Iyengar 1


This class is taught by:

Affi Bakhtiar

Affi initially started her yoga practice in the Iyengar tradition in 1998 in Honolulu. Upon moving back to Los Angeles, she continued to study with Chris Stein and Eric Small among others, as well as travelling to Pune twice to study with the Iyengar family.
She continues her studies under the tutelage of her senior teacher Mahyar Raz, an Advanced Junior II teacher; who heads the Toronto studio.
Her travels, the influence of a diverse group of teachers as well as the changes in her own practice in the last 20 years, has given her a sensibility to adjust her teaching to her students’ needs while still keeping her class progressive and informative. Making each class a mindful journey of inner exploration and a discovery of abilities and strengths not limitations. This is the beauty of Iyengar yoga; the fact that it is accessible to all ages.
Affi is an Introductory II certified Iyengar teacher.

Shane Willis

Like many, I started practicing Iyengar yoga in an attempt to heal injuries and relieve pain that had become chronic. I’m still amazed at how well it worked and works. I‘m also thankful for the mental and emotional “quiet” that the practice offers.
Since I was originally trained in the visual arts, mostly making sculpture and conceptual projects, I love the shapes of the poses and how one pose is another inverted or on its side… I’m endlessly amazed at how this formalism has the capacity to heal and inspire. I see yoga as the highest art form.
I am a certified Introductory 2 Iyengar Yoga teacher.

Becky Patel (sub)

graduated from the 3-year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program of Southern California and am certified at the Introductory II level. I had the great privilege of studying with Geeta Iyengar in Pune for a two-week intensive in 2014 and regularly study with many of the senior teachers including Manouso Manos and Gloria Goldberg. In my day job I am a Textile Designer and spend most of the day sitting in front of a computer. Yoga helps me combat the Ill-effects of a computer job and gives me relief from stress and fatigue. I truly believe it makes you a better person inside and out. I have a relaxed, approachable teaching style and strive to challenge students while creating a safe and welcoming environment.
This varied class is suitable for all levels of practitioners, from beginning to experienced students. Building on the foundational teachings of BKS Iyengar, this class will offer a continued and deepened exploration of asanas and pranayamas, with an aim towards developing and supporting a self-directed yoga practice. Come join us in building strength, confidence and stamina while nurturing and refreshing body and mind.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Jun 26 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Affi Bakhtiar
  • Wed Jun 28 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Claudia Wepper (sub)
  • Sat Jul 01 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Shane Willis
  • Mon Jul 03 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Patrick Carroll (sub)
  • Wed Jul 05 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Becky Patel (sub)
  • Sat Jul 08 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Shane Willis
  • Mon Jul 10 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Affi Bakhtiar
  • Wed Jul 12 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Efrat Lavie (sub)
  • Sat Jul 15 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Shane Willis
  • Mon Jul 17 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Affi Bakhtiar
  • Wed Jul 19 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Becky Patel (sub)
  • Sat Jul 22 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Shane Willis


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