Meet Marlene Mawhinney

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Marlene Mawhinney
Senior Intermediate III

Marlene has been teaching yoga since 1972 and has been President and Senior Teacher at Yoga Centre Toronto since 1983. Her quest for depth led her to BKS Iyengar’s work, and since 1985 she has returned to India regularly to study and work with Mr. Iyengar and his daughter, Geeta Iyengar. Marlene is one of Canada’s most senior teachers, holding Senior Intermediate III certification, and has taught yoga to thousands of people – ranging in age from children, to those in people in their 90’s. In addition to teaching classes and workshops throughout Canada and abroad, she has implemented and oversees a comprehensive teacher-training program. A founding member of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada, she has served as a Board Member and Chair of the Professional Development Committee.

Marlene is internationally recognized for her research and expertise in yoga for people with health challenges and has been a key collaborator in a number of clinical studies in the areas of cardiac issues, lung-related conditions and back care. Under her guidance, YCT offers a number of classes in special categories including: back care, a cardiac program, Multiple Sclerosis, cancer recovery, asthma, etc. Marlene is the author of the two-volume Compendium of Iyengar Yoga Practices that offers 19 planned practices for people with health challenges and the 40-Day Sadhana Manual, a guided personal practice.

In all her work, Marlene’s focus is on yoga for health and wellbeing, in both body and spirit. “As a teacher, the biggest gift I have had is my teacher, BKS Iyengar. The next biggest gift I have is the student.