Keep in Touch, Friends

We appreciate the opportunity we had to serve the Iyengar Yoga community here in Portland through owning Sunset Yoga for the last two years. We had a strong desire to continue the tradition of dedication, community and excellence in teaching that founder, Nina Pileggi, had created. Unfortunately, as many of you know, circumstances have changed.


We want to express our deepest gratitude to all of you who make up the Sunset Yoga community for your support and dedication over the years. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for joining us on this part of our collective yoga journey. We wish you all the best on your continued yoga journey of growth and discovery.


To help you continue on your yoga path, we are including contact information below for your well loved Sunset Yoga teachers, as well as other Iyengar Yoga teachers and resources in our local community. Hope to see you in the greater Iyengar Yoga community in the very near future.


Although Sunset Yoga is closing, there remain a number of options in the Portland area to study with Iyengar teachers. Please see below for details.


Warmest wishes,
Sara, David and Lisa


Sunset Yoga Teachers Will Miss You, Too!

Please stay in touch. We are in various stages of making arrangements to continue our teaching and personal study.

Nina Pileggi will continue to teach online classes.  Please visit her website for her schedule and to contact her.




David Berson is teaching online classes at Jewel Yoga and will resume teaching in the downtown studio when it reopens. He can be reached at [email protected].




Karin Brown will continue to teach online. You can contact her at [email protected] for more information.




Sara Russell is taking a break from teaching for now, but remains steadfast in her study and practice of yoga. Follow her on Instagram @saradruss, or email [email protected] to stay connected.




iyengar assoc logoKaren Hearn will continue to teach online until the stay-at-home order is lifted. For more information, please contact her via email: [email protected]




iyengar assoc logoAnne Philipsborn is planning to continue to teach her Gentle class online under her own name starting on June 1st. You can reach her at [email protected]




iyengar assoc logoSandy Williams is considering continuing to teach online and is looking into the logistics of this.  She welcomes you to email her if you are interested and she will stay in contact with you as things evolve.  Her email is [email protected].




iyengar assoc logoManish Chandhok believes yoga is very beneficial during these tough times.  He will be offering free a 1 hour class online on Friday evenings from 5.30-6.30 pm. Please contact him at [email protected] if you are interested.  Namaste!




iyengar assoc logoAnuja Chhabra will continue to offer her Saturday class via zoom through this social distancing phase for our community from her home past the studio closure on May 31. Also, she plans to host classes at her home for students who would like to continue in person once it is declared safe for everyone to do so. Email: [email protected]


In addition to Sunset Yoga teachers, here are other Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYTs) in the Portland area who are friends of Sunset Yoga:




Nuvana Zarthoshtimanesh has been teaching yoga for more than 22 years. She taught at Sunset Yoga Center from 2003 till 2017. Currently she teaches online yoga classes 4 days a week, from 1hr beginner classes to 2hr advance classes. Contact for more info e-mail [email protected] Text-503-893-2650.




Laila DeardorffLaila Deardorff is teaching at Paxson Yoga Center (formally was Gudmestad) until the ownership changed last September. We are doing drop in Summer Zoom classes starting June 9th.




iyengar assoc logoRobert Flory has been teaching every Saturday for the past 6 years at Newberg Community Yoga, formerly First Street Yoga.  He currently teaching the class online via Zoom from his living room.

In case you were unaware, there is an Iyengar Yoga studio in downtown Portland, next to the Multnomah County Library. Here is a message and a discount from Jewel Yoga:

Jewel Yoga invites you to study with our teachers, all of whom are Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers.  Jewel Yoga in downtown Portland has been a leader in Iyengar Yoga since the 1980’s.  Right now we are offering our classes online via Zoom.  Join us!  Registration for June Term opens on May 23.  Students at Jewel register for a specific weekly class for the duration of the term, which provides continuity from one class to the next.  Use promo code NEWJUNE to get a 20% discount, for students who are new to Jewel Yoga.

Visit our website for our class schedule, registration info, and to sign up for our newsletter:  https://www.jewelyogapdx.com/

Need more Iyengar Yoga resources?

Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS) 

Iyengar Yoga Association of the Northwest (IYANW)


“Yoga is a light which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.”

~ BKS Iyengar ~