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Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor

Doerthe Braun is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (Intermediate Senior 1/level 3). Her practice, and her teaching, are strongly influenced by decades of study with teachers around the world, including the Iyengars in Pune and senior teachers in Europe and North America. She has studied with her mentor, John Schumacher, since 1999 and has been teaching at Unity Woods Yoga Center in Bethesda, Maryland, since 2009.

Doerthe’s enthusiastic, energetic teaching style and her emphasis on precision encourages students to extend themselves physically and mentally, while her keen sense of humor keeps her classes fun. Students experience an enhanced awareness of the body, stability and quietness of the mind, and self-understanding. Doerthe integrates her knowledge of therapeutic methods in her regular classes and in focused workshops.


Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor 

Raina Fishbane is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (level 1).  After trying many different types of yoga, Raina began studying with Doerthe and has been a long time student of Doerthe's and of Iyengar yoga ever since.  Raina was drawn to the physical benefits, such as becoming stronger and more flexible, but also how Iyengar yoga helped her to quiet her mind and boost her energy.  She believes teaching is all about building relationships.  She is always deepening her own practice through her teaching, and vice versa, deepening her teaching through her own practice as well.   Her teaching style is relaxed and accessible and she shares her love and enjoyment of practicing with her students.  





Doerthe is an amazing yoga teacher. Through her encouraging and fun teaching style I end up in challenging poses I never would have dreamed of with a smile on my face. I am also fortunate to have Doerthe as my pranayama teacher for many years now. With her thorough attention, great knowledge and long experience she not only creates a foundation for a regular pranayama practice but also the wish to take it further. She has the gift to weave yoga philosophy into her classes with ease and always shows the connection to daily life. And it amazes me how she can explain a complex concept be it in asana, pranayama or philosophy with a simple image so that it stays in my mind. Her deep love for yoga and her passion to bring out the best in every student is an inspiration!

- Ela Rhode

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