Cynthia is embarking on a journey away from the Bay Area at the end of April. She is offering several farewell classes and events for students and friends. Be sure to join her email list to stay in touch! 

Farewell Classes & Events

  • Saturday, April 7th: Letting Go: Trust & Faith @ Adeline Yoga Studio
    2-4pm Donation-based class; 5:30-8:30pm Potluck & Party

    Reserve Your Spot Here

  • Sunday, April 15th: Every Ending is a Beginning @ Iyengar Yoga Institute of SF
    9-11am Donation-based class; 11-12:30pm Farewell Party

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Cynthia Bates is a seasoned Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) at the Intermediate Junior II level and Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT). Her goal as a teacher is singular, to inspire transformational experiences that lead to positive life change. For Cynthia, injury, illness and trauma can all be used as a skillful means for spiritual practice. She is a devoted student of Manouso Manos, Victoria Austin, B.K.S. Iyengar and the Iyengar family with whom she had the honor of studying with in India in 2010, 2012 and 2014. She furthers her education by assisting Manouso Manos weekly in public classes and participating in specialized yoga therapeutics training. She recently completed the first three year certified Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics program led by Manouso Manos. She is also a student of Tsokyni Rinpoche and Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism. 

Public Class Schedule

Yoga Therapy

Disease and injury often come when things are out of balance in our lives. Our body naturally seeks homeostasis, a relatively stable equilibrium. When we override messages we've received over time (pain, stress, sleep problems, etc.) then an injury or illness can be a reminder to pay attention and make some changes in our life. The definition of therapy is that which helps treat or heal disease. Injuries and disease, however, aren't always strictly physical. Human beings are a complex amalgam of physical form, intellect, emotions and energy. True healing comes from addressing obstacles and impediments in our life at all levels. Yoga therapy in the Iyengar tradition uses specific postures (asana) and optimal breathing to effect the health and healing potential of the entire organism. Some of the areas that Cynthia works in include:

  • Hips & Lower Back
  • Neck & Shoulder
  • Knees
  • Digestive issues
  • Scoliosis
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Neurological conditions (i.e. migraines, car accidents)
  • Women's Health (fertility, pregnancy, menstrual disorders, menopause)

For more information on scientific research of the efficacy of Iyengar Yoga Therapy here.

Private Yoga Sessions

Cynthia offers one-on-one yoga therapy sessions to help student develop a home practice of yoga to manage their specific conditions:

  • Pain management
  • Recovering from an injury
  • Preparing for or recovering from surgery or medical treatment
  • Managing depression and anxiety
  • Managing neurological issues
  • Working with hormonal imbalances

Rate: 1 hour session is $125

Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar (1918-2014)

 Photo of B.K.S. Iyengar by Jake Clennell:

Photo of B.K.S. Iyengar by Jake Clennell:

B.K.S Iyengar was taught yoga in his youth by his brother-in-law, T. Krishnamacharya. B.K.S. Iyengar developed his innovative and inspired approach to yoga through intense practice and self-study. His seminal book, Light on Yoga, has been continuously in print since originally published in 1966. According to Mr. Iyengar, "The yoga I teach is purely Astanga yoga, known as the eight limbs of yoga. My pupils who follow me call it ‘Iyengar Yoga’ to distinguish it from the teachings of others." Iyengar Yoga is differentiated from other methods by a world-wide, standardized system of instruction. Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYTs) undergo rigorous training and evaluation to earn their certifications. Only CIYTs are permitted to describe their method of instruction as "Iyengar Yoga." CIYTs are trained to provide clear demonstrations of each posture and are skilled in the use of simple props to maximize the opening and awareness of the body, providing support to the less flexible, and extra extension to the more advanced student.

Teaching is oriented towards gradual but steady progress, rather than quick and fleeting results. Each Iyengar Yoga class is a unique sequence developed by the CIYT to guide students through a safe and systematic progression. Through skilled instruction and practice, students learn to penetrate beyond the physical body to the inner kosas (layers) of mind, energy and spirit, gaining vitality, clarity and calm through the practice.

Iyengar Yoga is a powerful and sophisticated discipline which can be practiced in all stages of life. The benefits are far-reaching and will assist the practitioner in every aspect of daily living.

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