gitte_bechsgaardGitte Bechsgaard, PhD, CIYT

The founder of Vidya Institute, Toronto, is a certified intermediate senior level 1 Iyengar Yoga teacher. She has spend 26 years as student, teacher and scholar of Yoga.

Aside from Gitte’s work in Iyengar yoga she has also studied privately with her mentor, Sri Krishan Mantriji in the areas of Yoga philosophy, Sanskrit, Jyotish and mantra-shastra. In 2011 she completed her PhD thesis on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras which is published as The Gift of Consciousness: Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras (Book one: Samadhi Pada). In the last three years she has continued her studies with her primary Iyengar Yoga teacher in Denmark, Jette Berring, Gloria Goldberg and Manouso Manos from the US. Gitte teaches yoga philosophy, Sanskrit and related Vedic disciplines throughout North America and Europe.

Gillian McCann, Ph.D.

Gillian holds a doctorate in Religious Studies in the area of South Asian religious traditions. She has taught in a variety of academic settings on world religions, women in religion, health and spirituality and religion and the environment. Gillian is currently an Assistant Professor in the Religions and Cultures Department, Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario. She has worked both in academia and in partnership with Gitte Bechsgaard at Vidya Institute, Toronto. Her book Vanguard of the New Age. The Toronto Theosophical Society 1891-1945 was published in May, 2012.