About the Teachers
CIYT, c-IAYT, Director
A survivor of childhood trauma, Kimberly was seeking relief from chronic pain, PTSD, insomnia, anxiety, and depression when she walked into her first yoga class at age 20. She enrolled in her first teacher training program while she was a senior in college. It was during that program, at the Center for Yoga in Los Angeles, that she found Iyengar Yoga. It soon emerged as her complete path for making peace with the wounds of the past, taking care of herself in daily life, and persisting towards a future of vibrant health and optimism. Teaching yoga was the first job she ever had after graduation from UCLA in 1999. She has been teaching ever since.
Deeply dedicated to ongoing training, Kimberly has spent many years studying regularly with her Senior Teachers Manouso Manos, Gloria Goldberg, and Carolyn Belko. In 2017 she completed the 3-year Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics Training Program, the first and only B.K.S. Iyengar endorsed certificate training program for Iyengar Yoga as therapy for the body, mind and soul. She has traveled to India four times and spent a total of six months studying in India with B.K.S. Iyengar and his family.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi
For Cynthia, injury, illness and trauma have all been props or skillful means for her yoga sadhana (focused practice). As a result, she has dedicated herself to working with others to inspire transformation and empower life changes through difficult circumstances. Her spiritual journey began with an “Aha” moment in Japan in 1991 where she began to ask the question, “Who am I? And why am I here?” Read more about Cynthia’s journey here.
Cynthia has spent the past twelve years fully dedicated to yoga practice and teaching including eight years of apprenticing in Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics with Manouso Manos, three visits to study with the Iyengar family in India at RIMYI and the completion of a 3-year Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics Training Program, the first and only program of its kind endorsed by B.K.S. Iyengar. She is also a devoted student of Tsokyni Rinpoche and a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism.
Steve’s passion is helping others learn how to help themselves through the sacred art of yoga. Steve was certified to teach by B.K.S. Iyengar as well as through the Iyengar Yoga national assessment process. He is also certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. He has been practicing Iyengar Yoga for 20 years and teaching for 15. He was a founder of the Iyengar Yoga Center of Las Vegas before returning to Hawaii, where he has practiced and taught for the past 10 years.
Steve is very grateful to his teachers both in India and America. His teaching is at once practical and deeply philosophical, drawing inspiration from the teachings of Prashant Iyengar. He regularly travels to India to learn from the Iyengar family at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune.
Rose Mary Honda
Rose has been practicing Iyengar Yoga for six years. She achieved Introductory Level Iyengar Yoga Certification this year after graduating from the Iyengar Yoga teacher training program at the Big Island Yoga Center.
Rose is especially interested in yoga as a path of cultivating spiritual growth and peace within. Her teaching style is patient, energetic, strong, and encouraging. She is excited to share this profound practice with the students of Iyengar Yoga Hawaii.