About the School


Bobbi Goldin, director of The Yoga Institute of Miami and the qualified staff have been teaching Iyengar style Hatha Yoga in the South Miami area since 1978.

Our bright, well equipped studio and friendly classes are designed to help you grow stronger, more elastic, and increase your stamina. A healthy, aware body and a calm, aware mind enhance the quality of life.


Bobbi GoldinBobbi Goldin has been the director since 1978. She was certified as Intermediate Junior, by Mr. Iyengar, in 1983. She feels it vital that "We do Yoga to quiet the mind and soothe the heart, so each day is a gift". Bobbi is known to teach with great support, challenge and humor, so everyone's needs are met. She has been a T.M. practitioner since 1994 and continues to be a student of Yoga and life. She is strongly influenced by Ramanand Patel and John Schumacher.

Jeaneen Bell Jeaneen Bell has extensive training and experience.  Her Yoga journey began in 1972.  In 2008 she became an Introductory Level Certified Iyengar instructor.  In 2009 she studied with the Iyengar family in India.  She is preparing for the next level of certification.  Jeaneen enjoys teaching all levels, sharing her smile and words of encouragement.  Students are a motivation for her to be a better teacher on her Yogic path.

Diane Beverly Diane Beverley has attended and taught our classes since 1997. She blends patience, humor, and clarity to make classes special for all. "Yoga brings strength and flexibility to the body, harmony AND BALANCE to our daily lives, enhancing the physical, emotional and spiritual self."

Valerie DeWitt Valerie DeWitt has practiced yoga since the early 80's. She started her training with Bobbi in 2001. She enjoys sharing the blessings of Yoga with adults, and delights in her work with children. As a Certified YogaKids Teacher (CYKT), she offers programs for children ages 5-17 and YogaKids workshops for adults. In addition to her teaching, she volunteers with Mindful Kids Miami, who's mission is to bring mindfulness training in schools across Miami-Dade County. Valerie offers a Mindfulness Monthly practice session at the Yoga Institute.

Chris EllenbergChris Ellenberg has been a physical therapist since 1983. She began practicing yoga in 2001 and completed our Teacher Training Course in 2012. Chris believes that yoga is beneficial to all, regardless of age, physical ability or body type. She enjoys the physical energy and mental clarity that come from regular asana practice.

Claudia Franklin Claudia Franklin has been practicing Yoga for more than 30 years. She finds that Yoga soothes anxieties and has a profound effect on all aspects of life. It is transformative on an injured, limited or aging body. Claudia's style is supportive, encouraging, light-hearted and insightful. She is certified through YogaWorks, and has become fascinated by the therapeutic effects of Iyengar Yoga. She is a student of Bobbi Goldin and Lois Steinberg. Claudia has recently completed an intensive Yoga Teacher Training with Bobbi.

Lee LahlaLee Lahla began her Yogic journey in 2000.  In 2007, she began her Teacher Training Courses and assisting in classes.  Lee has been teaching since 2009.  "I love to inspire the students and observe them grow and evolve in their Yogic journeys.

Joyce SandersJoyce Sanders has been practicing Yoga for over 19 years. She has taught adults for 14 years and children for 9 years. She has experienced first hand how a regular Yoga practice can lead to a calmer, stronger, and more flexible mind and body. Joyce has studied with many senior Yoga instructors and is a certified YogaKids teacher, (CYKT). She has completed Level I certification as a Yoga Therapist. In addition to teaching at the Yoga Institute of Miami, she teaches children at several private schools.

Assisting and Substituting
Kim Bagnoli, Tora Bueno, Jack Crumley, George Franklin, Anna Plaza


8241 SW 124 Street, Miami, Fl. 33156. When on U.S. 1, turn east onto SW 124 Street; on your left is a small shopping plaza; look for our Yoga sign. Parking is easy and secure. Security is not a problem.