Jill Hagar, Certified Junior Intermediate I Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Director of YOGA on the BAY has been practicing Yoga from a very young age. Traveling extensively most of her life has given her the opportunity to experience many types of Yoga worldwide. In 1996 she was introduced to the teachings of BKS Iyengar who is known to be the foremost authority of Hatha Yoga in the world today. Iyengar Yoga encompasses a broad spectrum of Asanas (poses) and Pranayamic (breathing) techniques including recuperative-therapeutic poses. The poses are designed to regulate the life force in the body in order to balance and strengthen it. The by-product of the practice of this Yoga is health and well being.
Jill has studied with some of the most qualified teachers worldwide who have studied with the Iyengar family for more then 30 years.
In November of 2006 she attended the Iyengar Institute of Puna, India for 30 days to study with the Iyengar family. To be accepted into this program one must be sponsored by a senior teacher & have studied Iyengar Yoga for a minimum of 8 yrs. She had to have taken workshops and classes with senior teachers, have a regular practice including inverted poses such as headstand & shoulder stand. Each pose must be held for 8-10 minutes.
In May of 2007 she attended the Iyengar convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Geeta Iyengar traveled from India to conduct 4 days of classes for teachers & students who have practiced this style of Yoga for 4 years or more.
She has also attended the New England Convention in 2009, the Maitri Convention 2012 in Washington DC, and the Sarvahavma Convention 2013 in San Diego, California all Iyengar
Jill was featured on the cover of “Yoga Vitalitat Erhalten” (Keep Yoga Your Vitality), an illustrated book of Yoga postures & their effects. Published in Germany.
To be an Iyengar teacher of Yoga one must gain the knowledge of the anatomy of the human body, learn the ancient Sanskrit names of the Yoga poses, study the Yoga Sutras which is the philosophy of Yoga, learn basic & common medical problems which affect our everyday lives & teach the student the correct way of moving into & experiencing each pose with proper alignment.
Jill continues to study, attend workshops, teacher training and conventions through the year.
Lenka is a passionate, dedicated student and teacher of Iyengar Yoga Method. She is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at Introductory I&II Level.
Lenka is a strong advocate of the transformative and therapeutic power of Iyengar Yoga practice and every opportunity to share the gift of yoga is profoundly rewarding to her. Her classes are challenging but safe and build on clear and precise instructions. She is known for her compassionate teaching and willingness to address everybody's individual needs.
She has practiced Iyengar yoga since 2010 and has been teaching at Yoga on the Bay studio ,Saint Lucia since 2011. She has been influenced by her teacher and mentor -Jill Hagar.
Lenka makes regular trips to USA to study with her teacher and mentor -Heather Haxo Phillips at her Adeline Yoga Studio in Berkeley, CA. She dedicates all her time to the deepening of the knowledge of Yoga, teaching and assisting classes. Over the years she has been fortunate to attend the workshops with Senior Iyengar teachers like John Schumacher, Gloria Goldberg and Carry Owerko.
Her passion for Yoga and traveling came together during her 3-month trip to India where she studied with Iyengar teacher Usha Devi
Lenka believes in the transformative power of Iyengar Yoga and she sees and experiences it's magic every day. She hopes to inspire and share her passion for this art with every person she gets to practice with.
Pauline Frederick is a fully qualified British Fitness Instructor with a passion for converting people to ENJOY exercise and fitness. Taking a holistic approach, she advocates healthy lifestyle, offering exercise which is gentle on the body, healthy for the mind and does wonders for the waistline! Magic it is not, she makes you work hard, but the results are worth it.
Using Pilates techniques as a base for many of her toning classes, she hosts a variety of classes around the island. This approach is ideal for those with joint pain and arthritis, but also challenging for the more able client. Pilates itself is a tool to reduce back pain by strengthening the abdominal region, so also idea for those people suffering with back conditions.
In addition to teaching classes, Pauline also offers a Personal Training option for those who prefer one on one sessions.