Nina Pileggi is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor at the Intermediate Junior III level. She is also a E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance. She was the founder and former director of Sunset Yoga Center in Portland, Oregon.
Nina has practiced Iyengar Yoga for over 24 years. She discovered yoga in her early 30’s when she was a stressed-out mother of three boys, working as an actuary at a corporate job. From her very first Iyengar Yoga class, she knew that she had found what she was looking for – a way forward. Nina loves and values the idea of studentship – that one should always be learning. Iyengar Yoga has given her an avenue to continuously learn and evolve through studentship. The practice of Iyengar Yoga helped Nina recover from anxiety and depression that plagued her in her mid-30’s.
Having taught Iyengar Yoga for over 20 years, Nina’s teaching style is enthusiastic, supportive and direct. She finds that yoga’s benefits are many and far beyond just the physical. She believes yoga can increase energy and bring us a wonderful sense of well-being that helps us heal from life’s stresses. Nina received her teacher training from certified Iyengar Yoga Instructors Dean and Rebecca Lerner, Julie Lawrence and Mary Dunn.
Continuing to study and deepen her knowledge, she has attended workshops and classes with senior teachers such as Laurie Blakeney and Patricia Walden. Nina completed a three-year therapeutic yoga teacher training program sponsored by Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics. She has made five trips to Pune, India to study with the Iyengar family and has attended numerous Iyengar Yoga conventions and workshops, including the 2016 Iyengar Yoga Convention in Florida ans 2019 Iyengar Yoga Converntion in Dallas Texas.
She has successfully mentored over 15 aspiring teachers through the Iyengar Yoga certification and assessment process over the past 15 years.
As a member of the IYNAUS certification committee. Nina has volunteered extensively to support Iyengar Yoga. She served on the Iyengar Yoga Association of the Northwest’s board in the treasurer and membership roles. She was the Finance Chair and served on steering committee for the 2010 Iyengar Yoga Convention that was held in Portland, OR. She is currently on the scholarship committee for IYANW and IYNAUS. She has hosted four Iyengar Yoga assessments at her studio and is an IYNAUS assessor.
Nina is an avid amateur musician, playing the guitar and exploring songwriting. She enjoys playing pop and jazz music. She is also an avid hiker, gardener and loves to solve crosswords puzzles. Nina has also worked for 30 years as retirement and health actuary and is a Associate of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Nina is married to her husband Jim and has three grown sons, and four grandchildren. She lives in White Salmon Washington.