Guest teachers


Marlene Macwhinney, Toronto

The Grand Lady of Iyengar yoga and Iyengar Yoga therapeutic- Marlene Macwhinney from TORONTO .
Marlene runs the biggest and most respected Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training in the world. Her heart shines like thousand rays of the sun.
She know how difficult it is to run a tracher training program with our high standards, so she has offered to guide me in doing so.

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. 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 well being, 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 students.


Julia Shaida, NYC

Renowened scholar of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Julia is from the United States, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Literature and Ancient Greek. She studied Sanskrit with Vyaas Houston of the American Sanskrit Institute. She was introduced to Iyengar Yoga in 1988, and it has been an important part of her life since. In 2008, she became a certified Iyengar teacher; she taught for many years in the New York area, including at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York, where she also served on the Board of Directors. Julia now lives in Bozeman, Montana. Julia is a art of copenhagen yoga´s teachertraining and One Year Course together with Carrie Owerko from NYC She writes a reflection on the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali at Find her on Facebook at juliashaidayoga.


Carrie Owerko, NYC

Curiosity, openness, and affection are of the utmost importance in her approach to Iyengar Yoga, as is the integration of science, yoga philosophy, and the poetic imagination in the yoga practice. Most importantly, she loves to explore the relationship of discipline and playfulness and is a firm believer in the power of controlled folly.With a big reason she has just been nominates as one of the 100 most influential yoga teachers in USA. She uplifts you with her incredible knowledge, her bright Spirit. And i am very honored she is our main guest teacher here at Copenhagenyoga.

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Garth Mclean, Los Angeles

Garth Mclean, Los Angeles

My dearest friend and college Garth McLean is a certified Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher (Intermediate Sr III) and dedicated practitioner of the subject. Based in Los Angeles.Due to a demanding travel schedule, please check Garth’s Teaching Schedule for updates on public classes and upcoming workshops.

Garth studies annually with the Iyengar family in Pune, India. Garth teaches yoga intensives locally and globally and also regularly offers workshops on the positive effect of yoga on MS and other neurological conditions. He regularly teaches in Europe, Australia and South East Asia.  He has served as a guest teacher at the France Iyengar Yoga Teachers’ Convention (2009) and Spain Iyengar Yoga Teachers’ Convention (2011).

He is a founding and current board member of the Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics group, a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles that is dedicated to helping people manage diseases and conditions through the therapeutic applications of yoga.
His positive and always encouraging teaching leaves us light and happy and motivated to continue on the path of yoga.