Family Yoga Centre’s Edmonton based instructors have from 10 to 30 years yoga experience. All of the teachers at the Family Yoga Centre are members of the Iyengar Association of Canada (IYAC) and are either already nationally certified with the IYAC or are in the Iyengar teacher program preparing to be certified. With a dedication to life long learning they are committed to sharing their training and experience with the Sadhakas (students of Yoga) who attend Yoga practice at Edmonton’s Family Yoga Centre.


Certified Iyengar Yoga teachers have all engaged in a rigorous and lengthy training process. Initial training spans a three to five year period in which trainees study a program based on an international syllabus and standards set by Yogacharya Sri B.K.S. Iyengar. Thereafter, teachers train systematically studying progressive levels of syllabi to qualify to teach more advanced work, including special needs and therapeutic yoga. To enter the Iyengar yoga teacher training program, a student must have attended regular classes with a qualified teacher of Iyengar yoga for a minimum of three years and have an established daily yoga practice.

The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.
~BKS Iyengar


 Frema Bram

fremaFrema has been practicing and studying yoga for nearly 40 years, more than half of that time devoted to Iyengar yoga. She is the founder of the FYC ( in 2003) and has been teaching for more than 20 years. She is certified at the  Intermediate Junior 3 level with the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada (IYAC).  She attends numerous workshops throughout Canada and the US with Senior international Iyengar yoga (IY) teachers. She has studied with Geeta S. Iyengar in Canada and has made five trips to study at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (Iyengar Institute) in Pune, India.  She teaches classes from Beginner Level 1 to Level 3.  She is presently training as a teacher assessor and also mentors teacher trainees as they prepare for their national Iyengar yoga certification.

 Anita Cullen

Anita-150x150Anita Cullen has been teaching Iyengar Yoga since 2007 and holds a  Intermediate Junior  2 level certificate. She has been practicing Iyengar Yoga since 2001 and has attended classes and workshops with Senior and Advanced teachers throughout Canada and the UK. In particular, she is very grateful to have studied and trained with Advanced UK teacher Jayne Orton. In 2010 and 2013 she visited Pune, India to study with the Iyengars at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) and has attended conventions with both Geeta and Abhijata Iyengar in Canada and England. Anita is passionate about teaching yoga and feels privileged to pass on her knowledge of this vast and wonderful subject to students of all ages.


 Teddy Hyndman

Teddy began yoga in 1968 at an ashram in Pondicherry, India.  She taught junior school in Toronto; then volunteered at an orphanage in Brazil. From South America she moved to Kyoto, Japan, to practice Zen meditation for 3 years. In Kyoto, Teddy began teaching yoga merging her yoga practice with her Zen training. Returning to Edmonton, Alberta, she raised a family, was active in rebuilding the Yoga Association of Alberta as president and is presently active in the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada. She assists Judi Mirus in the Special Needs classes as well as coordinates IY  teacher training with Judi Mirus.

 Judi Mirus

JudiJudi Mirus has been a student of Iyengar Yoga for over 30 years. First certified by the YAA in 1990 and in Iyengar yoga in 1999 , she currently holds an Intermediate Senior I Certificate.  Since 1992 she has regularly attended intensives and general classes at the Iyengar Institute.  Active in the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada since it’s inception (Board of Directors, Professional Development Committe), she now serves as an assessor.  In consultation with the Iyengars, she leads Special Needs classes at FYC and is lead instructor for classes for patients with chronic lung disease, the latter in association with the UofA Hospital’s Lung Transplant Program. With Teddy, she is coordinator and trainer for IY teacher training in greater Edmonton.


 Maryon McClary

Maryon began studying Iyengar yoga over 30 years ago with Liz MacLeod and then with Teddy Hyndman. After retiring from a career in Librarianship, in 2013 she received her Introductory 2 Iyengar Yoga Teacher Certification. She is also certified with the Yoga Association of Alberta (YAA).  Maryon attends workshops with national and international Senior Iyengar Teachers who travel to Canada. She has studied with Geeta S. Iyengar in Canada and traveled to Pune, India in 2013,2015,and 2017 to study at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (Iyengar Institute). Maryon enjoys people and yoga…and even more, bringing the two together in the practice and study of asanas.


Barb Deneka

Barb has been practicing Iyengar yoga for over 25 years. She was certified with the Yoga Association of Alberta in 2004 and received her Introductory II Certificate
from the Iyengar Association of Canada in 2012. She regularly attends workshops with senior international Iyengar teachers and participated in the 2008 IYAC Conference
taught by Geeta S. Iyengar.  In 2014, she traveled to India to study at RIMYI (Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute) and attend Yoganusasanam, at conference taught by Geeta Iyengar in celebration of her 70th birthday.  She is currently a board member for the Iyengar Association of Canada.