Sarah LeBoeuf

Sarah has been with IYCWM since January of 2020, beginning as the Administrative Assistant and then taking on the role of Studio Administrator in February 2022. Sarah brings to her position strong organizational skills, a great understanding of Iyengar yoga and the ability to keep the studio running smoothly. One of her greatest skills is connecting with our wide range of students and assisting them in finding a way to incorporate yoga into their daily lives.

Sarah states, “I am deeply honored to have the position of Studio Administrator at IYCWM where it is a joy to connect with others and grow through yoga. Each day I look forward to working in this position to support the studio’s efforts in making Iyengar yoga accessible to all and helping to foster an environment that is safe, welcoming, and inclusive.”

Sarah enjoys immersing herself in the community of IYCWM as both a staff member and student of Iyengar yoga; she’s developed a steady at-home practice and continuously studies the Yoga Sutras and the anatomy of asanas. You can catch her in classes at the studio on Saturdays, or an occasional weekday morning.

When you come into the studio, you won’t be able to miss Sarah’s smiling face behind the reception desk and in the meantime, if you have any questions about online or in-person classes, private lessons, special events or how to start a practice of Iyengar yoga, you can reach her at studioadmin@iycwm.com.

Lois Joy

Lois has been studying yoga for 30 years and in the classical Iyengar tradition since 2010. Her main teacher is Peentz Dubble and she also studies regularly with Patricia Walden and Mary Reilly. She has been teaching since 2013 and is Level II certified in the Iyengar method. The practice and study of yoga has profoundly enriched her life bringing purpose, joy, and vitality- gifts she seeks to share with students both new and seasoned. Her teaching is devotional, educational, and classical with sequences developed to invite curiosity, integration, and understanding. Lois weaves her love of yoga philosophy into each class engaging students to explore this ancient wisdom in the body and in life.

Susan Elena Esquivel

Susan Elena Esquivel started dancing at age 5 beginning a lifelong fascination with form and alignment as well as the body/mind connection. She has been studying yoga for the past 25 years with a focus on the Iyengar method. She is a Certified Iyengar Teacher (CIYT) at the Intermediate Junior II Level (now Level II) and a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT). She is the director/owner of the Iyengar Yoga Center of Western Massachusetts.

While attending art school, Susan Elena turned to yoga seeking relief from her own back injuries. It was Iyengar yoga that had a life-changing effect on healing her back and providing the same discipline and meditation in movement that dance brings. It was that magical combination that led her to her first teacher training program and a commitment to the Iyengar method.

Susan Elena is very fortunate to have built strong mentoring relationships with some of the most highly respected senior Iyengar teachers. The four senior teachers she is deeply indebted to and influenced by are Elise Browning Miller, Peentz Dubble, Patricia Walden and Gulnaaz Dashti.

She completed Certified Senior Iyengar Teacher Elise Browning Miller‘s Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher Training Program and is a Certified Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer. Her classes are infused with the knowledge of spinal health gained in her ongoing apprenticeship with Elise from whom she learns firsthand the nuances of scoliosis and other spinal disorders. Working with spinal imbalances is one of her main interests and a way she hopes to ease suffering.

Susan Elena was a member of the Iyengar faculty at Down Under Yoga in Boston, Massachusetts from 2015 – 2020, where she studied and mentored with Certified Iyengar Teacher and Teacher Trainer Peentz Dubble, whom she credits with instilling in her what it is to be a student and the love of the fine art of teaching yoga.

Currently, she continues her studies and mentorship with Certified Advanced Senior Teacher Patricia Walden, whose guidance has brought enormous depth to Susan Elena’s teaching. She travels to India regularly to study with Gulnaaz Dashti and Prashant Iyengar. She is profoundly grateful to and deeply influenced by Geeta Iyengar.

Susan Elena is a member of INYAUS – Iyengar National Yoga Association of the United States and serves as the Vice President of the New England Iyengar Chapter IYANE. She was honored to be the recipient of the Community Service Project Grant awarded by the Iyengar Association of New England (IYANE) to teach yoga to survivors of domestic violence in 2013 and another grant for pregnant and parenting teens in Western Massachusetts in 2019.

Susan Elena is a nationally recognized sculptor/artist, loves nature, playing the cello and believes yoga is the gateway for her students to reconnect with their bodies and spirits. Through art and yoga, she endeavors to ease suffering and bring her students closer to a fuller, more joyful life. Her teaching is a reflection of her focused practice and studies over many years. She is known for precision while taking a playful approach with skillful sequencing to all levels of study allowing each student to go deeper into the understanding of Iyengar yoga.

Susan Elena has assisted me with my Yoga for Back Care and Yoga for Scoliosis Workshops for many years. She has become a highly qualified and dedicated Iyengar teacher with a specialty in addressing yoga for scoliosis and other back issues in classes, workshops and with private students. I highly recommend Susan Elena to shed light to students from all walks of life.

Elise Browning Miller, January 2018

Look for the mark! All yoga teachers at the Iyengar Center of Western Massachusetts are Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYTs) or in the process of becoming certified. Becoming a CIYT requires years of practice, study and a rigorous examination of skills. For teachers, the Certification Mark demonstrates a commitment to maintaining the purity, excellence and high standards of Iyengar Yoga.


Only the world’s most knowledgeable, rigorously-trained teachers earn Iyengar Yoga Certification. We are excited to share the depth of our knowledge and passion for yoga education with you!

Email Susan Elena for more information about mentorship and beginning your path towards certification. For more info about certification and the Iyengar method visit the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the US.