Teachers

Director – Gloria Goldberg, CIYT-Advanced Level 2, C-IAYT

Photo Credit – Nancy Baldon

The opportunity to study with Gloria is a gift for all students. Her dedication and years spent studying with the Iyengars are very much in evidence when she teaches. A Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher since 1987, her style is pure Iyengar: clear and concise. She has the rare ability to convey intricate and sophisticated information with an economy of words which makes her classes understandable and accessible to everyone. Gloria was founding President of Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States, of which she currently serves on the Board of Directors. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Iyengar Yoga Association of California Southern Region, was director of the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Institute in LA, founded the Teachers’ Training program in 1992, and is co-curriculum coordinator of the UC Riverside program.


Leslie Constable, CIYT-Intermediate Junior Level 2

Leslie’s first yoga instructor was Sunny Keays (of Full Circle Yoga) at the University of San Diego in the late 1990’s. She completed the 3-Year Teacher Training Program with Gloria Goldberg and Carolyn Belko in La Mesa and became a CIYT in 2004. In early 2017, she completed the Prison Yoga Project Training. She is thankful to all the teachers who have passed along the gift of yoga.


Cyndy Cordle, CIYT-Intermediate Junior Level 1

Cyndy Cordle, CIYT began studying Iyengar Yoga in 1993.  She has been a regular practitioner in the method since that time. She travels to Pune, India on a regular basis to deepen her understanding of Yoga as presented by the Iyengar family. Cyndy began teaching in 1999.


Jenny Hartman, CIYT-Intermediate Junior Level 1

Jenny has been an enthusiastic student of Iyengar Yoga for 30 years, beginning her studies with Sunny and Aman Keays. She completed three years of teacher training in 1997, with gratitude to her teachers Manouso Manos, Gloria Goldberg and Carolyn Belko. She has studied under the Iyengar family in Pune, India, and has attended numerous workshops, conventions and teacher training sessions in the U.S. She is certified at the Jr. Intermediate 1 level, and teaches classes in San Diego and La Mesa. Jenny has been honored to serve the community on the Board of IYACSR, as a member of the IYNAUS Archives Committee, and as Volunteer Coordinator at the 2013 San Diego Iyengar Yoga convention.


Stephanie Lavender, CIYT-Intermediate Junior Level 1
 
 
Stephanie Lavender has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, studies regularly with Gloria Goldberg and Carolyn Belko, and she has traveled to Pune to study with the Iyengar family. She currently serves on the Iyengar Yoga Association California Southern Region as Community Outreach and Workshops coordinator.

Patricia Romero, CIYT-Introductory Level 2

Patricia Romero is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. She has been practicing Iyengar yoga since 2010, graduated from the 3-year teacher training program led by Gloria Goldberg and Manouso Manos, and continues studying regularly with Gloria.


Edith Rosenberg, CIYT-Introductory Level 2

Photo Credit – Nancy Baldon

Edith is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and has been a dedicated student and practitioner since 1996. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Iyengar Yoga Association of California Southern Region as Scholarships Chair.


Jessica Skandunas, CIYT-Introductory Level 2

Jessica Skandunas is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner. She started practicing Yoga in 1996, completed the 3 year Iyengar yoga teacher training with Gloria Goldberg, Manouso Manos and Carolyn Belko, and began teaching yoga in 2003. She has traveled to India twice to study with the Iyengar family at their Yoga Institute in Pune. Jessica also completed an education in Ayurvedic Medicine at the California College of Ayurveda and is an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner.  In 2013 she opened an office, and currently her Ayurveda office is next door to the Iyengar Yoga Institute La Mesa.


Bonnie Szumski, CIYT-Introductory Level 2, C-IAYT

Bonnie Szumski has been studying Iyengar Yoga since 2004, studying regularly with Gloria Goldberg, Carolyn Belko and Manouso Manos. Taking a special interest in the study of therapeutic yoga, she has assisted Gloria and Carolyn in their weekly therapeutics classes since 2014, recently completed Manouso’s three-year therapeutics program, and is certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Bonnie also studies yoga philosophy and Sanskrit with Gitte Bechsgaard, and recently completed the two-year “Gift of Consciousness” Yoga Sutras program with Gitte and Gloria.


Chere Thomas, CIYT-Intermediate Junior Level 1, C-IAYT

Photo credit – Nancy Baldon

Chere Thomas became a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher after graduating from the 3-year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program with Manouso Manos, Gloria Goldberg and Carolyn Belko. She has traveled three times to Pune, India to study with the Iyengar family, and she continues to study regularly with Gloria and Manouso. Chere currently serves on the Board of Directors of Iyengar Yoga Association of California Southern Region as Communications Chair. Chere also created this website and maintains it for Gloria.