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It started with a book.  A book now dog-eared and worn, but still read, reprinted many times and translated into many languages. That book, of course, is B.K.S. Iyengar’s Light on Yoga. In the early 1970s – and perhaps before – yogis in Canada were studying from it.  And, then, slowly they came to know more of Mr. Iyengar and his yoga. They learned from students of his students.  Then they travelled to, themselves, become his students. And here we are today.  We practise and learn and teach Iyengar yoga all across Canada.

This rich history of Iyengar yoga in Canada is found in every corner of our country, in newsletters, in articles, in photographs, in memories.  We have made a place for this history on the IYAC/ACYI website. As we learn of them, we will post links to these materials.  Below you will find a table of the materials we have identified up to now, along with the links to reach them.




Newsletter archives from 1981 onward Iyengar Yoga Centre of Victoria
Senior teacher fireside chat:
Ingelise Nherlan
Margot Kitchen
Marlene Mawhinney
IYAC/ACYI newsletter
Autumn 2016
Memories of B.K.S. Iyengar – Interviews with senior teachers:
Maureen Carruthers
Margot Kitchen
Marlene Mawhinney
Ingelise Nherlan
Shirley Daventry French
IYAC/ACYI Facebook site 
Vancouver/BC association newsletter archives, from 1984 onwards B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Association of Vancouver
History of IYAC/ACYI IYAC/ACYI website history-of-iyac-acyi-jan2021
Maureen Carruthers – memoirs B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Association of Vancouver
various memories & photos B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Association of Vancouver (blog)



This will always remain a work in progress.  Contributions, comments, corrections are welcomed at

Latest update: 29 August 2021

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