Piper/ Candra Prabha, IYT (Integrative Yoga Therapist), ERYT-500+ (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher), Certified Level 1: Foundations of Ayurveda, YCEP (Continuing Education Provider) and IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists), Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Yoga Practice and Therapy.
Piper first became a student of Yoga in college at UVM in 1992, seeking the balancing and meditational aspects of this practice as a complement to academics, running, climbing and skiing. She was immediately impressed by the transformational effects on the body, mind, and energy.
As a Psychology student she completed her honors thesis in "Yoga as a Therapeutic Intervention" and embarked on a lifelong exploration and study into the healing aspects of Yoga. She received her Integrative Yoga Therapy (300 hr IYT) certification in 1995 and has been teaching full-time since 1996. Her early training in the Iyengar, Astanga and Anusara styles led her to the primordial Tantric roots of the yogic tradition in 2004 under her Guru, Dharmabodhi Sarasvati.
With over 2,700 hours of instructor training and 22 years of teaching experience, Piper brings to her classes confidence and a well-rounded knowledge of the practice. Certified in the Foundations of Ayurveda by Dr. Claudia Welch and Dr. Robert Svoboda, she teaches with an in-depth understanding of the synergy of these sister sciences. She takes personal interest in each student with a thorough understanding of their strengths, circumstances and patterns, and guides them to perform according to their capacities. Her style of teaching is supportive and encouraging, inviting an exploration into body, breath and mind.
Piper specializes in working one-on-one therapeutically with beginner to advanced students. Emphasizing alignment, awareness of the pranic body, breath directed movement, pranayama, meditation and relaxation. She is particularly invested in the healing capacity of this ancient art and science, and the profound effects on the mind, body and energy.
With continuous study into all aspects and forms of Yoga, Piper has developed innovative methods of teaching. Her perceptual approach to posture has led her to create a practice that utilizes grounding points to feel our connection to earth, and a simultaneous sensory awareness of alignment in relationship to our surroundings. In this way we establish a balanced perceptual orientation with a deeper felt-sense of embodiment.
Owner of Burlington Yoga since 2001 and director of the Burlington Yoga Teacher Training since 2010, she is especially inspired by and focused on the integration of the paths of Yoga and Ayurveda with daily living and vibrant health.
That in whom reside all beings and who resides in all beings, who is the giver of grace to all, the Supreme Soul of the universe, the limitless being --- I am that.
- Amritbindu Upanishad
That which permeates all, which nothing transcends and which, like the universal space around us, fills everything completely from within and without, that Supreme non-dual Brahman ---that thou art.