About Dar Vander Hoop

by | Jun 2, 2017

Dar Vander Hoop has been teaching yoga for more than three decades. Her early yoga practice exposed her to legendary teachers Dharma Mittra, Swami Bhua, Indira Devi, Yogi Bhajan, Alan Finger, Bekir Algan, Bikram, and Paul Grilley. Her recent training includes retreats, master classes, and festivals where such wonderful teachers as Saul David Raye, Ashley Turner, Rolf Gates, Tias Little, Theresa Murphy, Sarah Powers, Max Strom, and many others have enriched her teaching and perspective. Dar has received advance teacher training from Mark Whitwell at the Esalen Institute, 50 hours Yin with Bernie Clark, and most recently 40 hours meditation training with Jon Kabatt Zinn at the Omega Institute.

With a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin in modern dance/kinesiology, Dar began her career as a performer/choreographer in San Francisco, where she studied under Anna Halprin at San Francisco Dancer’s Workshop, which eventually led her to practice yoga. In the 1970s, in Los Angeles, while pursuing a career in acting, she found herself in Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class at The Yoga College of India in Beverly Hills. Photographs of Dar in yoga poses appear in the 1978 edition of Bikram’s seminal book, Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class. Dar estimates she’s taught around 10,000 Bikram Classes all over the world in a span of 35 years.

Her interest in meditation led Dar to enter the Siddha Yoga Dham in upstate New York with Swami Muktananda in 1979, where she immersed herself in ashram life. Dar is best known for her humor and down to earthness as a teacher of Yin Yoga, Vinyasa flow, and Bikram. She offers several Yin and Vinyasa teacher trainings each year worldwide. Her love of therapeutic grade essential oils led her to brew her own formulas, “Good Scents,” which are available for purchase during the Aroma Yin Immersion classes and teacher trainings. Dar says she “lives her life like it’s golden” and loves to spread gratitude, self-acceptance, and joy to all.

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