About Us

Knowledge of yoga is no substitute for practice
~ B.K.S. Iyengar

We practice. It is what we do. It is the source of everything that lives at Living Tradition Yoga. Without practice Living Tradition Yoga would not exist, as the seeds that have become Living Tradition Yoga sprouted after germinating in the waters of practice. They have grown from the nourishment of practice. That is all there is to it.

Somehow, after enough practice, we have become Oakland County’s only Iyengar Yoga studio, and one of only two Iyengar Yoga studios in the entire Metro Detroit region. Finding a natural affinity for the discerning mindset and concern for authenticity that seems to be embodied in the spirit of Royal Oak, we made it our home. Royal Oak is not a place for dabblers. For many years, it has often housed the genuine article when others offered imitations or fabrications. That is something we have appreciated since long before we opened our business here. For us, it is the perfect fit.

Our studio is dedicated to transmitting the practice of yoga taught by living yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar, his children Geeta and Prashant, and his senior certified teachers.  We feel this method of yoga, known as “Iyengar Yoga”, provides us with the best tools available for providing an authentic, powerful, and transformative experience of yoga for our students. We also feel there is nobody on the planet that embodies and exemplifies yoga sadhana (the pilgrimage of yoga practice) like B.K.S. Iyengar and that, as a studio focused on teaching the art and science of Hatha Yoga, our best bet is to take guidance from man who has often been referred to as “the world’s greatest Hatha yoga teacher.” As a result, our director, Chris Briney chose to pursue the internationally recognized certification of “Iyengar Yoga instructor.” Chris successfully completed this process in August of 2009 and continues his training to advance his level of certification to the Intermediate level. (Many years of study and training are required for certification as an Iyengar Yoga teacher, and even more so for upper level Iyengar teacher certification. For more information about Iyengar Yoga teacher certification requirements, please click this link http://www.iynaus.org/teach/certification/).

Iyengar Yoga is a well-developed and highly refined teaching methodology that is recognized worldwide for its high standard of excellence. Some of the key elements of the Iyengar approach to yoga that you can expect to find in our classes are:

  1. Standing Postures: We emphasize these postures (asanas) for developing strength, stamina, concentration, and confidence.
  2. Alignment: The use of concise, systematic instructions to help students utilize their body in a way that helps to avoid injury or pain, and maximizes the effects of practice.
  3. Props: The use of specialized equipment such as blankets, yoga blocks, and straps to both facilitate learning and adjust postures to suit individual needs.
  4. Sequencing: Tried-and-true, safe, and orderly progressions of postures both within class and from week-to-week help to ensure progress and develop students’ abilities.
  5. A Holistic Approach: Yoga is a tradition created and developed over thousands of years to help human beings enjoy life and live it to their fullest potential.  Our practices seek to integrate yoga philosophy into the practice of asanas and pranayama (regulation of the breath).

For more information about B.K.S. Iyengar and/or Iyengar Yoga, please visit the following websites:




Living Tradition Yoga is a dream.  It is the threshold of a dream.  It is magic waiting to happen. What makes it magic? The Yoga. We are here because one man, at the age of 16, took to yoga as few in recorded history ever have. For over three-quarters of a century, his efforts to learn, to understand, to practice with unwavering devotion have made it possible for us to drink deeply and profoundly of the nectar of yoga. An elixir that enriches in ways words can not describe . . .

May our teaching reflect the deep gratitude we have for this gift.