Letter from the President

Chris Beach

Dear Fellow IYNAUS Members,

This past year has been a time of transition for IYNAUS. We launched a new website, which now provides an exciting platform for expanded content. We have hired a new General Manager, Sharon Cowdery, who has already contributed in innumerable ways. Finally, we have a new Board of Directors, composed of two continuing members – Richard Jonas and Pat Musburger – and seven new members – myself, Patrina Dobish, Leslie Freyberg, Colleen Gallagher, Elizabeth Hynes, Christine Nounou, and Kathleen Quinn. Our first board meeting was last October in San Diego, and our second meeting was in New York in March. This is a dedicated and hard-working group that has both the character and the skill set necessary to provide strong guidance to the association over the next few years.

I would like to focus this letter, my first as president, on the efforts IYNAUS is making to serve its members better. One of the first initiatives of the new board was an email survey asking for your feedback on a number of the services we provide. We had a good response to the survey, and it is in large part because of the feedback we received that you are receiving this issue of Yoga Samachar in its traditional printed and mailed form. We are very pleased with this issue, and we hope that you will enjoy both the content and the design. This issue also will be posted online at iynaus.org. We ask that you complete and return the form on page 10 to let us know which delivery system you choose for future issues, mailed or the paper-saving online version.

Another goal has been to expand the content on the website. We encourage you to visit iynaus.org often for new essays – including essays from our senior teachers – as well as reports on therapeutic and medical research, yoga for special populations, and other topics. We'll also be expanding content to support teachers in the business of yoga: soon we will post a new version of the brochure introducing new students to Iyengar Yoga, which will help teachers in marketing their classes. You will be able to download and print this form online, or send for copies at a nominal charge to cover postage. We are also enhancing the online store: now images help you see the items for sale, and we will be continually expanding our offerings to make the store more useful. In addition, we are smoothing out the process for online invoicing and are working with our suppliers in India to resolve problems with delivery of Yoga Rahasya.

One of IYNAUS's goals is to increase our membership and to raise the profile of Iyengar Yoga nationwide, in keeping with our mission of promoting and disseminating the art, science, and philosophy of yoga according to the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar. An essential part of this mission is to find ways of better serving our current membership and to be more responsive to the needs and requests of both individual members and regional associations. Our general manager and our board members are working diligently to improve response to your phone and email enquiries. We are also compiling a wish list of requests for added features on the website. Our first priority now is to improve the online assessment process, making it more functional and user friendly for both candidates and assessors.

It is a great honor and privilege to serve as President of IYNAUS. Since joining the Board in October, I have learned a great deal about the many facets of our association. As President, I hope to help serve you, the members of IYNAUS, and to help guide the association as we move into an exciting new phase of our development.

Namaste,

Chris Beach, President

Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States