Kihei residents are lucky to have a seasoned certified Iyengar teacher right on the beach. Deni Roman is the real deal. She has studied with the Iyengar family in Pune, India at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute. In other words, the Harvard of yoga schools.Maui Yoga Path is well equipped with props, so all you have to bring is yourself and your Tapas. Her class today was inspiring. She worked on poses that addressed tight hips, feet and neck issues. While doing so, she beautifully interweaved concepts from the Patanjali Yoga Sutra in easy-to-understand terminology. Deni teaches from the heart and coveys the wisdom taught by the source in B.K.S. Iyengar who passed away last year.You will notice right away in her class with the depth and attention to detail. If you have ever been frustrated in your Vinyasa/flow class about the instructor not teaching you how to do the pose properly or not understanding correct alignment, then Yoga Path will teach you the right path in how to do the asana correctly and safely. When doing an asana properly, it is 10 times more challenging than just “flowing” in and out of the pose, so don’t view this as a less rigorous form of Yoga.This was the first time I practiced Iyengar Yoga with the beautiful ocean right out the door. Beautiful instruction, beautiful sequencing, beautiful scenery. It doesn’t get any closer to paradise in my book. –Michael, Oahu
In the late 80s, Deni experienced her first Iyengar Yoga class and was taken by the depth of the teachings. In 1999 after studying for four months in India guided by BKS Iyengar, son Prashant and daughter Geeta Iyengar, the course of her life - to look deeply within was set. She has had the honor and privilege to study thirteen times a total of over three years in India with the Iyengar's and to travel to holy and sacred sights in India.
Deni experienced the teaching of OSHO in Pune, India for an extended period and in 2004 Deni met Mata Amritanandamayi, also known as Amma and visited her ashram in Kerala, India for her 60th birthday. Ammaji's presence is pure love.
Deni's teaching style is clear, detailed, motivating, fun and from her heart. She is highly intuitive and provides a safe, supportive atmosphere that guides you to your highest potential. She brings a deep sense of spiritual practice and awareness to her masterful teaching.
Education and Business Experience
BS Speech Communication, Emerson College, Boston, MA
Cum Laude, Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, Vice President Student Government
1976-1985 Ergonomic Consultant for Fortune 500 Companies
Deni, a St. Louis-native, moved to Maui in 1999 to practice and teach yoga in paradise. She is a mother, vegetarian, naturalist and knew from childhood that she wanted to be a teacher. She holds a B.A. in Speech Communications from Emerson College, Boston, MA.
Her many years of study and dedication in dance and athletics gave her a strong and disciplined foundation in living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. She competed in national body building, aerobics, racquetball, and marathons. For eight years Deni studied Kundalini Yoga with Yogi Bhajan while living in St. Louis.