Barbara co-owns The Shala with Kristin Leigh for the past fifteen years. Together they direct and teach Shala teacher trainings, mentorship, Mysore Ashtanga, and vinyasa programs. An educator since 1986, she taught art, physical education, and yoga in every borough of NYC until 2002. Barbara’s extensive experience working in NYC public schools greatly informs her current work as a curriculum adviser and writer, project manager, and training supervisor for health and wellness programs throughout the country. Before co-directing, along side Eddie Stern and Melanie Parker, Breathe, Move, Rest, a health and wellness non-profit, Barbara was engaged with other programs that serve public school communities across the country, such as Bent on Learning and Pure Edge. She co-created and teaches the Yoga Minor at Long Island University. Barbara began studying yoga in 1990. From 1997 until 2009, she was a student of Ashtanga Yoga under the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Barbara was authorized by him to teach Ashtanga Yoga in 2002 and received Level 2 Authorization from Sharath Jois in 2009. Her daily practices include Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga, pranayama, chanting, and meditation under the guidance of Sharath Jois, Saraswati Jois, Eddie Stern, Maria Rubinate, Genny Kapuler, Sharon Salzberg, and Gulum Mohamed Kahn. she lives in brooklyn with her beautiful son, Workneh.