Namaste from Shaw-Jiun Wang (Shaw), the managing owner and lead teacher at Seattle Iyengar Yoga Studio
I have been studying, practicing and teaching Iyengar Yoga since 1996 and am one of the four Iyengar Yoga teachers certified at the Intermediate Junior III level in the Northwest region. (Learn more about Iyengar Yoga Certification process HERE.) I served as the Treasurer at the Iyengar Yoga Association of the Midwest and currently serves as the Communications chair at the Iyengar Yoga Association of the Northwest.
My path of yoga started with Bikram Yoga. After a hamstring injury, through a yoga friend I took my first Iyengar Yoga class in Houston, Texas. Since then, I have been studying with various senior-level Iyengar Yoga teachers around the country, including George Purvis, Dean Lerner, John Schumacher, Laurie Blakeney, Chris Saudek and Lois Steinberg. I consider myself deeply fortunate for having studied with B.K.S Iyengar, Geeta and Prashant Iyengar at Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India.
I have been teaching in many states and cities I have lived in. After relocating to the Pacific Northwest and Seattle in 2014, I decided to open an authentic Iyengar Yoga studio inside the city so that I can continue with my passion for Iyengar Yoga and share the profound teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar to the metropolitan area.
Iyengar Yoga has been a surprisingly fulfilling journey for me. The central aspect that drew me in and continue to nourish my life is the sadhana, i.e. “practice.” It transcends beyond yoga poses; it brings my mind and my body closer to a deeper place of consolidation, a union as yoga means to many. With the wild-fire prevalence of yoga industries, Iyengar Yoga remains the lotus in the muddy pond with its highest qualifications for teachers and its rich focus on learning the ancient art and science of yoga.
“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.”
— B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life.