Blue Spruce Yoga Teachers:
Leslie Bradley, Director of Blue Spruce Yoga,
has taught yoga in the Iyengar tradition since 1985. She is certified at the Senior Intermediate level and is a recommending teacher in the certification process. She has been an assessor in the teacher certification process for almost two decades. She served as Certification Chair for the United States from 2014-2017. She has made many trips to Pune, India to study directly with the Iyengars. She completed 20 years of training teachers in the Iyengar method in 2019.
Leslie was chosen as one of 70 women from 18 countries to
attend the Women’s Intensive with Geeta Iyengar, learning much about the
application of yoga to women’s specific needs. She studies with senior teachers in America on a regular basis. She has served as President, Vice President, and Secretary of IMIYA, the regional Iyengar association.
started yoga for the joy of the physical postures. Over the years of
practice and study, she has found yoga philosophy to be a source of
great comfort, inspiration and wisdom. B.K.S. Iyengar is of an ancient
and respected lineage in the yoga tradition, and Leslie is grateful to
have all the wisdom of her teachers and their teachers to inform her
practice and teaching. She is also grateful to have the opportunity to
share what she can with her students.
Sawyer Ward has studied yoga for over 40 years and is certified at the
Intermediate level. She has studied with the Iyengars (four trips to Pune India, and all U.S. Conventions since 1990),
Mary Dunn, Dean and Rebecca Lerner, Manouso Manos, George Purvis, Gloria Goldberg, the Chanchannis, and Devki Desai.|
is dedicated to the Iyengar system and to helping others reap the
benefits of this most auspicious method. She finds great joy in the
practice of Bhakti yoga, the yoga of devotion and in mantra yoga,
chanting and singing with others.
has studied yoga for 10 years and is certified at the Introductory level. She has studied with Abhijata Iyengar, Leslie Bradley, Craig Kurtz, and Lisa Wolf.|
The path of yoga guides her to find balance and inner peace. She discovered that practicing the asanas can bring concentration and body awareness, providing relief both physically and mentally. Alignment brought stability to many areas of her life, and she wants to share this experience with everyone!
Craig Kurtz is an Intermediate Junior III certified
teacher in the
Iyengar Tradition and has practiced yoga for 30 years. He has studied
with BKS and Geeta Iyengar, Manouso Manos, Ramanand Patel, Nancy
Stechert, Swati and Rajiv Chanchani, Gabriella Guibilaro, Debra Ann
Robinson. Craig is eternally grateful to BKS Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar
for making yoga accessible to all, and for outlining a methodical and
thorough system of teacher training.|
Diane Goldstein is certified at the Introductory level. She was
introduced to yoga while studying social work in the 1970s. After
graduation from law school, she moved to Colorado and began practicing
Iyengar yoga with Leslie Bradley. She has used yoga to strengthen a weak
back brought on by the demands of mothering three young children. |
has deepened her knowledge of yoga through the Advanced Studies and
Teacher Training Program taught by Nancy Crum Stechert and Leslie
Bradley, as well as training with various senior teachers who visit
locally. She enjoys helping students discover the strength and peace a
yoga practice can bring.