“I hear your voice in my head every time I pass a window and catch my reflection.
It reminds me to correct my posture.”
This is a common litany recited by people who Certified Iyengar Teacher and Licensed Massage Therapist, Dena Glazer, has taught over the past 33 years.
Born in 1934, Dena came to Yoga at the age of forty seven with poor posture, a weak back and the early signs of fading vitality. She started with one class and very quickly, her practice of Yoga escalated to three or more classes each week. Her back pain lessened as her posture improved and her flexibility increased as she learned to control her problems when they did arise with Yoga postures.
As a result, Dena recognized her calling and traveled to San Francisco where she began training as a Yoga teacher, studying at the Iyengar Yoga Institute there. She has since studied with the greatest living Yoga master, B.K.S. Iyengar, Geeta, his daughter,and his senior teachers, in an array of workshops that have focused on improving back health, relieving scoliosis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, and more. She has also studied in India with the Iyengars and continues her studies with various senior Iyengar teachers.
A former housewife and Miami realtor, Dena began her career as a Yoga teacher in 1984 and was Certified in 1991. After she turned 60, Dena began to concentrate her teaching on the over forty-plus population and those recovering from and/or coping with injuries or degenerative conditions. She developed "Gentle Yoga for Stiff Bodies"
classes which has turned out to benefit people of all ages. Younger students often find their flexibility makes it easy to do Yoga poses wrong. Middle-aged and senior students find her methods make Yoga accessible, even if they have not touched their toes in years. Athletes (golfers, tennis players) find their games improving dramatically. Her work with both the infirm and those committed to remaining healthy, has left Dena with a legion of fans!
At age 80, Dena continues to be her own best advertisement. A living example of how “Gentle Yoga for Stiff Bodies” can help change aging from something we dread to a precious and fulfilling time of our lives that we embrace with vigor.
"I look to you as a mentor and no longer fear growing old, as I see through your life’s example that the practice of yoga can continue to maintain and sustain my body. I truly believe that the path to a balanced lifestyle is to continue with your yoga instruction."
—Christine M (a 51 year old female) April, 2014
"Thanks for being my teacher and setting me on a yoga path, a life change supreme. Strength, flexibility, balance."
"When I left after my first session, I felt peaceful and quiet within, a spiritual awareness and renewal occurred"
"Dena was my yoga teacher for over five years. Thanks to her I am not in a wheelchair in spite of the fact that I have a lot of back problems and neuropathy."
—Rachel, 2005 (MS class)
"Dena has improved my ability to move my arms, and has also improved my balance so I could walk better. I have learned different techniques to improve my overall health."
—Morris 2006 (Parkinson class)
A Few Thoughts on Yoga
"As I flow through the postures
with a new-born grace
that I never knew I possessed
flowering from within
with changing awareness
of muscle and bone
and feelings long hidden
I understand for the first time
the story of the Ugly Duckling
as I grow my swan’s wings
and learn to fly"
"Yoga can't stop the clock, but it has enabled me to overcome many of the inconveniences of aging. Instead, I'm able to enjoy the benefits of maturing. Yoga has taught me to stand up straight and as a result, I feel better, my attitude has improved, and it has given more meaning to my life."