John Schumacher is the founder and Director of Unity Woods Yoga Center, serving the DMV area since 1979. John has practiced yoga for 50 years. For 33 years, he studied in India with B.K.S. Iyengar, who personally certified him as an Advanced Iyengar Yoga Teacher. Only 14 teachers in the US hold certificates at this level. He also spent many years studying with internationally acclaimed teacher, Dona Holleman, who strongly influenced his practice and teaching. John’s clear, precise style and his engaging sense of humor have made him one of America’s leading yoga teachers. In 2015, Yoga Journal awarded him its prestigious Good Karma Award for spending “40-plus years sharing [his] practice to help authenticate yoga in America today”. John has written for a variety of publications and has appeared in numerous local and national media, including US News and World Report, W Magazine, Yoga Journal, Washingtonian Magazine, The Washington Times, The Washington Post, and others. He speaks about the practice and benefits of yoga across the country and continues to conduct workshops for students and teachers throughout the world.
A couple of newsletters back I wrote about how the Unity Woods logo came into being and what my thinking was in creating it, and the significance of the various components.