Lena found her way to yoga a decade ago when looking for a physical discipline that was rigorous and integrated body and mind. When she took her first Iyengar Yoga class, Lena fell in love with a practice that demanded focus, fullness of effort and sensitivity of expression. Through the years, yoga has been a source of inner peace as well as an aesthetic and creative pleasure for Lena.
As a teacher, Lena aims to make yoga accessible to all her students. She focuses on creating possibilities in her students’ practice so that they can fully experience yoga as a physical and meditative tool. Lena values how yoga transcends boundaries within oneself and among people.
Lena did her Iyengar Yoga teacher training under James Murphy. After being certified in 2015, she went to Pune, India to do an intensive with Geeta Iyengar.
Prior to teaching yoga, Lena was a dance teacher, choreographer and dancer. With a Masters in Dance Ethnology from University of Hawaii she taught Dance Ethnology at University of Malaya in Malaysia, founded and directed Taro Dance Theater, a Butoh dance company, choreographed and performed in Asia, Europe and the USA. Motherhood put a pause on her dance career at which point Lena discovered yoga.
Aside from the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York, Lena also teaches in New Jersey where she currently resides.