Founder and Director at the California Institute for Women
Ida founded the YFIW chapter at the California Institute for Women in Corona, CA in 2007. As the director, she has grown the program to ten instructors. She’s been a certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor, M. ED. for thirty years since studying with the Iyengar family in Pune, India. Ida feels grateful for the changes yoga has brought to her life and is honored to share the practice with all who want to live with more of themselves awake, alive, present and peaceful. In her free time, she can be found hiking with her family and dogs, reading, or standing on her head.
Rabbi Moshe Raphael Halfon was ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and received a Masters in Psychology from Temple University. “Reb Moshe” is a disciple of renowned Hasidic master Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, and has studied with many spiritual teachers and master musicians. He integrates Judaism with Buddhism, Taoism, shamanism, women's wisdom, and Vedic philosophy. A Reiki Master healer, he’s grounded in his own tribe while seeking truth in many traditions. A spiritual guide, accomplished guitarist, percussionist, and singer of Jewish and international music, and pastoral counselor he teaches Kabbalah, music and Judaica worldwide. He directs drum and dance workshops to people transcend boundaries through ritual, movement and song. He currently serves as Jewish Chaplain at the California Institution for Women.
Sascha first experienced restorative yoga eight years ago when an Inyengar instructor thought it might be nice if she “relaxed a bit”. Rolling her eyes, she reluctantly did it, and instantly walked away from her very successful fitness complex to begin the process of becoming a certified Inyengar Yoga teacher herself. Sascha loves teaching yoga in prison and finds little difference between her Hollywood clientele and the incarcerated women. She is proud to be a student of Manouso Manos and to share her experience with how a practice can affect your well-being with anyone who is interested.
Farah Godrej is both a scholar and practitioner of South Asia’s yogic and meditative traditions. She is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside. Her scholarly research and teaching focuses on Indian yogic and meditative traditions, Indian political thought, Gandhi’s political thought, and environmental political thought. She has practiced both yoga and meditation in a variety of traditions since 1998, and volunteers with a variety of organizations that bring these practices to at-risk groups in the wider Southern California region.
Mia began studying Iyengar yoga in 2006. She completed a three year teacher training program at the Iyengar institute in 2013, and became a certified instructor of Iyengar yoga in 2015. She has enjoyed assisting and teaching yoga to the women at the Chino Women's prison on a monthly basis, under the guidance of Ida Unger, since 2013.