The Passing of a Master

Paloma Chavez

Mary Palmer DunnThis month, Mary Palmer Dunn, a renowned and highly respected yoga teacher, passed away from cancer in Scarsdale, New York. She was a youthful 66 years old and is survived by a loving family: her mother, two daughters, and four grandchildren.

Recognized by Yoga Journal as “one of the most influential yoga teachers in the country”, Dunn began learning yoga in 1974 from one of the pre-eminent yoga teachers, B.K.S. Iyengar. The practice of Iyengar yoga emphasizes strength, endurance, and alignment, and Dunn’s commitment and devotion to her practice enabled her to progress from student to teacher. She spent much of her time with the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York and eventually became its Director. She went on to become a founding member of three other Iyengar Yoga Institutes in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.

Dunn, who was born in Ann Arbor, never forgot her roots. She visited her hometown once a year for 25 years, holding Iynengar yoga workshops and classes at the Y. She was highly thought of in the community, and their perception of her was summed up by long-time resident Kay Huntzicker, “The word that best describes Mary Louise is grace. She embodies that word in many of its dimensions.”

There is no doubt that Mary Palmer Dunn will be missed by all those who were fortunate enough to have known her.

The following article from Ann Arbor News will give you more information on this inspirational and amazing woman: Ann Arbor News.

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