Sharon Conroy has practiced yoga in the Iyengar tradition for over 32 years. She founded the community in New Orleans, opening the first Iyengar center in 1989 and becoming Louisiana's first Iyengar certified teacher in 1995.
Since 2005, Sharon has traveled to Pune, India annually to study with the Iyengar family. She has also greatly benefited over the past 30 years from being mentored by Patricia Walden as well as from studying with a variety of senior teachers including John Schumacher, Gabriella Giubilaro, George Purvis, Manouso Manos, and Birjoo Mehta. These teachers as well as the Iyengar family have each, in their own way, inspired her practice and teaching as well as the articles she's written for Iyengar association newsletters in the United States as well as for Yoga Rahasya in Mumbai.
Sharon is a dynamic and inspiring teacher whose love for the practice of yoga and dedication to working with Patanjali's Yoga Sutras come through in her teaching. Over recent years, Sharon's interest in using yoga therapeutically has grown, and she's chosen to devote more time to working in this manner.
Using sequences designed by Mr. Iyengar, his family, and senior teachers as guidance, Sharon has worked with students with a variety of challenges, from knee pain to scoliosis, from high blood pressure and multiple sclerosis to arterial pulmonary hypertension. She has found it very rewarding to see how much those students benefit who practice their sequences regularly. It's gratifying to hear that after a few months of practicing a high blood pressure sequence that one student's blood pressure is back within the normal range. And, it's thrilling to learn that a student with arterial pulmonary hypertension has improved so much that her internationally renowned pulmonologist wants to know more about the yoga sequence Mr. Iyengar developed because, according to his tests, the student is now doing better than all but one of his hundreds of patients with this condition. And, more importantly, the student feels better than she has in many years.