BKS Iyengar

Yogacharya BKS Iyengar (1918-2014) is a world renowned yoga master who has touched the lives of millions through his innovative teachings, developed through a lifetime of practice. He was born in Bellur, India and opened the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune in 1973, where his son, Prashant, daughter Geeta and grandaughter Abhijata continue to teach. He studied yoga since the age of 15 and in the 1960s he brought his teachings to the West. BKS Iyengar has become a primary influence on the way yoga is practiced today. Many teachers all over the world have been certified under his system. He authored many books including "Light on Yoga" which is considered an essential text of contemporary yoga.

Iyengar Yoga offers intelligent, transformative practice for students of any age, fitness level and body type to access physical, psychological and spiritual health. Classes focus on strength, flexibility, balance, alignment and concentration. BKS Iyengar's innovative work was developed through more than 75 years of practice and teaching and is steeped in the ancient tradition of Yoga.

The certification mark image in our logo represent the highest standards in training. Our teachers are assessed and certified through Yogacharya BKS Iyengar's guidelines, overseen by the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada. For more information, visit www.iyengaryogacanada.com.

Our Story

Calgary Iyengar Yoga has been established as a pillar of Iyengar Yoga in the community since its inception in 2011. There has been much growth over the past six years and a special kinship has developed amongst our community. Like seedlings in a garden, we’ve been nourished and nurtured by the practice and our teachers. 

Over the years, people have come from all four quadrants of the city to Lake Bonavista to practice and study together. It has been a natural evolution for CIY to offer access to the Calgary yoga community at a central location. In January, 2017 we began to offer classes at our Crescent Heights location as a transition to the new Centre, coming under construction in the Fall of 2017. 

We are grateful, humbled and excited to share the inspiration of Guruji’s work, the work of our teachers and be stewards of Calgary’s Centre for Iyengar Yoga. Hari Aum.


Clockwise: Margot Kitchen, Prashantji, Guruji, Geetaji, Jawahar Bangera, Faeq Biria & Corine Biria
Centre: Sage Patanjali

Who We Are

Sharoni Fixler is the founder of Calgary Iyengar Yoga and holds an Intermediate Junior III Certificate. Her passion lies in developing devoted practice as a foundation for yogic living. Sharoni studied philosophy and did her teacher training under Margot Kitchen in 2007. She continues to study regularly with Faeq Biria, Corine Biria and Jawahar Bangera and has taken multiple trips to Pune, India, to study with the Iyengars. She is a board member and an assessor-in-training for the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada. Sharoni brings intensity and heart to her classes and encourages dedication and insight.
Deanna Oliphant has a deep respect and passion for the tradition of Iyengar Yoga and the culturing of intelligence and wisdom in body, heart and mind. Deanna has been practicing Iyengar yoga and involved with the community since 2008. She has taken regular classes with and studied with senior teachers, including Margot Kitchen, Jawahar Bangera, Usha Devi and Faeq and Corine Biria. In 2015 Deanna completed the Pre-Teacher Training Program with Sharoni Fixler and is currently working toward her Introductory Level II certificate in the Calgary Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program. Deanna officially joined CIY in 2016, bringing her zest and talent to studio management, marketing and communications.
Inga Norkute started taking yoga in 1994 in London Iyengar Yoga Institute where she mainly studied with June Whittaker Pisano. Soon yoga became a retreat for her in a busy London life providing stress relief as well as keeping the body strong and supple. Inga came to Calgary in 1999 and rediscovered Iyengar yoga at the Centre. She completed the Iyengar Pre-Teacher Training Program in 2013 as well as the Iyengar Teacher Training wih Margot Kitchen. She now holds her Introductory II certification completed through the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada.
‚ÄčJanet Harvie was introduced to Iyengar yoga in 1998 in Portland Oregon. Her initial teacher, Julie Lawrence, and Senior Teachers Mary Dunn and John Schumacher inspired her love for the method. She returned to Calgary in 2003 and, after a long search, finally found her yoga home at Calgary Iyengar Yoga. Janet sees the practice of yoga as a gateway to self-discovery and she continues to deepen her understanding of Iyengar Yoga by studying annually with John Schumacher and other senior teachers. She completed the Pre-Teacher Training program under Sharoni Fixler as well as the Calgary Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program. She now holds her Introductory Level II certification completed through the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada. 
Lynne Swenson has been a student of yoga since 2000 and a teacher since 2007. She completed her Introductory II certification in 2016 through the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada. Lynne is passionate about Iyengar yoga because of its emphasis on balancing alignment with strength, stability and flexibility, offering access to contentment and integration through the practice. Students appreciate Lynne's open and caring approach, enthusiasm, precise instruction and knowledge of the subject. She is a full-time Iyengar yoga teacher and teaches classes for the visually impaired, a program offered by The Alberta Sports and Recreation Association for the Blind (ASRAB) and the Canadian Council for the Blind (CCB).


Susannah Horgan was introduced to Iyengar Yoga in 2003 when seeking relief from a back injury. She quickly became captivated by the richness of the method, its accessibility to all through the use of props, and its balancing properties through sequencing. In 2013 she completed the pre-teacher training program, then joined the Calgary Iyengar yoga teacher training program with Margot Kitchen and her team. She completed her Introductory Level II certification in 2016. Susannah is grateful for the benefits of practice as a student and values the opportunity to share insights with others through her teaching. Her style has been described as gentle, clear and welcoming. 

"Health is firmness in body, stability in mind, and clarity in thinking." ~BKS Iyengar