Alan Finger was born and raised in South Africa and was a student of Parmahansa Yogananda, Krishnamacharya, and B. K. S. Iyengar, among others. He is nationally known for the depth of his training and for his gentle, friendly teaching style. Finger's wisdom and appeal are reflected in the success of Yoga Works, the studio he founded in Los Angeles; Yoga Zone studios and videos; his four Be Yoga studios in New York; and his work with many prominent celebrities including Robin Williams, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Joni Mitchell, Diana Ross, and Kim Cattrall. He travels and teaches all over the United States, as well as in Canada, Europe, and South Africa. He lives in New York City.