OUR TEAM (Click on Picture for Bio)
Iyengar Yoga Certified Jr. Int. 3, IAYT (International Assoc. of Yoga Therapists) Certified. Rosa has been studying, teaching, and propagating the therapeutic art of Iyengar Yoga since 1995. She was drawn to the mental and physical discipline after suffering three accidental falls, one of which fractured her tailbone. Since healing her back, neck and sciatica pains, she has introduced yoga to hundreds of students who had never experienced this healing art and science. In 2002, she founded Yogarosa, which has become a respected studio in the classical teachings of Iyengar Yoga. She pioneered the first Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training taught by Senior teachers in South Florida. She has had the privilege of studying directly with Yoga Master BKS Iyengar, and continues to study with his daughter, Geeta, son, Prashant, and granddaughter, Abhijata in India. Rosa has presented the benefits of Iyengar yoga as a Guest lecturer at Nova Southeastern University, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of South Florida, and the National Parkinson’s Foundation. She continues to lead Iyengar Intensives in Florida, and internationally. She believes yoga is accessible, healing, and transformational to all who try it. Rosa Habla Español e Fala Portugues.
Iyengar Certified Introductory 2, IAYT (International Assoc. of Yoga Therapists) Certified. Mary used to love working out with weights until she broke her elbow in an accident. Unfortunately, it didn't heal correctly, so she stopped physical activity for many years. In 2005, she discovered yoga, and after trying many different styles, her path led her to Yogarosa, where she found herself at home. She became a devoted student after feeling improvements in her body and her Self. She noticed a big difference in her broken arm, especially as her range of motion improved by 80%. Mary attended the 2 year Teacher Training with Mary Dunn, Rebecca and Dean Lerner, and continues to study with Senior teachers. She has studied in India twice.
Carol Kovnot has been studying yoga for the last 19 years. Since meeting Rosa at an art show12 years ago, Iyengar Yoga became her passion and path. As a former teacher, with a masters in art education she views yoga as an art form to benefit one's mind body and spirit. Carol believes it to be a gift to have the opportunity to aid and educate her students through the practice of yoga.
Iyengar Yoga Certified Jr. Int. 3, IAYT (International Assoc. of Yoga Therapists) Certified. She started practicing Iyengar Yoga in 1996 with Simon Marrocco in Australia. In 2003, after moving to California, she taught Iyengar Yoga to patients at a physical therapy office. Suzana's main teachers in California were Deb Murray and Manouso Manos. Suzana was one of the original founders of the Orange County Iyengar Yoga Community, a study group for students and teachers of Iyengar Yoga. Suzana studied with Mr. Iyengar in Estes Park whilst pregnant with her son, and she attended the Iyengar National Convention , featuring Geeta Iyengar in Las Vegas.
Izabel, Certified Junior Int. 1, and IAYT Certified. Izabel has been practicing Iyengar yoga since 1996 to relieve back pain caused by a herniated disc. An avid athlete, Izabel has found many benefits in yoga, including back pain relief, stress reduction, and even the disappearance of a cancaneal spur that plagued her for years. Izabel completed the two year Iyengar Yoga Intensive Teacher Training with Dean Lerner, Mary Dunn, and Rebecca Lerner. Izabel loves to teach and to help students realize their potential. Izabel Fala Portugues.
Kim Bagnoli is Jr. Int. 1 Iyengar Certified, and IAYT Certified. She has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years. She has a masters degree in social work and was a school social worker in Chicago before moving to Miami in 2010. Since moving to Miami, she has had the opportunity to donate her time teaching Yoga for 12 Step Recovery to people struggling with addictions. She has experienced and seen first hand how yoga can transform lives physically, mentally, and spiritually. Passionate about paying it forward has led her to intensify her studies with many Senior Iyengar Yoga Teachers. She completed her Teacher Training with Bobbi Goldin and has studied at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India.
Marilyn, Certified Jr. Intermediate 1, began practicing yoga in the mid-eighties, when a friend suggested that she try Iyengar Yoga to relieve her back pain. Iyengar yoga began to heal her back pain and eventually she took an interest in teaching. The Iyengar system of yoga appealed to Marilyn on many levels i.e body, mind and spirit. She has been teaching since 1989 and studying with Suzie Muchnick Spencer, Manouso Manos, Colleen Gallagher and other senior teachers. She has attended the Iyengar conventions in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and St. Paul, Minnesota. Marilyn spent a month studying at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune, India in July of 2007. Marilyn has been a massage therapist for 27 years, a yoga teacher for 16 yrs, and looks forward to the future with the possibility of peace and healing for all. Marilyn Habla Español.
Maral Arslanian’s passion for Iyengar Yoga began in 2008. Growing up in Argentina until the age of 8, and later in Miami, physical activity has always been in her life, due in part to her mother, a fitness enthusiast. From ballet to gymnastics to soccer in her younger years, followed by dance, aerobics, and yoga in her late teens, Maral has always been inspired by movement. At the age of 28 she fell in love with yoga all over again! Iyengar Yoga is her passion, it's the style that has kept her coming back to her yoga practice time and time again. She has been studying with certified Iyengar teachers for ten years. Naturally, her inner desire to deepen her knowledge not only of the practice, but more importantly of herself, led her to a 200 HR RYT Certification via All You Can Yoga. Maral's classes integrate her love of variety with the fundamentals of alignment. Her detail-oriented approach allows students to explore themselves physically and challenge themselves mentally. She guides students to discover contentment, respecting each individual’s needs. Maral’s latest adventure was walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela with her mom.
Substitute Vindra Maharaj-Roy
Vindra is a Jr. Int 1 Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. Certified IAYT. She has been practicing Iyengar yoga since 1993 and has been teaching since 2000.She is grateful to have studied with the Iyengar family several times both in the US and in Pune, India. She continues her studies with Colleen Gallagher, Gloria Goldberg and Manouso Manos. Her unique caring experience as a dentist in the past 30 years is reflected in her teaching. Her joy and dedication for yoga guides the student along the path to “Self” discovery and inner peace.
Fred Flickinger is a Navy Veteran and Electrical Engineer. He has practiced yoga since 2009. When he discovered Iyengar Yoga in 2012, he was captivated by the precision and the use of props. Learning about the teachings of BKS Iyengar has expanded his vision and understanding of yoga as a means to conquer the mind. As an Electrical Engineer, he has always thrived at doing things with attention to detail, and this method has helped his meditation practice, and improved his workouts. Fred has been inspired by his teachers, Devki Desai, Eddy Marks and Mary Obendorfer, Gabriella Giubilaro and Carrie Owerko. He recently attended the Yoga Convention in Mexico featuring Abhijhata Sridhar. He studies regularly with Rosa Santana, who introduced him to Iyengar Yoga. As a practitioner of meditation, under the mentorship of Jeff Carrera, his mission through his own awareness is to spark that awareness and the associated consciousness throughout society, forging a new paradigm of spiritual warriors by raising their consciousness to help preserve the world we inhabit. He feels strongly connected with water and as such believes this elixir of life should be respected and maintained pure for the benefit of all. He believes that yogis and those who meditate should incorporate the spiritual teachings to include the Earth by reducing, reusing, and recycling.
Substitute Dena Glazer
Dena has been Iyengar Certified since 1991. She has been studying for over 30 years, and has studied with Mr. Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar in India. Her approach is slow and thoughtful. At 82, Dena is proof that yoga can keep one strong and flexible, even as we age.
Rob Dunakin (Assisting and Substituting)
Rob Dunakin has practiced yoga since 2001. In 2014, a chronic shoulder pain led him to become a serious Iyengar Yoga student. He became a registered yoga teacher in 2016 and has substituted and taught at a variety of locations. He attended the Iyengar Yoga National Convention of 2016 with Abhijata Sridhar, and has studied with Manouso Manos, Mary Obendorfer, Eddie Marks, Colleen Gallagher, Rosa Santana, and Javier Wilensky. Rob is a versatile athlete, having completed an ultra marathon, three triathlons, and numerous long distance bike rides. He enjoys teaching yoga to bring happiness, awareness, presence, and body intelligence to his students.