Meet Temmi

Temmi Ungerman Sears, MA, ATR, OACCPP, Director of YogaBuds, was first drawn to meditation at age 14. She has studied and assisted at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune, India on multiple occasions, and has taught yoga since 1986. Last September  marked Temmi's 30th year of teaching yoga and mindfulness and providing psychotherapy services to midtown Toronto and beyond. This September is 20 years since Temmi was at the forefront of the children's yoga movement in Canada.

Temmi holds a M.A. in Expressive Therapies, a B.Ed. in Special Education, and a BFA. She is an Internationally certified Iyengar yoga teacher and member of the Canadian Iyengar Yoga Teachers Association; a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists; a registered Art Therapist with the American Art Therapy Association; a clinical member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists; and a contributing writer and member of the Panel of Experts for ParentsCanada Magazine. Widely consulted and sought after as a wellness authority since 1990, Temmi has also facilitated dozens of wellness workshops for corporations and schools.

To read Temmi's articles in Parents Canada

Pioneering work with children

When Temmi established YogaBuds in 1994, she was the first to teach students of all ages, pioneering yoga instruction in Canada for children and families. Temmi trained with Dr. Geeta Iyengar on teaching yoga to children and co-authored a chapter on children's yoga with Dr. Iyengar in Yogadhara, a book written in commemoration of the 8oth birthday celebration of B.K.S. Iyengar.

Warmth and compassion tempered with strength

As evidenced in her classes, Temmi’s personal style embodies compassion, acceptance and strength, while her teaching motivates and challenges. She strives to empower students to achieve their potential and to instill confidence. Her classes are suffused with humour and storytelling, as she integrates yoga philosophy with daily life. Temmi’s goal is that every student leaves class with a more open heart, a feeling of equanimity and a sense of having accessed their deepest levels of being.

Iyengar Certification 

Iyengar teachers are among the most highly trained yoga instructors in the world. Certification requires a three-to-five-year training program based on rigorous standards established by B.K.S. Iyengar.


Yoga Therapist Certification

Temmi has been awarded the prestigious Yoga Therapist Certification, I-YCT from the International Yoga Therapy Association, an association that bridges yoga and healthcare. IYTA's mission is to establish yoga as a recognized and respected therapy. Founded in 1989, IAYT has consistently championed yoga as a healing art and science and serves as a professional organization for yoga therapists worldwide supporting research and education in yoga. As of 2017, IAYT had over 4,000 individual members from over 50 countries. IYTA provides an organized professional voice for yoga therapy in public policy forums for integrative, complementary, and alternative health care.