Svetlana Zhikhareva

Born in Russia, Svetlana experienced the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990. The study of yoga was banned by the Soviets, but a wave of interest in yoga blossomed after the fall. Svetlana’s dedicated practice led to her becoming an instructor at the Iyengar Yoga Center of St. Petersburg, training with some of Europe’s finest Iyengar teachers, including Gabriella Gubillaro (Italy), Faek Biria (France), H.S. Arun (India). She developed customized individual prenatal programs at the St. Petersburg Center. Svetlana traveled to India to study with B.K.S. Iyengar at Pune in 2007. She has taught at The Yoga Haven since 2010 and became a U.S. citizen in 2011. Svetlana's teaching is precise and powerful, rooted in the teachings of BKS Iyengar. She  is a licensed Massage Therapist, and an accomplished visual artist.

Svetlana Zhikhareva instructs the following:
  • Restorative Yoga
  • An Iyengar-style class utilizing props to target openings, create stability and enhance alignment. Postures are held for an extended time to increase benefits.  This practice is therapeutic, rejuvenating and relaxing. Suitable for all levels and prenatal friendly.

  • Yoga Focus: Knees
  • Yoga Focus: Knees: A practice designed and sequenced to help strengthen and stabilize the knees, feet and ankles.  Utilizing props like blocks, blankets, bolsters, straps, chairs, sandbags to assist the student in refining alignment, sequence and timing of postures. This yoga is especially beneficial as a therapeutic approach and in strengthening, building stamina and focus. Good for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike.

  • Yoga Focus: Hips