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 January 2018. 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.
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 3 certification. She attended classes with Geeta Iyengar in Vancouver, Penticton, Kootenay Bay and RIMYI in Pune, India in 2006, 2009, 2015 and 2018. Melissa has used yoga as a daily vitamin pill to increase energy and positive thinking, heal sports related injuries, improve physical imbalance due to scoliosis and maintain stability and clarity through life’s offerings. Melissa has witnessed yoga’s power to keep healthy people healthy and help others to recover from ill health. She sees yoga as a tool of self-observation to allow your best self to shine outwards.
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 four times to Pune, India to study under the tutelage of Geeta Iyengar and the Iyengar family, most recently in 2016.
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, 2016 and 2019. 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, 2019 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 first experienced yoga in 1998, while completing her Bachelor of Kinesiology (graduated in 2001) 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 was exposed to Iyengar Yoga through the Senior Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Teddy Hyndman. Kari’s practice became focused on the Iyengar Yoga Tradition in 2006, when she began to struggle with constant fatigue, a weak immune system, and sports related injuries. To advance her practice, Kari began to pursue yoga teacher training. Kari became certified with the Yoga Association of Alberta in 2012 and completed her Introductory II certification with the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada in 2014 with the support of the Edmonton Iyengar Yoga community. She continues to study with national and international Iyengar Yoga teachers and is currently working towards her Junior Intermediate Certification with the support of the Kelowna Yoga House community. Kari is thrilled to be teaching in the beautiful Okanagan!
Jenn first discovered yoga in her late teens but didn't start a regular practise of learning until a decade later when finding the Kelowna Yoga House. A few years later, she took the 500-hour RYT teacher training certificate with Yoga Alliance with the intent to deepen her practise but not necessarily teach. However, after completion she felt compelled to continue learning and was inspired by the teachers at the Yoga House to take the Iyengar teacher training program. Having completed Teacher Training, she is now Certified at the Introductory II Level.
Yoga has been an integral part of Tegan's life since her introduction to Iyengar yoga in her late teens where she discovered the life-balancing and grounding value of regular practice. For the past 30 years she has practiced and studied with a variety of senior teachers from around the world, beginning her teaching career in 2008 in South Africa. She is certified at the Junior Intermediate 1 Level. Tegan directed her own yoga-wellness studio in Windhoek, Namibia, before relocating to Canada in 2009. She has lived and taught in Whitehorse and Nanaimo and is now settling in Kelowna, thrilled to be part of this vibrant, welcoming yoga community in the beautiful, sunny Okanagan. Tegan has a keen interest in integrated dynamic health, somatic transformation and the evolution of consciousness. She is delighted by adventure and is an enthusiastic explorer of the outer and inner worlds remaining forever a student of life. Her teaching offers practical guidance in self exploration through the many depths and benefits of yoga, inviting discovery, vitality, and the transformation of challenge into possibility. Professionally, Tegan is a Practitioner in Medical Heilkunst and Homeopathy; an accredited Quantum Bio-Feedback Therapist, Integral Master Coach and Somatic Coach specialising in Sequential time-line therapy, Life transition and Trauma integration. “Unless freedom is gained in the body, freedom of the mind is a far-fetched idea.” BKS Iyengar
Lauri’s first yoga class was at the Kelowna Yoga House, with her then teenage daughter, 15 years ago. Little did she know then that she would embark on the long, winding road toward becoming a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. Along the path she went to Pune in 2009 with a few other KYH students and teachers to study with the Iyengar family at RIMYI. Also on the way, she completed a 200 hour Yoga Alliance teacher training in Vinyasa Yoga in 2013-14. After dabbling in other styles of yoga practice, and continuing to practice at KYH, attending workshops regularly with Iyengar teachers, she came to the realization that, for her, the Iyengar method of practicing yoga, made her body and mind feel the most connected and balanced. Being a registered nurse for the past 27 years, has also contributed to Lauri’s appreciation of Iyengar yoga as a safe, health beneficial and accessible to all method of yoga practice. Lauri is going into her third year of teacher training toward certification at the Introductory II level. When not at work, or practicing yoga in class or at home, you can find her out hiking somewhere and most likely striking a yoga pose or two for a little spontaneity and fun.
Janice began her exploration of yoga in 1998 seeking relief from the physical effects of a desk job and childbirth. The practice brought both physical and mental benefits. Upon moving to Kelowna in 2003, Janice discovered the Kelowna Yoga House and Iyengar yoga and has been a student ever since. Her first workshop experience was at the 2008 Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada’s Annual General Meeting in Penticton where she had the privilege of learning from Geeta Iyengar, and from here was inspired to learn more. In 2016, Janice choose to take her practice and learning deeper by entering the Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training program and is currently in her third year of teacher training toward certification at the Introductory II level. In addition to teacher training and regular classes at KYH, Janice studies with national and international senior Iyengar yoga teachers.
After years of being a high-intensity aerobics instructor, Yoni longed for an activity that would make more sense for her body and become a source of joy. As a mother of two, she was drawn to the physical and mental benefits yoga provides, which is why she started practicing yoga seriously 15 years ago. Joni received her first yoga teacher certification (yoga alliance approved) in Montreal under the guidance of Hart Lazer and Nicole Bordeleau. Subsequently, Joni taught yoga for many years in her own small studio in Montreal. A move to the awe-inspiring Kelowna provided new inspiration, and she decided to pursue a certificate in Iyengar yoga intro 1 and 2. Joni is drawn to this practice because it is most aligned with her desire for a yoga practice that is safe, consistent, and authentic. Iyengar yoga has sparked the deep joy she longed for in her practice, and its teaching principles reflect her own teaching style and values. Joni is happy to keep learning and growing in this practice, and looks forward to sharing her happiness and skills with others!
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