Iyengar Yoga teachers are widely recognized as being the best-trained yoga teachers in the world. Under the guidance and approval of Mr. Iyengar and his daughter Geeta, the Iyengar Yoga Teachers Association of Canada (IYAC/ACYI) has developed a three-year in-depth apprenticeship program that leads to international certification.
Iyengar Yoga teachers must demonstrate knowledge in physical postures (asana), yogic breathing (pranayama), anatomy, Yoga philosophy and precautions for instructing students safely. The Kelowna Yoga House teachers are currently in various stages of a continuous training process, which lead to higher levels of qualifications. This certification mark is used worldwide exclusively by Iyengar certified teachers and ensures the highest standards of teaching in the Iyengar method.
Krisna Zawaduk has been practicing Iyengar Yoga with devotion and gratitude since 1996. Ever a student herself, she has participated in numerous trainings, intensives and workshops with Canadian and International Iyengar teachers. She has been to India several times to study with the Iyengar family at the RIMYI in Pune, most recently in 2015. Krisna is certified at the Senior Intermediate 1 level and has been teaching classes, retreats and workshops since 2001. She conducts teacher training through the Kelowna Yoga House and also serves as an assessor of teachers for the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada. Her inner life is guided not only by Guruji Iyengar but also by her spiritual teacher Lalitha, from the Western Baul lineage. She believes it is only by their grace that she is able to offer anything to you.
Melissa tried her first Iyengar yoga class in 1991 to manage stress at work and taught her first class in 1995. She currently holds her Junior Intermediate 2 certification. She attended classes with Geeta Iyengar in Vancouver, Penticton, Kootenay Bay and RIMYI in Pune, India in 2006. 2009 and 2015. Professionally she is also a registered Speech Language Pathologist working with children. Melissa has used yoga as a daily vitamin pill to increase energy and positive thinking, heal sports related injuries and improve physical imbalance due to scoliosis. She has watched joy and health permeate her life through her 20-year exploration of the body-mind connection. Melissa envisions a world where the coffee break is transformed into a “yoga break” or "mindfulness break" at all schools, offices, universities and hospitals.
Phofi is a Yoga enthusiast who has practised the teachings of Mr. BKS Iyengar since 1989. She studies with national and international Iyengar teachers, regularly attending workshops and several intensives. She holds the Junior Intermediate I Certificate. She has been three times to Pune, India to study under the tutelage of Geeta Iyengar and the Iyengar family, most recently in 2014.
Tracy began her journey on the yogic path in 1996 seeking help with a health challenge and through her practice has experienced many of the benefits that yoga offers. Tracy began teaching yoga in 1998, becoming certified with the Yoga Association of Alberta in 2000. In 2005 she commenced to deepen her practice of yoga with the Iyengar method. Tracy finds the intelligence of the Iyengar system to be invaluable in helping her students to progress in a challenging, effective and safe manner. She has studied, and continues to study, with national and international senior Iyengar teachers, including Geeta Iyengar in 2008 and the Iyengar family at RIMYI in Pune, India in 2014. Tracy is currently certified at the Intermediate Junior 1 level.
Terry became a student of Iyengar yoga in 1995. She has been one ever since, and has found yoga to be quite challenging, but also remarkably rewarding. She greatly values the instruction she has had from all the teachers at KYH, and has had the privilege of studying with Geeta Iyengar in India in 2007 and 2009 and most recently studied with the Iyengar family in 2014 and 2016. Terry received her Introductory II certification in October 2016.
Seeking to find balance in body and mind, Laurie became a student of Iyengar yoga in 2001. She has come to know that lessons learned on the mat strongly relate to our personal life challenges and assist us in reaching our greatest potential. Laurie has studied with the Iyengars in Pune, India in 2009, 2014, 2016, and with Geeta Iyengar in Penticton in 2008. She has attended numerous workshops with senior national and international teachers and currently holds her Introductory Level II certification. Laurie continues to be inspired by the depth, intelligence, and transformative nature of the practice and is deeply grateful to the Iyengar family, most notably, Mr. B.K.S. Iyengar (Guruji), who has spread the light of yoga into so many hearts worldwide.
Tricia has been practicing yoga for 12 years, though her interest in it started at the age of 16 when she first read about it in a teen magazine. Growing up on a farm in southern Saskatchewan near a small town of 400 people didn’t offer her the opportunity to study yoga so she had to wait until she left home to try out a class. At the age of 23, while pregnant, she was introduced to Iyengar yoga while attending a retreat with Senior Iyengar Instructor Father Joe Pereira. She then took a variety of classes in Calgary, Australia, and Moose Jaw before settling into regular Iyengar classes in Edmonton. It was while taking classes there that she realized how much her yoga practice has influenced her own life and realized that she wanted to share her love and passion for yoga with others. She has studied continuously with Father Joe for the past 10 years and attended many other workshops and classes with Canadian Senior Instructors in Victoria and Edmonton. Tricia is certified at the Introductory II Level, is working as a Registered Acupuncturist and being mom to her young son.
Kari “discovered” yoga in 1998 while enrolled at the University of Alberta. She noticed immediately that yoga helped her to feel more “balanced”. She was guided by many wonderful teachers from many traditions. It was here that she first experienced Iyengar Yoga, and her Senior Teacher, Teddy Hyndman. Her practice became more serious in 2006, when she began to struggle with constant fatigue and a weak immune system. In order to become more immersed in yoga, Kari began to pursue yoga teacher training. Kari became certified with the Yoga Association of Alberta in 2012 and completed her Introductory 2 certification with IYAC in 2014 with the support of the Edmonton Iyengar Yoga Community. She continues to study with national and international Iyengar Yoga teachers. Having recently relocated to the beautiful Okanagan, Kari is thrilled to be welcomed to the community at Kelowna Yoga House.
I first discovered yoga in my late teens but didn't start a regular practise of learning until a decade later when finding the Yoga House. A few years later I took my 500 hour RYT teacher training certificate with Yoga Alliance with the intent to deepen my practise but not necessarily teach. However, after completion I felt compelled to continue learning and was inspired by the teachers at the Yoga House so the next step has been to take the Iyengar teacher training program.
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