IYISF has been going through a series of changes in the last few months, some more challenging and others very positive!

Introducing some new and friendly faces to the IYISF community is one of those positive and exciting changes:

IYISF is pleased to introduce Sandy Lamerson, our new Studio Manager!  We are excited for what the summer holds as we welcome Sandy and continue to grow as a community.  Check out Sandy’s bio to learn a little bit more about her, her yoga journey, and why she was inspired to join the IYISF team:


11150669_550295625123721_1748406214727221403_nI was introduced to yoga as a teenager in a community center in the Hudson Valley of New York where I grew up. I majored in East Asian Studies with concentration in religion and Chinese language. During and after college I spent four years living in Asia – in India, Nepal and China and began to study and practice Yoga and Buddhism. In 2012, I completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training and moved into the San Francisco Zen Center, a community that has a strong Iyengar Yoga presence. Through my connection with B.K.S. Iyengar’s books, and my Zen teacher Victoria Austin, I began to practice Iyengar Yoga. Before coming to work at the Institute I taught hatha yoga classes and co-Managed a yoga studio and wellness center, called ZaZen. My main motivation for applying for the position was to become more involved with Iyengar yoga community, broaden my knowledge of managing a yoga studio and non-profit, and to deepen my yoga practice. My vision for the Institute in the coming year is to approach my work as seva, or service; I hope that through mindfulness, diligence and collaboration I will be available for others and able to help the Institute thrive. I look forward to taking all the teachers classes and getting to know the community. Mangalam!


We’re also excited to announce the promotion of Jessica Dexter to Studio Coordinator!

Read more about Jessica and her journey to Yoga and San Francisco in her bio:

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Jessica was born in Seattle, Washington and moved to the Bay Area in July of 2014.  Jessica attended school at Pacific Lutheran University with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and Global Studies, emphasizing in cultural diversity and transnational movements.  Jessica used her religion degree to explore Christian theology and history, Buddhism, and Hinduism and she utilized her Global Studies degree as a form of experiential learning, studying abroad in 5 different countries.  During her time at PLU, Jessica spent several months living in Rwanda, studying genocide and peacebuilding, and doing research with rescuers and perpetrators of the 1994 genocide.  After returning home, she developed a consistent yoga practice, using it to find healing, faith, and drive.  Jessica graduated in May, 2014 and moved to Berkeley, in order to better herself and the world, increase her understanding and work with nonprofit organizations, volunteer, and actively focus on deepening her yoga practice.

As a part of our Yogathon Event, IYISF is putting on a Silent Auction, going on Right Now!  

The Silent Auction is a fundraiser for IYISF to raise money to continue and expand IYISF’s reach and programming.

One of IYISF’s long-time teachers and faculty, Jaki Nett, donated some one-of-a-kind items: Printed photos of Manouso Manos from the 1980’s!  We sat down with Jaki to get a little more detail about these photos and the story behind them:

Jaki started taking classes with Manouso in 1982, once she began her Teacher Training.  She continued to study with him twice per week, even apprenticing with and assisting Manouso, for around 10 years.

Jaki Nett headshot black and whiteJaki came across these photos of Manouso just a few weeks ago, when found an old calendar while she was cleaning out a drawer in her in house.  Jaki said, “When I saw the pictures, [Manouso] was doing the asanas that he used to do when I studied with him.  These are pictures that a lot of people haven’t seen–from 1987 and 1989.  I thought, he has so many students that haven’t seen these pictures and I’m sure they’d love to see them, and have them!”  Jaki decided to look into getting some printed for the Yogathon Silent Auction.
“I always like showing respect,” Jaki told me, “so I contacted manouso and asked if I could reproduce them.”  When Manouso was unable to give her the permission to reproduce the photos, Jaki did some research and found the contract that Manouso signed when the photos were first taken.  It turns out that the contract stated, the photos could not be reproduced for financial gain but could be reproduced for IYISF and for charitable reasons only.  After learning this, Jaki decided to have the photos printed just once more for the Silent Auction — many of which were signed and most of which have already sold!

The last 3 photos of Manouso are still open for bidding, so stop by IYISF or call in to place a bid, today!


The Silent Auction will close this Sunday, May 2, so place your bids soon!