“One’s spiritual realization lies in none other than how one walks among and interacts with one’s fellow beings.” –B.K.S. Iyengar


IYISF has donated almost 100 yoga props to the Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center!

As a part of our mission, it is important for IYISF to partner with other organizations and the local community to provide increasing opportunities for students to access Iyengar yoga and to deepen their practice, and for the introduction of Iyengar yoga to new and interested students.

IYISF has worked hard to build relationships with our local community and IYISF has just formed a new partnership with the Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center, a non-profit serving children, teens, adults, and seniors with developmental disabilities in San Francisco!  The mission of the Pomeroy Recreation & Rehabilitation Center (PRRCSF) is to provide recreational, vocational and educational opportunities for people with disabilities through programs and services that encourage self-expression, promote personal achievement, and lead to greater independence.

PRRCSF offers adults a variety of activities including computers, swimming, art, drama, garden, and cooking.  Throughout the past year, the PRRCSF has also begun to incorporate yoga classes into their adult programming, which has become a favorite activity for many participants.  Currently, PRRCSF offers different styles of yoga ranging from meditation relaxation to a newly created Iyengar influenced class started by a new staff to the Center.

The Center was in need of props to use for these new yoga classes, and when IYISF was contacted with a donation request, we organized our available props as soon as we could.  On March 13, 2015 IYISF donated 4 used bolsters, 20 used pranayama pillows, 20 used belts, 20 used eye pillows, and 30 used wool blankets; a total value of $1,190.00.

All of the items that IYISF donated were on PRRCSF’s wish list and were enough to support the entire class!


“It was such an amazing donation and we are so grateful to IYISF!!” It is an amazing addition to our class and we are looking forward to incorporating these props into our practice.” –Melissa Philip

PRRCSF’s new yoga class will be taught by Armagh Cassil, a dedicated practitioner of Iyengar Yoga (over 20 years!) with over 5 years of experience teaching yoga to developmentally disabled/dually diagnosed adult individuals at the Octavia Art Gallery in San Francisco and Norcal Vocational of San Francisco.  Armagh works with gentle poses and bodywork that is tailored to each individual student.  These teaching experiences have taught Armagh of the benefits of yoga and gentle body manipulations for this population.  Armagh also completed a portion of IYISF’s Teacher Training Program in 2013, studying with Janet MacLeod, Sabine Kuhner, Anne Saliou, and Nora Burnett.

Armagh’s response to the donation was one of eagerness: “I am thrilled with the generous donation of props by the B.K.S. Iyengar Institute of San Francisco–blankets, bolsters, pranayama pillows, and yoga belts–to the Pomeroy Center.  I have never had the opportunity to really integrate props into my teaching with disabled clients and this is extremely exciting!”


IYISF was excited to help in the process of providing yoga to such a valuable local community and Melissa Philip, an employee of the Pomeroy Center, was just as excited, saying: “We are so grateful to your studio and your willingness to donate props. We love being able to offer new experiences to our participants and having the right supplies to really provide the best classes for them is our goal.”

The Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center holds it’s current yoga class on Thursdays from 2:00-2:45 and they would love to have IYISF students visit/join/support the class and help with ways they can expand in the future!


“Action is movement with intelligence. The world is filled with movement. What the world needs is more conscious movement, more action.” –B.K.S. Iyengar

Participate in IYISF’s Silent Auction after you take the Yogathon Challenge!

Are you planning to take the Yogathon 108 Pose Challenge?  Are you planning to attend the Community Potluck?  Then you should also consider being a part of the upcoming Silent Auction, through donation or bids!  Through participating in the Silent Auction, you can help to raise even more money to support the legacy of Iyengar yoga and continue to be a part of this flourishing yoga community!

The Silent Auction will take place during the Community Potluck, from 5:30-8:00pm on Saturday, April 25, and is open to all.  We already have a variety of exciting auction items to bid on, including:

  • 2 Gift certificates from Simco Restaurants on PIER 39
    • One certificate is for the Fog Harbor Fish House, a beautiful 4-Star restaurant with 100% sustainable seafood.
    • One certificate offers a choice of the Simco Family Restaurants (Fog Harbor Fish House, Pier Market Seafood Restaurant and Wipeout Bar & Grill), all on PIER 39 .  Each restaurant serves Sustainable Seafood!
  • PIER 39 has generously donated four attraction passes:
    • One pass for the Aquarium of the Bay, a wonderful Aquarium that is very committed the environment
    • One pass for the Blue & Gold Fleet with the choice of a Bay Cruise or a Ride on Rocketboat, a high speed boat
    • One pass for the 7-D Experience, a simulated roller coaster and 3D animated films
    • One pass for the the Carousel
  • Jane O’Donnell (Meg’s fabulous mom!) has donated a 2-hour knitting lesson for beginners.  Jane will provide the materials for you to learn how to cast on, knit, and purl.  You can work on making your first scarf!
  • A spot in Brian’s Hogencamp’s Summer Solstice One Day Workshop
  • A one hour private yoga lesson with Nina Gold
  • A spot in Ana-Mari Hamada and David Sirgany’s Memorial Day Weekend Retreat
  • An item from Jean Dowell’s Green Buddha line
  • A spot in Janet McLeod’s upcoming retreat on the Isle of Skye in Scotland
  • Recycled yoga props
  • Rebecca Ratzkin, our Board President, has donated a homemade knitted item of your choice
  • Matthew Diamond, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Medicine Physician has donated a consultation at his new office in Pacific Heights

The Iyengar Yoga Association of Northern California (of which the Institute is a physical asset) is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization and that all donations are tax-deductible up to the limit set by law.


JOIN the Yogathon Challenge! – Donate or raise a minimum of $108 to participate


DONATE! – Make a donation to your teacher or fellow student who is participating in the Yogathon