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Happy 90th birthday Shirley Daventry French

The Iyengar Yoga Centre Newsletter has been published for over 30 years by the Iyengar Yoga Centre of Victoria.

Their most recent issue is a very special one… a tribute to Shirley Daventry French, the Centre’s founder, on the occasion of her 90th birthday. In the photo below, Shirley and her husband, Derek, get a sneak peak at the Tribute issue.



Shirley was one of the earliest Canadian yogis to delve into the yoga of B.K.S. Iyengar. The special Tribute edition of the newsletter is dedicated to recognizing Shirley’s vast contribution to the Victoria and British Columbia community and to the national community.

Roger Champagne, editor of the Iyengar Yoga Centre Newsletter, speaks of his great pleasure in reading the articles from contributors all over Canada and elsewhere…

What became apparent was the great esteem all these students and friends held for Shirley. She has touched many, many students during her career as a yoga teacher; their tributes are honest, often amusing and always heartfelt. I am grateful to them for responding to our call out and giving us the opportunity to make this newsletter special for Shirley. I know you will enjoy reading these stories.

You can read an online version of the Tribute newsletter here.

Scroll down in the listing to the Fall 2021 issue; the cover image is a wonderful graphic designed by one of Shirley’s longtime students…







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