Teachers

Look for the mark. Only the world's most knowledgeable, rigorously-educated earn Iyengar Yoga Certification; a sign of excellence, clarity and depth of understanding.

Students can expect safe, methodical, insightful instruction in the hands of the most skilled teachers in Champaign-Urbana. 

Our teachers' experience is measured in decades, not hours.

 
 
 

Lois Steinberg

CIYT Advanced 2, C-IAYT, Ph.D. 

engaging. dynamic. vigorous.

Director Lois Steinberg, Ph.D., is one of the world’s most experienced yoga instructors, awarded the Advanced Junior 2 certification by B.K.S. Iyengar himself. She is a teacher of teachers, sought after worldwide to instruct workshops, and serves as a member of and assessor for the Certification Committee of IYNAUS. Lois Steinberg’s teaching is infused with enthusiasm to share the knowledge and acumen that have come through her sustained 40-year practice and study of the tremendous work of the Iyengar family. She strives to emphasize and exemplify whole-body transformation through the joy of regular immersion in practice. As a teacher, she is direct, dynamic, clear, focused, engaging, gently humorous, and an invaluable resource for understanding the healing potential of yoga. Lois is the author of numerous books and articles and is widely respected for and consulted regarding her considerable knowledge of therapeutics. Her understanding of the relationships between asana and health is among her many gifts as an instructor, as is her desire and capacity to attend to the needs of individual students. | More about Lois | email

Anne Adams

CIYT, C-IAYT 

clear. focused. fun.

Anne Adams has been an Iyengar Yoga practitioner since 1988. She began her studies at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. Anne subsequently spent two years at Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute, in Pune, India, for which she is everlastingly appreciative and profoundly grateful. Upon returning to the US, Anne mentored with Lois for four years and began teaching in 1998. In her teaching, Anne strives to encourage and inspire each individual to take on the difficulty of yoga practice in order to experience the resulting benefits and joys. She has immense regard for the transformative power of the work. | email

Barb Bair

CIYT, C-IAYT 

encouraging. inspiring. caring.

Barb started yoga practice as a teenager when she was inspired by her mother’s practice.  She has studied with Lois since 1993.  At IYCU, she assists in Women’s Essentials, Yoga Therapeutics, and teaches Iyengar Ignite, Gentle, and Intermediate classes.  She also teaches English as a Second Language and speaks Spanish.

Jeanine Berlocher

CIYT 

perceptive. gentle. thoughtful.  

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Jeanine has been studying yoga with Lois Steinberg since 2000. She is certified at the Introductory I & II level. Jeanine teaches and assists in yoga classes for students age 50 and over. She is interested in helping people to overcome physical and other obstacles to building a healing, sustaining yoga practice. Jeanine has a master's degree in biology, worked for the Illinois Natural History Survey, is a home health care assistant, and reports on nature and the outdoors through her blog, Velo du Jour. 

Gwendolyn Derk

CIYT, C-IAYT

spirited. rigorous. creative.

Gwen began practicing yoga while studying at UCLA. As a beginner, she felt like she was missing the point in the vinyasana style flow classes. Then she stumbled into an Iyengar Yoga class with Marla Apt. This class completely defied what she thought a yoga class should be. Coming from a physiology background, she was impressed by the teacher's knowledge of anatomy. Gwen made rapid progress in asana and learned much more about the actual subject of yoga. After being introduced to more challenging poses, she yearned to perfect them. She knew that the Iyengar classes were providing superior instructions and adjustments allowing her to maximize her progress. Gwen was hooked! She continues to use yoga to deal with the stress that medical school and everyday life brings. Gwen finds Iyengar Yoga to be the most efficient way to stay physically and mentally healthy. She continues to thirst for more knowledge and is humbled by the level of reflection and compassion that teaching Iyengar Yoga brings to her own practice. | http://gwendolynderkyoga.com/classes.html

Penny Hanna

CIYT, C-IAYT 

attentive. compassionate. thorough.

Since the late 1980s Penny has studied Iyengar Yoga with Lois. During that time, she taught high school full time, and attended graduate school. Penny has since retired from the social studies classroom, and devotes more time to learning, practicing and teaching yoga under Lois’ guidance. Penny has attended lectures, workshops, and classes conducted by B.K.S. Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar, Ramanand Patel, Rajiv and Swati Chanchani, Stephanie Quirk, as well as regular study with Lois. Penny instructs the 50+ Intermediate classes and substitute teaches/assists in the Women’s Essentials and Yoga Therapeutics classes.

JR Lill

CIYT, C-IAYT 

keen. unflappable. equanimous.

In 2011, friends introduced JR to IYCU where he took classes from Lois, Becky Meline, Jerry Chiprin, and David Yearwood. The setting at IYCU allows him to learn from Lois’ domestic and international visiting students. This cross-pollination of knowledge encourages continuous improvement and refinement through practice. After studying under and with Lois and the IYCU staff for 3 years, JR’s studentship evolved to a point that allowed him to gain experience from assisting and teaching regular classes. JR finds this work both demanding and encouraging. In the fall of 2015, JR became a CIYT through IYNAUS. Outside of IYCU, JR studies Community Health at the University of Illinois and shares an organic garden plot at Meadowbrook Park with his wife Jenny.

Becky Meline

CIYT Intermediate 1, C-IAYT 

precise. challenging. patient.

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Becky began studying with Lois in 1999 and teaching at IYCU in 2004. She was fortunate to attend the 2005 Iyengar Intensive at Estes Park, Colorado where B.K.S. Iyengar shared his deep wealth of knowledge through talks and asana/pranayama classes. She attended Geeta S. Iyengar’s classes during her visit to IYCU in 2001 and at the 2007 IYNAUS Convention. In 2008, Becky studied with Geeta and Prashant Iyengar at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute, in Pune, India. Becky currently teaches Iyengar Ignite, Intermediate Launch, and assists in the Yoga Therapy classes at IYCU. She serves as a member-at-large on the Iyengar Yoga Association of the Midwest (IYAMW).