Hilary Phillips is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher who has been practicing yoga for over twenty-eight years. Hilary has always participated in outdoor physical activities, including teaching horse riding, teaching bicycling safety skills, sailing, skiing, and hiking, all of which have a tightening effect on the body. On the recommendation of her physiotherapist friend, she began her first Iyengar yoga class, and realized that her body had become very tight, and how yoga could lengthen muscles and connective tissue. Since then she has seen steady growth in what she can do, her practice has deepened, and her sense of general well being has increased. Hilary says, that the more she puts into her yoga practice, the greater the rewards have become.
The Iyengar certification mark pictured above is issued by B.K.S. Iyengar to Internationally Certified Instructors who have undergone a decade or more of committed study, training, apprenticeship and teaching. Iyengar teachers have had to successfully pass numerous demanding on-going assessments and examinations including practical, oral and written tests. A strict code of ethics leads to a systematic teaching of classical yoga unmixed with other systems of movement or bodywork.
Hilary’s Iyengar teacher training qualification includes; study with Geeta and Prashant Iyengar at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune, India; three year Teacher Training Course at Yoga Centre of Toronto with Marlene Mawhinney, Senior Canadian Iyengar Yoga Teacher; and an Intensive Iyengar Yoga Teacher’s Course conducted by Richard Schachtel, Director, the Centre for Yoga of Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. For over twenty-eight years Hilary has attended yoga workshops given by leading Canadian and international Iyengar Instructors, in order to further develop her teaching and practice skills. She strives to keep her teaching up to date with all the new techniques which are being developed, in order to safely and systematically progress her students’ practice.
Hilary is a member of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada and the B.K.S. Iyengar Association, Vancouver, B.C.