Beryl Bender Birch
Beryl Bender Birch has been a student of yoga since l971 and traveled to India in l974 for 6 months to study with Jain monks. In l980 she discovered the Astanga yoga practice and began two years of daily study with her teacher, Norman Allen, the first American to complete all series of study with Jois. Beryl was the first woman to teach Ashtanga Yoga on the East Coast and pioneered the introduction of her “Power Yoga” to the athletic community. She studied with Pattabhi Jois for several years in the mid 80’s and from l980 to 2002, she taught this amazing practice to tens of thousands of athletes. She now travels internationally, is the author of three best selling books on yoga, and is one of the best known and most experienced teachers of classical yoga. She has been training and certifying yoga teachers for 30 years through her school, the Hard and the Soft Yoga Institute. In 2007, she founded the Give Back Yoga Foundation.