"Never perform the asanas mechanically, for then the body stagnates."
B.K.S. Iyengar


The Iyengar Yoga Centre offers one of the most comprehensive programs of Iyengar Yoga in North America under the direction of Shirley Daventry French. Our faculty of teachers includes many experienced certified teachers of Iyengar Yoga, who have studied with B.K.S. Iyengar and his daughter Geeta in India and on their visits to North America. Six of our teachers serve as assessors for the Canadian national association and others are training to fulfill this role.

Certification MarkThe certification mark is a registered trademark granted to those teachers who have been trained, tested and approved by National Certification Boards. Endorsed by B.K.S. Iyengar, the certification mark denotes the teacher's authenticity and committment to the Iyengar system of Patanjali's ashtanga yoga.

Shirley Daventry-FrenchShirley Daventry-French
Shirley Daventry French is the founder of the Iyengar Yoga Centre of Victoria and a direct student of B.K.S. Iyengar. Since 1979 when she first travelled to his Institute in Pune, she has studied with him regularly in India, North America and Europe. Shirley has been teaching yoga for more than 45 years in Victoria and internationally, and is an advisor to the board of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada. She has trained and continues to mentor senior teachers in this centre and other communities across Canada. Through teaching, writing and editing she maintains contact with Iyengar communities throughout the world. She is the editor of the autobiography/biography IYENGAR: His Life and Work and one of the editors of Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Shirley's yoga experience has been enriched by extensive study with Swami Sivananda Radha. This rich training enables her to integrate yoga philosophy and psychology with the practical work of asana and pranayama. Shirley's teaching is challenging, insightful and delivered with acompelling sense of humour.
Certification: Intermediate Senior III

Leslie HogyaLeslie Hogya
Leslie has been teaching in Victoria since the early 70's and has been active in the the local centre since then. She has studied in Pune at the RIMYI many times since her first trip in 1985. Her most recent trip was in Dec. 2013. Leslie is an advisor to the Iyengar Yoga Centre Board. Leslie also serves as an assessor for IYAC. Leslie has taught in the U.S., Thailand, Hong Kong, and most recently in Mexico.
Certification: Intermediate Senior I.

Ann KilbertusAnn Kilbertus
Ann has been a student in the Iyengar Tradition since 1984 when she began her studies in Victoria. She continues to study with Shirley Daventry French regularly and has been teaching classes since 1988. Ann began going to Pune, India in 1992 and returns very regularly to study with BKS Iyengar and his family. Her training and practice as an occupational therapist have offered a valuable contribution to further understanding of this work. Ann has served locally for many years in the training of teachers and nationally on the Iyengar Association of Canada’s Professional Development Committee. She shares her understanding of this vast body of work with joy and with seriousness of purpose.
Certification: Intermediate Senior II

Marlene MillerMarlene Miller
In 1975 Marlene began practicing and studying the art of Iyengar Yoga, and has been teaching since 1979 in the Victoria region. In 1982 she went to Pune, India to study with the yoga master Sri B.K.S. Iyengar and family: Geeta and Prashant Iyengar. Marlene has made several journeys back to India, the most recent being January/February 2010. She continues to study with Shirley Daventry French and visiting senior teachers. Marlene has also studied intensively the yoga teachings of Swami Sivananda Radha. Marlene is an Iyengar Yoga teacher trainer, and an active member and assessor of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada.
Certification: Intermediate Senior II

Linda BennLinda Benn
Linda has been studying yoga with Shirley Daventry-French and many other senior teachers since 1980 and been teaching since 1987. She is a member of the Teacher Training Committee. Iyengar Yoga enriches her life, her practice and her teaching.

Certification: Intermediate Junior III.

Lauren CoxLauren Cox
Lauren has been a student of Iyengar Yoga since the early 80s and has been teaching since 1989, locally & internationally. She continues to study with Shirley Daventry French and visiting senior teachers. Lauren has travelled to study with the Iyengars in Pune as well as in North America. As a member of the Teacher Training Committee and an assessor for I.Y.A.C., Lauren continues to learn, gather insight & deepen her understanding of the work. It is a privilege! She loves how yoga takes her out of her comfort zone.
Certification: Intermediate Junior III

Ty chandlerTy Chandler
Ty has been studying Yoga since the late 80's and completed the 3 year Iyengar Yoga Centre of Victoria's Teacher Training program under the direction of Linda Benn in 2001. She studies weekly with Shirley Daventry French and has taken workshops with many senior teachers. She continues her training by making trips to Pune to study with the Iyengars and to Blacons, France to study with Faèq Biria. In 2006 she met Ammachi. Ty is grateful for the inspiration she receives from students, peers, and her teachers. It is her hope to inspire confidence and encourage concentration on the work at hand.
Certification: Intermediate Junior III

Lucie GuindonLucie Guindon
Lucie has been a student of Iyengar yoga since the early 80's. She taught in the province of Quebec for 22 years before moving to Victoria in 2008. She studied with the Iyengar family in India on 3 occasions as well as in Canada, USA and Europe when they travelled for conventions and workshops. She studied extensively in France under the guidance of Faeq Biria during summer intensives for 10 years. She currently attends weekly classes with Shirley Daventry French and takes workshops with visiting teachers.
Certification: Intermediate Junior III

Robin CantorRobin Cantor
Robin has been practicing and studying Iyengar yoga since 1980. She has studied with the Iyengar family in India and attends workshops throughout the year with senior teachers. Robin instructs at the Victoria Centre as well as in the community. She has a particular interest in 'special needs' students. A valuable challenge has been the ongoing opportunity to teach jail inmates. She is ever grateful to her senior teacher, Shirley Daventry French.
Certification: Intermediate Junior II

Jayne JonasJayne Jonas
Jayne began her training and teaching in the United States. She has made several journeys to Pune in India to study with the Iyengar family and continues to study with the senior teachers in Victoria. This year she has taken a position on the Board of Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada. Her teaching is infused with enthusiasm and passion for the teaching of yoga.
Certification: Intermediate Junior II

Glenda Balkan-ChampagneGlenda Balkan-Champagne
Glenda began her yoga studies in 1994 in Toronto as an antidote to the stress of "life upon the wicked stage." In 1997 a colleague introduced her to Iyengar Yoga and she has never looked back. Glenda entered the teacher training program with Marlene Mawhinney in 1999 and was certified in 2003. She now lives in Victoria and studies with Shirley Daventry French and the other senior teachers here at the Centre. Glenda is grateful for the teachers, loved ones, and circumstances that sustain her on this path.
Certification: Intermediate Junior I

Wendy BoyerWendy Boyer
Wendy has been studying Iyengar yoga in Victoria since 1991 and teaching since 1996. She holds an Intermediate Junior 1 certificate. She studies with Shirley Daventry French and senior Victoria teachers regularly, and also with visiting teachers. Yoga practice and managing the centre are the daily practices of her life.
Certification: Intermediate Junior I

Corrine LowenCorrine Lowen
A yoga practitioner for over 30 years, Corrine took her first Iyengar yoga class in 1979. Corrine is a long time student of Shirley Daventry French, and the senior faculty at the Iyengar Yoga Center of Victoria. She entered teacher training in 2001 and has been teaching for 9 years. Corrine currently holds an Intermediate Junior I certificate and continues to engage in new training opportunities, the process of self-study, and discovery through practice.
Certification: Intermediate Junior I

Britta PoissonBritta Poisson
Iyengar Yoga studies began in 1998 with Linda Benn... inspired to join the Victoria yoga community... interested in the art of yoga... according to Guruji, "the beauty of life is analysed, known, understood and experienced by the practitioner of yoga."

Certification: Intermediate Junior I

Jeanette MerryfieldJeanette Merryfield
Jeannette Merryfield received her certification in 2005. Shirley Daventry French taught the summer intensive 2009 where teachers from across Canada and international students attended. Jeannette participated in this training to further educate and deepen her understanding as a teacher and student. She has also had the privilege of being at two of Geeta Iyengar's workshops. She is dedicated to attending regular classes taught by Shirley, or other senior teachers, as well as teachers meetings, peer teaching, and ongoing learning. Her background and experience in massage therapy assists her in her own study of yoga. She is inspired by BKS Iyengar who, at the age of 95, offers his intelligence, wisdom, art and science of yoga. " What a delight to be part of a system that is grounded, respected and supported by a international network."
Certification: Introductory II

Gary WongGary Wong
Gary Wong has been a student of Iyengar Yoga since 1998, and completed the Teacher Training program in 2009. He is thankful for the string of coincidences that has brought him to this school of yoga, and to this community of devoted practitioners. He studies weekly with Shirley Daventry French, and other senior teachers.
Certification: Introductory II

Adia KapoorAdia Kapoor
Adia began her study of Iyengar yoga in 2001 and joined the teacher training program in 2010. Yoga helps her balance her busy schedule as a human resources manager and performer. She enjoys introducing students to a style of yoga that makes the poses so accessible to everyone. Her teaching style is vibrant, compassionate, and full of humour.
Certification: Introductory I

Soo Youn-HamSooYoun Ham
Soo has been a student of Iyengar yoga since 2003. With the inspiration and encouragement from Shirley Daventry French, she joined the teacher training at IYCV in 2009. She is grateful to Ty Chandler for her dedicated and inspirational practice, teaching, and mentorship, and to all of the teachers, collegues, and practitioners at the Centre for their support and contribution to such an incredible community. She aspires to continuously work with and learn from guruji BKS Iyengar, Geetaji, and Prashantji in Pune, India, as well as Faeq Biria in France and Manouso Manos in San Francisco, to go deeper into yoga and evolve within.
Certification: Introductory I