Meet the Teachers
Lori Berenz is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher at the Intermediate level and the Director of Yoga Journey, Collingwood. She has been studying with Senior Iyengar yoga teachers since 1998. Over the years, Lori’s love of yoga inspired her to focus on teaching yoga and leave behind her corporate career of fifteen years in the field of Human Resources Management.She understands the challenges of balancing family, career and trying to implement yogic practices into a modern lifestyle. Yoga has given Lori numerous benefits and has transformed every aspect of her life. Lori is truly grateful for the gift of yoga and is passionate about the continuous learning it provides.
As a teacher, Lori draws from her own personal experiences to work with each individual student at a level that is appropriate for them. Through detailed instruction and personal attention, Lori encourages each student to challenge themselves so that they can reap the benefits of a robust yoga asana and pranayama practice. Lori regularly attends workshops, Pranayama and Sadhana intensives to hone and deepen her understanding and learning. Lori continues to study with the Iyengar family at RIMYI (Iyengar Institute) in Pune, India on a regular basis and participates in the teacher training program at Yoga Centre Toronto and national teacher assessments. Lori is on the Board of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada.
Amanda has been studying and practicing yoga since the early 2000’s. However, it was not until she began attending classes based on the teachings of BKS Iyengar, that things really started to shift for her. It was during this time that she began to develop a love and deeper understanding of her own body. Amanda was able to listen and learn about what her body was telling her, and to work to attain balance, strength, and clarity. Amanda continues to practice and teach with this philosophy of quieting the mind to bring awareness to the body. In class, students find her humour and uplifting spirit motivating as they move through their practice.
Amanda is so excited to begin this journey with you as she herself is returning to yoga after a brief maternity leave. Amanda is currently in teacher training with Lori Berenz. She is a very proud wife, mother of two children and a special dog, Gemma.
About Iyengar Yoga
“Words cannot convey the value of yoga — it has to be experienced”
– B.K.S. Iyengar
Iyengar Yoga is a form of alignment-based Hatha Yoga and was created by world renowned yogi BKS Iyengar and is based on the eight-limbed path of astanga yoga. B.K.S. Iyengar (1918 to 2014) is one of the world’s leading teachers of yoga and the author of the bestselling yoga book of all time, Light on Yoga. He has taught cultural icons and world leaders as well as thousands of teachers who have taken his modernization and refinement of yoga to every corner of the world. His classic and bestselling books also include Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health. He was one of the first teachers to introduce yoga to the West, and there are now hundreds of centres around the world where Iyengar yoga is taught. B.K.S. Iyengar was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world in 2004.
Iyengar Yoga emphasizes the importance of regulated breathing; the use of blocks, chairs, and other props; and the therapeutic value of adapting the poses to the needs of individual students. Iyengar Yoga emphasizes correct alignment and right actions, which develop flexibility, strength, stamina and balance.
The Iyengar method places special focus on developing strength, endurance and correct body alignment – in addition to flexibility and relaxation. Standing poses unique to this system of yoga build strong legs, increase general vitality and improve circulation, coordination and balance.
Poses are individualized to each person’s body type and special physical needs by teachers trained in anatomy and physiology. To address these needs, props such as wood blocks, bolsters, blankets and belts are commonly used in yoga classes. Certified Iyengar Yoga teachers are extremely well trained. Teacher training is rigorous and spans a three to five year period in which teachers follow a program based on an international syllabus and standards set by B.K.S. Iyengar.
Iyengar Yoga is ever evolving. In Pune, India the Iyengar family continues to teach in fresh and exciting ways. Theories are tested and different approaches to teaching are then disseminated throughout the Iyengar community.
Iyengar Yoga is meditation in action; the self is explored through discovery and release of physical tension patterns and psychological resistances. As practice continues, a student’s ability to relax and to concentrate generally improves markedly, and his or her inner awareness is enhanced.
To learn more about B.K.S Iyengar visit www.bksiyengar.com.
What is Yoga?
Yoga is the union of the body, mind, emotions and intellect. Yoga is an ancient and timeless art, science, and philosophy that emphasizes awareness, integrity, and compassion. The practice of yoga helps anyone to gain good health, mental peace, emotional equanimity and intellectual clarity.
The benefits of Yoga are many and include:
- Stress Reduction
- Immune System Strengthening
- Hormonal Balancing
- Improved Coordination
- Bone & Joint Strengthening
- Increased Vitality
- Improved Function of Organs, Nerves & Glands
- Digestive Aid
- Improved Circulation & Respiration