure in the evolution of yoga in the United States and has played an active role in the Iyengar Yoga community since the mid-1980s. She co-founded the B.K.S Iyengar Center of Cambridge, served as president of the B.K.S Iyengar Association of Massachusetts, and co-chaired the 1987 B.K.S Iyengar Yoga Convention. She helped start the National Certification Committee and has served on it for more than 23 years. Currently, she is vice president of the B.K.S. Iyengar Regional Association of New England.

"I try to bring my students to the heart of yoga: to reduce suffering and uncover the unparalleled joy within themselves, so that yoga is a catalyst for transformation."
—Patricia Walden

Along with her teaching, Patricia is known for her yoga videos and writings. Her DVDs, including Yoga for Beginners, were tremendously influential in the popularization of yoga worldwide. She has co-authored three books, including The Women’s Book of Yoga and Health, and a booklet on yoga for depression (“Take an Action, No Matter How Small”). In 2004, she was cited by Yoga Journal as one of “25 American yoga originals who are shaping yoga today.”

Patricia’s classes are infused with wisdom, humor, and the philosophy of yoga. Her aspiration is that students leave class seated in their hearts with fearlessness, having touched the deeper levels of their being.

In addition to teaching at Down Under School of Yoga and in Cambridge, Patricia conducts workshops, retreats and teacher trainings both nationally and internationally.

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Patricia’s Event & Retreat Schedule

Summer Retreats in Petersham, MA
with Patricia Walden

  • July 27: Annual Backbend Retreat for Advanced Students

  • July 28: Retreat Day for Advanced Students

  • August 3 & 4: Retreat Weekend for Intermediate Students

  • August 10: Preparation for Introductory I/II and Intermediate Junior I Assessment

10am – 5:30 pm each day | $130 per day

To register, contact Mail checks payable to BKS Iyengar Yogamala, 35 Chester Street, Arlington, MA 02476. Location and other details will be sent upon registration.

Shaker Museum Retreat
with Patricia Walden
Enfield, New Hampshire
August 21–25, 2019

Join Patricia Walden as we explore the practice of yoga. Each day will include 3 hours of asana in the morning and 2 hours of pranayama and philosophy discussion in the afternoon. This retreat is held at the historic Enfield Shaker Museum in Enfield, New Hampshire. For details, click here or email


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