LAURIE BLAKENEY, director (pictured here with Shri B. K. S. Iyengar) has an Advanced Level Teaching Certificate granted to her by B.K.S. Iyengar. She began her Iyengar yoga studies in 1971, and has studied annually in Pune India at the Iyengar Institute since 1983.  She has a BA in comparative religions, and a not so long ago career as a piano tuner/technician.  Laurie has served our national Iyengar Yoga community by being on the IYNAUS Board, chair of the Certification Committee, Curriculum co-chair of 4 national conventions among other committee service.  She was the past the Board President of the IYAMW, and has served as Conference Chair for From the Heartland Regional Conference in Chicago, Sept. 2011, as well as earlier national events.  She brings to her class a uniquely personal and direct style of teaching, challenging students while helping them to enjoy exploring their potential. She loves to include artistic and philosophical considerations while staying true to the precision we know to be a cornerstone of the Iyengar method.

Iyengar Yoga is based on the teachings of Shri B.K.S. Iyengar, the revered Yoga master. Author of the seminal Light on the Yoga, Light on Pranayama, Light on Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Light on Life. B.K.S. lyengar’s religious devotion to the complete subject of yoga popularized yoga throughout the world as thousands now practice and teach his method. Laurie continues her studies annually under the direction of his daughter Dr. Geeta lyengar and his son Prashant Iyengar at the Ramamani lyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India.

Linda-head-shotLINDA DAMON has studied Iyengar yoga since 1994. Teaching since 2004, she was certified Introd uctory Level II in 2007. Linda studied in India at RIMYI in 2011. She studies with Laurie and  continues her teacher education. Linda’s years in hospitality brings enthusiasm, warmth, and humor to her teaching.

dave-headshotDAVID LARSEN is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher (Intermediate Junior 1). He has studied with Laurie Blakeney since 2002, attended advanced classes at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India in 2012, 2014 and 2018, participated as a student or organizer in national and regional Iyengar conferences and conventions, has served twice as President of the Iyengar Yoga Association of the Midwest (IYAMW).


rebeccaBecca Lindsay is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and studies regularly with Laurie Blakeney. She has a Master of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education and is a Certified Health Education Specialist with the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). She teaches the AASY Action Teen Yoga Class and AASY Action Spanish/English bi-lingual Community Asana Class at the Ann Arbor School of Yoga. These affordable $5 classes are sponsored by AASY Action- 301-C, donations are appreciated.