Teachers

Shelley Choy

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For the last 18 years, Shelley has dedicated herself to the practice and study of Iyengar yoga. Teaching since 1998, she founded the Hatha Yoga Center in 2000, which has since evolved into Iyengar Yoga Honolulu. She is Co-Director of IYH and is Iyengar-certified at the Junior Intermediate II level. She has studied with senior level Iyengar teachers throughout her career and looks forward to her fifth visit in India to study with the Iyengar family.

Shelley teaches with clarity, devotion and insight. Her teaching is direct as she prefers to highlight the teachings rather than assert her own personality. She cares for and builds a relationship with each of her students, getting to know their needs and capabilities. Having once been a very stiff person herself, she knows that consistent practice and perseverance are the keys to transformation. Interweaving yoga philosophy into her teaching, she strives to instill these disciplines, encouraging and inspiring her many dedicated students, beginners and experienced alike. Lately, Shelley is interested in how the “stiffness” of the mind can also be changed through yoga practice and study.

Ray Madigan

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Ray Madigan is Co-Director of Iyengar Yoga Honolulu. Ray began the practice of yoga as a young man and is certified at the Senior Intermediate II level. He has been extensively trained in the Iyengar method. Ray regularly attends the Iyengar Institute in India for intensive study with the Iyengar family and he also continues study with Advanced level Iyengar yoga teachers. He has mentored and trained teachers for Iyengar certification. Ray is a Registered Nurse and enjoys teaching people of all capabilities. He also conducts private yoga sessions to help those who are sick or injured. email Ray

Carol Ahuna

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Carol has been a student of Iyengar yoga since 1993 and has been apprenticing with Ray and taking teacher training with Ray and Shelley for 4 years. In August, 2011, she passed the first level in the certification process. In 2013 she became a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor at the Introductory 2 level. Carol’s enthusiasm for yoga is infectious and she inspires her students with her encouragement and dedication.

Chris Havener

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Chris started her yoga studies in 1989 at the Iyengar Center of Greater Boston and has taught since 1996. In 2010, she was Iyengar-certified at the Junior Intermediate II level. Chris studied with the Iyengars in India three times and regularly attends national Iyengar conventions and workshops with senior level Iyengar teachers. Chris’ precise and perceptive teaching appeals to beginners as well as to her many dedicated students.

Dennis Masui

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Dennis is a retired school teacher with over 20 years experience in yoga. He has taught his Seniors and Basic Stretch classes for eight years and has a devoted following of grateful students. His popular classes are a tribute to his friendly nature and methodical approach. Dennis has also studied Healing Touch and Zen Trigger Point Therapy.

Michael Romero

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Michael began yoga in 1999, drawn to the Iyengar method for its refinement and wide range of asanas (postures). He has taught for six years and apprentices with Ray and Shelley. In August, 2011, he passed the first level towards Iyengar teaching certification. In 2013 he passed the Intoductory 2 assessment and became certified. Michael holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and works with adults in the mental health profession. He sees a strong relationship between yoga and psychology, and feels that the Eight Limbs of Yoga are a historically proven method of self-actualization.

Saba Polakovic

Saba has taught school children for 26 years and currently teaches 2nd grade at Waialae Elementary Public Charter School. She earned her MEd from Chaminade University in Honolulu. Saba also holds a MFA in Printmaking from Pratt Institute in New York and a Montessori Certification (AMS).
A student of yoga with Ray and Shelley, Saba is eager to interest kids in yoga with her teaching skills and creative ideas.