I opened the NiyamaYogaDallas.com Center of Dallas provide the instruction and encouragement that students need to experience the benefits of
a sustained yoga practice. Often, when I ask long-time yoga students about why they have made yoga practice an integral part of their lives,
this is what I hear: Relief from stress or pain. Greater flexibility or strength. Better weight management, improved circulation or cardiovascular
conditioning. Inner peace.
As a dedicated student myself, I feel privileged to have studied under some of today’s most knowledgeable
instructors, including Amrit Desai, T.K.V. Desikachar, Lex Gillan, Aadil B. Palkhivala, Erich Schiffmann and Amy Weintraub. My experiences
with each of these yoga instructors has influenced my own teaching style and I am grateful for the opportunity to have learned from these individuals.
Mr. Desai’s lectures taught me to be very humble with yoga, as he is. He had a passion for his practice, and that is the reason I am doing
yoga today. Mr. Desai, who founded the organization that grew
to become the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
, has been honored with numerous awards, including the titles
of "Doctor of Yoga," "Jagadacharya," (universal teacher), and "Vishwa Yoga Ratna," which was bestowed on him by the president of India.
Mr. Desikachar has been teaching yoga for more than 45 years
and is committed to the idea that yoga should be adapted to people’s changing needs. His father, Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, is credited
with establishing the style of physical yoga that is most familiar to today’s students who are practicing in the U.S. and throughout the world.
From Mr. Desikachar I learned that yoga practice should be centered on people’s unique situation, and I approach each of my students in terms
of what they need as individuals.
Something that has been very meaningful for my ability to work with students new to yoga was
Lex Gillan’s emphasis on carefully verbalizing as well as
demonstrating yoga poses, so that students can more easily follow the instruction in a step-by-step manner. Mr. Gillan’s emphasis on meditation
also helped me learn how to avoid the distractions that often interrupt the ability of an instructor to remain attuned to the needs of
I am grateful for the opportunity to have studied with
Aadil B. Palkhivala who is truly a master teacher to other
oga instructors. He is a "one-of-a-kind" teacher, combining insightful instruction about the anatomy of the body, how to apply the correct
physical adjustments and alignments, and the importance of verbalization during instruction. Aadil's experience with yoga includes observing
B.K.S. Iyengar beginning at the age of three, starting formal study at the age of seven and being awarded an Advanced Yoga Teacher's
Certificate when he was 22 years old.
My comments here will not fully capture my experience learning under
, but he taught me the importance of incorporating fun into yoga.
He is very good at verbalizing poses with a sense of humor. Erich also provides a lot of inspiration for people who think they’re not flexible
enough or do not have the right body type for yoga. Mr. Schiffmann, who could not touch his toes or cross his legs in the Lotus position when he f
irst began yoga, now holds workshops throughout the country for many students who feel the same way.
Amy Weintraub has dedicated much of her life to helping people
overcome the limitations of depression through yoga. Amy has written an excellent book titled Yoga For Depression
. And with her instruction, like other yoga students throughout
the country, I learned to help myself get out of depression and was able to stop taking medication after one year. With Amy, I learned a lot about
depression and how to work with people who suffer from depression.
Whether you are an experienced yoga student or a beginner who thinks
you are not flexible enough or strong enough to begin a yoga practice, I have established NiyamaYogaDallas.com to meet your needs. Don’t hesitate
to contact me to discuss how we can work together to help you achieve the benefits that yoga can bring to your life.