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 at the Intermediate Junior II certification level. In 2015 David travelled to India to study for one month with the Iyengars at RIMYI in Pune. In 2011-12 he completed an eight month direct study apprenticeship with Lois Steinberg, Phd, and Certified Advanced Iyengar Yoga Teacher.David has practiced Iyengar Yoga for 25 years and taught for 22, 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 opening to the infinite within!  contact David:  207-228-5553,




STEPHANIE ABRAMS                a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor, started teaching in 2001 after an apprenticeship with John Schumacher.  She taught at Unity Woods Yoga Center in Washington, D.C. for five years until she moved to Maine in 2006.  Since her move to New England, she has studied with Peentz Dubble, Patricia Walden, Lois Steinberg, and Kim Peralta, among others, and teaches at Portland Yoga Studio.  Now, in the midst of raising two young daughters, she continues to find yoga practice a tool of both restoration and refinement.  She brings her clear love for the topic, an infectious laugh, and a deep respect for the practice to her classes. contact Stephanie:, 207-712-9369




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,,




DALE SHEILDS has been practicing Iyengar yoga since 2007 and is registered with the National Yoga Teaching Alliance. 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,




KIM PERALTA                    is the highest certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor in Maine. She is the director of the BKS Iyengar Yoga Center of Brooksville, Maine. Kim was introduced to the Iyengar method in 1987 by the late Senior Iyengar teacher Mary Dunn and began studying in India under B.K.S. Iyengar and the Iyengar family in 1989. Kim is an original co-founder and core faculty member of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York and former Director of the Iyengar Yoga School of Northern New Jersey. She is co-founder and Director of the Teacher Training Program at Portland Yoga Studio in Portland, Maine. Kim returns annually to continue her training under the Iyengar family. She has taught Iyengar Yoga for twenty-five years.




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.





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