J. Renée DeTar
Jean Renée DeTar has been practicing yoga since 1973. She still studies under her very first Iyengar teacher, Bobbi Goldin and spent over 24 years studying under Aadil Palkhivala with Bryan Legere. She completed Structural Yoga Therapy training with Mukunda Stiles, and was initiated in the Himalayan Tradition, under the tutelage of Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and Dr. Rolf Sovik. She was trained in the use of herbs and kinesiology with Hanna Kroeger, and as a medical intuitive in the early 90's with Dr. Norm Shealy. Renée has deeply ingrained the work of Caroline Myss into the foundational coursework of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Yoga Studies. She feels that Caroline's work best explains the various models of the mind provided by the yoga philosophies that are studied in the Institute of Interdisciplinary Yoga Studies program. She respects Dr. Ray Long, MD, author of the BandhaYoga books, and brings in him annually for a fresh look at what is happening in traditional medicine. She is completing her Ayurveda studies with Kathryn Templeton and Dr. Vasant Lad. Renee is committed to helping her yoga tribe stay intact in Kansas City area and the midwest, by networking and collaborating with local yoga studio owners, so that traditional yoga classes are not wiped out by large corporate yoga. She founded the Institute of Interdisciplinary Yoga Studies in 2001 that was the first liberal arts yoga school in the Midwest. She had overwhelming support for her efforts by bringing on as faculty, some of the most famous yoga teachers in the world: Rod Stryker, Erich Schiffmann, Aadil Palkhivala, Mukunda Stiles, Shiva Rea, Judith Lasater, David Williams, Doug Swenson, Bobbi Goldin, Liz Lark, Tiffany Cruikshank, Ray Long, MD, Ricky Tran, Doug Keller, Seane Corn, and Jodi Blumstein. She was hired by the Life Centre in Notting Hill, London, UK to create a similar interdisciplinary yoga school program that included mentorship. This program is now known as YogaCampus.org in the United Kingdom. Her current focus is on the KC Yoga Therapy curriculum, that is one of the few that incorporate the sister sciences of Ayurveda and Yoga.
Renée holds her Master's Degree in Communicative Disorders & Sciences, specializing in the neurological development of the premature infant and post-graduate work in Counseling, Educational and School Psychology at Wichita State University. She currently holds the following registrations and certificates:
1998 - Yoga Alliance, E-RYT 500 & Prenatal Yoga Teacher
1999 - Owner of Barefoot Studio, Wichita, Kansas
2000 - founded the Institute of Interdisciplinary Yoga Studies (IIYS)
2002 - Certified in the Pilates Method, main teachers Colleen Glenn and Aliesa George
2017 - Certified Yoga Therapist, International Association of Yoga Therapists & Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider
2018 - Ayurveda Yoga Specialist, Himalayan Institute
Christy began the study of yoga with Rama Joyti Vernon in 2014. This strong foundation in yoga philosophy, deeply rooted in the yoga sutras, has been the foundation of her training in understanding the yogic perspective of how the mind works in conjunction with the body, breath and emotions. Christy completed her Advanced Studies from The Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies In 2017 and is now in the KC Yoga Therapy Program studying Iyengar influenced therapeutics and Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist certification under the direction of Renée DeTar. Christy is currently enrolled in the Sacred Contracts professional certification program at CMED Institute and is the lead teacher for the IIYS Sacred Contracts module. She is a co-founder and lead trainer at the Dharma House School of Yoga, RYS 200, the foundation of the IIYS teacher training program and teaches yoga at the Muchnic Art Gallery. Christy guides and supports her students with humor and compassion using precision cueing to draw them into deeper alignment.She teaches a variety of yoga styles with an emphasis on alignment and breath that allows students an opportunity to explore the unseen parts of the mind and find dhyanasana, the pose of meditation, in every pose.She combines her intuitive knowledge of yoga philosophy, with the ability to identify and interpret archetypal patterns and relates this application to daily life, illuminating the path to your inner journey. Christy holds her E-RYT200, RYT500 and is known as the goat woman, an incredible alchemist that creates amazing products from her goat's milk. To contact Christy directly, click here.