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

 Cathy Allen

Cathy-Allen-150x150Cathy has been a student of yoga since 1984. She began studying and practicing in the Iyengar tradition 15 years ago. Cathy was certified with the Yoga Association of Alberta in 2009.  She has since received her Introductory 1 Certification in 2011 and her Introductory 2 certification in 2013 from the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada (IYAC).  Cathy regularly attends workshops and intensives with senior Iyengar teachers. She took part in the 2008 Annual IYAC conference with Geeta Iyengar.  Cathy has also worked as a teacher assistant in the classes at the FYC for women living with breast cancer and continues to assist in classes for students with special needs.

 Cassie Bernes

Cassie has been practicing yoga on and off since she was in elementary school. In 2005 she received her Cassie Bernsfirst yoga certification. In 2007 she became certified in the Yoga Ed program, a program that helps to bring Yoga into the schools. She spent many years teaching Yoga in the public and private schools throughout Edmonton and surrounding areas.

Cassie is a member of the Iyengar Association of Canada (IYAC) and is currently part of the Iyengar teacher training program preparing for certification at the Introductory 2 Level. She regularly attends workshops and intensives with senior Iyengar teachers.


 Frema Bram

fremaFrema has been practicing and studying yoga for over 35 years, more than half of that time devoted to Iyengar yoga. She is the founder of the FYC and has been teaching for more than 15 years. She was certified with the Yoga Association of Alberta (YAA) in 2003 and is certified at the  Intermediate Junior 3 level with the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada (IYAC).  She attends numerous workshops throughout Canada with Senior international Iyengar yoga (IY) teachers and has studied with Geeta S. Iyengar in Canada and in public classes at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (Iyengar Institute) in Pune, India in 2007, 2010 and 2013.  She teaches classes from Beginner Level 1 to Level 3 and regularly assists in the Special Needs classes.


 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.

 Carole Eder

staff_carolCarole Eder is certified with the Yoga Association of Alberta and has been teaching since 1995. A student of yoga for 25 years, she has studied regularly with national and international senior level teachers. She has dedicated her practice and teaching for the last 12 years to Iyengar yoga. In 2001 and 2008 she participated in the IYAC conferences with Geeta S. Iyengar. She has attended public classes at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India in 2007 and 2012. She is also a full-time registered massage therapist with a background in therapeutic and rehabilitative therapies and has a life long interest in dance and the art of movement.

 Teddy Hyndman

staff_teddyTeddy has studied yoga for over 30 years and has been active with the Iyengar yoga Association of Canada (IYAC) since its inception. One of Canada’s earliest group of teachers to qualify for Iyengar yoga certification, she now holds a Junior Intermediate 111 certificate and has studied at the Iyengar Institute numerous times. In the late 1970s she studied and practiced Zen meditation while living in Japan. She was past president of the YAA, is a coordinator and training teacher for the IYTT/Edmonton, and serves as an IYAC assessor and member of its Professional Development Committee.


 Samantha Lloyd

Samantha has been studying Iyengar Yoga for almost 20 years. She is certified at the Intermediate Junior 3 level, a member of the Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Team in Calgary and an assessor-in-training for SamanthaIYAC. In addition to weekly classes she leads workshops in Alberta and BC and co-teaches retreats in Mexico with Frema. After spending time in the prairies of southern Alberta and in the mountains of BC, she is now thrilled to be teaching in Edmonton effective September 2016.


 Maryon McClary

Maryon-McClary-150x150Maryon has been practicing Iyengar yoga since the early 1990s and began training as a teacher in 2007.   She was certified with the Yoga Association of Alberta in 2010, received her Introductory Level 1 Certification in 2011 and Introductory Level 2 in 2013 from the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada ( IYAC). She regularly attends workshops with international Iyengar teachers and in 2008 studied with Geeta S. Iyengar at the IYAC/AYIC Annual Conference.


 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.