Northern Lights Yoga


Yoga is an ancient practice created to nourish the physical body, the mind and the spirit. It is a powerful tool for dealing with physical tension and emotional stress in our modern world. The system of Yoga postures, breath awareness, and relaxation teaches the individual to be a wise caretaker of one's closest personal environment. Yoga respects all ages, states of health and belief systems.


Judy Landecker and Charles Udell are two of only nine certified Iyengar Yoga instructors who currently reside in Montana. Both are also Certified Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT) through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Both are dedicated to the practice and teaching of Yoga in the tradition of Sri B.K.S. Iyengar. They founded Northern Lights Yoga here in 1992. In addition to studying with the Iyengars, they also study yearly with Manouso Manos and Lois Steinberg. In addition to regularly scheduled classes at her studio, Judy and Charles teach weekend workshops at Northern Lights Yoga and many other Yoga centers around Montana. Our other teachers are in various stages of preparing for certification.

Judy has taught Yoga for more than forty-five years. She began studying Iyengar Yoga in 1971 and taught in Chicago for twenty years before moving to Helena. Her first classes with Sri B.K.S. Iyengar (Guruji) were in Chicago in 1973. She has studied with the Iyengars in India and in the US. Judy is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher (CIYT) at the Junior Intermediate II level.

Charles has taught for over thirty-five years. He began studying Iyengar Yoga in 1975 and taught in Chicago from 1983 through 1992 when he and Judy moved to Helena. His first trip to study in Pune was in 2015. He has studied with the Iyengars in India and in the US. Charles was certified at the Introductory II Level in 1990.

Julie Benson Rosston has taught Hatha yoga for 21 years in Denver and Helena. She discovered her love for Iyengar yoga in Helena at Northern Lights and has been a student for 14 years.

Emmett Purcell has been studying Yoga at Northern Lights Yoga for over 10 years. He is a lifetime enthusiast of cycling. Emmett is also Montana's first MTB XC State Champion and the coach of numerous cycling and skiing athletes who have represented the United States in National and World competitions.