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DAR VANDER HOOP

I have taught yoga/movement for over 38 years, beginning at the University of Wisconsin where I earned a BS degree (with honors) in Psychology/Movement Therapy. Recently I am inspired by my teacher training which has taken me to Australia twice, New Jersey, New York City , Dubuque, Iowa and this fall Madison, Wisconsin. I train Yin and Mindfulness practice to people who want to deepen their Yin practice and offer it to specialty groups in their communities or in yoga studios. I have also be a workshop presenter at all the Bhakti Fests since 2012.

Always a student, I have logged thousands of hours under the original greats: Dharma Mittra, Swami Bua, Yogi Bhajan, Alan Finger, Bikram, Iyengar Institutes’ LA /NYC, Paul Grilley. I am most recently inspired by Saul David Raye, Ashley Turner, Rolf Gates, Theresa Murphy, Sarah Powers and Mark Whitwell.
 A move to Los Angeles for acting/modeling found myself immersed in the Hollywood scene in the late 70’s, running between acting jobs, and hob-knobbing with the glitterati of the era, inevitably arriving onto the carpet (no mats invented yet) in the steamy 105 degree room at “Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class." From that moment on yoga became the path. I have taught Bikram Yoga for 38 years.

Currently Senior Teacher (12 years) at Inner Fire Yoga, Madison, WI., I travel nationally and internationally presenting Bikram, Vinyasa, Teacher Trainings, Yin Aroma, and Chakra workshops. I have taught over 9,000 yoga classes! My company YogaLove LLC has a scent collection called GoodScents which are scenti-licious aerosols and foot rubs used in my workshops and classes. Dar has recently registered as a  certified continuing education teacher with yoga alliance and has been upgraded to a 200 E-RYT.


TESTIMONIALS

"Her 30 years experience & the confidence of her class commanded such credibility, that I was pushed further in many of my postures. The beauty of it was – it stopped being a struggle. She injected this personality & humor into the class that just seemed to melt my own limitations & there I was with head to my knees & triangle aligned & upper back lifting my legs & hips off the ground … I stopped questioning ‘can I? can’t I?’ & just did. Usually if I push myself to my limits in class, I’m wrecked afterwards, but I felt positively energized after Darlene’s class. How? – you’ll have to ask her that, or just take the class! Have fun … that’s what it is." - Declan Barry, Pediatrician, Ireland

"A special, one of a kind instructor in this place actually changed my life:  This teacher is Darlene. With Darlene I started understanding what all the books and the articles mean when they talk about the connection between your body and your soul. With her deep understanding and wide knowledge about yoga, I started getting the idea that yoga is much more than  "just an exercise class". She is a one of a kind teacher. No wonder so many of the other great instructors quote her sentences during their classes. With Dar I know that it is okay to smile and even laugh when you are working hard, it is okay to let it go.  I feel so lucky that I have such great yoga teachers. Thank you Darlene for changing my life. BTW: Dar teaches an amazing Bikram Yoga class (and I have taken them all over AT CERTIFIED STUDIOS...and then she can switch and whips out a challenging and fun Power Flow, A  YIN.. SHE DOES IT ALL... AMAZING! Thank you all." - Nati Israeli, grade school teacher, Madison, WI


TRAINING l CERTIFICATES

  • 15 hour training in foot reflexology with Bill Flocco in LA, 2016
  • Presently studying with JivaMukti in NYC, Moksha in Chicago, Exhale in Los Angeles
  • Ashley Turner, Chakra Immersion, 2010
  • Paulie Zink (Yin Yoga), Chicago Yoga Center, 2009
  • Eddie Modestini and Nikki Doane, 2009
  • Rolf Gates Intensive, 2009
  • Anodea Judith, 2008
  • Honorary Teacher Certification, Bikram’s Yoga College of India, 2002
  • In Depth Chakra Study with Alan Finger of Yogazone, 1980-1984
  • Dharma Mittra, 1977-1980
  • Siddha Yoga Dham, South Fallsberg, NY in residence with Swami Muktananda, 1979-1980
  • Steve Ross (Happy Yoga)
  • Paul Grilley (Yin Yoga), Chicago Yoga Center
  • Yogi Bhajan (Kundalini Yoga)
  • Rod Stryker, Yoga Tantra Institute
  • Senior Iyengar Teachers inclucing Mary Dunn
  • Bikram Choudhury, Bikram’s Yoga College of India, 1976-1979
  • Swami Bua, NYC, 1977
  • Dance Movement Therapy, UW Madison, B.S Degree

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