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Experienced Certified Anusara Teacher


Saddle River

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New Jersey



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Yoga Bio

Chaya Spencer, 500 ERYT, Experienced Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher, ECAT

Chaya is a fully certified Anusara Yoga Teacher and the Director of Shree Yoga Studios. Born and raised in New York City, Chaya has been meditating since the age of 6 and first traveled to India to study mediation and yoga when she was 14. For the next three years, she traveled all over the world with a meditation and yoga teacher, studying Eastern philosophy, Sanskrit, hatha yoga, Indian music and Indian cooking. These were in addition to her high school schoolwork, which she did through correspondence.

She attended Sarah Lawrence College, which accepted her on the basis of an essay she wrote detailing her extraordinary life experience. Over the years, Chaya regularly returned to India for extended periods to continue her studies. She received her first yoga teacher certification there in 1990 and her Anusara Certification in 2002. Chaya thus brings to her classes the fruits of her deep and long immersion in the Indian yogic tradition, including a felt knowledge of the yogic texts and the philosophies supporting yoga.

After her marriage, a move to New York, and the birth of her two children, Chaya founded Shree Yoga Studios and resumed her career as a yoga instructor.

A gifted teacher steeped in the wisdom of yoga, her classes offer something for all. Even the newest and stiffest students report life-changing benefits from her gentle beginner classes, while more advanced students find their lives, minds, and bodies coming back into balance, even during difficult life transitions. Students frequently report that a class was so beneficial, it must have been designed specifically for them.

Weekly Class Schedule

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What do you love most about Anusara Yoga?

I love how the alignment and philosophy co-mingle to give students a rich experience of connection to themselves and to the greater whole of which we are all a part.

Why do you teach Anusara yoga?

It meets my need for integrity and is a system that works for me to bind together all aspects of yoga into a cohesive class.

Why do you license with Anusara?

To show respect to the style and method and have the standing to call myself and Anusara instructor as well as to offer teacher trainings and immersions.

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