Yoga Miami Staff


Bobbi GoldinBobbi Goldin has been the director since 1978. She was certified as Intermediate Junior III, 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 the Iyengar Family, Ramanand Patel and John Schumacher.

Valerie DeWittValerie 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 mindfulnesstraining in schools across Miami-Dade County. Valerie offers a Mindfulness Monthly practice session at the Yoga Institute.

Valerie in Trikonasana

Lee LahlaLee Lahla is an Iyengar Certified Introdutory I/II Instructor. Her yoga journey began in 2000. She embraced her practiceand by 2007 had begun 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 yoga journeys.” Lee continues to study and attend workshops with senior Iyengar instructors.

Lee in Vrkasana

Nivine RophaelNivine Rophael began teaching yoga in 2014. In 2018 she earned her Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher I/II (CIYT). She believes Yoga is a powerful healing force that transforms pain, and credits Iyengar Yoga specifically with healing her spinal injuries. Nivine considers herself to be a student of yoga, as well as an instructor. She is always excited to learn new skills and tools to better assist and guide students. Her classes are fun and energetic. Her patient, methodical style of teaching works well with both beginners and more seasoned yogis. She encourages students towards continuous progress, regardless of ability. She is studying Ayurveda digestion to help integrate diet with a yoga practice.

Nivine in Urdhva Kukkutasana

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.

Joyce in Vasisthasana

Assisting and Substituting Kim Bagnoli