Clear demonstrations of the posture. A well-developed eye. Specific teaching points which awaken the body’s intelligence – these are the marks of a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT). Certified Iyengar Yoga teachers are held to an unusually rigorous standard. Only after years of training and evaluation do they become certified. Iyengar Yoga instructors use their deep-seated knowledge of the asanas (poses) to individualize corrections for each student. Students know they are observed and, if necessary, adjusted. An Iyengar Yoga class is highly verbal and precise, with misalignments and errors actively corrected.
Students can expect safe, methodical, insightful instruction in the hands of the most skilled teachers in Boise. Our teachers are certified in both Iyengar Yoga and Yoga Therapy.
We also have an active group of student teachers who are working towards their Iyengar Yoga certification, under the guidance of Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers. If you are interested in exploring our continuing education program, you may contact us.
Vickie Aldridge – CIYT
Vickie has been a student of Iyengar yoga since 1983 and teaching since 1987. Since her first encounter with B.K.S. Iyengar in 1987 she has traveled to India numerous times to study at RIMYI and continue her personal learning experience . Vickie was selected as one of 50 women in the world to attend the Women’s Intensive in Pune, India with Geeta Iyengar in 1997. She has been in charge of the BSU yoga program since 1991 and previously owned the Boise Yoga Center for 25 years. Vickie has maintained an interest in the therapeutic aspects of yoga as a 25-year member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and was on staff for St. Alphonsus (STAARS) and Idaho Pain Center for a combined 16 years. She feels that yoga has changed her life and put her on a path of awareness and well-being that continues to bring rewards to her students and in her own practice.
James Burton – CIYT
James began his practice of Iyengar yoga in 1997 and received his teaching certification in 2003. Originally from Sydney, Australia, James has called Boise home since 2005. His teaching style is challenging yet supportive and is inspired by his intensive personal practice. He gets a great sense of satisfaction watching his students progress in their yoga. James continues to study with his teacher in Australia, as well as with the Iyengar family in India.
Don Gura – CIYT
Don, an Intermediate Jr. II Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor, started his study of yoga in the late 1980s and became devoted to Iyengar yoga in the 1990s. Don has studied with the Iyengars in Pune, India as well as with many senior Iyengar yoga teachers throughout the United States. Don is devoted to yoga and uses practice, precision, alignment, compassion and humor to pass on his understanding of Iyengar yoga. His students often come away with the knowledge, clarity and focus they need to practice differently.
Susan Lamberson – CIYT
Susan Lamberson, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, loves yoga and is committed to sharing the art and science with you. As students tune into their very own “body of knowledge,” they transform their attention from fixing flaws to a growing sense of curiosity and deep self care. Iyengar yoga is a precise and effective way to restore, maintain and develop robust health. Susan’s classes are inspiring, transforming and playful.
Susan was introduced to yoga early in life through books and classes. She began study of Iyengar yoga in 1994 and completed certification in 2015. Susan founded Yoga of the Sequoias, in Three Rivers, CA, in 1996, where she taught until 2009. She has been teaching in Boise since then. Susan teaches classes for Boise State University as well as for the public.
Carrie Nutt – CIYT
Welcome Carrie to our studio! Carrie is a Junior I Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT). She completed the Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program in LA under the mentorship of Gloria Goldberg and Marla Apt and she also studies with Anna Delury. Her love affair with yoga started twenty years ago when she lived in New York creating theatre. Through the practice of yoga, Carrie carved out a path to better health and greater freedom, and in doing so, her life has been transformed. It is this experience that Carrie strives to share and inspire in all of her students. Carrie is a published, produced playwright with a Masters in Playwriting from Rutgers, where she taught Screenwriting.
Carolyn Sauer – CIYT
Carolyn began her study of Iyengar yoga in 1989 and recently received her Iyengar Yoga certification. Carolyn has been teaching yoga for nine years. Her passion is restorative yoga, pranayama and studying the effects of yoga on the nervous system. She has taught workshops at the Milton Erickson Conferences for Brief Psychotherapy with Kathryn and Ernest Rossi. Carolyn’s primary teachers include Ben Thomas, Wally Eastburn, Janet MacLeod and Birgit Reimer. Carolyn recently retired from a 35-year clinical psychology practice in California. In addition to yoga, she enjoys hiking, painting, fly fishing, playing the English Horn and oboe, and spending time with her husband, golden retriever and two sons.
Jenn Tigli – CIYT
Jenn found Iyengar yoga 16 years ago in an effort to manage injuries from a lifetime of competitive sports. Not only did she find yoga provided relief from chronic lower back pain and stiff shoulders but enhanced her emotional and mental well being too. Jenn is currently Iyengar certified at the Introductory Level and has been teaching for 12 years. Her style is challenging, yet encouraging. Jenn enjoys teaching students of all levels progress in their practice both on the mat and in their daily activities. When not teaching, Jenn enjoys mountain biking, gardening and backpacking with her husband and two daughters.
Peter Giordano – student teacher
Peter began studying Iyengar Yoga in 2003 during his freshman year of college and is currently in the process of becoming both a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and Iyengar Yoga Therapy Ambassador for healthcare professionals. He was immediately attracted to the physical and mental benefits of asana practice and finds great importance in studying all eight limbs of Yoga. Peter is one of our student teachers and is working towards his Iyengar Yoga certification.
Bridget Howley – student teacher
Bridget Howley is a long time student of yoga and passionate about presenting yoga accurately and authentically. After practicing and teaching Vinyasa for many years she eventually found Iyengar Yoga to be the missing piece in her journey. Now back in the seat of the student, she studies with the Iyengar Center of Boise and under teachers who were guided by BKS Iyengar himself. As a teacher she hopes to bring an element of strength and effort balanced with ease to each of her classes. She believes these elements are the key to releasing tension and interruption in the body and therefore in the mind as well. Bridget is one of our student teachers and is working towards her Iyengar Yoga certification.
“My Body is my temple and asanas are my prayers.” – Guruji (BKS Iyengar)
Cathy Leamy – student teacher
Cathy’s yoga practice started with Camille Thom at the downtown YMCA as she was looking to build a stronger core at the age of 50 so she could play ice hockey. She soon found that yoga offered more than just building core strength; it offered her mental clarity and emotional stability. She found that this clarity and stability was available to her throughout the day as long as she made it to yoga class. After a suggestion to check out Iyengar Yoga, she has been a student since 2008. She has studied with several senior teachers and looks forward to sharing with her students her passion for yoga and the joy it has brought her. She has been teaching for a year and enjoys bringing her students back to themselves via the precision, alignment and breath work of Iyengar Yoga. When Cathy is not studying yoga, she enjoys flat water paddling, playing with her dogs, hiking and hanging with her family. Cathy is one of our student teachers and is working towards her Iyengar Yoga certification.