barbara co-owns the shala with kristin leigh. she began her teaching career in 1986, as an elementary school art instructor in the south bronx. she taught within the nyc public schools for fourteen years, and continues to work as a program manager, curriculum adviser, and training supervisor for yoga and meditation programs which aim to serve public school communities, including breathe, move, rest, sonima foundation and bent on learning. in 1990, barbara began studying yoga at the iyengar institute and jivamukti yoga center. in 1996, she established three daily spiritual practices: ashtanga yoga, chanting, and buddhist meditation. barbara made the first of many trips to mysore, india, in 1997, where she met her most influential teacher, the late sri k. pattabhi jois. in 2002, she received guruji’s blessing to share the ashtanga method with her own students, and continues to study with saraswati jois and sharath jois. she bows deeply to all of her teachers for their steady guidance. as a teacher, barbara is known for her consistency, precision, and warm humor. she lives in brooklyn with her beautiful son, workneh.