Sandra Safadirazieli originally came to yoga in 1997 to find a way to ease pain associated with scoliosis. She quickly discovered that asana practice not only helped her feel better in her body, but was great training for her mind and inspirational for her spirit.
Sandra experienced many years of frustration trying to find a way to ease the pain of her scoliosis. She began teaching in the hope that others would not have such a difficult experience. She graduated from the Piedmont Yoga Studio's Advanced Studies 1 1/2 year program in 2001 and studied in Pune with the Iyengars in 2007. She has apprenticed with Elise Miller and continues to assist her in workshops and teacher trainings. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as a RYT 500 and is a member of the California Yoga Teachers Association.
She enjoys yoga as a lifelong practice of exploration and is grateful to her many teachers including Elise Miller, Donald Moyer, Mary Paffard, Ramanand Patel, Richard Rosen and Jin Sung.
Along with teaching workshops, classes, and private lessons on yoga for scoliosis, she enjoys teaching general public classes and specializes in classes for seniors and athletes. She currently teaches public classes at Kaiser Permanente, Berkeley Ironworks, and Piedmont Yoga Studio.
She has found the precision of an Iyengar based practice incredibly helpful in learning to understand the extra twists and turns of scoliosis. She believes that applying the insights gained in yoga practice to everyday habits of movement can lead to greater freedom and comfort, and ultimately a more fulfilling life. In addition, she finds yoga is a particularly powerful practice because it is a method by which individuals can have an active role in taking care of their body. As an anthropologist she is keenly aware of how cultural messages affect our body image, and ultimately our experience living in and with our bodies.