Regional News

An IYNAUS and IYAMW Regional Conference in Chicago, Illinois, September 15-18, 2011

From the Heartland, the regional IYNAUS conference to be held September 15-18 in Chicago, will be an inspiring weekend of Iyengar Yoga taught by stellar Senior Teachers and up-and-coming teachers from the host region, the Iyengar Yoga Association of the Midwest (IYAMW). The conference will be held at Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton, an architectural landmark rich with cultural history.

Highlights of From the Heartland include the opening night keynote, “Room for Everyone,” by Matthew Sanford, Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and author of Waking: A Memoir of Trauma and Transcendence. Matthew Sanford will share his personal journey with Iyengar Yoga and paralysis to demonstrate the width and breadth of B.K.S. Iyengar’s vision, whose unparalleled work has created room for everyone to experience the heart of yoga.

Opening night will also include a live cello performance by Alicia Rowe accompanying film footage of B.K.S. Iyengar. In addition to being a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher, Alicia Rowe is an avid chamber musician who has performed widely in North America in ensembles and orchestras.

Open to students of all levels, From the Heartland will provide Pranayama and Asana workshops each morning with Senior Teachers such as Patricia Walden, Manouso Manos, Lois Steinberg, and Laurie Blakeney. In the afternoons, participants can attend a variety of special topic workshops with intermediate-level teachers. From the Heartland will feature other special activities such as the “Chanting Room,” where participants can chant Patanjali’s yoga sutras with certified Iyengar Yoga teacher Leslie Freyberg of the American Sanskrit Institute, an Iyengar Yoga “Movie House,” and “Dinner Circles,” which will group visitors with a Chicago native to lead evening culinary adventures.

To help make Iyengar Yoga truly accessible to everyone, we will provide need-based scholarships and a community class for Chicago teenagers. From the Heartland is open to yoga practitioners of all levels of experience, traditions, regions, and abilities.
Registration is now open. Visit the website at

IMIYA Reorganizing

A new Intermountain Iyengar Yoga Association is taking shape and needs volunteers to serve as board members. IMIYA also hopes to create a scholarship committee to support the ongoing education of its members in need. The website is nearing completion; it will list all studios, teachers, and workshops in the region. Please check soon or contact the regional representative, Leslie Bradley, at, if you have questions.