Born in Slovenija, Iris was first introduced to Yoga by her father who admired its principles and used them to guide his life. However her first and second loves were figure skating and dance. She studied modern dance at London School of Contemporary dance in London, then transferred to the North Carolina School of the Arts and later New York University from which she graduated with a BA. During that time she moved into the New York Integral Yoga Institute and became immersed into the study of the yogic life. In 1986, she took her first Yoga teacher training and started teaching at New York IYI. Within the next fifteen years she taught at multiple health clubs, adult education centers, New York University, Brooklyn Hospital, the Multiple Sclerosis society, United Federation of teachers, Elizabeth Seton Birthing Center as well as private sessions. In 1995 she attended the Swedish Institute for Health Sciences and became a New York State-licensed Massage Therapist.
Inspired by her work and teaching, she decided to study the human body and its functions in depth and she applied and got accepted into the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. After graduation she completed a residency in Family Medicine in Queens, New York and a fellowship in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine in Augusta, Maine.