Richard began his studies in Los Angeles in the 70s, taking classes at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles (IYILA). His early teachers were Karin O'Bannon and Gloria Goldberg. He took his Iyengar teacher training course at IYILA in the 1990's under the direction of his main teacher, Manouso Manos. He is currently certified in the Iyengar system at the Junior Intermediate ll level.
He has travelled several times to India to study with B.K.S. Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar and Prashant Iyengar. He travels as often as possible to work with Manouso Manos who continues to inspire him. Richard has a large group of dedicated and loyal students; his dynamic and passionate teaching style attracts people of all ages and abilities! His daily asana and Pranayama practices are the constant source of his teaching as he continues to share what he learns with his students.
Vanessa holds an Intermediate Junior 1 Iyengar certification. She has been classically trained in the methods of Iyengar yoga for almost two decades. She has made numerous trips to India to study with the Iyengar family and has had the great fortune to assist in medical classes in the Himalayas with Senior Iyengar teachers. She also continues to study regularly with her mentors Manouso Manos, Gloria Goldberg, and Richard McLaughlin.
Vanessa’s intent is to uphold the rich lineage of B.K.S. Iyengar, sharing his legacy through his invaluable teachings. She provides a keen sense of detail to each pose. Using her knowledge and experience of the healing powers of yoga to address many ailments, she tailors her classes to the individual's needs. Students can begin to build a solid foundation in yoga and deepen their practice in restorative and dynamic ways.
Vanessa Bacher (right) with Dr. Geeta Iyengar (left)
at the RIMYI (the Iyengar Institute), Pune, India, 2017