Board and Staff
Who Governs IYNAUS?
IYNAUS is governed by a Board of Directors with elected or appointed members and an appointed Executive Council, whose members also are members of the Board. All members of the Board and the Executive Council serve IYNAUS on a volunteer basis.
The purpose of the Board of Directors is to oversee the dissemination and promotion of the art, science, and philosophy of yoga according to the teachings of Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar. Members of the Board of Directors serve a four-year term. For a complete list of the IYNAUS Board of Directors' functions, refer to Article III of the IYNAUS Bylaws.
The IYNAUS Executive Council's function is to manage IYNAUS on a day-to-day basis in accordance with the policies, procedures, and budget set by the Board of Directors. The Executive Council consists of nine members, eight of whom are officers elected by the Board. For further information, refer to Article IX of the IYNAUS By-Laws.
President, CIYT Level 3
I was asked to chair the Dallas Convention in 2019 which ultimately morphed to my presence on the IYNAUS Executive Board, and then as president. This has been a very rewarding experience. My priority is to respond to member needs and to make IYNAUS an organization that people want to join. Ultimately, I am grateful to my teachers who have given generously of their knowledge and to the Iyengars for their steady, unrelenting guidance. Volunteering is my small thanks for all that I have received.
Vice President, CIYT Level 2
I volunteered for this Board as a way to show my gratitude, to give back to a community that has supported my practice and my life with friendship and joy. The study and practice of Iyengar Yoga have brought me clarity, patience, contentment, and tools for dealing with tragedy. I am grateful.
Treasurer, CIYT Level 2
While yoga has helped me through difficult emotional times, I don't forget how much it has helped me physically. I have a serious lower back issue that could have disabled me but it didn't. I was able to build strength and flexibility despite the problem and today I continue my lifelong athletic endeavors such as running and snowboarding. Service on the board allows me to give back and add my unique perspective to our community.
Secretary, CIYT Level 2
Iyengar Yoga has been a foundational part of my life since discovering it during my college years. I love the wholistic nature of the practice and continuously rediscovering its value in my life. I look forward to serving the needs of our extended community through my role on the Board.
Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, CIYT Level 1
I began practicing Iyengar yoga in 1995 to manage stress caused by the daily onslaught of life’s challenges. I recognized what Mr. Iyengar said about yoga allowing one to find inner peace without being ruffled by the stresses and struggles in life. Once I found peace I knew I wanted to teach and to become more actively involved in the community that offered so much more than an asana practice. I joined the Board to “give back" and this allows me to give time, talent, and voice for those who are often unheard or underrepresented.
Director of Operations
When Mariah walked into her first Iyengar Yoga class in November 2011, she realized two things: First, although she had practiced other styles of yoga for years, she had no idea how to do Virabhadrasana 2 (Warrior 2). Second, she had found her yogic home. Since then, she has continued to practice Iyengar Yoga, and completed Heather Haxo Phillips’s Sadhana Studies Program in 2016. From video sequences to research, to books to events, Mariah wants IYNAUS to be a resource for Iyengar Yoga practitioners of all levels, abilities, and backgrounds.
IYNAUS Store Manager
Julia fell in love with yoga when her parents took her to their yoga classes. Julia began to study yoga more seriously during college and found inspiration in reading Light On Yoga during her first of yoga teacher training. Julia holds a Master of Social Work from Smith College. Prior to coming to IYNAUS, she worked for a number of nonprofits. Julia sees managing the IYNAUS store as providing an important resource to Iyengar practitioners of every level.
Digital Content and Analytics Manager
Nicholas has a fashion technology background, helping designer labels and well-known lifestyle brands digitally transform and optimize their product development processes. Nicholas also has years of dance and martial arts experience and regularly practices yoga. In a Light On Yoga study group, Nicholas realized the gift of practicing on a deeper level and is delighted to be with IYNAUS working on a site as a resource to Iyengar practitioners.
Dan Shuman (IYAGNY)
Varina Whitener (IYALA)
Jennie Williford (IYAMW)
Rosie Richardson (IYANE)
Gretchen House (IYASCUS)
Janet Lilly (IYASE)
Lisa Henrich (IYASW)
Susan Johnson (IYAUM)
Sheri Cruise (IYACSR)
Officers and Executive Council
Randy Just (President)
Dave Larsen (Vice President)
Chris Miyachi (Treasurer)
Adrienne Klein (Secretary)
Denise Rowe (Chief Equity and Inclusion officer)
Lisa Jo Landsberg