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Biography

 

Garth McLean is a certified Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher (Intermediate Sr III) and dedicated practitioner of the subject. Based in Los Angeles, Garth teaches public speciality courses at the Namastday Yoga in Beverly Hills and offers local private instruction in the Los Angeles metro area.

 

Due to a demanding travel schedule, please check Garth’s Teaching Schedule for updates on public classes and upcoming workshops.

 

Garth studies annually with the Iyengar family in Pune, India. Garth teaches yoga intensives locally and globally and also regularly offers workshops on the positive effect of yoga on MS and other neurological conditions. He regularly teaches in Europe, Australia and South East Asia. He has served as a guest teacher at the France Iyengar Yoga Teachers’ Convention (2009) and Spain Iyengar Yoga Teachers’ Convention (2011).

 

He is a founding and current board member of the Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics group, a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles that is dedicated to helping people manage diseases and conditions through the therapeutic applications of yoga.

 

Blessed with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 1996, Garth successfully manages his course of MS and a hectic schedule with a daily practice of Iyengar Yoga as presented by Yoga master, Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar. Garth is committed to helping others on the path of yoga who may otherwise struggle with the challenges associated with MS or whatever condition an individual may face.

 

Upon learning of his own diagnosis, Garth was determined to get his MS symptoms in remission. He immediately took to the daily practice of Iyengar Yoga, heeding his neurologist’s advice to try some yoga with the caveat to not overheat the body. He also heeded Mr. Iyengar’s counsel to proceed with courage, caution and patience. The results have been profound. He has been able to stabilize the condition and keep his MS in remission void of the conventional medicines prescribed for the condition. Since 2005, Garth annually monitors the lesions on his brain via MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) which has shown very encouraging comparative results. Garth’s determination motivates him to provide a safe, uplifting forum for a challenging, rewarding and transformative experience for all students of yoga.

 

Check Class Schedule page for weekly updates and workshop schedule.

 

For inspiration, Garth looks to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra (II.16): “heyam dukham anagatam” which poignantly translates as: “the pains which are yet to come can and are to be avoided.”

 

BRIEF HISTORY:

Raised on the Canadian prairies, McLean relocated to NYC to study acting with the legendary Sandy Meisner at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. After working on stage and film in NY, he moved to Hollywood in the 90’s where he continues to garner roles in film and television. His interest in live theater remained strong and soon Garth began to produce local theatre and short films. His path led him to the study of the martial art Aikido under the guidance of Haruo Matsuoka Sensei, and action movie star Steven Seagal. By circumstance, he eventually went to work for Mr. Seagal. The celebrity lifestyle catapulted him around the globe. Not to be deterred by a diagnosis of MS in 1996, Garth has written and continues to perform his solo play “Looking for Lightning” about his journey.