Stan Andrzejewski opened the now oldest ongoing school in Baltimore devoted exclusively to the study of hatha yoga, in 1986. Our earliest classes were strictly Iyengar style. Many of our instructors have been advanced-level students of John Schumacher, a senior teacher in the Iyengar tradition, founder of the Unity Woods Yoga Center in Bethesda. Stan was certified in the Iyengar tradition in 1988. But our journey brought us into explorations of breath, subtle energies, imagery, and simply movement, in ways the Iyengar system does not allow.In 1984, Stan met a visionary yoga teacher, Victor van Kooten. But it was not until 1994 that we realized how profound his teachings are. As the saying goes, “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.” Victor teaches hatha yoga as in inquiry, giving us license to explore movement, using tamas, the “letting go” principle, evolving into sattva – spacious, skillful, graceful movement, instead of just from rajas, the “active” principle. Victor teaches movement from the center outward, rooting into the foundation, and then into the intended direction and space.Several of our teachers follow the Anusara Yoga principles of John Friend, another yoga teacher we value. John and Victor had been senior Iyengar teachers and have acknowledged the incredible impact that B.K.S. Iyengar made in their lives, but their journey is now in their own direction.What distinguishes our classes is their therapeutic value. Stan has been a practicing physical therapist for over 30 years. He uses the awareness and skillful movement of hatha yoga as a modality for physical therapy treatment. He has influenced our yoga teachers to look at each of their students biomechanically, then to teach their students the elegant motor skills of hatha yoga. He holds physical therapy continuing education workshops, entitled “Hatha Yoga as Physical Therapy,” and has trained many local yoga teachers.