About Barbara Lyon

Barbara Lyon, Yoga Teacher

I have taught Kripalu- and Iyengar-style yoga since 1996 at Cambridge Health Associates, Art & Soul Yoga, and elsewhere. In addition I've taught at companies, medical facilities, retirement communities, and for many private students.


The wonderful Danielle Levi Alvares was my first Kripalu-style teacher for 10 years, starting in 1986.  It was she who encouraged me to become a yoga teacher -- I just wanted the pleasure of always being a student. But she persevered, trained me to teach at her studio, and then hired me.


And I'm so glad she did!  Teaching yoga is one of the most rewarding, renewing experiences in my life.  It feels ever-fresh to me -- topics and approaches for explorations of the body and spirit are limitless and fascinating. 

 In 2010-11 after teaching for 14 years,  I returned to my yoga studies and earned an Advanced Teacher Training Certificate called The Art of Teaching, from The Yoga Studio (with nationally-acclaimed Barbara Benagh), a 200-hour program.

Then in 2012, after another year of study, I earned a certificate in Silver Age Yoga, a program that teaches how to modify yoga to safely teach it to seniors.  One level is chair yoga where all the moves are done sitting on chairs, and yet it is surprisingly effective.  The more advanced level includes standing, sitting and floor poses, with many modifications to accommodate for physical conditions and challenges.

I have continually studied many forms of yoga since 1986, particularly Iyengar style, as well as taken dozens and dozens of workshops and immersion weekends focusing on different topics like backbends, restoratives, breathing (pranayama), twists, and yoga for the subtle body. 

Currently I am very interested in using yoga to reawaken and hydrate our fascia (connective tissue) to help ease chronic pain and create a feeling of freedom; it has been extremely helpful in alleviating my own knee pain from a torn meniscus and, after doing daily exercises to rehydrate my own fascia, I find that I am able to swing dance once again, and leap, walk down stairs, and more, without pain. In addition, in class we do yoga to improve posture; each spring we do a "spring cleaning" class that focuses on twists and includes a lymph system massage to help bolster our immune system; in allergy season we do yoga to help combat overreactions to allergens; at other times yoga to help us sleep, battle depression, strengthen tender knees, loosen tight shoulders and neck, energize, or relax us. As I'm writing this, today we did a class called "Love your Liver." :)