IYNAUS Board & Staff
- Janet Lilly: President
- Michael Lucey: Vice President
- Denise Weeks: Secretary
- David Carpenter: Treasurer
Members at Large
- Alex Cleveland
- Kevin Hainley
- Rebecca Lerner
- Tori Milner
- Mary Reilly
- Phyllis Rollins
- Kathy Simon
- Eric Small
- Nancy Watson
DAVID CARPENTER has been practicing Iyengar Yoga for more than eleven years. He studies with Chicago’s wonderful certified Iyengar teachers, and he makes regular trips to Champaign to study with Lois Steinberg. David also attends workshops with other teachers, including Manouso Manos and Laurie Blakeney.
REBECCCA LERNER is co-director/owner of the BKS Iyengar Yoga Center of Central PA at the Center for Well-Being in Lemont, Pennsylvania The Center is very pleased to have 7 Certified Iyengar instructors. A devoted practitioner since the late ’70s, Rebecca makes regular trips to India to study with the Iyengar, is certified at the Intermediate Senior I level and is an IYNAUS assessor. She conducts workshops nationally and offers teacher training programs with her husband Dean Lerner. Their 3 children (now adults) attended the Quaker Friends School where she has taught and continues to teach yoga since the mid-80's. The US teachers that have been a guiding force to Rebecca are Dean Lerner, Mary Dunn and Patricia Walden.
JANET LILLY is a former principal dancer and master teacher with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and the new Head of the Department of Dance at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music, Theatre and Dance. Lilly joined UNCG after more than 15 years at the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin, where she was instrumental in creating an Arts General Education Iyengar Yoga course, as well as a low-residence MFA program for returning dance professionals. The recipient of a 2008-09 Fulbright Lecturer Award to teach choreography at the University of Pune, Lilly has choreographed and taught as a guest artist and master teacher on college campuses in the United States and abroad.
Janet began studying Iyengar Yoga with Laurie Blakeney in 1991, while in graduate school at the University of Michigan. In 1993, she participated in the Ann Arbor National Iyengar Yoga convention, as well as serving as the choreographer and director for production of THE WARRIOR AND THE MOON. Lilly also attended the 2004 and 2010 conventions, as well as the 2012 Maitri Southeast Regional Conference.
MARY REILLY began her study of Iyengar yoga in 1978 in Ann Arbor, soon after graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in Biology. Mary started teaching Iyengar yoga in 1982, after moving to Madison, Wisconsin, and continued when she moved to her current home in Harbor Springs, Michigan in 1985. Her studio, North Woods Yoga, the B.K.S. Iyengar Center of Northern Michigan is celebrating its 25th year of operation.
Mary began studying in Pune in 1987, continues to study there regularly and has been assessing in the certification system since 1998. She previously served on the board from 2003-2006.
Mary makes her home in the countryside north of town, adjacent to a huge deep woods, with her husband Greg Putalik. She loves skiing, biking and kayaking for fun and a medicinal dose of nature. Mary and Greg have two grown children, Erin, an architect in Virginia and Kevin, an artist and landscaper in Detroit, Michigan.
PHYLLIS ROLLINS began her study of Iyengar yoga in the late 80's with Light on Yoga. While working as a museum exhibits director she intensified her study with the senior teachers traveling through the south. In 1993 she opened Charlotte’s first yoga studio and left her long time museum career. She has been to India to study twice, once for the 25th anniversary and the second at RIMYI. She is certified at the Introductory II level.
NANCY WATSON first studied Iyengar Yoga in 1990 in Miami, FL with Suzie Muchnick Spencer and could travel “about” attending yoga workshops with many teachers---Manouso Manos, Ramanand Patel, George Purvis and many others. The desire to become an Iyengar teacher led her study at RIMYI in 1993 and to pass the Introductory II certification in 1994. She taught Iyengar yoga in Miami and helped with the formation of IYASE and served on the board of that organization in its early years.
DENISE WEEKS lives in Bellingham, Wash. with her husband, Paul, her son, Wilson, and her Corgi, Longshanks. She is certified at the Introductory II level and teaches four levels of classes at Yoga Northwest: Gentle, Beginning, Intermediate, and Somewhat Advanced. She is the current copy editor of Yoga Samachar and just recently completed a four-year term for her regional Iyengar Yoga association, IYANW, as Communications Chair.