Beryl Bender Birch
Beryl Bender Birch is director and founder of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute and a founder of the Give Back Yoga Foundation, which provides yoga to underserved communities and offers developmental grants to yoga teachers for community service projects.
A spiritual teacher and yoga therapist, Birch is the best-selling author of Power Yoga, the classic training manual for asana practice for Ashtanga Yoga; Beyond Power Yoga, which theorizes a relationship between the eight limbs of yoga and the chakras; Boomer Yoga, which illustrates how to create a yoga plan that works for maturing adults; and Yoga for Warriors, which provides yoga practices for veterans.
A former neurofeedback researcher with a degree in comparative religion, Birch has been an avid student of yoga and the study of consciousness since 1971. She studied with Pattabhi Jois, founder of Ashtanga Yoga, from 1987 to 1990. With degrees in philosophy and comparative religion, she has traveled extensively in India and has been teaching classical yoga and training yoga teachers as “spiritual revolutionaries” since 1980. In 2000, Birch was named by Yoga Journal as one of only seven American women in their “Innovators Shaping Yoga Today” issue.
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