Meet Our Teachers

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Co-Owner of the Center and Level 4 Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Dean Lerner, M.S.

Dean has been practicing Yoga since the mid-1970's, teaching since 1982 and in the State College area since 1985. He has studied with Shri B.K. S. Iyengar on numerous occasions both in the USA and in India.  Dean also teaches workshops nationally and abroad. 

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Co-Owner of the Center and Level 4 Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Rebecca Lerner

Rebecca is an IYNAUS assessor. A devoted practitioner since the late ’70s, Rebecca conducts workshops nationally and abroad as well as teacher education programs. Her expertise is the ability to guide her students deeply into the poses in a fresh, insightful and meaningful way. She has a compassionate and dynamic teaching style that brings each student a heightened yogic experience through the practice and application of asana, pranayama and philosophy within each class. She studies regularly with the Iyengars in Pune.

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Co-Owner of the Center and Level 2 Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher

Kate Marshall-Chase

Kate has been practicing and studying Iyengar yoga for 35 years. Certified at the Intermediate Junior I level, Kate's teaching style is both lively and informative as she eagerly supports her students in finding the many ways Iyengar yoga can transform their lives. Kate's yoga practice has been influenced by continued study with Senior teachers and the Iyengar family in Pune. She has travelled three times to the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI).

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Amy Rumbel

Amy has been practicing and studying Iyengar yoga since 2004. She is certified as a Level 2 Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher. Amy brings her passion to help others learn and grow to her teaching. As both a counselor and a massage therapist, she loves to explore both the mental and physical benefits of Yoga with her students. Amy believes that life is full of both joy and challenges and through our Yoga practice we learn to embrace it all.

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Jean Sanders

Jean Sanders, an art professor at PSU, has been studying Yoga with Dean and Rebecca and with other senior teachers as well, since 1993.  She began teaching yoga in 1995 and is known as a very competent, generous and caring teacher.

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Kelly Kennedy 

Kelly is an enthusiastic student of yoga. He has been studying Yoga with Dean and Rebecca since 1997, and has been teaching at the Center and other locations since 2000. He brings a wealth of understanding and insight to his classes and has completed Intermediate Jr I level training for certification

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Level 1 Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and Website/Social Media Manager

Briel Beaty (Driscoll)

Briel is a lifelong dancer/mover which led her to begin practicing yoga in 2010. She was grateful to discover Iyengar yoga in 2012 and began her formal studies with Dean and Rebecca to teach in the Iyengar method in 2018. Briel is also behind the scenes at the Center taking pictures for social media and keeping the website up to date. In addition, she offers Reiki sessions and Herbal Consultations (Traditional Western Herbalism) at the center. 

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Brucie Serene

Brucie Serene has practiced yoga for 25 years. Her knowledge of anatomy and physiology gives her insight into the how-to's of practicing the asanas, and help her adjust asanas for students with special needs. She can often be found on her bicycle or on a long walk outdoors. Brucie's deep love of and respect for our environment fuel her interest in studying the philosophy of a yogic life. She is an enthusiastic substiute teacher for our CWB classes.

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