Carmen FitzgibbonMy path into the practice of yoga started at a time in my mid-twenties when my life was incredibly up rooted. It was 1995, I was living in Chicago and found a yoga class being offered across the street from my apartment, so I began there. I can still remember that first class, mostly because of how I felt just after the practice. It was a feeling of finally being comfortable in my own skin.

I moved around a lot in those years, from Chicago to Seattle to Los Angeles, changing jobs, homes, friends, but my yoga practice was constant.  My practice was beginning to stabilize my ever turbulent mind. The process was slow but steady, and gradually the stabilization that I found on the mat began to become apparent in my day-to-day living. As my asana practice became consistent, a feeling of ease or being comfortable could be found within me, no matter where I was.

In 2003, I was fortunate to find Iyengar yoga.  Once I began studying in the Iyengar tradition, there was no going back for me.  Lisa Walford was my first Iyengar yoga teacher and she remained my main teacher for years.  Over time her teaching helped me form a relationship with yoga in a deeper way.  Of course one learns Iyengar yoga from a teacher, but this system instills the necessity of a home practice.  It’s that time of working on my own and exploring what I had been taught, that has rooted me into this tradition that is now the foundation for my life.

I have traveled to India twice to study at the Iyengar Institute in Pune.  While I have taught yoga since 2003, I became a Certified Iyengar Teacher in 2015 and am currently certified at the Introductory 2 level. 

Southern California is an amazing place to study yoga as we are blessed with many excellent teachers here.  Those who have influenced me most are: Lisa Walford, Manouso Manos, Garth McClean, Jim Benvenuto, Paul Cabanis, Carolyn Belko and Chuck Miller.

One of my favorite things about teaching in the Iyengar method is the systematic approach that has been laid out by Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar.  He has left us a vast body of teachings that when explored,  develop the sadhaka (students) correctly and efficiently.   Seeing this approach work and helping my students evolve within their practice, in the way in which I was taught, has become my inspiration.

I am honored to carry on this tradition of yoga. It truly is a science and an art, and I am always aiming to understand more and travel a little further down this path every day of my life.