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Yoga Lineages | An Introduction to Iyengar Yoga

September 23, 2021, 2pm ET


About This Workshop

In this event, host Kim Weeks and presenters Patricia Walden and Joan White explore the origins, evolution, and modern-day story of Iyengar. This practice is a practical method of exploring the philosophy of yoga from the skin to the soul.

Yoga continues to evolve to include deeply varied styles and types of practice, all rooted in a shared ancient history. Yoga Lineages is a series of conversations that explores seven of today’s most widely recognized yoga lineages, revealing what is unique about these practices. Whether you’re seeking peace of mind, strength in body, or are simply interested in finding a more mindful way of living, yoga can help and is a practice for all.

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About the Presenters

Kim Weeks, E-RYT 500, RYS 500, YACEP, and Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT), is the founder of Weeks Well, a mindfulness company that fosters transformation. She was also the founder of Boundless Yoga Studio, voted Washington, D.C.’s Best Studio. Kim was three-times voted Best Yoga Teacher and was a weekly yoga expert on Washington NBC4’s The Midday Show. Kim works closely with Dr. Sat Bir S. Khalsa, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, to create and offer scores of professionally produced videos and live/recorded webinars, blog posts, and articles in Yoga Journal and Om Magazine on the effects of mindfulness and yoga on the body.

Joan began her yoga training in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1968. In 1972, from a horseback riding accident, she broke her back and sustained other serious spinal injuries. She suffered from temporary paralysis and slowly began to recover with some yoga poses. Joan participated in a 1973 class in Ann Arbor taught by B.K.S, Iyengar . Watching her closely, he advised her what to do and what not to do. From the very first asana, she knew that she had found her teacher.

Certified by B.K.S. Iyengar at the Advanced level, Joan has been studying with the Iyengar family since 1973. She has traveled to India 27 times and currently travels at least once a year to study with the Iyengars. She was the Chair of the national certification Committee for the Iyengar National Association for six and a half years. She has been awarded Best of Philly four times the last in 2009. The Philadelphia Magazine labeled her the doyenne of yoga.

Joan’s teaching is true to the tradition’s high standards. Her language is direct and succinct. Her understanding of the poses draws from over thirty seven years of study with the Iyengar family. She genuinely enjoys being with her students and generously shares what she knows.


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