Reading the article from the Los Angeles Times about Iyengar instructors treating war veterans with yoga is very encouraging. Over the years the application of Iyengar yoga for alleviating so many conditions is amazing. I believe this is largely due to our guruji’s courage and skill to take on medical cases which are quite severe. Many have gone to Pune, India to be treated in medical classes at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute when all other modalities failed to help them. It is such a blessing to hear about the vast array of medical applications for the yoga we love and practice daily.

About Janet MacLeod

JANET MACLEOD has been a certified Iyengar yoga instructor for 30 years. In addition to teaching public classes and workshops in San Francisco and worldwide, Janet is an instructor in the Teacher Training program here at IYISF and has been studying with the Iyengar family for many years.

This fall, the Smithsonian in Washington DC will be opening up the first-of-its-kind exhibit titled Yoga: The Art of Transformation. According to the exhibit website, Yoga: The Art of Transformation will feature “temple sculptures, devotional icons, vibrant manuscripts—as well as early modern photographs, books, and films.”

Because of the scale and scope of the exhibit, the Smithsonian has launched a crowd funding campaign to help raise money to support the cause. For more information to learn how you can support the exhibit watch the video below or click here to donate!

And, the best part of all? The show is coming to San Francisco February 21-May 25, 2014 so all Bay Area residents can experience the beauty in our own backyard at the one and only Asian Art Museum.

Vishvarupa, Master of Yoga from Freer | Sackler on Vimeo.


One of the first yoga schools in San Francisco and the first Iyengar teacher training program in the US, the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco (IYISF) has trained thousands of students and teachers from around the world since its establishment in 1974.