Iyengar-CertifiedTraining to become an Iyengar Yoga teacher generally takes between 3-5 years and thus attracts only deeply dedicated practitioners. This, in combination with a certification process that has been standardized across the globe, has resulted in the consistent development of exceptionally high caliber teaching. All of the teachers at Studio Po are Iyengar-Certified.
MEET THE TEACHERS
Sharon Citron, Co-Founder
After many years of jumping and pedaling away through several fitness fads, I decided to try an Introductory Iyengar Yoga class. I was drawn immediately to the clarity and precision of what was being taught, feeling an instant connection to it, a profound sense of well-being, and as my practice developed, a greater ability to deal positively with all aspects of my life. With the encouragement of one of my teachers, I trained to become a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher during which time I met Stephanie. Together we opened Studio Po in January 2014. My classes combine my experience and love of teaching (I taught high school English and drama for 20 years!) with my passion for Iyengar Yoga and I hope to make a practical difference in the lives of others through Mr. Iyengar’s work.
Sharon is co-founder of Studio Po and an Internationally Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher at the Introductory 2 level. Her teaching is sincere, energetic and joyful. She has had the privilege of studying with the Iyengar family in Pune, India on 2 occasions and regularly with Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Marlene Mawhinney. She has also been fortunate to study on numerous occasions with other Senior teachers, most recently with Zubin Zarthoshtimanesh and Carrie Owerko.
Stephanie Tencer, Co-Founder
I came to Iyengar yoga after years of severe back pain, trying many forms of rehabilitation and eventually having had surgery. While my healed back has become a true testament to the power of the practice, physical benefit doesn’t fully encapsulate the meaning or value of my Iyengar yoga journey. I believe that everyone’s experience with yoga is different, but for me, Iyengar yoga has provided nothing less than a new lease on life. My practice is fueled by a commitment to live healthfully and without pain. My teaching is fueled by pure gratitude. I am deeply moved and inspired by the sense of playfulness and self discovery that Iyengar Yoga affords and aim to bring these qualities to each of my classes.
Stephanie is co-founder of Studio Po and an Internationally Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher at the Intermediate Junior 2 level. She is continuously working to deepen her understanding of yoga, and has had the privilege of studying with the Iyengar family in Pune, India on several occasions. Stephanie also studies regularly with Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Marlene Mawhinney. In a volunteer capacity, Stephanie is the Ontario regional representative for the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada.
I am a firm believer in mindfulness as a path to a fulfilling and rewarding life. After traveling extensively in South East Asia and exploring a number of eastern practices I returned to Toronto with a specific interest in Yoga as a mental & spiritual path. My yoga teaching is grounded in the Iyengar tradition which focuses on health and well being through physical alignment & greater mental attention. I have learned to adapt this style by infusing into my teaching my own deep appreciation & experience with Mindfulness meditation as well as my professional experience in Toronto’s busy down town work life. I then aim to offer a practice that is invigorating, useful and available to all the students that walk through the door from beginners to advanced.
Hazim began his yoga journey by practicing for many years at various studios across the city. Once committing to the Iyengar Yoga method, he completed the rigorous 3-year Iyengar Yoga teacher training program under the guidance of Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher, Marlene Mawhinney. Hazim is an Internationally Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher at the Introductory 2 level.
I was fortunate that a friend recommended an Iyengar Foundations yoga class. I had never taken a yoga class before, but from my very first class, I could not imagine my life without it. Having never done anything remotely athletic, I was challenged, but still felt connected with my body. My work life, at the time, was demanding, but when I was in class, I was able to break free from the stress. The precision and integrity of the work continually impress me and I endeavour to share whatever knowledge I may have, as generously as B.K.S. Iyengar has shared his vast knowledge with the world. He is an inspiration.
Jane is an Internationally Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher at the Intermediate Junior 1 level. She continues to study regularly under Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher Marlene Mawhinney and had the privilege of studying with the Iyengar Family at RIMYI in Pune, India, for a month-long intensive in November 2013 and again in February of 2016.
Born in Japan, I started practicing yoga when I first visited India. By the time I was 23, I would to go to India every year and spend 6 months at a time there. There was no big reason or trigger for me to start yoga; it was simply a natural process for me. After many years of staying in India, I went to Rishikesh, which is a holy place and very famous for yoga. In the late 1960’s, the Beatles went to Rishikesh, drawing worldwide attention to it. In Rishikesh, I studied for three years with Usha Devi, a passionate, devoted teacher of Iyengar Yoga. She was an unbelievable inspiration and influence in my life. The yoga hall was open for students in the morning, and I used to practice there by myself for 3 to 4 hours every day while Usha Devi practiced. I loved those times. Slowly I started to become interested in becoming an Iyengar Yoga teacher. A Canadian student recommended Marlene Mawhinney, so I decided to come to Toronto to take the teacher training program with her. I believe and respect the Iyengar Yoga method and philosophy and I want to share my positive experiences of Iyengar Yoga with my students.
Nozomi is an Internationally Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher at the Intermediate Junior 1 level.
A staff retreat held by the organization I was working for gave me my first experience of yoga. With small hotel towels instead of mats and a large hotel conference room as the venue, it wasn't by any means a typical yoga class. Nevertheless, it gave me a taste of something that I felt compelled to explore further. I've now been practicing Iyengar Yoga for well over a decade and have been fortunate to study with teachers in Canada, Denmark, England, and elsewhere. Currently, I study under the tutelage of Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Marlene Mawhinney.
Jennifer is an Internationally Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher at the Intermediate Junior 1 level.