Teacher bios

has studied yoga for over 30 years and has been teaching Iyengar Yoga for 20 years. In the Iyengar approach to Hatha Yoga, teachers earn certification levels through thorough, in-depth, required study and then go through an assessment process. Allan has earned the esteemed level of Intermediate Jr. Level III. He also continues to sharpen his understanding of Yoga with his bi-annual travel to Pune, India to study with the world renowned BKS Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar.

dropped into her first yoga class in 1982 at the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco. Since that time, Regina has moved from developing a rigorous daily practice to learning deeply about yoga’s history, philosophy, and devotional aspects. Regina teaches purely for the joy of sharing something cherished, and her focus is teaching precise alignment of each yoga pose in sequenced repetitions that build strength, stamina, balance and flexibility. She holds an Intermediate Junior I certification, and her studio, Deep River Yoga, is located in Nevada City, CA.

has studied and practiced Iyengar Yoga since 1992. His primary mentor has been Senior Advanced Iyengar Instructor Manouso Manos (’94 – present). Gary’s most influential teachers have been Manos, Mary Dunn, and Ramanand Patel, with whom he studied in India in 2000. Vercelli taught Iyengar Yoga at American River College 2000 - 2012. He was certified by the IYNAUS at the Intro 2 level in 2003. Gary has attended four Iyengar National Conventions and studied with Geeta Iyengar in Pune India (12/04) and with B.K.S. Iyengar in Estes Park, CO. (10/05). A popular broadcaster on Capital Public Radio (88.9 FM), Vercelli brings to his craft as a yoga instructor a dynamic presence and a reverence for the subject.

holds a Senior 1 Iyengar certification level. She is on the teacher training staff at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. She is an Iyengar certification assessor, teaches public classes in her studio in St. Helena, California, and leads workshops nationally and internationally. Jaki holds a Masters degree in Humanistic Psychology and does continual study in Anatomy. As of 2013 she has made 18 pilgrimages to the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India. Jaki has published a book and magazine articles addressing female health issues. She is a very accessible teacher with a methodical teaching style.  

began his journey into yoga in San Francisco in 1983. That is when he took his first Iyengar yoga class. The attention on the inner body and it's alignment was the beginning of Tom's fascination with this practice. Then the depth of the practice revealed itself. After a decade of study in which he attended the teachers training program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco, he became a certified Iyengar teacher. Tom has been to Pune, India three times to study directly with the Iyengars at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute. To learn more about Tom and his methods, visit www.yogitom.com.

is enrolled in the 500-hour teacher training program at the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco (IYISF), and has completed 200 hours of teacher training. She has practiced Iyengar yoga since 1999 and believes that in fostering strength, flexibility, and self-awareness, yoga results in emancipation of the mind and body.

was certified as an Iyengar yoga instructor in 1983. She continues to study with the Iyengar family in India and the West, and she has attended many Iyengar yoga conventions. Her teaching style is demanding on all levels; this combined with her ability to create a joyful atmosphere in class has a transformative effect on students. Janet teaches classes to the general public in San Francisco; teaches in the Teacher Training Program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco (IYISF) and conducts retreats and workshops worldwide.
For more information about Janet, visit  http://jmacleodyoga.com. 

is a Senior Intermediate level Iyengar yoga instructor based in Los Angeles, California and is on the faculty of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Southern California's Teacher Training Program. Since visiting India for the first time to conduct research for a degree in Buddhist Philosophy Marla has returned to spend a year studying at RIMYI. In a piece by Yoga Journal Magazine, Marla was highlighted as one of twenty-one young yoga teachers helping to “shape the future of yoga.” She has been involved with medical research at UCLA on yoga as a treatment for depression, anxiety and IBS. She created the first yoga therapy content to be incorporated into the curriculum of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Marla is a writer and contributor for Yoga Journal, Yoga International and other magazines. She served as President of the National Iyengar Yoga Association of the U.S. (IYNAUS), is currently a member of the IYNAUS Certification committee, and is now pursuing her interest in making the healing benefits of yoga available to communities in need as a founding member of the non-profit organization Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics.