2021-08-06-Print-21RYT 500, IAYT Yoga Therapy Trainee, KPJAYI practitioner, iRest Level 1

Iryna Lymar came to yoga searching for more meaning in life in her late twenties. Once she found yoga, there was no turning back. Yoga offered all those answers through the process of self-exploration, the balance of effort and surrender, and non-resistance to life.

Iryna’s yogic path started in the footsteps of the Himalayas, on the banks of the Ganges river in Rishikesh, India. She studied Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga at Shiva Yoga Peeth and received her 200-hour certification from Yoga Alliance. It was a good starting point for something which turned out to be a lifetime journey.

After the training, she returned to China, where she taught public yoga classes and co-led yoga retreats and workshops for a few years. Over time, Iryna realized she was more and more drawn to Ashtanga Yoga, so she decided to travel to the source. That’s how she started practicing with R. Saraswathi Jois in KPJAYI, India. The time spent in Mysore was magical, filled with new knowledge and new friendships.

In 2017, Iryna moved to California, started teaching yoga in San Francisco, and continued with her daily practice and chanting under the guidance of Devorah Sacks. Over time, her perspective on yoga, practice, and teaching started to shift. There was a need for a broader perspective, a desire to address the needs of people with specific physical or emotional conditions, make yoga more inclusive for all, and at the same time highly-tailored to each individual. That’s why it was a natural decision to embark on the in-depth yoga therapy training at the Soul of Yoga Institute.

Right now, Iryna continues with her 2 passions – Ashtanga Yoga and Yoga Therapy – that go hand in hand. She is working with clients individually and teaches from her home studio in San Diego, CA.

Gratitude to teachers that influenced me the most:

Yoga Therapy Ashtanga Yoga
Richard Miller R. Saraswathi Jois
Nischala Joy Devi Devorah Sacks
Leslie Kaminoff Harmony Slater
Indu Arora David Robson
Durga Leela Jelena Vesic
Monique Lonner Laruga Glaser
Flossie Park Taylor Hunt
Antonio Sausys Claire Lavery
Stephani Sutherland Niu Kezhang
Raquel Jex Forsgren