Marla is a Senior level Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher with over 25 years of experience teaching throughout the United States and abroad.
Marla visited India for the first time to conduct research for a degree in Buddhist Philosophy. Until the pandemic prevented travel to India, she returned annually to study yoga under the direction of B.K.S. Iyengar and his children, Geeta and Prashant.
Marla was highlighted by Yoga Journal Magazine as one of twenty-one young yoga teachers helping to “shape the future of yoga.”
She designed and assisted medical research studies at UCLA regarding yoga as a treatment for depression, anxiety and IBS. In addition, Marla created the first yoga therapy content to be incorporated into the curriculum of the David Gefffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Marla also shares her knowledge internationally as a writer and contributor for Yoga Journal, Yoga International and other magazines. Marla has served the national yoga community as President of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States and member of the national Certification Committee. Marla was honored by the Iyengar Yoga Association of Southern California as the recipient of their leadership award. She is pursuing her commitment to making the healing benefits of yoga available to communities in need as a founding board member of the non-profit organization, Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics.