Nancy Crum Stechert began practicing yoga in 1976 in San Francisco. She holds a Senior Intermediate level certificate in the Iyengar method. She made her first trip to India to study with the Iyengars in 1983, and continued to go almost every year until 1990. Since then she has gone every three years. She founded the Colorado School of Yoga in 1987 and the International Yoga Center of Tokyo in 1993. She has taught in the Iyengar centers in San Francisco and New York and served as an assessor for the Iyengar certification process for several years. She currently teaches on the western slopes of Colorado, in the town of Hotchkiss, where she lives with her husband and two children.
Seeking to relieve pain and rehabilitate after injuries, Gary and his wife Donita took up Iyengar yoga together in 1986 and have been practicing daily ever since. They began teaching in 1990, opened the Half Moon Yoga Studio in Crested Butte, Colorado, four years later, and co-founded the Iyengar Yoga Center of Denver in 2001. Both are Intermediate certified Iyengar Yoga teachers, have studied for over 25 years with senior teachers such as Patricia Walden and Manouso Manos, as well as studying with the Iyengars in Pune, India. Although they have different styles of presenting yoga, they are both precise and pay close attention to the details of alignment and correct action to achieve maximum benefit from each pose. Because much of their teaching is with private sessions and specialty workshops, they are experts in therapeutics and thrive on classes with a wide variety of students of all ages. Students of all levels, beginners to advanced, will benefit from their extensive experience, compassionate attitude, and spiritual nature.
Melody Madonna is a certified Iyengar instructor and has been a student of yoga since 1990. In 2003 she studied with the Iyengars at Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, India. Because she is living with osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, Melody is especially adept at helping students who have sought out Iyengar yoga to help them deal with similar conditions. She launched the first Yoga Fiesta in 2004 on México’s Mayan Riviera at the venerable boutique resort Capitán Lafitte, the forerunner of today’s Petit Lafitte, where Yoga Fiesta will be celebrating its 11th anniversary in 2015.
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