About Us

Yoga is for everyone. Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers make the healing practice of yoga accessible to all through the use of skillful instruction, yoga props, modifications and hands-on adjustments. The philosophy of yoga and its positive effect on our daily lives is incorporated into each class.

 
The Iyengar Yoga Certification is the gold standard in the field of Yoga Teaching and is one of the few authentic, lineage-based systems of Yoga remaining today.  Our teachers are classically educated and rigorously tested, offering their students a modern perspective on traditional teachings.
 

Holly Walck Kostura

has been a student of Yoga since 1997 and teaching in the Lehigh Valley since 2002. In 2004, she founded The Iyengar Center of the Lehigh Valley (formerly Jai Yoga!) with the intention of sharing the practice of Iyengar Yoga with her community. She currently holds the Intermediate Senior I teaching certificate.

Holly studies regularly with her mentor, Patricia Walden of Cambridge, MA. From 2005-2009, she apprenticed with and assisted Joan White at the BKS Iyengar Yoga School of Central Philadelphia. She now travels to Pune, India annually to practice and train with the Iyengar family at the renowned Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute. Holly has studied directly with BKS Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar in the USA, Canada and China.

Her deep dedication to her own practice inspires and informs her teaching, which is clear, compassionate and steeped in philosophy. Her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and special interest in anatomy and physiology give her the unique ability to see her students from a place of wholeness.

For Holly, Yoga is a path of transformation and absolute freedom that has far-reaching effects beyond the limits of the physical body. It is her intention to share with her students how Yoga reveals the infinite source of health and joy within.

Melissa Vallone

has been practicing Iyengar Yoga for more than 25 years. She began studying with her mentoring teacher Holly Kostura at the IYCLV in 2013 and in 2018 became a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at the Introductory I & II levels.

Iyengar Yoga has taught her to focus her attention and awareness so that precision in action develops stillness and peace of mind. To Melissa, B.K.S. Iyengar is a magnanimous presence, and a beacon of light who continues to encourage her with his brilliant legacy to practice, practice, and practice … as a way to reveal one’s own Divinity.

The study of Yoga philosophy inspires her inherent curiosity of life itself, fueling her personal practice. Melissa’s teaching style is respectful, encouraging, compassionate, and very helpful to those on the path and on the mat!