The first Iyengar Yoga studio in the United States was opened by Mary Palmer in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1973. By 1977, the first B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Teachers’ Association was formed, and in 1984, the first international Iyengar Yoga Convention took place in San Francisco drawing 800 Iyengar trained teachers and their students.
The B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS) was formally incorporated and designated as a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization in 1991.
Mission Statement: IYNAUS promotes the art, science and philosophy of yoga according the the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar.
IYNAUS oversees teacher training guidelines in conjunction with direction from Dr. Geeta S. Iyengar and Sri Prashant S. Iyengar at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune. IYNAUS conducts annual certification assessments, monitors fulfillment of continuing education requirements, and maintains a code of ethics for its teachers. IYNAUS also produces Yoga Samachar, a biannual magazine for members, sponsors conventions and conferences, maintains an archive of Iyengar Yoga materials and operates an e-commerce store.
In addition to the national association, there are 12 independent regional Iyengar Yoga associations throughout the United States. Membership in the U.S. Iyengar Yoga community includes membership in both IYNAUS, the national association, and a regional association of the member’s choosing. A member generally chooses a regional association based upon geography in order to fully participate in the local community and the membership benefits offered by the region.
As a not-for-profit organization, IYNAUS’s mission extends well beyond financial return. The Board of Directors of the association understands its fiduciary responsibility to use member funds wisely and to make financial activities transparent to the membership. Treasurer reports and financial statements are published in each issue of Yoga Samachar. Copies of our IRS Form 990 tax return are available by request.