The quality of instruction at the school is truly exceptional. The depth of knowledge of our faculty is rare among Yoga training programs. This insures that the students will benefit from exposure to diversity of background, experience, and teaching styles.
Each of our staff members has over 30 years of study, practice, and teaching of Yoga. You will benefit from the experience and wisdom of over 150 years of combined knowledge.
Kathleen M. Wright
Kathleen Wright is the founder and director of Garden of Yoga. Kathleen is a cofounder of Yoga Circle and Wild Onion Yoga. She has been studying Yoga since 1974 and teaching since 1976. Her initial training was under the direct guidance of Swami Veda Bharati of the Himalyan Tradition. She holds a degree in Movement Education from the University of Minnesota and graduated from the Iyengar Yoga Institute of California’s two-year state certification program in 1983. She has studied by invitation with the Iyengar family, including B.K.S. Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar in India on five different occasions. She has also helped to host the Iyengars on visits to the U.S. and participated in many Iyengar Yoga national conventions. She is a nationally certified Iyengar Yoga instructor at the Junior Intermediate level. Her Yoga teachers in the U.S.are Ramanand Patel, Janet MacLeod, and Lois Steinberg. Kathleen serves as mentor and teacher to many of the areas top yoga teachers. She continues to study and practice Yoga.
Patricia Layton is co-founder of Bhavana Institute and Director of the Ayurveda Studies Program. She has been training Ayurveda educators and practitioners for the past twelve years. She was introduced to Ayurveda in 1975 by her spiritual mentor and has spent her adult life studying and integrating the practices of Yoga and Ayurveda into her life. She graduated from the California College of Ayurveda in 1997 as a Certified Ayurvedic Specialist and Panchakarma Technician, and went on to complete a Panchakarma training course in India with the International Academy of Ayurved. She has a B.S. in Natural Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and she also earned a masters’ degree in Integral Health Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where her thesis was an epistemological study on how American students learn Ayurveda.
While living in San Francisco she owned and operated Yerba Buena Ayurveda, a full-service Ayurveda clinic. She also taught extensively in the Bay Area, including four years as adjunct professor at San Francisco State University; two years adjunct at the California Institute of Integral Studies; thirteen years core faculty in the Iyengar Yoga Institute’s Yoga Teacher Training Program; and five years core faculty at the California College of Ayurveda. She also taught Year One and Year Two practitioner programs at Kanyakumari Ayurveda in Milwaukee for five years.
Prior to teaching Ayurveda Patricia taught all aspects of yoga and worked as a Yoga Therapist at a Pain Clinic from 1982 to 1987. She teaches her specialties in the Bhavana Yoga Teacher Training Program – Physiology for Yoga Teachers; Samkhya Philosophy; Ethics for Yoga Teachers; Emotional Purification; Physiology of the Subtle Body; and Ayurveda for Yoga Teachers.
She is a perpetual student and continues her study of both Yoga and Ayurveda in the US and India.
Patricia is known for her scholarship, humor, and incredible memory. Her extensive contact over the past 40 years with a variety of high quality teachers of both Yoga and Ayurveda in the US and India has provided her with a wealth of knowledge that she unselfishly passes on.
Janet has been a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor for 25 years. She teaches classes to the general public in San Francisco; teaches in the Teacher Training Program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco (IYISF) and conducts retreats and workshops worldwide.
She continues to study in India and in the U.S. with the Iyengar family. Janet has been an active community member holding positions on both the local and national boards. She has relinquished these duties and is now happy to dedicate her life to the practice, study and teaching of Yoga.
William Hunt began his Yoga studies at the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago in 1972 with Goswami Kriyananda. After a decade of study and practice, he became certified to teach Hatha Yoga. At the same time he completed the Templeâ€™s seminary program and was ordained as a swami priest. This training included extensive studies in numerous spiritual texts from all the major religions, spiritual counseling and rituals. In 1989, William began assisting Kim Schwartz in the Hatha Yoga teacher training program and in 1994, after Kim moved to Albuquerque, he became the programâ€™s director until 2005.
Numerous Yoga teachers in Chicago and elsewhere, credit their Yoga training with William. For ten years he has been registered with the Yoga Alliance, a national registry, with one of their highest credentials, E-RYT 500.
For the past eight years, William has been the director of Oak Park Yoga where he has led and sponsored numerous spiritual programs in Yoga, meditation, Yoga Sutras, Ayurvedic Studies, retreats, childrens Yoga, mandala art, and many others.
Besides Kriyananda and Kim Schwartz, William expresses much gratitude to two other of his strong mentors. One was the late Roger Eischens and now for the past four years with Kathleen Wright, director of the Garden of Yoga.
Dr. Anna Jurik
Dr. Anna Jurik is a licensed Chiropractic Physician and a Registered and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist. She is a graduate of National University of Health Sciences, where she earned her degrees in Chiropractic Medicine and Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice, as well as currently teaches. She also holds degrees in Exercise Physiology and Dietetics. Dr. Jurik has also earned various certifications and trainings over the years in order to diversify her treatment options. These include Graston Deep Tissue Technique, Kinesio-taping, Webster Technique, Pediatric & Prenatal Care, Rehabilitation of the Spine, Craniosacral Therapy & Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. This unique background has allowed her to truly put the whole person into holistic medicine. It allows her to work with a patient and put together a natural and specific plan to achieve and help maintain the best health possible.