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.

CIYT – Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher
CYT – Certified Yoga Therapist, International Association of Yoga Therapists

 

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Tamarie Spielman
Co-Director

CIYT, CYT

Tamarie is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at the Junior Intermediate III Level, and a Certified Yoga Therapist. She is a student of Senior Teachers Patricia Walden, and Manouso Manos, who she assisted for 5 years. 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 deepening awareness and applying practice in daily life.

 

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Octavia Morgan
Co-Director

CIYT, CYT

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, and has a special interest in working with students to address injuries and health conditions. A Boulder native, she holds a Senior I Iyengar teaching certification, and is a Certified Yoga Therapist.

Octavia is deeply grateful to Senior Iyengar Teachers Patricia Walden and Manouso Manos, who have guided, challenged, and inspired her. She was an assistant to Manouso from 2004 to 2010. She has traveled repeatedly 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.

 

Antonietta Capotondi

CIYT
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

 

Jayne Satter

CIYT, CYT
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

 

 

Jessica Miller

CIYT
Jess began practicing yoga in 2005 and found Yoga Shala in 2012. She is drawn to the freshness and variety of Iyengar Yoga and enjoys that she will never finish exploring all there is to learn. In her teaching, she shares the joy, precision and creativity of this practice through dynamic sequences and new variations of poses. She encourages students to dive into the physical and mental challenges yoga offers. Jess is certified at the Junior Intermediate I level and continues her studies with her primary teachers Tamarie Spielman and Octavia Morgan. In addition to yoga, Jess enjoys quilting, birding, camping, and bluegrass music.
Contact Jessica: jesshmiller@hotmail.com

 

Katya Slivinskaya

CIYT
Katya began her yoga practice in 2005, and was first certified as a yoga teacher in 2011. After some years practicing and teaching, she came to see Iyengar Yoga as a distillation of all that she was drawn to and loved about other methods and in 2017 became a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher.

Katya views yoga as a metaphor and a teaching tool for all of life – teaching non-duality, balance, and integration through the body in very accessible ways, so that we can then apply this knowledge to more subtle material. Along with teaching at Yoga Shala, Katya works with government-run outreach programs to provide affordable and free yoga classes for those in need. She is deeply grateful to the teachings of BKS Iyengar, his family, as well as her own teachers Jonathan Dickstein, Lisa Jo Landsberg, Tamarie Spielman and Octavia Morgan, for guiding her on this path of yoga.
Contact Katya: katya@katya.coach

 

 

Lenore Kitani

CIYT
Lenore started yoga as a physical activity, but has since had firsthand experience of the practice touching and transforming some of the deep corners of her body, mind and spirit. As a long time Theravadan Buddhist practitioner, she finds that yoga asana and pranayama practices directly support the foundations of mindfulness meditation. As a physical therapist, she values the depth, precision, subtlety and therapeutic applications of the Iyengar Yoga system. She recognizes that people come to yoga for a variety of reasons, and aspires to offer students a practice that shines light into the open and joyous as well as the tight or challenged parts of their bodies and minds.

Lenore feels fortunate to live in Boulder, CO near her guiding teachers and mentors – Lisa Jo Landsberg and Tamarie Spielman – who generously pass on their knowledge and wisdom in the Iyengar Yoga tradition. When she is able, she also studies with senior teachers Manouso Manos and Stephanie Quirk.

Contact Lenore via email: lenjokit@gmail.com

 

Lisa Jo Landsberg

CIYT, CYT
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

 

 

Naomi Rabinowitz

CIYT
Naomi has been a devoted student of Iyengar yoga since 2001. That year, after a life-time of dancing (that included years as a competitive ballroom dancer in New York City), she found herself suddenly unable to walk. Severe degenerative arthritis of the hips was diagnosed. Iyengar yoga provided her with a way to keep moving – and to keep body and spirit together – before, during and after bilateral hip replacements (2003 and 2007). Her yoga practice also supported other health challenges that include a diagnosis of breast cancer in 2015. She attributes her excellent mobility, and generally upbeat attitude, to her daily yoga practice.

Naomi Rabinowitz MD, LAc, is a retired physician and semi-retired acupuncturist. In 2018 she became a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor. Her medical background and personal health history have made her eager to share the benefits of Iyengar Yoga.Naomi is grateful to her mentors, Octavia Morgan and Tamarie Spielman, and the other Shala teachers for their inspiration and guidance. Other influential teachers include Laura Allard-Antelmi, Brooke Myers and Roxlyn Moret.
Contact Naomi at: www.longmontacupuncture.net
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