IYANC is guided by a Board of Trustees who bring a wealth of business, marketing, yoga, and leadership experience to the organization. Our Board is responsible for setting Association policies in alignment with IYANC’s tri-fold mission. The Board meets monthly. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Trustees please email excom@iyanc.org.


IMG_2251 (1)Athena Pappas, Board President
Athena discovered yoga in 1990 during a year-long trip backpacking through India and other parts of Asia. She began studying Iyengar Yoga in 1991 while living in Berkeley and has been devoted to the method ever since, she has traveled to India on numerous occasions to study with the Iyengar Family. She has taught full time since 2000 in locations throughout the Bay Area. Athena is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and holds a Senior Intermediate I certificate. She joined the IYANC/IYISF Board of Directors in the fall of 2015, chaired the programming committee in 2016, and has served as Board President since June of 2016. As President of IYISF, Athena hopes to facilitate the growth of Iyengar Yoga through out the region and to ensure that the Institute continues to thrive for many years to come. Athena holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California College of Arts and Crafts; she studied and lived at Tassajara Zen Center after college. From 1995 – 2000 Athena managed all aspects of operations for Kerri Linden Design, a San Francisco based design company producing fashion-forward jewelry that was sold in shops and boutiques around the world. In addition to practicing yoga, Athena enjoys exploring the bounty of the Bay Area’s food scene and cooking meals for her friends.

Karen Woods, Vice-Chair
Karen discovered Iyengar yoga in 2008 and has been an ardent yoga practitioner and IYANC member ever since. Karen joined the IYANC Board in Spring, 2015, initially serving as Secretary to the Board before assuming the role of Vice President. Karen has 30 years of work experience in the fields of banking, healthcare administration, and teaching. Karen grew up on the East Coast and her first job out of college was as a commercial banking lender in Boston. During graduate school in North Carolina she made the transition to Healthcare Administration, and then went on to work for Children’s Medical Center of Dallas before moving to the Bay area to work for Kaiser Permanente. Karen has also spent time teaching and tutoring children grades 4th through 8th, in math, reading, writing, and SSAT preparation. Karen holds a BA in Mathematics and English from Amherst College, and an MBA from The Kenan-Flager School of Business at the University of North Carolina. Karen enjoys lending her skills and time to help IYANC grow and flourish.


Jim Scacchetti

Jim Scacchetti, Treasurer
Jim began studying yoga in 1993 shortly after moving to San Francisco. After an accident in 2006, he discovered the healing powers of Iyengar yoga for himself under the guidance of Manouso Manos. He continues to deepen his practice with advanced classes and yogic philosophy studies. Jim joined the IYANC/IYISF Board of Directors as Treasurer in December 2017 to give back to yoga for what it has so graciously provided to him. He has over 20 years financial/accounting experience in the architectural, engineering, internet start-up, and non-profit foundation fields. Jim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Hofstra University in New York. When he’s not practicing yoga, Jim enjoys traveling, exploring the outdoors, cooking, music, art, and ballet. Jim’s intention is to see that the Association and Institute maintain healthy financial positions to continue serving and expanding B.K.S. Iyengar’s vision of yoga for everyone.


Lauren Fogel, Secretary
Lauren is Senior Product Manager at One Degree, a local non-profit tech start-up that is revolutionizing the way people access and utilize social services by creating a centralized access point for anyone to quickly and easily find and utilize the help they need. She previously held executive leadership positions at Pearson, the world’s largest education company and has a track record of success in defining strategic vision and taking products from concept to commercialization. Lauren lived in Asia for most of her 20s where she started practicing Iyengar Yoga in India. She continues to be an intrepid world traveler and active Iyengar Yoga practitioner.


Kris Bose

Kris Bose
Kris first discovered Iyengar Yoga in a bookstore in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2005, when he picked up “Light on Yoga” by BKS Iyengar. He was struck by the clarity of the philosophy, and it helped him develop a true understanding of the Yoga journey and the role of Asanas. After practicing (half-baked) Asanas from the book for about two-years, in 2007 he took a year-long back-packing trip to India to deal with a personal loss. On his journey, he met his first Iyengar teacher in Goa, who finally opened up the intricate, deep and precise world of Iyengar Yoga in a way that completely transformed him. Since then, Kris has been practicing Iyengar Yoga regularly in San Francisco, India, and other cities he visits, where he makes it a point to find the local Iyengar center right away. Increasingly, Yoga for him is to develop the right mindfulness and consciousness, both on and off the mat.

In his professional life, Kris has been developing sales & marketing strategies for leading technology firms globally for more than fifteen years. After more than a decade of benefiting from Iyengar Yoga, Kris joined the IYISF board to be able to give back more to the community, and help it grow with his personal time and his professional skills.



Brian Hogencamp
Brian Hogencamp is a dedicated yoga practitioner and certified Iyengar yoga teacher. He has devoted his life to sharing the art, science and philosophy of yoga according to the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar. He’s been teaching full-time since 2004 and travels annually to India for study with the Iyengar family. Prior to the gravity of Iyengar Yoga, Brian earned an MS in Electrical Computer Engineering and explored the software engineering realm for 15 years through research, product development, and leadership positions – balancing solution elegance, stakeholder needs, and sustainable business models. www.iybrian.com


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Jeff Sikand
Jeff Sikand has been involved with IYANC and the Iyengar community at large for several years and became more intimately involved during the construction and relocation efforts of IYISF led by John Hayden. At that time John principally called on Jeff for his demolition abilities and through the process he found himself increasingly interested in our future here. Additionally, in recent years he has been increasingly present at many of the visiting teacher workshops and has generally felt embraced by this community and seeking more opportunities to give back. He has been practicing yoga since 2003 and initially came to yoga for nothing more than a stretch after long hours at his then day job in economic consulting. He first came to Iyengar Yoga around that same time while experimenting with different methods and found the focus on holding asana and using the body as a vehicle for raising awareness something very unique amongst the different methods. Today he places great value on the diversity of Iyengar yoga and the different flavors that different teachers bring to this system of learning. He holds a Masters in Economics and and has spent years in the technology industry in roles focused on alliance strategy and development. He is currently a Sr. Director – Cloud Alliances with ADP for their marketplace platform. His professional experience includes working with many different businesses and specifically finding where people and business can collaborate in a mutually beneficial way. Perhaps most importantly however, is the drive that he shares with many of you to give back to this system of yoga which has had such a profound impact on on life in so many different ways.


David Sirgany

David Sirgany
Over 30 years ago, David took his first Iyengar Yoga class with Janet Macleod at the Iyengar Institute on Taraval Street. He is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and Somatic Educator who has been teaching and serving the community for over 20 years. A native of Absecon Island, David’s early years were filled with experiments in visual art, riding the waves of the North Atlantic, and pondering some of the deeper questions of life. He went on to graduate from Rutgers University in 1984 with a B.A. in Fine Art with a concentration in Painting.

In the late ’80s, David moved to San Francisco to pursue the study of a new form of body movement and meditation rooted in traditional Japanese Martial Art. He trained in Shintaido under master H.F. Ito, became an instructor, and taught the practice for over 9 years. During this time he also pursued in depth study and training in somatic studies, establishing himself as a body worker with specialization in therapeutic massage, movement education, and breath work. As his somatic understanding deepened so did his appreciation of, and dedication to, the practice and teaching of Iyengar Yoga. Working directly with BKS Iyengar and his family during numerous stays in India was deeply transformative and inspired him to become a full time teacher.



Richard Weinapple
Richard Weinapple is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. He has practiced yoga since 1974, and has studied extensively at the California Yoga Center with Elise Miller and Larry Hatlett. He’s a graduate of the 500-hour Advance Studies/Teacher Training Program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, and is fortunate to have studied with Geeta Iyengar in Pune, India in 2014.  He also continues to study with Marla Apt and Jito Yumibe at Iyengar South Bay. He’s committed to making yoga accessible, beneficial and enjoyable for everyone — no matter one’s age or physical condition. Richard is also an ardent mountaineer and wilderness guide.