Biography

Kevin Gardiner, a native New Yorker, began studying yoga in 1970 and has been teaching Iyengar Yoga since 1982. He has had the great good fortune to have studied on numerous occasions in India with the Iyengar family,  some  for extended periods each time. He is indebted and eternally grateful for the genius and compassion of BKS Iyengar, his daughter Geeta and son Prashant whose tireless dedication to the subject is the heart of Inspiration.

He was a co-founder of the Iyengar Institute of Greater New York serving on it’s Executive Committee and in various leadership roles continuously since it’s inception. In the States Mary Dunn has been a guiding light and his primary teacher since the early 80’s and he has been inspired by the teachings of Manouso Manos, Ramamand Patel, John Schumacher, Faeq Biria, Jawahar Bangera, Dean Learner, to name a few.    In 2009 Kevin was honored to recieve his Intermediate Senior I Teacher’s Certificate from Guruji himself.

Until December 2006 Kevin also had his own yoga studio in Manhattan. He then married Erika, also a certified Iyengar teacher, and relocated to Erika’s home town of Budapest where they have set up a new home and are now teaching at their own studio, the Amrita Yoga Center, http://www.amritajoga.hu. Over the years he has travelled extensively, teaching in North and South America, as well as many years and countless workshops in his ancestrial home of Ireland.

A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Kevin was a professional actor, director and teacher for 15 years, including seven years of touring Shakespearean productions in traditional repertory style. Along the way he also sustained a ten year practice of Tai Chi and Shaolin Kung Fu.

His teaching is highly detailed and textured, seamlessly incorporating many components of yoga philosophy and the sutras, while continuously challenging students to gain greater sensitivity and awareness in each asana. He has a tremendous pracaitcal understanding of the living anatomy of the human body, and a lighthearted and off-beat sense of humor.

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  1. KEVIN,
    BUDAPEST???? HOW R U BROTHER, BEEN TRYING TO FIND U AND SOMEONE JUST TOLD ME HOW AND HERE WE ARE!! MARRIED W/ CHILDREN, VERY COOL! I DID HEAR ABOUT YR SISTER, NOT GOOD IF THIS IS TRUE! SOME OLD SAME OLD W/ ME, SELLING THE SCHMATAS EVERY DAY! PIECE FRUIT, TAKE FOR LATER? I MISS U, RESPOND TO THIS PLEASE

    • Michael Strows, Kevin Gardiner – Jeffrey Hardy, the Aussie actor from the NSC of SF, now living in NYC. Would love to reconnect with you – jeffhardy@qldbar.asn.au

  2. Yo Hamlet what’s happening? Good to see you are carrying the yoga torch. I played Horatio in the Berkeley Shakespeare Fest version of the late 70s. Blessings to you brother, hope this finds you well.

    Blessings to M. Strows too. R. Thaler

  3. Just in case it is you. this is a message from Paul LaPrise of years past. Hope alll is well contact me if you wish at paul.laprise@yahoo.com. Many miles and many smiles since last we taqlked

    Paul

  4. Hi Kevin! I am one of your former students. My friend Tanya brought me to you studio on UES, NY in 2005. i could only make it to your class once a week, because of my busy life back then. I loved your teaching style… And always remember you as my first yoga teacher.
    Today I decided to search on Google and was plesently surprised to find you.
    I am very happy for you. Wishing you good luck with everything!
    Your students are very lucky to have you as their teacher.
    Best regards,
    Gulnara Wellcome (Karimova)

  5. Hi Kevin, I am Teresa’s pupil in Argentina, I will never forget the wonderfull workshop you gave at her place!
    I just watched the video of adiction recovery and yoga, that Teresa posted, Beautiful experience!
    Hope you could come back sometime!
    Viviana

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  7. Yo Kevin!
    Another blast from the past Allen Won here trying to find you and here YOU are in Budapest! Wishing you all good things and much happiness! Will be in Bucharest in two weeks. I’ll leave my email in case you’ll be in the area.
    Be well.
    Aloha,
    Allen


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