Austin Iyengar Yoga | Instructors

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Peggy Kelley

Peggy is the founder of the Austin Iyengar Yoga. She began her study of Yoga in the late 60’s in Cambridge, Massachusetts, having since studied with Senior Yoga teachers in Europe, Canada, and the US. In India, Peggy has studied with B.K.S., Geeta, and Prashant Iyengar, and other Yoga masters.

She began teaching yoga in British Columbia over 30 years ago and has taught in Mexico, Europe, and the southwest United States. She was a founding member of the Iyengar Yoga Association of the US and served from 1990-1994.

She is certified to teach and to recommend teachers for certification. In addition to her yoga training, Peggy has studied insight Meditation with Rodney Smith and Ayurveda with Bri. Maya Tiwari, David Frawley and The American Institute of Ayurveda, where she received her certificate in 2003.


Mary Scott

Mary Scott is currently pursuing Iyengar certification and is a registered 500 hour teacher with over 500 hours of additional training. Mary is always going to workshops to bring more depth and knowledge to her practice and her teaching. She studies mainly with George Purvis, H. S. Arun, as well as local Iyengar teachers, but has also attended workshops with many well-known teachers including Patrica Walden and Judith Lasater. She believes there is always a way to do a pose, no matter what your age, flexibility, or strength; you just need the right props. Mary is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher.


Melissa Hagen

Melissa came to Yoga as an avid cyclist, who preferred restorative work to balance the activity and anxiety prevalent in her life. She finds the philosophy of the Eight Limbs of Yoga satisfying and often begins class by reading about them. She has spent the last few years studying with Iyengar teachers Peggy Kelley and Devon Dederich to expand her knowledge and earn her 500 hour certificate. Her classes focus on proper alignment, using props such as blocks, chairs and rope walls, to deepen our understanding of the poses, while modifying for injuries and building strength and flexibility. She spearheads Austin’s Yoga Ride, a Social Cycling Austin bicycle ride every tuesday night that ends in a free yoga class designed for cyclists. You can find out more about Melissa here

Mellissa is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher

“Our specific field of exploration is ourselves, from skin to unknown center” -Light on Yoga


Thecla Chomicz

Thecla found her way to yoga in 2001 following years of teaching aerobics and lecturing on fitness. In 2004, she completed the course of study in Scottsdale Community College’s Yoga Teacher Training Program and received her 200-hour RYT in 2005. In addition to being a guest lecturer of Anatomy for Yoga classes and teaching yoga, further studies led her to the Iyengar yoga method and the Teacher Training program at the Austin Iyengar Yoga. In the fall of 2014, she relocated from Scottsdale to Austin and passed the Iyengar Introduction I assessment.

She is currently studying for the Intro II assessment. She finds the Iyengar method completely complementary to her sports medicine background and looks forward to continuing her studies of both. Thecla is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Leader. Thecla is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher


Val Rios

Val discovered the power of yoga over a decade ago when she took her first yoga class during college. As a practitioner, yoga has helped her to grow, recover and rebuild many phases of her life. She believes that yoga has the ability to transform the way you interact with the world both on and off the mat. Shortly after passing the Iyengar Introduction II assessment in 2015 she relocated her family from Amsterdam to Austin. As a teacher, Val strives to create a warm and positive setting which inspires students to connect both body and mind through asana and breath in order to cultivate a deep sense of awareness.



Samantha has studied yoga in the Iyengar and Ayurvedic style for 15 years. She is a E-500 Registered Yoga Teacher, certified to teach 500 hour yoga teacher trainings and continuing education for yoga teachers as well as a licensed massage therapist who holds a Bachelors of Biology in Anatomy and Physiology. Her passion is teaching and sharing knowledge about the human body and guiding people on their path to gain strength, flexibility, balance, and alignment in a supportive and safe way to create well-being. Samantha has extensive experience working with injury and rehabilitation, buttressed by her Iyengar yoga training, clinical and sports massage training. She spent several years working as a doula and assisting women in childbirth using massage, yoga, herbs and breathing techniques and welcomes pregnant women into all of her classes.

She currently teaches yoga at Austin Iyengar School, Clear Springs studio and is available for private sessions; she is going up for Iyengar assessment in 2017 and teaches in the Iyengar style. She teaches musculoskeletal anatomy, kinesiology, physiology, pathology, body mechanics, and massage technique in various massage schools, doula trainings and yoga teacher trainings.


Upma Chauhan

Upma is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from KEM-Seth B.S. Medical School in Mumbai, India. In addition, she has an advanced Master’s Degree in PT from Massachusetts General Hospital, Institute of Health Professionals in Boston. She received her yoga certification in 2016 after studying at the Austin Iyengar program for over three years. She has worked in many different physical therapy settings (outpatient clinics, acute care and rehabilitation centers). She is a fast learner and has a friendly, engaging demeanor. She maintains a daily spiritual practice of Yoga and meditation. When visiting her family in Mumbai, she is a student of Jawahar Bangera.. one of Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar’s oldest senior students. She is licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a Physical Therapist and is currently completing the requirements for licensing in Texas.


William Kelley

William Kelley had sporadic interest in meditation and Eastern spirituality until 2007, when he developed a disciplined practice of daily sitting. He enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for the practice of meditation; group sitting and discussion of meditation has been going on for thousands of years, why stop now?


Yves Oberlin

Yves Oberlin is an experienced yoga practitioner and certified Iyengar Yoga instructor. His understanding of yoga is based on nearly 30 years of personal practice and on-going study with some of the best senior yoga instructors in the world. He also traveled to India numerous times to further his studies with the Iyengar family at the RMIY Institute in Pune. His background comes through in a methodical, dynamic and challenging teaching style. He inspires students to go beyond their perceived limits while remaining sensitive to individual needs and creating a safe and harmonious learning environment.

Yves grew up in Switzerland, speaks French, English and German. He is a certified Iyengar instructor.


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