Letter from the President

Dear Fellow IYNAUS Members,

I have just returned from the Midwest Regional “From the Heartland” Conference in Chicago. The conference was a great success, with inspiring teaching both by a strong cohort of Senior Teachers and by a group of very committed and talented Intermediate Junior teachers from the Midwest area. The conference was extremely well-organized—thanks to the efforts of Laurie Blakeney and her excellent team—and the Palmer House hotel in downtown Chicago was a beautiful venue. 

This was the second regional conference that has been jointly sponsored by IYNAUS and one of our regional associations. The first conference was in Providence, Rhode Island in 2009, co-sponsored by the New England Association, and the next will be the “Maitri” Regional Conference in Washington, D.C. in May 2012, co-sponsored the Southeast Association. I have been asked to clarify the distinction between National Conventions and Regional Conferences. Unlike Conventions, which are held every three years and are primarily geared toward teachers, Regional Conferences are open to all students of yoga, even those who have not previously studied the Iyengar method. Regional Conferences are held in the years in which no Convention is scheduled. The next Iyengar Yoga National Convention will be held in San Diego in 2013 and will be a combined conference and convention. The conference will take place over the first two days; the convention will follow immediately afterwards. If you are a member of a region that would be interested in hosting the 2014 Conference, please let us know!

The next Iyengar Yoga National Convention will be held in San Diego in 2013 and will be a combined conference and convention.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome our newest regional association, the Iyengar Yoga Association of the Southwest (IYASW). The Southwest Region recently came together through the joint efforts of Aileen Epstein-Ignadiou and Lisa Henrich. Aileen, the longtime president of the Southern Nevada Region, was planning to disband IYASN in 2011. Instead, the new region will now encompass both Nevada and Arizona. The Iyengar Yoga community in Arizona has been growing fast, and by forming this new region Aileen and Lisa hope to promote Mr. Iyengar’s teachings even more effectively. 

Finally, I want to thank all of you who provided us with feedback during the recently-completed process of revising our Bylaws. We now have an election process in place that will provide direct regional representation on the IYNAUS Board, and that will encourage improved communication between the national organization and the regions. We will be notifying the regional representatives of these changes in the coming months.

Chris Beach, President
Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States