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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 Association of Canada has developed an in-depth three year apprenticeship program that leads to international certification. Our teachers have all completed this training and continue to upgrade their qualifications by traveling to India to study at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute.

Donna Fornelli

Donna Fornelli is one of Canada’s most experienced Iyengar Yoga teachers. With a depth of knowledge and skill cultivated over 35 years of teaching, Donna's direct manner weaves yoga philosophy and humour to guide students of all levels and abilities.

The Managing Director of the Iyeangar Yoga Ottawa Gatineau Center, Donna has trained nearly every certified Iyengar Yoga instructor in Ottawa and the National Capital Region. She is a founding member and Past President of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada (IYAC), and sits on the IYAC Certification Committee as an assessor.

She regularly travels to India to study directly with Mr. B.K.S. Iyengar, the creator of Iyengar Yoga and his family, including daughter Geeta and son Prashant.

Karin Holtkamp

Karin Holtkampbegan practicing yoga in 1995 while travelling in Asia and she has been teaching since 2004. She joined the Ottawa Iyengar community in 2009.  Karin has travelled to Pune twice to study with the Iyengar family and continues to deepen her practice by attending workshops with senior teachers .

Leigh Stevenson

Leigh Stevensonwas first introduced to Iyengar Yoga in 1997. From her very first class, she knew she had been exposed to something uniquely awakening, and has always been struck by the transformations that Iyengar Yoga can affect, whether in herself or in her fellow students. Leigh has had the great fortune to have met some truly inspirational Iyengar teachers, all of whom reinforced her desire to become one, herself. She has attended month-long classes at RIMYI in Pune, India, in 2011 and 2014.

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