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Kathy Alef | | Stan Andrzejewski | | Olop Arpipi | | Victoria Austin | | Sherri Baptiste | | Gitte Bechsgaard | | Ros Bell | | Sophie Boller | Nora Burnett | | Paul Cabanis | | Cristina Costa | | Anna Delury | | Mary Devore | | George Dovas | | Erin Ehlers | | Aileen Epstein Ignadiou | | Ruth Fisk | | Gabriella Giubilaro | | Gloria Goldberg | | Eden Goldman | | Alan Goode | | Gail Grossman | | Sheila Haswell | | Jeanne Heileman | | Juliet Heizman | | Justin Herold | | Holly Hoffmann | | Greta Kent-Stoll | | Gary Kraftsow | | John Leebold | | Maya Lev | | Pixie Lillas | | Elana Maggal | | Simon Marrocco | | Amey Mathews | | Ginny Nadler | | Jaki Nett | | Keiko Okuno | | Jayne Orton | | Liz Pagan | | Aadil Palkhivala | | Larry Payne | | Neil Pearson | | Shane Phillips | | Jennifer Prugh | | Margaret Rawlinson | | Shiva Rea | | Cathy Rogers Evans | | Ila Sarley | | Antonio Sausys | | Carrie Schneider | | John Schumacher | | Wendelin Scott | | Shaili Shafai | | Maria Shatlanova | | Peter Sterios | | Sue Stiles | | Maxine Tobias | | Lisa Walford | | Amy Weintraub | | Joan White | | Anat Zahor | | Kate Zuckerman | |

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Sophie Boller
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BIOGRAPHY: Sophie Boller

Sophie Boller received her teaching certificates directly from B.K.S. Iyengar. She discovered Iyengar Yoga in early 1995 at the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles (IYILA), which became her yoga home for the ensuing 25 years. After attending regular classes at the Institute during her first 5 years, she underwent the Institute’s 3 year teacher training program under the supervision of Manouso Manos (one of B.K.S. Iyengar’s oldest and closest students). This was followed by several certification assessments, and ongoing teacher training. In 2015 she undertook a second 3 year teacher training, again under the supervision of Manouso Manos at IYILA, this time emphasizing the art of observation and adjustment in complex cases.

As soon as Sophie became certified in 2003, she was invited to become part of the IYILA teaching staff. She served for many years as Membership Chair, as well as becoming President of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Southern California. She also travelled regularly to Pune, India, as well as many points across the USA to study with B.K.S. Iyengar and Geeta S. Iyengar. She currently continues her studies and training with Manouso Manos, her mentor for the past 25 years.

Sophie has, since 2000, taught yoga in English and in French to thousands of students. The teaching positions she has held have included the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles, Santa Monica College, the Wilshire Temple, and primary and secondary schools (both public and private, in the Montessori system), and the Iyengar Yoga Center of Montmartre (owned and operated by her in Paris, France).

Sophie has found that teaching students from all walks of life and in all stages of life—from young athletes to pregnant women, war veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan, and aged 4 to 92—is extremely enriching and makes her a better student.

Firmly grounded in the notion of Parampara, the transmission of a lineage, as in a heritage received and passed on, Sophie believes that yoga is a never-ending endeavor, in which one needs to have an anchor as well as a rudder. An anchor to be grounded in stable and firm position when needed, and a rudder for it is our human destiny to sail across life and adjust to the turmoils encountered while keeping a steadfast course.

List of Sophie’s Sessions


Restorative practice


[A] On The Mat / Asana Class


At least 1 year of practice


1.5 hour(s)


How to help boost our immune system is important and how to calm our nervous system can give us another appreciation of what is in front of us.
Session for students who are familiar with the practice of inversions.
The session will be taught live only - as Sophie wants to adress and correct each student present in class.


  • mat
  • 1 bolster
  • blankets (as many as available)
  • 2 belts
  • 2 chairs (yoga chairs or kitchen stool or any bench about the height of a regular chair)
  • 1 pink roll (for eyes) or cotton piece of fabric (t-shirt or small towel will do)

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Sophie Boller
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