Ian Darrah brings his expertise and experience as a top Yoga Teacher, Yoga Teacher Trainer, and Personal Fitness Trainer to the Miami community. Ian is an E-RYT 500 (Experienced registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance) and has spent time training under the most masterful Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Satyananda, and Sivananda teachers in the world. Having mentored thousands of students since his own teacher's training course, he is widely recognized as a knowledgeable and powerful carrier of the wisdom tradition. His strength as a teacher comes from decades as an impassioned student of health, longevity and human potential and daily dedication to personal development and the empowerment of others. In addition to leading yoga teacher training courses, teaching public, private and corporate classes, Ian offers private wellness services (personal fitness training, nutrition, meditation and ayurveda/shamanic education) to people of all walks of life. In addition to his numerous yoga certifications, Ian is certified with ACE and NASM (the National Academy of Sports Medicine). He has also received the rights from recognized leaders (medicine carriers) to perform certain Native American healing & purification ceremonies.
Ian is a native of Ohio and grew up competing in tennis tournaments and ski races. Endurance, however, proved to be his forte as became a nationally ranked amateur triathlete (swimming, cycling and running) before racing professionally for two years. While still in college at North Carolina State University, Ian founded a triathlon club where he trained student triathletes for the Collegiate National Championships where he himself placed 2nd overall. Ian went on to complete his Bachelor’s degree at NCSU (Raleigh, NC) in Foreign Languages and an International MBA at the nation’s top-ranked International Business program (USC – Columbia, South Carolina). After nearly 10 years working with corporations domestically and internationally (marketing) and developing a successful international travel business, Ian decided it was time to step away from the computer & office and get out to help people with their health & wellness. Ian’s mission & passion is to help people of all ages and condition to better their health, meet fitness goals and improve lifestyle/well-being.
Ian has extensive experience as a Personal Trainer (certified with the American Council on Exercise “ACE”) and Yoga teacher (Certified at the 200 and 500 hour levels) and brings his understanding of fitness, nutrition, anatomy and proper form/technique to properly guide his clients. For example, he understands the tightness issues (restricted range of motion in the hips, hamstrings and lower back) faced by runners, bikers and triathletes as well as the needs of middle aged and aging adults (lower back pain, decreased energy, balance and flexibility challenges, loss of lean muscle mass/strength, decreased cardio function etc.).
Coming to yoga in 2002, Ian discovered that yoga had the ability to relieve stress and rejuvenate his energy in a way that running, cycling and swimming did not. A year later, he immersed himself in the remote wilderness of Southern Brazil to participate in the Native American Vision Quest, an experience that inspired a parallel path of intensive retreats into nature. In addition to working with personal training clients, Ian now teaches a variety of classes throughout Miami: Sivananda, Vinyasa Flow, Beginners, Gentle Yoga and Meditation. He underwent Level I Vinyasa-based Yoga Teacher Training in 2008, and in 2013, completed the Sivananda Level I and Advanced Yoga Teacher Training courses in Val Morin, Canada. Ian leads Yoga Teacher Training programs at the 200-hour level, and his students have become inspiring and successful yoga teachers. Ian credits his yoga practice and teaching to world-renown Swami Brahmavidyananda, the Sivananda lineage teachings and Ashtanga Vinyasa system.