About Lori

Lori L. Ritland, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, CIYT,  Certified Yoga Therapist C-IAYT, and an E-RYT 500.

With over twenty years of intense, study, practice, and teaching, I am dedicated to spreading the teaching and love of yoga as taught by world renown B.K.S. Iyengar (1918-2014) from Pune, India.

I have studied with Guruji, the Iyengar Family in both India and the U.S.  I continue to study with teachers all over the world to further the knowledge I bring to both my practice and teaching.

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

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

I am devoted to fostering the practice of asana and pranayama for those seeking greater balance in their busy lives.  I balance the seriousness of the mind-body connection with a sense of humor and gratitude for this amazing journey inward towards the light of the soul.

After twenty-five years in the DC area, I now live in Santa Cruz California with my family, where I 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.