Yoga Yard Teachers

Justine Shanti Alexander

William (Bi Xiaowei)

Chen Xue (Snow)

Dong Juan (Vivian)


Guo Xiaodong

Li Peijun (Leah)


Jess Meider

Ren Jinsong (Sean)

Su Ziyue (Sue)  

Robyn Wexler

Shi Daini (Sunny)


Wang Yuan

Xing Xiaoyuan (Amy)

Zhao Rongkun

Su Xuewei (Shirley)

Jia Yaqi (Jess Jia)

Guest Teachers at Yoga Yard

Chase Bossart: Chase Bossart has taught a number of workshops on breath, meditation and the Yogasutras at Yoga Yard. He is a long time, private student of Mr. TKV Desikachar, and begining in 1991 he has made numerous trips to Chennai, India to study at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram ( with Mr. Desikachar and his son Kausthub, altogether spending more than three years in Chennai. Co-Founder of the Yoga Health Alliance, a Yoga Therapy Practice in Santa Barbara ( Chase teaches private students and frequent workshops. He has an M.A. in Religious Studies from UC Santa Barbara, and wrote his thesis on Patanjali’s Yogasutra. He is also a faculty on Loyola Marymount University’s Yoga Therapy Rx Program. Chase currently resides and teaches in San Francisco as part of the Healing Yoga Foundation (

Matthew Cohen: Matthew Cohen Matthew has been fully immersed in the study and application of Martial, Yogic and Healing Arts for over 30 years. His teachings are at once ancient, progressive, secular and sacred. His integrated approach to healing is potent and accessible. He is the founder and master teacher at his Sacred Energy Arts Center in Santa Monica. He also teaches at Exhale (Center for Sacred Movement) in Venice, California. Matthew has led teacher trainings and workshops nationally and internationally including New York, Boston, San Francisco, China, Europe, Scandinavia, Singapore, Mexico and Canada among others.

Matthew Cohen has been guest teaching at Yoga Yard since December, 2003, returning nearly every year to lead a variety of programs including teacher trainings, master classes and workshops.


Donna Farhi : Donna Farhi first taught at Yoga Yard in May 2009, and has since returned in October 2011 and November 2013 to teach a series of Yoga Intensives and Clinics.

Donna Farhi is a Yoga teacher who has been practicing for 35 years and teaching since 1982. She is one of the most sought after guest teachers in the world, leading intensives and teacher training programs internationally. Donna is best known for her unique ability to help students and teachers embody their spiritual practice. Her work focuses on the refinement of natural and universal movement principles that underlie all Yoga practice. This concentration on fundamental principles allows student of all levels of experience and from all traditions to build their own authentic Yoga practice. Considered the “teacher of teachers”, students return to Donna’s intensives again and again to be a part of the inspiring evolution of Donna’s own practice and teaching.

Donna has been the asana columnist for both Yoga Journal and Yoga International Magazine (U.S.A.), and has been profiled in four separate publications on exceptional contemporary teachers of our time, including Yogini: The Power of Women in Yoga. Donna is the author of the contemporary classics, The Breathing Book, Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness and Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living. Her fourth book Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship is used as a curricular text in teacher training programs worldwide. American born, Donna now lives on a 30-acre farm in Christchurch, New Zealand where she pursues her passionate study of dressage and horsemanship.

Jillian Harris: Jillian taught a series of workshops and regular classes at Yoga Yard in June 2005. Originally from Maryland, Jillian began studying vinyasa yoga fifteen years ago as part of her contemporary dance training. She continued practicing privately while living in the mountains of Utah and touring around the United States with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. After completing her M.F.A. at New York University, Jillian began to share her love of yoga with others, becoming a certified yoga instructor through OM Yoga under Cyndi Lee. She currently teaches at Levitate Yoga in New York City, guiding classes that emphasize breath, alignment, flow, and the joy of movement. 

Genny Kapuler : Genny taught an Iyengar workshop at Yoga Yard in December 2005. Genny Kapuler has studied yoga since 1976 and has been teaching since 1980. She has studied three times in India with the Iyengar family, and currently teaches at the Iyengar Institute of New York in New York City.

Before the birth of her child and before she began teaching yoga, Genny performed as a modern dancer; for many years she had her own company. She is also trained as an Alexander-technique teacher and is a practitioner of Body-Mind Centering.

She applies this knowledge to her understanding and teaching of yoga, directing her students toward a deeper awareness in asana and pranayama through precision of alignment. Genny also uses the poetics of language to guide her students, and to create ”a mind-state in the room that is gentle and focused.”

Through Iyengar Yoga, she says, students attain ever more precise alignment of the skeletal-muscular, organ, and nervous systems. Working towards harmony of body, mind, and spirit, they are able to move out into the world with more grace.

Judith Hanson Lasater: Judith taught two workshops in Beijing in March 2008, Living Your Yoga and The Shoulder Clinic. She holds a Ph.D. in East-West Psychology and is a Physical Therapist. She has been teaching yoga around the world since 1971; she is married and the mother of three. She is also a founder of the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco, CA, as well as Yoga Journal magazine. She is president of the California Yoga Teachers’ Association as well as the author of numerous articles on yoga and health for nationally recognized magazines. She is the author of A Year of Living Your Yoga (2006), Yoga Abs (2005), Yoga for Pregnancy: What Every Mom-to-Be Needs to Know (2004), 30 Essential Yoga Poses: For Beginning Students and their Teachers (2003), Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life (2000), and Relax and Renew: Restful Yoga for Stressful Times (1995), as well as dozens of articles for Yoga Journal Magazine and numerous other publications.

A.G. Mohan: A.G. Mohan was a personal student of Sri T. Krishnamacharya from 1971 to 1989.  He translated the Yoga Yajnavalkya, one of the most important classical texts on Yoga.  A.G. Mohan is known for his masterful teaching and clarity. He is a source of wise guidance for anyone interested in deep understanding of the powerful yogic wisdom. With ease he dispels common misunderstandings on the subject of Yoga.  

Indra Mohan: Indra Mohan has been practicing and teaching yoga for more than three decades. She is one of the few people who received a post-graduate diploma in yoga from Krishnamacharya.  Indra Mohan is known for her serene demeanor.  She is a source of support and wisdom to her many personal students. She embodies Ayurveda and living a balanced healthy life.

For more information about A.G. Mohan and Indra Mohan, please visit the Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda website.

Books authored by A.G. Mohan and family members include: Yoga for Body, Breath and Mind: A Guide to Personal Reintegration (2002); Yoga Therapy: A Therapeutic Guide to Yoga and Ayurveda for Health and Fitness (2004);  Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teachings (2010); Yoga Yajnavalkya (2013).


Libbie Nelson:  Libbie led a five-day workshop at Yoga Yard on 'The Essence of Yoga: Moving Into Stillness,' in November 2005.  Libbie is a physiotherapist, Yoga teacher and therapist practising and living in Byron Bay, Australia. Her initial Yoga training was with BKS Iyengar and senior teachers. She now works with Donna Farhi whom she regularly assists and teaches with, and also studies with A.G. and Indra Mohan. Libbie's teaching draws on her training in Ayurveda, Traditional Oriental Medicine, Buddhism and Western Allopathic and Alternative Medicine as support in her practice of Yoga as therapy. Libbie has taught Yoga and Yoga therapy classes to students for over twenty years. For the past decade, she has taught Yoga therapy courses for prospective and practicing teachers.


Sarah Powers: Sarah first taught at Yoga Yard in November 2008, and has since returned in April 2010 and May 2012 to lead a series of workshops as well as a teacher training. She will return to Beijing in late October 2014 to lead a four-day Yin/Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive (October 30 – November 2, 2014).

Sarah Powers began teaching in 1987. She is the founder and author of Insight Yoga, which interweaves the insights and practices of Yoga, Buddhism, Taoism, and Transpersonal Psychology into an integral practice to discover and enliven the body, heart and mind. Her yoga style blends both a Yin sequence of floor poses to enhance the meridian and organ systems, combined with an alignment-based slow flow or Yang practice, influenced by Viniyoga, Ashtanga, Iyengar teachings, and QIgong.

Sarah feels that enlivening the physical and pranic bodies, as well as learning to meet our psychological reactivity is paramount for preparing one to deepen and nourish insights into one's essential nature--a natural state of awareness. She draws from her studies in Transpersonal Psychology, as well as her in-depth training in the Vipassana, Tantric and Dzogchen practices of Buddhism. Her main influences have been Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Jennifer Welwood, Lama Tsultrim Allione, Bhante Gunaratana, Lama Pema Dorje, Stephen and Martine Batchelor and B. Alan Wallace. Sarah teaches trainings and silent retreats with her husband Ty. They live in Manhattan with their daughter Imani. Sarah's book is called Insight Yoga: Integrating Yin/Yang Yoga and Buddhist Meditation


Max Strom: Max Strom is a teacher, speaker, author, and teacher trainer, and is known for profoundly inspiring and impacting the lives of his students for nearly two decades. Many of you know him from his inspiring book, A Life Worth Breathing, which is now published in six languages, and his recent book, There is No APP for Happiness. Max was the original founder and director of Sacred Movement Center for Yoga and Healing in Los Angeles, one of the most influential yoga centers in America.

In 2006, the increasing demand for his work beyond Los Angeles caused him to take his message and method to 10 countries across the globe each year. His method includes a philosophy for real world living, self-enquiry, breath-work, yoga postures, and meditation. His teachings are a culmination of his life experience and decades of study and application. As a result, Max Strom has become a new voice of personal transformation.

Among his recent speaking appearances were two TEDx events, and a keynote speech on ethics in business at a Fortune 500 Corporation. His articles and interviews have appeared in The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Utne Reader, Whole Living, Happinez (NL), Yoga Aktuell (DE), Yoga Journal (DE), Yoga Journal (USA), Yoga Journal (China), That's Beijing, The Yoga Magazine (CH), YogaLife (UAE), and other printed, online media, and radio and television around the globe. As one of the most in-demand teachers of our time, Max has been the keynote speaker at the Inner Idea Conference, as well as many yoga conferences. He had co-led training, retreats, and workshops with the late yoga scholar, Georg Feuerstein, the head of the Sufi Order International, Pir Zia Inayat Khan, as well as yoga teachers, Shiva Rea, Eddie Modestini, Sarah Powers, Tias Little, and more.

You can see more of Max Strom's work on his DVDs, Learn to Breathe, to heal yourself and your relationships, and Max Strom Yoga – Strength, Grace, Healing. Max is recognized by Yoga Alliance at their Advanced Teacher Level (ERYT 500), he has been leading teacher trainings since 1999.


Cameron Tukapua: Cameron led Yoga Yard's first retreat in the spring of 2005, based on the Chinese 5 Elements of Nature and the theme of Spring Renewal. She has returned each spring to lead an annual spring retreat. Cameron is an acupuncturist and teacher with 22 years experience working with individuals and groups. She has trained in traditional Chinese acupuncture, Indonesian style massage, Zen Shiatsu, esoteric healing and chakra balancing, flower essence therapies and meditation.

In 1999 she started the Christchurch College of Holistic Healingin New Zealand which offers a full time spiritually based acupuncture training program and other short courses.

Margi Young: Margi led a series of workshops in June of 2004 at Yoga Yard. She also guest taught a number of regular studio classes. Margi is a senior teacher at New York City’s Om Yoga Studio.  where she teaches all levels of vinyasa and gentle & restorative yoga. Margi is also one of the Om Yoga teacher training faculty. True to the style of Om Yoga, Margi’s classes combine vinyasa (moving with breath), with a keen sense of alignment and the Buddhist principles of mindfulness. She teaches with clarity, compassion, and humor. Margi has teaching certifications in vinyasa yoga from Om Yoga Center, and in restorative yoga from Judith Lasater. She considers her primary teachers in the yoga world to be Cyndi Lee, Genny Kapuler, John Schumacher, John Friend, Erich Schiffmann and Richard Freeman. Margi also has danced professionally in San Francisco and New York, and earned her masters degree from New York's Tisch School of the Arts in dance choreography.

About Jaqui:
Jaqui is a supportive yet challenging teacher. Her practice is both powerful and dynamic, while encouraging playful collaboration and connection. Jaqui is a certified yoga, AcroYoga teacher, and bodywork practitioner. She was one of the first certified teachers in AcroYoga and was partly responsible for introducing this new and exciting form to the UK. She has for the past years focused her energies on European acrobatics and is a keen base and flyer.


Lili grew up in China and studied music and art as a child. Then later on I fell in love with math and decided to study computer engineering when moved to the US for university. In my late twenties, I found myself working for a multinational software company in silicon valley with car allowances and a company credit card in hand, but feeling something was missing.

What was missing was a sense of authentic living. I felt that I had spent much time “doing,” but not enough time “feeling.” It was as if I had trained myself to be a good singer, but I wasn’t singing my inner song.

A wake-up call came when my health started to deteriorate. I became gluten intolerant. In a western world, that’s sort of like intolerance to life. I knew I needed a change. After stumbling upon Steve Jobs’ Standford speech, I quit my job, let go of my green card process and returned to China.

I didn’t know what I should be doing, so I did nothing for months. Sometimes just sitting on the couch for days pondering whatever that came across my mind. In the hindsight, it was that “doing nothing” period that allowed me to “be,” to align myself with whom I really am.

When the inner world is aligned, the external world starts to reflect that rather quickly. Through an interesting series of coincidences, I discovered coaching, a profession that I LOVE and didn’t know existed. I went through a couple of ICF accredited ACTP coaching programs and soon started my coaching career. I now facilitate individual and group conversations around the world on inner alignment, on choosing an authentic life and having some fun! I have also become an affiliate of TNM Coaching, a pioneer coaching organization in the world.

Life now is no longer an inexhaustible series of incidents, but a playground, with every encounter, every conversation and every happening as pointers, or sorts of feedback mechanisms, to allow me to have a more joyously conscious life and to be more of whom I really am. And when I am whom I really am, I start to go where I truly belong.