About Lori

Lori L. Ritland, CIYT is an Intermediate Junior III, Iyengar Yoga Teacher and Certified Yoga Therapist C-IAYT.

She is dedicated to spreading the teaching and love of Yoga as spread by world renown B.K.S. Iyengar (1918-2014) from Pune, India.

Lori has studied with Guruji, his children and granddaughter in both India and the U.S.

Lori has been a longtime student of Senior Iyengar teacher, John Schumacher since 1999, Unity Woods Iyengar Studio has spread Yoga throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC since 1979.

She holds a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. from the University of Texas, Austin.

Lori is devoted to fostering the practice of asana and pranayama for those seeking greater balance in their busy lives.


After fifteen years of teaching at Unity Woods, Lori is now living in Santa Cruz California where she will continue to spread the light of B.K.S. Iyengar.


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Senior Iyengar Teacher John Schumacher’s  Farewell Letter to Lori

Parivrttaikapada Sirsasana – Revolved One Legged Head Balance with CIYT Lori Lipton Ritland

IYASE has published Lori’s Intermediate Sequence for Mental and Emotional Balance. The sequence can be found at IYASE.org, or you may click here to view the sequence.

Lori’s feature in the Voices of Unity Woods

In 2015, Lori demonstrated asanas as a guest on NBC Washington’s MidMorning show:

Try Yoga in 2015 (January 5, 2015)

How to Know your Limitations in Yoga (February 2, 2015)

In addition to her TV appearances, Lori taught Asana and Pranayama at the Wanderlust Festival, a celebration of mindful living with yoga, mediation, music, nature and food, at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia.