Friendship Yoga

Friendship Yoga
1231 Gilbert Court
Iowa City, IA 52240



Workshops & Retreats


May 20-22, 2016

18th Annual Spring Retreat at Prairiewoods
Guest Teachers Mary Obendorfer and Eddy Marks

Mary ObendorferMary Obendorfer, co-director of the B.K.S. Iyengar Centers of San Diego, is a longtime student of B.K.S. Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar and Praschant Iyengar with whom she studies on a yearly basis in Pune, India. Classes will be taught in the classical method as taught by the Iyengars.

Eddy Marks, has been to India 15 times to study with the Iyengars, and has practiced yoga for 37 years (1976). He is currently an assessor for the National Board for Iyengar Yoga Teacher Certification. He has a degree from UCLA in Kinesiology (the study of human movement) and teaches anatomy & physiology for yoga practitioners. Before moving to San Diego he was employed as an exercise physiologist and taught yoga in the cardiac rehabilitation program of the famous Pritikin Longevity Center. There with the guidance of BKS Iyengar, he was the first to introduce yoga for cardiac rehabilitation which was a great success.

Eddy and his wife Mary Obendorfer, co-direct the BKS Iyengar Yoga Centers of San Diego. In addition to their annual trips and a 12 month residency in 2003/04, Eddy and Mary attended classes and worked closely with the Iyengars from June 2009 - December 2009. Eddy adheres strictly to the Iyengar Yoga method, and is widely recognized for his deep understanding of the science and art of Yoga as well as his enthusiasm and delight in sharing his knowledge with others.

This weekend yoga retreat is open to any yoga student who has had at least 24 weeks of consistent attendance in an Iyengar Yoga class. It is an opportunity to deepen one’s knowledge and understanding of yoga with a dedicated and highly trained teacher. Prairiewoods, a spiritual and ecology center run by Franciscan Sisters is located on 70 acres of natural beauty just north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This serene and spacious facility offers accommodations for overnight guests, ample space for quiet reflection, trails for walking and contemplation, and simple vegetarian meals. The spiritual atmosphere of Prairiewoods provides an ideal environment for an Iyengar Yoga retreat.

group photo
Group Photo, Prairiewoods Retreat 2009


Details coming soon!


  "Yoga is firstly for individual growth, but through individual growth,
society and community develop."
B.K.S. Iyengar