DAVID YEARWOOD             Beginning January, 2013, David and his wife Parks McKinney are honored to own and operate Portland Yoga Studio.  David is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and recently earned  an Intermediate Junior 1 certificate.  He also recently completed an eight month direct study apprenticeship with Lois Steinberg, Phd, and Certified Advanced Iyengar Yoga Teacher.  All told he has practiced Iyengar Yoga for 22 years and taught for 17, several years of which were spent teaching at the Iyengar Institute of Manhattan under the mentorship of the greatly missed and cherished, Mary Dunn.  David's style is supportive, direct, encouraging, light-hearted and insightful.  He has a love of and devotion to practice, study, and teaching and aspires that every student leave class with clear work to do from clear work that they've done, and the tranquility and confidence that comes from touching the infinite within!  contact David:  207-228-5553,



PAMELA RYAN                   is a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher.  Pamela has been studying Iyengar yoga since 1989. She is a longtime student of Patricia Walden of Cambridge, MA, whom she has assisted in Yogamala's Teacher Training program as well as in various workshops throughout the years.  She also travels regularly to Pune, India to study with the Iyengars.  To her, teaching is an extension of her practice and an integral part of her life.  She feels blessed to share the clarity and joy that come from practicing this vast and wonderful subject. Contact Pamela: 207-767-0147 home,,




Congratulations DALE!

Dale has passed her Introductory 1 certification test!!!!!! We are so happy for her and so proud to say that she teaches at PYS.


DALE SHEILDS has been practicing Iyengar yoga since 2007 and is registered with the National Yoga Teaching Alliance. This past fall, she completed a 2 year IYNAUS approved teacher training program taught by Janice Vien, certified at the Iyengar Junior Intermediate III level and Jill Johnson, certified at the Intermediate Junior II level.  Dale lives in Yarmouth and is now studying with local Iyengar certified teachers as well as making regular trips to Boston to study with Patricia Walden who holds an Iyengar senior advanced certificate. Dale currently holds an Introductory Level I certificate in the Iyengar system and is on track for full certification of Introductory Level II. Dale enjoys sharing yoga with beginners and brings with her a sense of humor and a passion for lifelong learning gained from 20 years of homeschooling her three children.  Contact Dale: 207-847-3497,




ABBEY HOPE                  Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, has pursued her yoga sadhana since 1999 and believes that yoga has transformed her life. She has studied regularly with Iyengar Senior teachers Mary Dunn (the late), Joan White, and Patricia Walden, as well as with Carolyn Christie with whom she apprenticed. With much rejoicing, Abbey travelled to Pune, India for a recent summer to study with the Iyengar family. She has also studied asana, pranayama, and yoga philosophy at workshops with Geeta Iyengar, Jawarhar Banjara, Gabriella Giubilaro, John Schumacher, Laurie Blakeney, Edwin Bryant, Robert Thurman, and others.  Abbey currently holds an Introductory Level II certificate in the Iyengar system.  She is excited to be part of the growing community here at Portland Yoga Studio. Contact Abbey: or




CINDY BERLINER                   is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and registered with the National Yoga Teaching Alliance. Cindy is the owner/operator of Inner Stream Yoga in Freeport, Maine.She worked as an assistant attorney general in Massachusetts before devoting herself to the study of yoga in 1998.  She has been teaching group classes and working privately with students since 2006.  She completed her teacher training with Janice Vien of Grantham, New Hampshire and Richard Schachtel of Seattle, Washington.   Cindy studies regularly with Boston-area teachers Patricia Walden and Peentz Dubble, and other senior Iyengar teachers throughout the country.  She is extraordinarily grateful to her teachers and to B.K.S Iyengar for their devotion to yoga and the integrity of their practice, and for their dedication to the art of teaching.




STEPHANIE ABRAMS                is the former owner of PYS. She is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. Stephanie began her study of Iyengar Yoga in 1996 in Washington, DC.  After a two year teaching apprenticeship with John Schumacher, she began to teach in 2001.  She continues her study with Patricia Walden and Peentz Dubble in Boston, MA and with Sharon Conroy of New Orleans, LA. She finds the peace of mind and openness of heart that comes from regular practice indispensible, and hopes to share this with all of her students.







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