About Ashtanga Yoga Vancouver

Fiona and Julian with Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois in Lakshmipuram, Mysore, India in 2000.

Fiona and Julian with Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois in Lakshmipuram, Mysore, India in 2000.


Over 20 years ago, the seeds for Ashtanga Yoga Vancouver were planted.

In the earlier days, Fiona Stang taught in many different locations throughout Kitsilano from Ron Zalko, Body & Soul, Vancouver General Hospital Wellness Centre and even at the old location of the first lululemon athletica store; at night they would push away the racks of clothing and Fiona and her husband Julian would co-teach ashtanga classes to the Kitsilano community. Eventually this space became City Yoga, the first ashtanga studio in Vancouver run by Mike Dennison. From City Yoga, Fiona started The Mysore Program, later to be re-named, Ashtanga Yoga Vancouver.

Ashtanga Yoga Vancouver has always maintained a high degree of integrity and follows their four Core Values inspired by frequent trips to the source of ashtanga yoga, Mysore, India. These values have not only molded and shaped what stands as Ashtanga Yoga Vancouver today but they also have given rise to a community of yogis who represent the many cultures the city of Vancouver is made of.


Core Values



At Ashtanga Yoga Vancouver, we honour all teachers on the path of yoga and respect the passing on of knowledge from teacher to student.


Growing Ashtanga Yoga Vancouver into a thriving community of people who are planting seeds for their own personal transformation and healing. This transformation can then inspire and increase the understanding of yoga in the world. We wish to plant seeds of yoga and healing for at least 108,000 people.


Our teachers seek to “meet” each student as an individual and embark on a journey with them deeper into the practitioner’s self and personal needs.


We are constantly sharing knowledge together so we are inspired and able to pass this insight on to others and plant seeds for transformation.


Purpose: We are yoga healers creating community.