Lois’ love for yoga arises out of her intensive practice and study spanning nearly three decades. Lois’ natural gift for teaching and her reputation led New York Magazine to name her one of New York City’s Top Five Yoga Teachers. Her classes and workshops are both engaging and informative, founded in her belief that we learn by doing. Yoga is a lifetime practice, and we are all always students of this vast tradition! Lois culls the best of the vinyasa (“flow”) yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, and Anusara Yoga traditions into a joyful, intelligent, and inspiring yoga that can adapt to students of all levels and abilities.
Lois began her practice as a teenager in France, and resumed as an adult when she moved to New York City. She studied and trained first at Jivamukti Yoga, then moved on to practice 10+ years of Mysore-style Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga under Eddie Stern of Patanjali Yoga Shala in New York and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. In 1997, She met John Friend just as he was founding Anusara Yoga, and soon became a leader in the Anusara community, serving on the prestigious Curriculum Committee (which shaped the future of Anusara Yoga Teacher Trainings) and the committee that reviewed teaching videos for teachers seeking certification. Lois holds teaching certificates from Integral Yoga Institute, Yoga Zone, and Anusara Yoga, as well as the highest level of teaching (500hrs Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher) with Yoga Alliance, the yoga world’s credentialing organisation. She also studied two years of rigorous yoga anatomy under master Leslie Kaminoff and thousands of hours of yoga history and philosophy with world-renown scholar Prof. Douglas Brooks. Alarmed at the growing number of yoga- and life-related injuries facing so many, several years ago Lois founded a truly unique drop-in Injury Clinic in New York, where she has guided grateful clients toward self-healing and recovery from injuries ranging from tight shoulders to tricky knees, from car accidents and earthquakes to 9/1l first responders.
Before devoting herself to yoga, Lois was a professional writer and editor and an internationally exhibited artist. She received a B.A., magna cum laude from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, where she taught literature and writing. She credits her fine teachers at these universities for showing her how to make the most complex ideas clear and exciting to students and how to express intelligence through the heart. Her lighthearted approach to life infuses her teaching with playfulness and humor. Indeed, she is unique among yoga teachers in the ease with which she can guide you into tricky poses, map out muscles and bones and what they do, and untangle the threads of India’s vast and varied yoga history.
Lois’ yoga derives from the great teachers and grand traditions that have shaped her own practice and teaching. Primary among these are:
Vinyasa flow (Jivamukti Yoga)
Ashtanga Yoga (Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Eddie Stern)
Anusara Yoga (John Friend)
Breath-centered yoga (Desikachar, Viniyoga, Leslie Kaminoff)
Lois’ philosophy draws on the full sweep of yoga history, including early non-dual Vedanta and the Classical Yoga of Patanjali. However, late Tantra provides the ground of her philosophy. Her primary philosophy teacher is Professor Douglas Brooks, a world-renown scholar of Hindu Tantra.
Lois has trained thousands of yoga teachers around the world. Lois’ passion is to share all that she knows with the next generation of yoga teachers–that’s why she’s flying 22 hours from home to bring this course to you! Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to train with the best !