Getting to Know Jeff Perlman

Since August, Jeff Perlman has been teaching Intermediate Iyengar Yoga at Goorus on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and a Restoratives & Pranayama class on Sundays.  Jeff is familiar to many of our students as he previously subbed for Larry Heliker.  For those who don’t already know, Iyengar Yoga is a form of Hatha Yoga that emphasizes alignment and precision when performing postures (asanas).  Named after B.K.S. Iyengar who systemized and popularized yoga in the West, Iyengar Yoga incorporates props such as straps, blocks, blankets, bolsters, and chairs which make poses more accessible for students of all ages, and minimize the risk of injury.

A Santa Monica native, Jeff began his exploration and studies of yoga in 1989 as a result of stress from a high-powered executive restaurant career as well as injuries suffered from running the New York Marathon. Wanting to shift his focus inward, he explored many different schools of yoga, until finding the Iyengar system. The focus on the integration of mind, body and spirit had a profound influence on his awareness, presence of mind and ability to balance the various aspects of his daily life.

“This style of yoga really resonated with me,” says Jeff.  “Iyengar Yoga is firmly based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga Patanjali discusses in his Yoga Sutras.”

In 2004, Jeff enrolled in the BKS Iyengar Institute’s three-year teacher-training program, and has been teaching ever since. He has studied in Pune, India three times with the Iyengar family at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) and is a Certified Iyengar instructor.  Jeff will return to India this November to again study with the Iyengar family.

While studying anatomy, he developed an interest in Ayurveda (the Indian Holistic Medical System) and graduated from the California College of Ayurveda as a Clinical Ayurvedic and Pancha Karma Specialist. He has advanced accreditation with Pulse Diagnosis, Herbology and is a certified Massage and Marma Therapist.

His culinary training came from the Cordon Bleu and Le Norte Pastry Ecole in Paris and has accreditation form the California Wine institute and Le Comite National des Vins de France.  He worked as a professional chef for many years in fine dining restaurants, hotels and event catering operations.

Currently, Jeff has an Ayurvedic practice in Santa Monica and teaches Yoga, Ayurveda and Holistic cooking classes around the country and can be contacted at:

"I am excited to be teaching at Goorus," says Jeff.  "My classes are a continuation of Larry's classes, giving students an opportunity to explore inversions and breath control (pranayama)."