Laurie Fairman



Yoga has been part of my life since 1979.   My first teacher was Marie Svoboda and from her I learned the nurturing style of Hatha yoga that the name Iyengar has come to represent. Even still, I appreciate the deep body of philosophical thought that Iyengar yoga offers. The power of connection of mind to body never fails to surprise and delight me. More practically, the partner assists and props were new and innovative to me and I found it fascinating to explore how they could make me feel. The clear language and use of props in Iyengar yoga makes it safe, structured, and accessible to anyone. 

In 2011 we moved to Hong Kong and through a lucky break, I heard of an Iyengar yoga studio and I began my teacher training with George Dovas at IYHK  in 2014 and that year attended the first YOGANUSUNAM international yoga symposium  in the wake of Mr. Iyengar’s passing in Pune. It was, for me, a rich and deep exposure and a life changing experience.

Through my teacher training, in Seattle, then Hong Kong and now here in Bellingham with Ingela, I have learned the value of daily practice. I love the way that even a short amount of time on the mat in the morning can change a bad mood into a good one. I find that good instruction delivered with clear understanding gets visible results.  After I focus and strive for my happy edge when I practice, I love what that focus brings home to me. 

My husband and I are fine art dealers. We sell Asian Art and over four decades we travelled to Japan, China, India, Burma, Thailand and the Philippines to bring the finest examples of interesting, beautiful antique artifacts home to Washington.