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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 III 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 Carroll
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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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Vered was introduced to the Iyengar yoga tradition during college and practice has been part of her life ever since. After moving to the United States to pursue higher education, she started studying with Patricia Walden and graduated from her teacher training program.
Vered's energetic teaching style focuses on bringing enthusiasm and interest into the students' practice with an understanding of alignment and sequencing which is the foundation of the Iyengar method. She challenges her students in their practice while ensuring each student practices to their own capability with individual adjustments and props.
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I love teaching!
My practice brings me joyful moments of discovery, and from there I create sequences to share those discoveries with my students. In the course of teaching, I gain even more insight, and THAT I reinvest back into my practice. It is a wonderful cycle!
My classes are thoughtfully-sequenced and challenging, but also playful and inclusive as I really believe yoga is for everybody.
I am a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT), Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and a graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco’s 2-year Advanced Studies/Teacher Training program.
I am so grateful to the many wonderful members of the U.S. Iyengar community who have guided me over the last 18 years and still influence my voice as a teacher. They include Rebecca and Dean Lerner in Pennsylvania and the wonderful faculty at IYISF including Elise Browning Miller and Jito Yumibe. Now in New England, Patricia Walden, Peentz Dubble, Jarvis Chen and Roni Brissette help me deepen my sadhana so that I can bring my very best self to my students. I also travel to India bi-annually for month-long studies with the Iyengar 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