Yoga is for every body.

Iyengar Yoga Centre | Fort Street, Victoria, B.C

A Non Profit and Charitable Organization


2024 Board

Ann Kilbertus (Teacher Liaison) has been a student in the Iyengar Tradition since 1984 when she began her learning through regular classes in Victoria, BC. A teacher-student relationship with Shirley Daventry French gradually evolved into one of mentorship and friendship. Ann started teaching in 1988. She is currently a L3 certified teacher. In 1992 and 1997 she travelled to India for Canadian intensives with BKS and Geeta Iyengar. For the next 20+ years she returned every couple of years to study in classes with the Iyengar family at the institute in Pune. Her training and past practice as an Occupational Therapist have offered a valuable contribution to further understanding of this work. For 10 years she taught a credit course on Yoga at the University of Victoria. Ann continues to serve locally, mentoring teachers, on the board of our IYCV and nationally with IYAC/ACYI (since its inception).

Wendy Boyer (General Manager) reports to the Board and provides valuable background for decision making.

Gary Wong (Member at Large) has been a student of yoga since 1998, and teaching since 2009. He is looking forward to better support the Iyengar Yoga Centre of Victoria Society in its initiatives. But not as much as looking forward to his retirement (still many years away) so he can practice even MORE Iyengar Yoga!”

Bev Kallstrom (Secretary) has been practicing yoga for many years starting from a book by Kareen Zebroff and was introduced to Iyengar yoga through the YMCA and the gym. Now, Bev enjoys membership in the Iyengar Yoga Centre of Victoria Society serving on the board as Secretary. Bev has attended many Iyengar workshops and retreats and formerly served on the Board of the Iyengar Yoga Centre of Victoria Society as treasurer. Bev has had a career in real estate and project management and is now retired from the Provincial Government where she managed facility projects. Bev is a longtime resident of Victoria and other interests include the family, arts, hiking, gardening, nature, history and travel. She has two children and three grandchildren and remains hopeful that they will catch the yoga bug. I also have three grand dogs, who may have their own yoga practice.

Laine Canivet (President) enjoys volunteering for various projects and events at the Centre. Helping to redesign the website and getting some new content written has been fun. She has been practicing yoga at the Centre since 2001 and devotes more time to yoga after retiring from managing large computer projects for BC Government. She loves to travel, take photographs and create fibre art. This year there has been more art than travel – but plans are being made!

Carole Miller (Vice President) has been a student of Yoga for over fifty years, having been a founding member of the Victoria Yoga Centre where she presently serves on the Board as Vice President.   Carole studied with Mr. Iyengar in India at the first Canadian Intensive as well as in North America.  Now retired from the University of Victoria Faculty of Education, where she developed and taught an academic course in Yoga for the School of Exercise Science and Physical and Health Education, she continues her research in the field of drama in education and enjoys working with pre-service students.

Jim Bratvold (Treasurer) enjoys working with people and being involved with special projects. He brings many years of experience on union executive and has been attending classes regularly at the Centre since 2015.

Annie Kitchen (Member at large)has been practising yoga at the IYCV since 2005. She is retired from a career in risk management in health care and enjoys the time she can now devote to yoga. Prior to the start of the pandemic she coordinated the Spring Tea/Silent Auction annual fundraiser and enjoyed many other volunteer activities in the community. Now her main volunteer work at the yoga centre is being part of the volunteer cleaning crew. Her other interests and pastimes include spending time with her grandkids and great-grandkids, gardening, live music, and supporting environmental issues.

I started coming to the yoga centre when I was desk-bound at my job, suffering from a very sore back. It didn’t take long for me to figure out this was the best remedy. Classes twice a week keeps the sore back at bay. In fact, I don’t have sore anything anymore. This place is the best! – LAC

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Monday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Thursday 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Sunday 9:30 am - 11:30 am


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#202 - 919 Fort Street
Victoria, BC V8V 3K3
Phone: 250-386-9642

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