Namastday Teachers

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Meet our Yoga Teachers

Namastday Yoga believes in constant learning. Our yoga teachers have all gone through rigorous training and assessments to gain the knowledge that they have now. All Iyengar teachers are certified by the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States. They understand their responsibilities to the students and provide well rounded yoga classes.

  

  

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Steph Kang aka turtle Flow yoga is a E-RYT 200®, RYT 500® yoga instructor certified through YogaWorks and Bryan Kest's Power Yoga. She's dedicated to guiding her students find their inner sparkle. She's inspired by the healing and transformative effects yoga has on students of all ages and levels. In her classes, Steph emphasizes breath, mindfulness and play to ensure that students come out of each class feeling light, joyful, calm, stronger and flexible. She loves to cultivate the feeling of oneness through music, animals, traveling, art and doga (yoga with dogs). "Go Within & Find Your Inner Sparkle!"
Jennifer Smith is a yoga teacher dedicated to teaching the yogic lifestyle through helping her students appreciate the process and not just the goal. Empowering her students on and off the mat with the message to never give up, but always let go. She teaches with a tangible energy and genuity that compels her students to trust the process and find the best in themselves.
She studied Hatha yoga and Ayurveda in Rishikesh, India then also concentrated on Ashtanga under Caroline Klebl. Her teaching style blends yogic therapy, with mindful sequencing and correct alignment while focusing on the breath to create a moving meditation. Her teaching and energy create a refuge for her students while pushing them to grow beyond their expectations. Her teaching styles include hatha, Ashtanga, children’s, vinyasa flow, power, restorative, yin, meditation, and pranayama. With practice, we can shed the layers of our egos to let our true selves shine!
Nadjiba Medjaoui has been practicing Yoga since 2004. In 2010, she moved to Los Angeles to study Yoga and healing modalities. Soon she became a YogaWorks 200 hours certified instructor. She is passionate about the therapeutic and healing effect of Yoga which, brought her to study Yoga Tune Up® with Jill Miller and Restorative Yoga with Jillian Pransky.
She is an integrated Yoga Tune Up® teacher and a Holistic Health Coach certified by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and a Tensegrity® instructor. She holds a bachelor degree in Architecture and is passionate about building with natural materials. She speaks English, French and Arabic.
Tonya is a KPJAYI authorized Ashtanga yoga teacher. She has shared her love of the practice with students in Seoul, Dubai and across the US.

In 2007 Tonya set off to travel the world. It was during this time that she was first introduced to the Ashtanga yoga method. She has been a dedicated student ever since. Tonya spent the next seven years living in Asia and immersed herself in the study of Eastern philosophy, Ashtanga yoga and vipassana meditation. She has made several trips to Mysore, India to study with her teacher, R. Sharath Jois at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute.

Poopack has been practicing Yoga ever since she took her first class in 2002. Her passion for Yoga has evolved over the years as her mat has become her best friend. She continues to practice daily and is always searching for beautiful things in life to inspire her teaching skills. She is a graduate of the 500 hour teacher training program through YogaWorks. Poopack truly believes that Yoga can heal everyone, as well as encourage beginning students. She recognizes different levels and strengths and strives to accommodate all of her students. Poopack's Yoga classes are energetic, fun, constructive, and passionate as well as a fantastic workout. Her love of life, family, and of course Yoga are all integrated into her practice and teach. Namaste.
When I took my first yoga class, I had no idea what I was doing and how deeply it would transform my life. Starting with vinyasa, and yin, my quest for deeper knowledge of the subject of yoga naturally led me to the practice and teachings of BKS Iyengar. The depth, intelligence, and directness of the Iyengar system make transformation possible for everyone. I have been a certified RYT since 2008 and became a certified Iyengar Introductory level I/II yoga teacher in 2015.
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.
Anna Delury is one of Southern California’s Senior Iyengar Yoga teachers and a founder of IYILA. She has traveled regularly to Pune to study with the Iyengar family since 1982. In 1988 she received a BSc. in Kinesiology from UCLA. Known for her insight and wry sense of humor, Anna brings a practical application of yoga philosophy into each class, as she helps guide students to a deeper understanding and awareness of what lies within each of them.

Seeker. Explorer. Intermediate Senior III Iyengar Yoga teacher.
Fundamentals through advanced. Challenging, informative, fun.

As a direct student of the late BKS Iyengar and daughter Geeta, I polish my studies in Pune, India annually since 2000. I am also grateful to have assisted in medical classes under their tutelage. I believe the discipline of practice, especially sequencing of learning, is key to freedom and enhancing one’s potential … having some fun along the way is also vital!
In addition to regular classes, I offer workshops for other persons with MS and neurological challenges.I teach in LA and worldwide. Private instruction available.

I became a certified Iyengar teacher in 1995. I had the immense privilege of being personally instructed on several occasions by B.K.S. Iyengar, most intensively during the photo shoot for the book, “Iyengar Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health.” I love the versatility of yoga; it can be used to alleviate suffering on a physical level, but is also the most sophisticated tool for self discovery on psychological and spiritual levels as well. There is much joy to be found in the persistent practice of this transformative and noble healing art, science, and philosophy!
I was first introduced to yoga at age 12, and practiced Martial arts and Yoga throughout my teens. When I moved to LA in 1996, I discovered Iyengar yoga and was drawn to its integrity and intelligent sequencing. It helped me heal my chronic ankle injury and taught me how to deal with my mild scoliosis. In 2001, I went to Pune, India and spent a month studying with the Iyengar family. A few years later I became a certified Iyengar teacher and have been teaching professionally and full time since 2006.
For me yoga is a way to connect to my true self, and I try to live by its principles. I love sharing it with new students, and try to challenge my students to leave their comfort zone and learn the poses in a progressive manner, step by step.
I believe in heat and just like B.K.I says, there is no magic pill to master anything. It has to be earned with sweat so get ready for a heated, fun Hatha flow with challenging sequence, lots of prop use, and restoratives at the end
Yoga has been the balance and center of strength providing the daily shift of my rajastic state of mind into a more sattvic place, connecting the body and mind…. the goal of yoga.
I love the endless joy of learning and listening to my body and watching daily how it changes, moving away from thought and the chitta vrittis (fluctuations of the mind), seeing the future created out of the present, living moment to moment… breath to breath.
I want to share my love and passion for Yoga with people. It changed my life over 30 years ago and helped me transform into the best me I could be. As a certified Iyengar teacher, I have developed a dialog between my body and my mind through the instruction of the alignment of one’s body. I realized that the physical body is constantly speaking to us and that we often don’t take time to listen to it because we are so busy with our daily lives and distractions. The improved focus through yoga has a direct effect on meditation and health. I want to share this passion with my students to inspire and guide them through their own self- inquiry and journey through a regular and consistent practice.
Supple body, supple mind ……. Healthy body, happy mind.
 
Ida E. Unger, Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor, M. ED. began teaching yoga in 1987 at her home-based studio in Santa Monica, Yoga Garden Studios, and at Santa Monica College. She has studied with the Iyengar family in Pune, India. Ida feels eternally grateful for the changes yoga has brought to her life and is honored to share this practice with all who want to live with more of themselves awake, alive, present and peaceful. In the early 90’s, she began to connect her Jewish roots with her Yogic wings, resulting in a deepening of both. She lives in Tujunga, where you will find her hiking with her family and dogs, reading a book, or standing on her head.
I 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.
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img-iyengarCertified Iyengar Yoga Teachers are held to an unusually rigorous standard, earning their certification only after years of training and evaluations. Only the world’s most knowledgeable, rigorously-trained teachers earn Iyengar Yoga Certification.

The Iyengar Yoga Certification Mark is your guarantee of a yoga experience that’s safe, suitable for individual physical conditions, and beneficial for both body and mind.
  
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