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:
  • Yoga Focus: Neck & Shoulders
  • November's focus is on freeing tension around the neck, shoulders & upper back. Posture series designed to strengthen and stabilize as well as to release holding patterns causing strain, tension headaches, shoulder issues.
    This class is suitable for all levels and prenatal friendly.

  • 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. This class works with postures to help strengthen and stabilize the muscles around these vulnerable joints. Using props: blocks, bolsters, blankets, straps, chairs, sandbags and more, this class focuses each month on a particular part of the body. This class is suitable for students of all levels. * prenatal friendly