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Dmitri Shapira

Intermediate Junior II

Dmitri began practicing Iyengar Yoga in 1994. In 2003 he completed a two year teacher training program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York and was initially certified to teach by IYNAUS in 2006.

His teacher is the late Mary Dunn whom he assisted for several years. He regularly travels to India, every 2-3 years, to study with the Iyengar family.

Initially drawn to yoga for its physical benefits and for the relief of back pain, yoga’s ability to steady the mind sustained his interest. For Dmitri, Yoga happens when an asana becomes less of a series of discrete actions and more of a unified whole where the various parts are balanced and synchronized. His straightforward teaching style is challenging yet sensitive to those with physical injuries or limitations.

Dmitri also earned a Master of Music degree from New England Conservatory in 1997 and he enjoys finding parallels between his two pursuits. He approaches both with a balance between practice and a turning away from the familiar.

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