IYENGAR YOGA CERTIFICATION MARK
The certification mark granted to certified Iyengar Yoga teachers by B.K.S. Iyengar indicates these teachers are authentic Iyengar Yoga teachers who are bound by the ethical guidelines of the method and do not mix in other styles of yoga when they teach their classes.
Iyengar Teachers at Yoga North have years of practice and study. They are highly trained and must go through a rigorous examination process. All teachers maintain a regular practice and study with a senior teacher and can adapt poses for specific needs.
I began taking classes in the Iyengar method of yoga in January of 2000. From the very first class I attended, the approach spoke to me immediately. I began studying with Val Paape in the teacher training program at Yoga North in the fall of 2003. I now hold an Intermediate Junior II Certification from the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada. Each day brings me a deeper awareness and understanding of the asanas, whether it’s through my own personal practice or observing and learning from students. I have also been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in workshops with many inspiring senior Iyengar teachers, and also traveled to Pune, India in 2010 and 2017 to take classes at RIMYI. In addition to teaching classes and being a partner at Yoga North, I am a full time Legal Assistant for a busy litigation/criminal lawyer at a large downtown law firm.
Janine first started practicing Iyengar Yoga at Yoga North in 2002. She loved the method and the studio so much that she started working as office manager in 2007 and became co-owner alongside Drew Perry and Lisa Towson in 2009. At that time, Janine joined the teacher training program and has completed her Introductory 1 Iyengar yoga teaching assessment.
In addition to being co-owner and managing partner at Yoga North, Janine is a professional singer, vocal coach, songwriter and performer.
I discovered yoga in 2008 after seeing an ad for the Iyengar method at the gym. I hadn’t done any therapy for my cerebral palsy since I was a kid, and I was curious what yoga could offer. From the very first class, I was hooked. I quickly developed a home practice, and it has proven to be an absolutely essential part of my life. The precision and depth of the method is unparalleled and offers a path of self-mastery. My dedication to the practice is also attributed to the fact that it’s accessible to anyone. Iyengar yoga is such a positive force in my life, that I felt the desire to share it with others. After much encouragement from my senior teacher, I joined the teacher training program at Yoga North in 2014. It has proven to be extremely challenging and rewarding, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds as a teacher!
My introduction to Iyengar Yoga was in 1997. After many years of classical and contemporary dance training, I casually mentioned to a friend that I was interested in learning how to practice yoga, and she told me that her mom was a yoga teacher. I signed up for classes right away, and very quickly connected with the Iyengar Yoga methodology, which I found to have a depth within which I could profoundly engage with both my body and my mind. From 1998 to 2001 I principally studied under Val Paape’s guidance at Northern Lotus Yoga. Since then I have attended several workshops with senior Canadian teachers, as well as Dr. Geeta S. Iyengar’s 5 day intensive in Vancouver. Although I had moved away from Winnipeg to pursue academic studies, I have now returned to my “yoga home” to continue my teacher training studies at Yoga North.
I attended my first Iyengar yoga class with my mother in 2002. At the time, I had two small children at home and appreciated the reprieve from my responsibilities and the opportunity to connect with my body and breath. As I continued my study of Iyengar yoga, my practice slowly deepened and became more of a spiritual journey. Since yoga has been such a great support in my life, I decided to enroll in the teacher training program at Yoga North in 2015 in hopes of sharing the gift of yoga with others.
Val began teaching yoga full time in 1987 when she helped found Yoga Centre Winnipeg. She is the senior teacher at Yoga North with an Intermediate Junior II certificate and is also a founding partner. Coordinating Yoga North’s teacher training program is among her teaching duties.
Val did a 3 month teacher training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. She studied at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune, India in October, 1988, and returned to Pune for two months during the summer of 2008. She has also studied with BKS Iyengar and his daughter, Geeta at several North American Iyengar Yoga Conventions. In addition, Val routinely studies with accomplished North American Iyengar Yoga teachers.
As well as regular classes, Val has in interest in teaching classes for people in special situations. To that end, Val pioneered a class for people with cancer over 10 years ago. For 8 years, the “cancer class” has been co-sponsored by CancerCare Manitoba and Yoga North. Val initiated Yoga North’s Yoga Basics class to enable students with a variety of problems to benefit from an Iyengar Yoga practice.
Val also conducts workshops on various aspects of yoga including teacher training in other centers across Canada. In 2015, Val was awarded a lifetime membership with the Iyengar Association of Canada (IYAC/ACYI).
After finding out in the mid-1990’s that Iyengar yoga was the right expression of the yoga experience for him, Drew felt compelled to share the teachings of Iyengar yoga with others. His training teacher has been Val Paape of Winnipeg; together with Lisa Towson and Laurie Ankenman, they founded Yoga North in 2001. Drew has continued to explore the depth of Iyengar yoga through frequent workshops with many of the senior North American teachers and with Stephanie Quirk from Pune, India. He’s also had the opportunity to study directly with the Iyengar family in India and with Geeta Iyengar at her workshops in North America. Today, Drew holds an Intermediate Junior II certificate in the Iyengar method of teaching yoga, and is very pleased to see Yoga North continue in it’s new location in partnership with Janine, Andrea and Regan. Drew has also been the treasurer and the president of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada/Association canadienne de yoga Iyengar (IYAC/ACYI).
Regan started attending classes at YN after the birth of her son Sasha upon her mother’s suggestion! Regan has a lengthy background in fitness instruction and Stott Pilates. Learning, training and teaching Iyengar yoga was a natural progression of deepening her knowledge of the body with the added benefit of gaining an understanding of the connection with the mind. It is this connection between the physical, mental and emotional aspects of body and mind that fuels her journey. Regan has an Intermediate Junior 1 Iyengar Yoga Certification.
I started taking classes at the Northern Lotus Yoga Studio shortly after moving to Winnipeg in 1999 and realized that the Iyengar method is the way I like to practice yoga. I have gained a lot from practicing Iyengar yoga and feel that it is time to give back. Thus, I am currently enrolled in the Yoga North teacher training program, learning the first steps to teaching and at the same time going deeper in my own practice.