Teachers Talk

My teachers are the most influential people in my life. They have guided and inspired me in ways that I cannot begin to enumerate. I am ever in gratitude.

John Schumacher:

Direct disciple of BKS Iyengar, founded the first yoga studio in the DC area in 1979, when yoga was relatively unknown in the US. He is an inspiration in every way.

“One of the joys of teaching is to encounter a student who is capable, receptive, and responsive. If you add to that studious and thoughtful, that is truly something to be thankful for. Megna is that kind of student. She blends seriousness and lightheartedness in a way that makes the teacher-student exchange fun and rewarding.”

— John

David Kyle:

David is the Rocket. His teachings are electric, bringing joy and creativity to the Ashtanga lineages. I met him in 2013, and spent the following few years making several annual trips to Puerto Rico to study with David and his wife Elizabeth. They have been the most generous friends and mentors, welcoming me to assist countless classes, and inviting me to teach in their beautiful studio. My favorite memories are of the three of us talking on their moonlit porch, debating and discussing yoga and philosophy in the tropical fervor of Puerto Rico.

“Megna as a student has always had her eyes wide open and receptive to teachings of many styles. This takes a special student to find the similarities and benefits of multiple styles and make them all work together. This is shown in her teaching methods as well. Each student is given the individual attention needed to find their flow.”

— Baba Rocket

Faith Scimecca:

The only woman in Washington, DC with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’ blessing to teach Ashtanga yoga. She embodies all that her guru taught her. I practiced by her side every morning, silently learning from her movements and her breath, and asking questions that kept us talking for hours in the studio and out on hikes. She taught me the Ashtanga traditions she learned from her guru, and now that I practice on my own, she is one of my dearest friends.

“Megna was a very dedicated student. She really loves yoga and came to class every day. She was not just interested in learning the physical practice but also the philosophy behind it.

“She is the real deal.”

— Faith

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for the flip side of this coin, here is what my students say!