Iyengar Yoga, a school of hatha yoga practice as researched and taught by B.K.S. Iyengar, is extremely dynamic and transformational. The poses are taught with body alignment as a focus, so that muscles reform and bones realign, offering freedom of movement and strength, as well as the possibility of deep relaxation and rejuvenated health. Ida, as well as the other teachers at Yoga Garden, are involved in continuing education, as part of the worldwide efforts of B.K.S. Iyengar's dedication to yoga as a healing art, and his inspiration to continue our own growth and expand our knowledge.
Ida has studied with numerous international masters including B.K.S. Iyengar, Aadil Pahlkavali, Faeq Beria, and Manouso Manos. In 1998, she spent time in Pune India, studying with the Iyengar family. While pregnant, she studied with Sandra Jordon, certified Iyengar yoga instructor and author of Yoga During Pregnancy. She continues to study advanced yoga and therapeutics via the BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute in West Hollywood. In addition to Santa Monica College and the Yoga Garden, she has taught at The Sports Connection and the BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute.
In 1996, as a result of a miraculous series of coincidences, Ida began to connect her Jewish "roots" with her "spiritual wings", yoga. She has developed an expansive curriculum that examines the connections and similarities between the two traditions, as an enhancement, a deepening to both. She has taught her "Yoga and Judaism" course to hundreds of people, via Temple Beth Shir Shalom, the Chavurah movement, the 1999 & 2001 Alef Kallah, among others. Additionally, she is honored to teach the Rabbis of the Spirituality Institute of Metiftah, and has been part of a lecture/panel discussion at The Museum of Tolerance, about Yoga and Judaism. Her work is motivated by her own deep yoga and meditation practice and a belief that she is guided to share this work. She studies Torah and Kabbalah in numerous formats, and is searching for the perfect vegetarian "chulent". She lives in Santa Monica with her teenage son, Harley, who has been heard to say, "My mom did yoga before it was popular".
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