PAULINE SCHLOESSER, PHD, CIYT, IAYT
My interest in yoga has always been more than physical. For me it was the way toward a spiritual life. Working with only the Sivananda Companion to Yoga book while in college, I loved how the postures made me feel –warm, light, supple, strong, and light-hearted.
It was a pregnancy that brought me to the Iyengar Yoga method, in 2002. It was known even then that Iyengar Yoga is the best method for pregnant women. In Iyengar Yoga, proper technique for aligning the joints is taught, to avoid injury and to maximize the flow of prana or vital energy. I stayed with Iyengar yoga afterward and sought out the best senior teachers. In 2004, I quit a tenured position at a local University, and began to teach yoga classes in Houston. A few years later I undertook teacher training with Patricia Walden in Cambridge, MA. I became certified (CIYT) in 2008. During the second year of teacher training with Patricia Walden, I became pregnant, and this presented a wonderful opportunity to learn yoga practices for pregnancy. I also attended National Iyengar Yoga conventions during pregnancy, and was adjusted several times by B.K.S. Iyengar himself in 2005. I have studied with the Iyengars several times in Pune, India, and in the United States. In the past several years, I have benefited greatly as a student of Lois Steinberg and Marla Apt.
Striking a satisfying balance between personal practice, teaching, and family is important to me. The practice of yoga helps me to see myself clearly and gives me a better sense of my deepest values. I work to help my students become strong, sensitive, and intelligent in their bodies; and to penetrate the outer layers of being, to get closer to the essence of who they are, with hard work, compassion, and self-love.
Leah Hogarth completed a 2-year teacher training program at UC San Diego Fitlife in 2008, and then taught classes in San Diego for three years. She moved to Houston in 2011 and found a welcoming Iyengar yoga community. She is currently studying with Constance Braden and Pauline Schloesser. She became a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) in October, 2016. Leah holds a Ph.D. in Earth Science from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. As both a scientist and an artist, Leah considers Iyengar yoga a perfect blend of the logical and the beautiful, where a strong foundation and discipline can yield freedom.
Kate Synott has a 200-hour yoga registration. She has been practicing Iyengar Yoga since 2015. She is a regular pracitioner at Alcove Yoga and she studies annually in Italy with senior Iyengar Teacher Glenn Ceresoli. Kate is from Aberdeen, Scotland. She also has a real estate license, and is busy with that job when she is not practicing or teaching yoga.