About your teachers

Lisa Towson has been studying Iyengar yoga for over 23 years and teaching for 16. She holds Intermediate Junior III level certification with the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada / Association canadienne de yoga Iyengar (IYAC / ACYI) and is owner of tamarack yoga centre. She studies with teachers in Canada and internationally and returns to Pune, India regularly to learn directly from the Iyengar family. Lisa is involved with IYAC / ACYI's Professional Development Committee in various capacities including as a trainer of teachers and assessor. She connects most with the day-to-day, real life benefits of practicing yoga and teaches to inspire others to develop a daily practice. Lisa lives on the doorstep of Riding Mountain National Park, where she spends as much time outside as possible.


Vaughn Barkman started studying yoga 18 years ago. Over the course of the first couple of years he tried numerous styles before discovering Iyengar Yoga. It immediately clicked and he’s now going on 16 years of practicing and learning from various senior Iyengar yoga teachers. After his first couple of years of attending classes at Yoga North, he began the teacher training program, directed by Val Paape and Lisa Towson. Before completing his teacher training courses, he moved from Winnipeg to the Onanole/Wasagaming area. He continued to have a dedicated practice away from Yoga North, had a couple of kids, and then started teaching yoga classes in the area. With gentle encouragement from Lisa, he finally decided to go through the Introductory 1 & 2 Certification process this year. His practice has always supplemented and supported his great love for the outdoors, from being an avid long distance runner to biking and swimming.