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ABOUT

MATT DREYFUS

I’m a level 3 Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. 

 

I’ve been a student of Iyengar Yoga since 1994. Since 1999, I’ve traveled to India regularly to study with the Iyengar family, and for more than twenty years I’ve been dedicated to teaching this profound subject. As a core faculty member of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York, I teach students of all levels and abilities, and I’ve spent many years as a member of the Institute’s teacher training faculty. I’m also active in New Jersey, where I’ve been teaching in the Princeton area since 20ll, and I’m director of Teacher Education at Santosha Yoga Studio in Madison.

 

When I first encountered Iyengar Yoga,  I quickly found my way to senior teacher Mary Dunn, with whom I studied and apprenticed until her passing in 2008. Her teaching  opened the doorway for me to make this practice my own. Since her passing, my primary teacher and mentor in the US has been John Schumacher, who continues to be an inspiring example of the power of sustained practice and dedication. For many years, I’ve also been a student of Zen Buddhism, and I practice and train in the Mountains and Rivers Order.

My partner in this life is my wife, fellow Iyengar Yoga teacher Michelle LaRue. She and I live in Hoboken, New Jersey, together with our daughter. 

photo: Gary Spector

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Iyengar Yoga is based on the teachings of BKS Iyengar, who lived from December 14, 1918 to August 20, 2014. A student of the seminal Indian teacher T. Krishnamacharya, he was a towering figure in modern Yoga, whose teaching spread to all corners of the world and has influenced countless practitioners of Yoga. Through his practice, he had a profound understanding of Asana (yogic postures) and Pranayama (regulation of energy through breath). His thorough knowledge led to the development of a system of Yoga of true depth and breadth,  accessible to people of virtually any age, condition and ability.

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photo: Gary Spector

photo: Gary Spector

ABOUT MATT DREYFUS