Beryl Bender Birch, eRYT500, C-IAYT
I am a
Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT)
Meditation Teacher
Yoga Teacher with Specialist Qualifications
Yoga Researcher
About Me

Beryl is the Executive Director of the hot shot The Hard & The Soft Yoga Teacher Training programs and has graduates populating every state in the US. She is also the best-selling author of Power Yoga and Beyond Power Yoga, a former biofeedback researcher and Playboy bunny, graduate of Syracuse University, an avid student of classical yoga, meditation, and the study of consciousness and an ardent environmental and animal activist.

My approach to Yoga

Hi All,
This is a bit more informal and a way that I hope to reach out thru cyberspace directly to YOU. thanks for taking the time to check all this out. Why would you want to be in touch? Well, first of all, if you are considering becoming a yoga teacher, my school has been ranked as one of the top 10 teacher training programs (both 200 and 500) in the country. The reasons we are so outstanding can be viewed at https://power-yoga.com/200-hour/. Unlike you average run-of-the-mill YTT, we send some pretty outstanding teachers out into the world – here is a word from them ————-
Welcome to the best day of your life.
As graduates of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Teacher Training programs, we are a global family of yoga teachers and practitioners working for the healing of our world. Even if we are full-time mothers, fathers, doctors, farmers, plumbers or professionals and are not choosing to become yoga teachers at this time, we are taking our yoga into the world. Whatever we do, we embrace the 8 limbs of yoga and speak up, calling out injustice. We are proactive leaders in our communities – working for clean food and drinkable water, for the rights of animals, women, minorities, and for the sustainability of Mother Earth and our environment. Yoga makes a difference in people’s lives, and we get to see that every day.
We hope you will join us. Our world is in crisis and we need you!
~ The Hard & The Soft Yoga Community

The Yoga I teach is
Therapeutic / Individual
Adaptive / Accessible
Alignment Oriented
Meditative / Relaxation
Strength & Fitness Focused
Specialized Classes
Spiritual or Philosophical
My Yoga Qualifications

Beryl traveled to India in l974 for 5 months to study with her teacher, Munishree Chitrabhanu and spent several months traveling with the monks/nuns meditating and observing silence. She was the Wellness Director of the New York Road Runners in NYC for 20 years and taught yoga and meditation to over 100,000 people during that time. She has been frequently featured in Yoga Journal and was selected in the early 2000’s as one of only 7 women “ yoga innovators” in the U.S. She has been training yoga students and teachers through her school, The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute, for nearly 40 years and is the co-founder and board chair of the Give Back Yoga Foundation which supports yoga teachers world-wide in developing give back projects in their communities.

*Author, Power Yoga (1995), Beyond Power Yoga (2000), Boomer Yoga (2007), Yoga for Warriors (2015)
Began meditation with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
*First Yoga class with Yoga Bhajan and kundalini yoga in l971
*Studied Iyengar yoga from l971-l980 (California & Colorado)
*Studied Sivananda Yoga with Swami Vishnudevananda l972-l974
*Studied Astanga Yoga with Pattabhi Jois l987-1993
*Studied Astanga Yoga with Normal Allen 1979-1982
*Practicing asana since l971.
*Practicing Astanga Yoga l979-present
*Originator of “Power Yoga” – l980
*Founded The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute 1980
*Co-founded The Give Back Yoga Foundation 2007
*Teaching yoga teachers since l980.
*Animal and environmental activist since l971.
*Studied with Munishree Chitrabhanu since l971 (guru).
*Specializes in yoga therapy, yoga for trauma and post traumatic stress, and yoga for recovery from and prevention of sports and athletic injuries.
*200 and 300 Hour (500 hour certification) Teacher training programs in Texas, Maine, Massachusetts, Virginia, South Carolina, and New York.

My programs & services

Beryl is the co-founder of the Give Back Yoga Foundation (2007), which has become the gateway organization for yoga service projects in the US. The Give Back Yoga Foundation supports and funds research-based, clinically tested yoga programs for underserved populations. We also provide supplies to help kickstart yoga programs, inspiring grassroots social change and community cooperation in under-resourced areas. Join us in sharing the transformational benefits of yoga with the world, one person at a time.

Connect with me!
Available Online (Remote Sessions)
244 Main Street, Great Barrington, Massachusetts 01230