Teachers at Rushing Water Yoga

Instructors at Rushing Water Yoga Commit to:

  • Providing you with a structured class that comes from our experience as practitioners and from our studies with Senior teachers
  • Paying attention to your practice in the studio and to answer any questions you have about your home practice
  • A daily practice, to always being a student ourselves, and to continue to take teacher training’s and workshops to keep our skills current

paul cheek

CIYT 4000 Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher

C-IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist

paul has been studying and practicing Yoga since 1990 and teaching since 1999. His approach is welcoming to all levels of ability and all body types. His goal as a teacher is to help the student bring healing, health, and personal growth to their life through yoga. paul has completed a teacher-training course with Julie Lawrence, a two-year, 500 hour, teacher-training program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. paul is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and is currently training for higher levels of certification with Senior Iyengar Yoga teachers’ Chris Saudek, Rebecca Lerner, and Felicity Green. paul is the owner and director of Rushing Water Yoga. paul is a firm believer in the universality of yoga. He always strives to meet the students where they are and encourages them to practice appropriately. While paul is well versed in the Iyengar tradition for him it’s not about dogma, rigidity or being strict. It’s about practicing appropriately and having fun while you’re doing it. It is about learning how to make the practice suit the student through creative innovation and cooperation (and maybe a few props!). He makes a concerted effort to interlace the philosophy into his teachings to help encourage the students to take this work off of the mat. He is funny and knows how to have fun in class. Please don’t mistake him for someone super serious or extreme about the practices of yoga. As Birjoo Mehta said in the Iyenger Yoga Convention in 2012, yoga is the ice cream, yoga is the dessert after you have met your responsibilities to those you are in community with. paul helps students to discover this dessert while maintaining a full life that includes the gifts of yoga. paul loves the art of sequencing and is clear in his instructions, inspirational, loving, compassionate and dynamic in his teaching.

Nancy Sander

CIYT  Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Nancy Sander recently moved to Vancouver, WA from Culver City, CA. She is originally from Pennsylvania, and has lived internationally, and in many parts of the U.S. She started her yoga practice and studies in Philadelphia, PA. She is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. Nancy has taught yoga to faculty and staff at West Los Angeles College and to the Lawyers Guild of Los Angeles. She also taught at the Westside Shambhala Meditation Center. Nancy is a long time practitioner who had the good fortune to study with BKS Iyengar in the U.S and in India. She is so happy to find a community of Yogis in the Northwest!! She has fraternal twin sons who are 23 and a husband who keeps her laughing.

If you are an Iyengar Yoga teacher looking for opportunities to teach please contact the studio.

To qualify you either have to be a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher OR currently be studying for Iyengar certification.