Yoga is for everyone everywhere. There are no limitations that prevent us from practicing yoga. This means that you do not need to be young, physically fit, or limber, and people from any walk of life, any age, and with physical or mental challenge can benefit from practicing yoga. A certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher receives classical training with instructions that are rooted in India. It takes several years to complete training, and a lifelong commitment to the art and science of yoga is required. Teachers of this method start from the beginning and build upon the basics in order to advance in this method. It is important to understand that progression is organic rather than linear; it grows and develops differently within each practitioner.
Lorene Zant, an Evanston resident, was introduced to Iyengar Yoga in 2001 in Long Island, NY. She holds an Intermediate Junior I certification. Early yoga studies and apprenticeship under Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher Joan White were transformational. In the Midwest, she has had the opportunity to study with several senior-level teachers including Laurie Blakeney and Mary Reilly. Lorene attended classes taught by the Iyengars in Pune, India, at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, and in Bellur, India, BKS Iyengar’s birthplace.
As a practicing registered nurse, Lorene is currently completing a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) graduate degree at Loyola University Chicago. She integrates her clinical experience and knowledge of anatomy and physiology with classical yoga to inform her practice and teaching. She is particularly interested in underserved populations, social justice, clinical ethics, and analytical research methods. In addition to teaching Iyengar Yoga, Lorene plans to serve in the public health sector upon receiving her FNP license.
Yoga is a joyful and graceful practice and pursuit. As medical practitioners seek root causes for symptoms, yoga too addresses the root causes of problems related to lack of awareness, focus, and attention, which allows the practitioner to glimpse inward. With practice, the effort becomes effortless, the mind sheds sorrow and pain, and balance through alignment allows for mental and physical integration. Through practicing yoga, Lorene experiences freedom from adversity by pursuing awareness of present moments. She teaches from a beginner’s mind with personalized instruction to create a safe, effective, and peaceful path for her students.