IYNAUS New General Manager

Pat Musburger

In mid November 2008, Sharon Cowdery joined IYNAUS as General Manager. Her work behind the scenes over the last 10 months has proved to be invaluable to the IYNAUS Board.

Sharon comes from the Washington, DC, area. After college, she visited Seattle to begin a cross-country bicycle ride. Smitten with the beauty and friendliness of the area, she returned to the Pacific Northwest after the ride and settled in Bellingham, Washington, for the next 15 years. It was there that Iyengar Yoga entered her life when she began studying at Yoga Northwest.

Family business took her to New York City in 2004, where she continued her study at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of
New York and began volunteering her time. Eventually, she became the manager, coordinating the day-to-day running of the institute for two years.

Sharon says that one of the most gratifying experiences of that job was being involved in the grant writing that resulted in the Institute receiving their first two grants from the Disney Foundation.

An opportunity to be the Development Director for the American Lung Association in Seattle brought her back to the Pacific Northwest. Her job used not only her skills coordinating events and managing volunteers, but also her interest in health and exercise.

Sharon now resides in Seattle with her knee-high brown dog, Bandit, and continues to study yoga at Tree House Iyengar Yoga. She sees her job as primarily helping to facilitate the initiatives of the IYNAUS Board. Her immediate focus is on creating a flow and efficient functionality of the website and store. These priorities will allow IYNAUS to communicate with and serve better the needs of its members and to help the community grow.

When asked how she feels about working for IYNAUS, Sharon replied, "I have experienced tremendous personal growth as a direct result of studying and practicing Iyengar Yoga, and it's truly an honor and delight to earn my living supporting this community and helping spread the word about Iyengar Yoga to the world."

As IYNAUS moves forward to better serve the community, our new General Manager is here to support the Board of Directors and provide continuity from one board to the next. We welcome Sharon and know that we made a great choice.

Pat Musburger is certified at the Intermediate Junior I level and is Director of Tree House Iyengar Yoga in the Seattle area. She serves as Secretary, By-Laws, and Yoga Research Chair for IYNAUS.