Teachers

Shelley Choy. Senior CIYT

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Shelley earned her Intermediate Senior I Iyengar teaching certificate in 2018. Beginning her study of Iyengar yoga in 1994, she has taught for 21 years. Shelley founded the Hatha Yoga Center in 2000, which then evolved into Iyengar Yoga Honolulu. She is Co-Director of IYH and has studied with advanced level Iyengar teachers throughout her career. She looks forward to her seventh visit in India to study with the Iyengar family.

Shelley teaches with clarity, devotion and insight. Her teaching is direct as she highlights 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 dedicated students.

Ray Madigan. Senior CIYT

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Ray Madigan is Co-Director of Iyengar Yoga Honolulu and is certified at the Intermediate Senior 3 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 at the Introductory and Intermediate levels and is an assessor for Iyengar Yoga Association of US. Ray currently serves on the Certification committee for IYNAUS. Along with Shelley he conducts teacher training courses in Honolulu and abroad. He also conducts teacher training on the Big Island of Hawaii.
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, or to help progress in one’s practice.
Ray welcomes all students to his Basic level classes. Attendance in his Intermediate classes require previous approval.
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Carol Ahuna. Introductory CIYT

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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. Senior CIYT

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Chris started her yoga studies in 1989 at the Iyengar Center of Greater Boston and has taught since 1996. She is Iyengar-certified at the Intermediate Senior I 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.Intermediate CIYT

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Michael began yoga in 1999, drawn to the Iyengar method for its refinement and wide range of asanas (postures). He is certified at the Intermediate Junior 1 level. 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.

Supin Wongbusarakum. Introductory CIYT

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Supin is a long-time student of Shelley and Ray. She completed their three-year teacher training course in 2018. In November, 2018, she passed the Introductory 1 & 2 assessment and became a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor at the Introductory 2 level. Supin began by doing yoga inconsistently as a stretching exercise for many years. In 2011 she started practicing on a regular basis and experienced how her mind was completely still after the yoga practice. It was only then that she truly began realizing the deep and multiple benefits yoga practice can have on both body and mind. Supin finds the eight limbs of yoga philosophy relevant in leading a meaningful and peaceful life, and experiences how yoga practice has helped in coping with life challenges. Supin works full-time in nature conservation and sustainability sciences, and in addition enjoys teaching and expressing herself creatively in ceramic arts.

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 Shelley, Saba is eager to interest kids in yoga with her teaching skills and creative ideas.