FEATURED TEACHER OF THE MONTH
Interview by Sarah McElwain
Chandrika Shrobe is a certified Integral Yoga Level I and Prenatal Yoga instructor. Born into the New York Integral Yoga Institute family, Chandrika has, unsurprisingly, ended up teaching at IYI. She is the daughter of the Zen master Wu Kwang (Richard Shankar Shrobe), who was the first head of Teacher Training at Integral Yoga, and Brenda Uma Shrobe, who is a family therapist and former yoga instructor at IYI. Chandrika is also a jewelry designer, the teacher/private coordinator, and buyer for the IYI bookstore.
What is your definition of Yoga?
My definition of Yoga is the connection and the balance between the body, the mind, and the heart.
What do you love about Yoga?
I just love Yoga! Sharing Yoga and its many health benefits for the body, mind, and spirit with others is an honor and a joy.
My parents exposed me to Yoga when I was very young. They were involved with and lived at Integral Yoga, first at 500 West End Avenue, in the late 1960s, and later at IYI’s current location, on 13th Street. Their dedicated love for Yoga and its teachings opened my life to this great gift. I love Yoga for the stillness and peace of mind that it brings through meditation. The asana help to develop physical strength and flexibility, and pranayama brings concentration, relieves stress, and calms the mind.
What are the particular areas of Yoga you are teaching in now or in which you have created your own, special offerings? What attracted you to those areas?
I teach a Level I Beginners Yoga class at IYI. I also have a few private clients, some of whom are part of the Hasidic community to which Jen G, our lovely former teacher coordinator and a dear friend, referred me. Like most, those women long for tranquillity, peace, and a connection to their bodies. I am a certified special needs Yoga instructor and have worked with three- to six-year-old children on the spectrum, with Down syndrome, and with multiple sclerosis. It is rewarding to introduce Yoga to their lives. I am also certified to teach Prenatal Yoga, to which I was introduced when I was pregnant. Those classes helped to prepare me for the birth of my second child, Sasi. I trained to become a Prenatal Yoga teacher so that I could share with expectant mothers the benefits I received as a student of Yoga.
What do you hope students will receive from you as a teacher, and what do you hope students will get out of your coming offerings and workshops?
I find great satisfaction and inspiration as Yoga students discover their personal journey, on which I help to nurture and encourage them.
Ongoing class at IYI: Level I, Sundays at 4:15