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About Us

Our Founder, Mahyar

A longtime yoga master, Mahyar Raz, trained directly for over 30 years with one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world, Guruji Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar. Through her devoted study with Mr. Iyengar and her own multilayered practice, Mahyar has developed an effective yoga style that focuses on the meaning and the mechanics of yoga poses (āsanas) and breathing techniques (prānāyāma). Students learn the keys to design their bodies in order to receive the ultimate benefit in mind, body and, eventually, spirit.

About Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar yoga was created and named after yogi B K S Iyengar, and is a form of Hatha Yoga. Iyengar yoga emphasizes precision and control to achieve the different asanas (poses). The instructors use their understanding of body musculature and body mechanics, and often incorporate props such as blocks, belts and blankets into the classes, to enable students of all levels and capabilities to achieve the correct postures.

About Setu Yoga

The bridge between eastern wisdom and western science

Setu Yoga guides students on an engaging and liberating mental, physical, and spiritual, journey towards effortless effort. The Setu style is a unique blend of detailed anatomical knowledge combined with symbolic and spiritual sensitivity. We teach people from all walks of life how to activate the body and still the mind by awakening the intelligence throughout our selves.

Setu Yoga Studio is a community of lifelong learners who practice together in a welcoming, bright, modern space. To step into class at Setu is to begin a journey towards health and wellbeing at all levels of our selves. Benefits can be felt within one class and continue to grow the more one journeys on the path.

What our students say about Setu Yoga Studio

Naz Zamani
Naz Zamani
16:29 26 Jan 18
Mahyar is the best yoga instructor I have had in my life. Everyone in our class has been coming for years and years and they would agree on this. The only studio in Toronto (and Canada probably) that teaches you REAL yoga! It’s a must try to say the least.
Amanda Leung
Amanda Leung
17:01 09 Oct 17
For a wonderfully authentic yoga class try this amazing studio. Mahyar brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to helping students stretch and heal their bodies through asana practice. Interestingly, the Iyengar yoga style is not as well known in Canada as it is in other parts of the world. Try it a you will walk out of class feeling refreshed, renewed and with a better understanding of your body.
mojgan ghattan
mojgan ghattan
18:52 22 Jan 18
I just wanna share,Mahyar is a best yoga teacher that I have.
Rod Grierson
Rod Grierson
17:27 02 Aug 17
Studying under Mahyar at Setu Yoga is a true blessing. Her teaching has transformed my relationship to yoga. Mahyar works tirelessly with a devoted student base to help each student become a better person. Setu is one of Toronto's yoga gems.
Huronia Museum
Huronia Museum
01:31 09 May 17
This is a gem of a place in Toronto. I drive a long distance from my home at Georgian Bay to participate in yogic learning here. I am not new to Yoga.Yoga has been a lifelong and integral part of my heritage. Yet coming to, and studying with Mahyar, ( Director of Setu, she holds the senior most Iyengar certificate In Canada) has influenced every aspect of my life.All the teachers at this studio are very well trained and extremely dedicated. In addition there is a distinct sense of community and caring here.
Alireza Zamani
Alireza Zamani
22:13 03 Mar 18
I have been practicing yoga with Mahyaar and all her highly trained teachers for over 6 years. Non of the other yoga classes I have been to have been as high quality as hers. I am so grateful to be a part of this unique community. Thank you Mahyaar joon for this gift.
Fariba Baghi
Fariba Baghi
17:28 10 Mar 18
Mahyar is the only certified senior Iyengar yoga instructor in Canada. I’ve been doing yoga with Mahyar in the past 27 years. There’s never been a class that was repeated or taught exactly the same by her in the past 27 years. That’s how creative she is. Every class has its own focus. Teaching us not only the poses and asanas, but also the philosophy behind yoga, has tremendously changed me as a person for the better. Whenever I feel a little down, I go to Mahyar’s class as a therapy. It has been part of my routine every week. I 100% suggest her class to everybody. If I want to rate is not five star is more and more five star, because she is a grate artist and she knows the mathematics her both of her minds is on her control and she teach us how we control our mind every of class for me is like a one strong stories to my mind and sitting relaxed in my own life. Thanks so much Mahyar for being part of my life and even to my children. We are tanks full to find you to our life.Namaste
Naz Zamani
Naz Zamani
00:57 06 Mar 18
Mahyar is the best yoga instructor, in fact, the only Certified Senior Iyengar Yoga instructor in Canada. Everyone in our class has been coming for years and years and they would agree on this. The only studio in Toronto (and Canada probably) that teaches you REAL yoga! It’s a must try to say the least.
Skyelar M
Skyelar M
15:35 03 May 17
Highly recommend this studio! I had an amazing one on one session with Mahyar last year. What a phenomenal woman!! Setu Yoga Studio is a peaceful, healing space. Look forward to returning for the Shoulder, Neck & Hips Yoga Workshop this weekend.
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