Teachers

All teachers at Yoga Shala are certified in the Iyengar method. Iyengar Yoga has a rigorous and demanding certification process with multiple levels. For each level, candidates are evaluated by a panel of three Senior Teachers who evaluate them on more than 45 different criteria, including the clarity of their instruction, their ability to teach poses safely and effectively to a wide range of students, and their skill in observing and correcting students. Some teachers choose to pursue higher levels of certification, enabling them to teach more advanced poses and therapeutic yoga. It takes many years of practice and study to advance to the higher levels.

 

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Tamarie Spielman
Co-Director

Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher – Junior Intermediate III
Certified Yoga Therapist – International Association of Yoga Therapists

Tamarie is a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher at the Junior Intermediate III Level. She is a dedicated student of Senior Teachers Manouso Manos, who she assisted for 5 years, and Patricia Walden. She travels regularly to Pune, India for extended periods of study with the Iyengar family. In addition to yoga, Tamarie maintains a daily meditation practice. Her teaching reflects compassion, humor, and her commitment to developing awareness and applying practice in daily life.
Contact Tamarie: Phone: 303-440-4100; E-mail: info@yogashalaboulder.com

 

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Octavia Morgan
Co-Director

Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher – Junior Intermediate III
Certified Yoga Therapist – International Association of Yoga Therapists

Octavia has been a devoted student of lyengar Yoga since 1995 and a full time teacher since 2003. She has in-depth experience using yoga to address her neck pain and lower back injuries. Octavia has a special interest in working with students to address injuries and health conditions. A Boulder native, she holds an Iyengar teaching certification at the Junior Intermediate III level.

Octavia is deeply grateful to Senior Iyengar Teachers Patricia Walden and Manouso Manos,  who guide, challenge, and inspire her. She was an assistant to Manouso from 2004 to 2010. She travels regularly to Pune, India to study with the Iyengar family, and has attended numerous conferences, workshops, and intensives with Senior lyengar Teachers. She has twice completed Stephanie Quirk’s three-year course on Asana and Therapeutics.
Contact Octavia:  Phone: 303-440-4100; E-mail: info@yogashalaboulder.com

 

Antonietta Capotondi

Antonietta Capotondi is a Certified Iyengar Instructor. She has been practicing yoga since the early 90’s, when she discovered Iyengar Yoga with Laura Antelmi, and fell in love with the precision, creativity, and novelty of this method. A long-term student of Laura Antelmi, she has also studied with BKS Iyengar during his last visit to the USA, and Iyengar Senior Teachers Manouso Manos, Gabriella Giubilaro, Patricia Walden, and John Schumacher. Antonietta’s approach to yoga reflects her scientific background. She loves using the attention to subtle adjustments that is characteristic of the Iyengar method as a way to understand the intrinsic logic of each pose and to find a deep mind-body connection. Her commitment is to guide each student in her/his own discovery of that logic, and enjoyment of its beauty.
Contact Antonietta: Phone: 303-807-0304; E-mail: antonietta.capotondi@comcast.net

 

 

 

Lisa Jo Landsberg

Lisa Jo is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor teaching in her private home studio and at Yoga Shala in Boulder, Colorado. She has been a Yoga practitioner for over 35 years and an Iyengar Yoga teacher for almost 20 years. She has been to Pune, India to study with the Iyengars and has served as an Officer on the Board of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States. (IYNAUS).

Navigating physical challenges from a previous professional dance career and active lifestyle, Lisa Jo has benefitted from the pioneering work of BKS Iyengar’s Yoga Methodology & Therapeutics. She is devoted to teaching others how to practice with intelligence so that they can live with great well being. Lisa Jo’s primary passion is to transfer knowledge so students master the ability to teach themselves, to acknowledge and access their own inner wisdom, and find true contentment and freedom. Lisa Jo loves studying The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and applies practical application of this ancient wisdom in her classes.
Contact Lisa Jo: Phone: 303-442-9131; Email: lisajland@hotmail.com; Website www.pearlsofwisdomyoga.com

 

Jayne Satter

A marathon and triathlon competitor, Jayne’s active driven lifestyle came to a hard stop when she contracted chronic fatigue syndrome.  Iyengar yoga became the only way she could participate in the realm of the physical without succumbing to fatigue and illness, and as its healing effects became manifest in her life, she immersed herself in its practice.  She has now been teaching yoga for more than 20 years and is Iyengar certified at the Junior Intermediate III level, as well as being an assessor.  She has studied with the Iyengars during six extended stays in Pune, India.

Jayne is passionate about sharing with students what she continues to learn about restoration of mind, body and spirit; injuries; aging; and connecting yogic philosophy to everyday life.  In addition to teaching in Colorado she greatly enjoys conducting workshops and teacher trainings around Mexico.  Jayne, who has an M.S. in Education, taught in the Boulder public schools and at C.U.
Contact Jayne: E-mail: mangojayne@me.com

 

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John Steele

John has a long-standing interest in Self-realization. Since his first yoga class in 1970, he has delved deeply into yoga, Zen, and other wisdom traditions while pursuing a career as a Psychologist and Meditation Instructor. After over a decade of training with Francois Raoult and other senior Iyengar teachers, including Patricia Walden and Manouso Manos, John began teaching in 2003, travelled to India to study at the Iyengar Institute in 2006, and became a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher in 2008. He is currently taking Stephanie’s Quirk’s training in therapeutics.

An avid meditator, John views yoga as meditation. He enjoys teaching all students, regardless of their level of experience, physical fitness or flexibility. John offers workshops on yoga for the hips and low back, shoulders and neck, feet and knees, as well as anxiety, depression and fatigue. Students appreciate John’s calm, gentle manner, attention to individual needs and sense of humor.