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Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers

Becoming a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher requires years of practice, study and a rigorous examination of skills. For teachers, the Certification Mark demonstrates a commitment to maintaining the purity, excellence and high standards of Iyengar Yoga. Certified Iyengar Yoga instructors teach the method set forth by B. K. S. Iyengar, maintain a regular personal practice, continue their training with senior teachers, and hold to ethical guidelines.

Every Certified Iyengar Teacher has passed at least two rigorous, standardized assessments. Some have passed many more. The candidate begins the application process after three years study and developing a relationship with a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher who agrees to become a mentoring teacher. Then comes two years teaching, exclusively in the Iyengar Method — all before the actual testing begins.

In the assessment process itself, candidates are tested on anatomy and philosophy, then carefully observed and evaluated as they demonstrate Asanas and Pranayamas, and as they teach a class of students.

Tree House Iyengar Yoga is proud to display the Iyengar Teacher Certification Mark reflecting the dedication of its teachers.

Angela Dawn Moore

Angela began practicing yoga in 1997 due to an injury and as a means for stress relief. After joining the THIY community in 2004, Angela became a dedicated student of Iyengar Yoga and knew this was the path for her; inspiring her to pursue her Iyengar Yoga Certification. Under the guidance and mentorship of Pat Musburger and Felicity Green, Angela became certified and continues to participate in workshops, classes, and trainings with Laurie Blakeney, Janet McCloud, Nina Pillegi and many more of our amazing Iyengar teachers. She has been teaching at THIY since 2005 and feels strongly about the yoga community that has been built over the 18 years Tree House has been in Shoreline. We are not just a yoga studio, but a place students can feel at home with a yoga family that supports each other;  joins together in friendship, in celebration and during difficult times in our lives;  exemplifying the meaning of yoga or union.

Angela is also a Registered Dietetic Technician and Nutrition Educator with many years’ experience teaching in the public schools, community agencies and public housing sites. She loves children and the joy they bring through their honesty, innocence and eagerness to learn. In addition to her passion and love of teaching yoga, she is also passionate about all things that involve culinary art; especially promoting healthy and tasty cooking habits for life. She loves combining her passion of yoga and nutrition in a way that teaches the healing and life sustaining benefits of both to children and adults, alike.

Angela gets excited about sharing yoga with others because of the many benefits it brings to those who let it become part of their lives. With all the challenges in the world today, yoga can be that positive place we turn to and use what we’ve learned or experienced to help us lead a balanced life.

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Anne Geil

Anne, a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at the Intermediate Junior 1 level, began teaching in 2006.  When she discovered Iyengar yoga, she immediately recognized the precision it required and its ability to affect change. Anne’s professional and personal study imbues her teaching with clarity. Her depth of understanding of the body arises from both an intellectual and experiential perspective. Her students appreciate her warmth and kindness.

Anne’s training with senior teachers includes Patricia Walden, Swati and Rajiv Chanchanni, Joan White, Felicity Green, and Ingela Abbott. She participated in the 2007 Iyengar Convention with Geeta Iyengar and was honored to meet B.K.S. Iyengar in 2005.

Licensed as a massage therapist since 1992, Anne studies with an internationally known osteopathic educator, Loren “Bear” Rex, D.O. She has completed over 300 advanced education hours emphasizing functional anatomy, physiology and embryology. She taught anatomy and physiology for six years at a local massage school and she practices in Shoreline.

Anne also practices Insight Meditation (Vipassana).  Her lifetime love of movement includes study in ballet, tap, modern, Feldenkrais, tai chi, aikido, capoeira and flamenco. Anne finds yoga brings balance to her inner and outer life and she enjoys sharing her passion of yoga with her husband and young daughter.

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Edith Sze Savadove

A student of Iyengar yoga since 2000, Edith became a certified Iyengar yoga instructor at the Introductory level in August 2009.  Edith regularly attends workshops with senior Iyengar yoga instructors in the United States including Rebecca Learner, Laurie Blakeney, Mary Reilly, and Janet MacLeod. She feels fortunate to have had an opportunity to learn from Geeta Iyengar at Iyengar yoga national conventions and from the accomplished family of instructors at the Pune Institute.

Edith came to the practice of yoga with a background in Asian dance and theater and a lifelong love of movement. She has an MFA in Asian Performance from the University of Hawaii, where she studied classical and contemporary theater and movement including Japanese, Balinese, and Chinese disciplines.  She lived for 7 years in Japan where she was a disciple of traditional dance and theater.

Edith values the process of physical, mental, and spiritual discovery that develops with an ongoing yoga practice.  Through her detailed teaching of the physical poses, Edith endeavors to help students discover the many ways yoga can support and enrich their lives.

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Fred Dowd

Fred began practicing yoga in 1982 and started to teach in 1986. He left his computer programming job at Texas Instruments to teach yoga full time in 1988. Fred was a founder of the Dallas Yoga Center and its director for nine years.  He currently works at the University of Washington.

Fred was certified by the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States in 1990. A long time student of Ramanand Patel, Fred has also studied extensively with Joan White, Mary Dunn, Manouso Manos and George Purvis. He has studied with B.K.S. Iyengar and his family in Pune, India six times since 1989.

Fred’s classes are designed to promote alignment and health as he works in the flow with the needs of the students.

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George Kindl

George began studying the Iyengar system of yoga in 2001 and became a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher in 2008.

He has studied with a variety of senior-level Iyengar teachers including George Purvis, Patricia Walden, Swati and Rajiv Chanchanni, and Joan White. He also participated in classes led by Geeta Iyengar at the 2007 U.S. convention.

George finds the ability to individualize the practice to suit the particular needs of the student most appealing about the Iyengar system. In addition to teaching at Tree House, George teaches at Seattle Iyengar Yoga Studio in Ballard.

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Joanna Filipek

Certified at the Intermediate Junior I level, Joanna found the Iyengar yoga method in 2007. Attracted by the intensity, precision and deep effects of the method she started regular and intensive practice. She studied with senior Iyengar yoga teachers in Europe. Since 2012 Joanna regularly visits RIMYI in Pune to study with Iyengar family. After coming to Seattle in 2016 she continues to study with advanced teachers Lois Steinberg, Dean and Rebecca Lerner, Mary Reilly and Patricia Walden. Joanna has been teaching yoga in Wroclaw, Poland since 2012, now she continues her teaching practice in Seattle. Her objective in teaching is to share the integrity and the joy of yoga practice with the students, she likes to play with asanas, deepening the intensity of practice and making them accessible to all students.

I’m deeply grateful to all my teachers for patient leading me on the path of yoga, for fervor and dedication to their practice, inspiring me to work on my own imperfections, on and off the mat.
What enraptures me in yoga is the essence of it – integration of mind, spirit and body. It astonishes me again and again, and disposes to deeper flooding into my own practice.

Except of yoga and her family, Joanna’s other love is literature. Being a regular bookworm, she shares this passion with her kids and enjoys the book-talk with her friends.

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Kristina Bavik

Kristina (CIYT – Intro 1 & 2) dabbled in various yoga styles before finding Iyengar Yoga in 2011. Iyengar Yoga’s precise instruction, innovative sequencing, and therapeutic benefits motivate and propel her to continue studying and practicing to learn more about the subtle changes that occur within our self with continued practice. She enjoys making yoga asana accessible to all students. Kristina has studied with a variety of senior teachers and had the privilege of attending the Iyengar Yoga National Convention in 2013 and with Abhijata Sridhar Iyengar in 2016. Email Kristina

Laurel Rayburn

Laurel Rayburn first started studying Iyengar yoga in San Francisco in the early 2000s. After moving to the east coast a few years later, she met her teacher, Patricia Walden, and has studied with her ever since. Laurel has studied at the RIMYI center in Pune and also traveled with Patricia to do yoga in Guruji’s birthplace village, Bellur, in the district of Karnataka. Laurel considers Jarvis Chen her other primary teacher.

Laurel received her PhD in English literature from Brown University. Writing her dissertation on modern American lyric poetry, she has long been interested in the way that BKS Iyengar’s language uses the logic of poetic forms to animate the body. Laurel also teaches both yoga and literature courses in Washington state correctional facilities.

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Mari Sullivan

Mari Sullivan is a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor based in Seattle. After years of practicing vinyasa yoga, she discovered Iyengar Yoga in 2014 and immediately resonated with the precision, discipline, and profound mindfulness of the practice and its ability to heal and create lasting change. Through years of study and practice, Mari has developed a deep understanding of alignment and compassionate teaching style that inspires students to discover the connection between mind, body, and spirit and empowers them through their yoga practice.

Before relocating to Seattle in 2019, Mari taught in Los Angeles and Orange County at YogaWorks and several boutique studios. She has studied with Tulsi Laher, Chris Stein, Paul Cabanis, and Shaw-Jiun Wang, and Carolyn Belko. When she’s not practicing or teaching yoga, Mari is a musician and writes, records, and performs original music under the name MariGo!

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Michelle Ringgold

Michelle is a certified Introductory II Iyengar teacher and began teaching at Tree House Iyengar Yoga in 2004. She started on the yogic path in 1995 and has studied within the Iyengar method since 1999. Michelle has practiced Buddhism & meditation within the Shambhala tradition since 2007. Her teaching style is a blend of precision and humor with a philosophical bent.

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Pat Musburger

Director of Tree House Iyengar Yoga from 2003 through 2016, Pat is certified at the Intermediate Junior level, and has been teaching since 1995. Horseback riding brought yoga into her life—to help her stay on the horse while going over jumps. She feels fortunate to have found Iyengar yoga first as it suits her personality and physical needs.

Before moving to Seattle in 2003, she taught at Houston Iyengar Yoga Studio where she studied with George Purvis. Influential senior teachers with whom she has studied include Felicity Green, Joan White, Mary Dunn, and Dean Lerner. Convention classes with Geeta Iyengar greatly deepened her understanding and the opportunity to study with B.K.S. Iyengar during his Light on Life tour had a profound effect upon her commitment to yoga and teaching.  Currently she studies primarily with Rebecca Lerner and Joan White.

She is past president of the Iyengar Yoga Association of the Northwest and a past board member of the Iyengar Yoga Association of the U.S.

In 1991, about 8 months after having started yoga, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. At that point, yoga became more than a passing interest. It was instrumental to her survival during and after treatment. Though 20 years of teaching theatre, speech, and writing could have been enough of a feast in life, the chance to teach yoga is the perfect dessert.

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Tara Bernstein

While teaching and choreographing modern dance in New York and Seattle, Tara began the study of yoga.  Dancers often suffer injuries from being over zealous in their art. Yoga helped her discover healing and mindfulness and a healthy life without pain.  An Intermediate Junior 1 certified teacher, Tara discovered Iyengar Yoga in 2001 and initially became a certified teacher in 2009. Tara presently studies yoga with Pat Musburger and Felicity Green. She has attended two Iyengar Yoga Teachers’ Conventions with Dr. Geeta S. Iyengar:  2007 “The Journey from Body To Bliss” and 2010 “Reflections” on understanding yoga therapy.  Her travels have taken her to India to study with Rajiv and Swati Chanchani, two of Mr. Iyengar’s most advanced teachers. photo of Tara in Sirsasana Tara also teaches classes at the University Family YMCA and Taj Yoga in Ballard. At Tree House Tara is focused on introducing beginning yoga students to the fundamentals of yoga asana. Her back care class calls on her deep personal practice. She is known for her patience and kindness as well as her insistence on safety and proper alignment during class. Email Tara