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It is with sadness that we announce that Ingelise passed away on March 15th after an 8 month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was in her home in West Vancouver, with the sun on her face and hearing the voices of her two children. A memorial service, with all the music, light and love that Ingelise wanted, will be scheduled once we are allowed to gather again.
Ingelise Nherlan was the founder of Room for Yoga and an Iyengar certified teacher. Ingelise studied Yoga for more than 40 years. She was one of the early students of Mr. B.K.S. Iyengar and held a Senior Intermediate teaching certificate awarded by him. Her teaching was a blend of careful asana work, thoughtful yoga philosophy and a generous dash of humor. She used her advanced knowledge of the yoga asanas and her awareness of the power of yoga to teach students the energizing and calming connection between mind, body, and spirit.
In the late 1970's, Ingelise introduced Iyengar Yoga to her native Denmark with a series of week long workshops every summer, for 4 years. She has since taught workshops across Canada, developed new teachers through her Room For Yoga Teacher Training Program, and contributed as an assessor to certify new teachers for the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada.
Ingelise's passing marks the end of Room For Yoga. This has been a shock for all her loyal students. We choose to honour her memory with our continued practice of yoga. As we do, we will undoubtedly still hear her words of encouragement, her calls for discipline and her challenge for mindfulness, as those messages from Ingelise continue to reverberate in our ears.
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