Kathy Alef | Victoria Austin | Chad Balch | Anne Barbaret | Cynthia Bates | Nora Burnett | Maria Calabria | Linda Dobbyn | John Hayden | Brian Hogencamp | Janet MacLeod | Theresa Marks | Patti Martin | Allan Nett | Jaki Nett | Athena Pappas | Renee Razzano |Anne Saliou | Todd Semo | David Sirgany | Julia Sterling | DaGang Wang | Sachiko Willis
Kathy has been a student of yoga since 1976 . Certified at Intermediate Junior 3, she is inspired by the profound and sensitive teachings of yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar. Kathy teaches and supports the Institute as an inspiring fountain of classic yoga knowledge for dedicated students. Her regular visits to Pune, India to study with the Iyengar family enriches and nourishes her own practice and teachings. Kathy’s expertise in teaching clearly, precisely, and safely helps each student unveil their unique yogic journey. Kathy teaches a weekly back care class as well as other public classes. She has taught workshops in backbends, restorative asanas, and healthy back care. Yoga with Kathy Alef.
Victoria Austin has dedicated her adult life to studying and teaching Iyengar yoga. After studying with some of BKS Iyengar’s early students in the late 1970s, she began to follow in his footsteps, first to exemplify the method and train yoga students in her Buddhist community of ordination, then to widen her class offerings regionally, nationally, and internationally. Victoria was trained as a teacher by Manouso Manos in the 1980s, has taught continuously since 1984, and has served as an IYNAUS assessor since 2005. In her 30+ years of teaching and over 12 years of mentoring teachers, Victoria emphasizes the faithful, methodical, and integrative transmission of her long-term study with BKS Iyengar and his family in classes, therapeutics, intensives, and personal interactions. Website and Contact
Chad embarked on his yoga journey in 1988. He is a graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, and has studied with senior Iyengar teachers at the California Yoga Center, IYISF, and the Abode of Iyengar Yoga. He studied with the Iyengars in Pune in 1994. Chad loves to explore and share the benefits of focused attention to body, mind, and breath. He has taught in corporate settings and draws from his first-hand experience with the counterbalancing effects of yoga in the context of high-stress environments. Chad believes in yoga as a path of personal transformation, a regimen for holistic health maintenance, and a practice that we can bring toeach moment of our daily lives. Chad Balch Yoga.
Anne Barbaret finds yoga to be an inspiring and transformative practice that brings physical, psychological and emotional balance. As a teacher, Anne encourages her students to personally find the benefits of yoga leading her class with passion and enthusiasm (and a hint of a French accent!). Anne is a graduate of the the Institute’s 500-hour Advanced Studies/Teacher Training program and is certified at the Intermediate Junior 1 level. Anne B Yoga
Cynthia Bates’ goal as a yoga teacher is singular: to inspire transformational healing experiences that lead to life change. Through her distinctive laugh and encouragement you will find your practice develops further than you thought you could go. She draws inspiration from her teachers, Manouso Manos, Victoria Austin, and the Iyengar family, B.K.S. Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar & Prashant Iyengar, with whom she had the honor of taking classes in India with in 2010 and 2012. Cynthia is a graduate of the Institute’s 500-hour Advanced Studies/Teacher Training program and a Certified Iyengar teacher at the Intermediate Jr. II level. You can find her on Facebook through her popular blog, The Daily Yoga Forecast or online at Cynthia Bates Yoga.
Nora has been teaching since 1988. A graduate of the IYISF’s teacher training Program, she is certified Junior Intermediate 3. She has had the opportunity to study in India with the Iyengars 6 times and at home with Senior teachers. As a public class teacher, Nora is grateful to share the knowledge, passed on to her, with others. She brings many years of experience in dance and bodywork to her understanding of anatomy, function, physical challenges, and the human spirit- all of which are a source of continual learning and fascination. Nora teaches public classes and also offers weekly Ageless Yoga classes and teachers workshops on many diverse topics. Nora Burnett Yoga.
Maria first fell in love with yoga in 1985 and begun a regular practice. She dedicated herself to Iyengar Yoga in 1996 and began teaching full-time in 2000. Maria graduated from IYISF’s teacher training program in 2001 and is currently certified at the Intermediate Junior 3 level. Maria has had the great fortune of making regular pilgrimages to India to study with the Iyengar family. She follows the traditional, disciplined Iyengar approach to yoga with a lot of energy and humor. She believes yoga integrates body, mind, breath and spirit; it is a philosophy and a way of life. She brings this perspective into the classroom and teaching. In addition to her yoga training, Maria holds degrees in physical education and Expression Corporal (a form of modern dance) from her native Argentina. Maria Calabria
Linda believes that yoga is essentially what brings balance to life helping to temper the demands of work, family, friends and life. It is also “food for the soul, an ever present guardian and most loyal friend”. This is what she shares with her students. She took her first Iyengar yoga class in 1990 and after many years of practice along with raising three boys, she completed a rigorous three year teacher training program led by teachers Manouso Manos and Gloria Goldberg. Linda has been teaching yoga since 2009 and in 2008, she travelled to Pune, India, to be in the presence of Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar and the Iyengar family, in celebration of his 90th birthday. She continues to study with Manouso Manos regularly and can never express the depth of gratitude she owes to her teachers.
John Hayden is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor and has been teaching Yoga in Northern California since 1998. John is a graduate of the Institute’s Advanced Studies/Teacher Training program and a Certified Iyengar yoga teacher at the Intermediate Jr. II level. The study of yoga philosophy plays an important role in John’s practice and teaching and he currently teaches the Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita in the AS/TT program. He also served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Institute for eight years during which time he was instrumental in the relocation of the Institute to it’s current space at Sutter Street. In April of 2014 he was hired by the Iyengar Yoga Association of Northern California to be the new Executive Director in charge of expanding programming.
Brian Hogencamp is a full-time student, practitioner, and certified instructor of Iyengar yoga. He is a student of Manouso Manos and regularly returns to Pune, India to study with the Iyengar family. With Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra as foundation, the writings of B.K.S., Geeta, and Prashant Iyengar provide structure to his textual study, and insight to his practice.As yoga is an experiential subject, he believes the distance between what is taught and what is learned can only be illumined by one’s own practice. Consistent, dedicated practice continues to reveal to him the universality and completeness of the Iyengar approach to yoga. Drawing from his evolving experience and with deep gratitude for the teachings received, he is eager to share the light yoga can bring. Brian Hogencamp.
Janet fell in love with Iyengar Yoga in 1978. A graduate of the IYISF Advanced Studies/ Teacher Training Program, Janet is certified Intermediate Junior 3 and has been teaching since 1981. She took her first of many trips to India to study with the Iyengar family in 1983. She teaches ongoing classes in San Francisco, and her bright and joyful teaching style has guided many student’s to develop deeper into their practice than they thought was possible. Originally from Scotland, Janet teaches throughout the US and gives guest workshops and retreats worldwide. Janet MacLeod Yoga.
Theresa found Iyengar yoga after years of practicing many other styles of yoga. She became hooked on the clear instructions and attention to detail and is now a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. “I love Iyengar Yoga! What we do is so unique; we actually teach our students how to do yoga – safely and correctly.” Along with her commitment to teaching in the tradition of BKS Iyengar, Theresa’s passionate and contagious enthusiasm for Iyengar yoga always makes her class upbeat and fun! She is grateful to her local teachers – Chad Balch, Victoria Austin and Manouso Manos – and to the Iyengar family in Pune, India, where she was blessed to study with Geeta and Prashant Iyengar in December. She just returned from the Iyengar Convention in Boca Raton where she was inspired by the teachings of BKS Iyengar’s granddaughter, Abhijata Sridar. Theresa Marks Yoga
Patti Martin is a warm, encouraging and upbeat teacher who inspires confidence in her students to explore their potential. Patti is inclusive and respects differences in students; she patiently nurtures the physical and mental evolution that comes with the practice of yoga. Through Patti’s own practice she has explored where restrictions occur in her body that create pain and imbalance, and has learned how to develop the awareness, strength and flexibility to open these areas to greater ease and comfort. She shares this knowledge with her students. Patti regularly studies with top Iyengar teachers in the Bay Area, and frequently attends Iyengar workshops with senior Iyengar teachers visiting the Bay Area from around the world. Patti formerly served on the board of directors for the Iyengar Yoga Association of Northern California.
Allan Nett holds an Intermediate Junior 3 certificate, has been studying Iyengar Yoga since 1982, and has been teaching since 1990. Allan has dedicated his life to studying the mind/body/sprit connection. As a trained geologist, practicing body worker, former construction worker, and ordained minister, Allan brings a unique understanding and appreciation of life’s many journeys to his practice and his teaching. Allan’s enthusiastic, accessible and non-judgmental teaching style helps students connect with their own relationship to yoga. Allan has developed and taught workshops in Yoga for the Construction Industry, (yogawithyourbootson.com) and teaches weekly public classes at IYISF and at his own studio in the Napa Valley.
Jaki has taught yoga since 1976 and Iyengar yoga since 1982. She holds an Intermediate Senior 1 certificate, the highest certification of any African American woman in the US. Jaki has an MA in Humanistic Psychology and weaves her research in functional anatomy into her teaching. Jaki is the published author of, A Crack in the Mask: The Felt Sense Method® – A Humanistic Approach to Managing Incontinence. Her bright, focused energy and straight-forward teaching style inspires and guides students through the challenges and rewards of a committed practice. Jaki conducts yoga workshops in the Bay area and worldwide. Jaki teaches weekly classes and workshops throughout the year. Iyengar Yoga in the Napa Valley.
Athena has been practicing yoga since 1989; she a certified Junior Intermediate III teacher in the Iyengar Tradition. Athena teaches with skill and confidence, she finds great joy in teaching. Her instruction is clear and concise; emphasizing alignment and awareness. Athena’s clarity of instruction inspires classes that are challenging, fun, accessible and safe. She teaches her students the benefits of yoga for physical and emotional well being. Athena is dedicated to the luminous teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar. She studies with Senior Iyengar Teachers Manouso Manos and Patricia Walden and travels to India regularly to study at the Iyengar Institute. Athena has been photographed as a yoga model for books and magazines. She teaches yoga full-time in SF, offers classes and workshops locally leads retreats in Northern California and Mexico; Athena can be contacted through her website www.athenayoga.com.
Renee has been a dedicated, enthusiastic student and practitioner of Iyengar yoga since 2002. She credits her studentship and practice as truly transformative forces in her physical and emotional development. Renee has been to India twice and was powerfully impacted there by the teachings of BKS Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar, Prashant Iyengar, and Abhijata Sridhar Iyengar. Renee is certified (CIYT) at the Introductory II level, and holds a master’s degree in social work. She is empathic and disciplined in her teaching, and connects with a wide range of individuals. Renee instructs with crisp language and good humor. She continues to grow and sharpen her skills as a student and a teacher with Manouso Manos, Carrie Owerko, and Lois Steinberg. Renee Razzano
Anne was certified in the Iyengar tradition in 1990 and brings to her teaching 30 years of practice, personal explorations and studies. She has been privileged to study directly and extensively with the Iyengar family in Pune, India since 1989 and with many senior teachers in the U.S. She has benefited greatly from the richness of Iyengar Yoga as well as its therapeutic value to work on her own back injury, and in the past 20 years she helped many students with their own back and neck related issues. Anne is sensitive to the needs and limitations of each individual. Her students receive individual attention and specific instructions adapted to their personal needs. Her classes are progressive, inspiring and invigorating with instruction that is thorough and precise. Mindfulness of body and breath are emphasized as a means to explore our physical-mental-emotional being and to find inner balance and stillness. Anne likes to share her enthusiasm and knowledge of Yoga to guide her students to achieve health, peace and harmony through a balanced Yoga practice.
Todd Semo is a full time student, practitioner, and instructor of Iyengar Yoga in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since the outset of his studies in 1996, he has been transformed by the subject. Yoga continues to be a stabilizing, maturing, and clarifying force in his life. He has apprenticed with Manouso Manos as a student, assistant, and teacher at The Abode of Iyengar Yoga since 2000. In 2004 his sadhana(practice) led him to Pune, India where he commenced his studies directly with the Iyengar family. He returns regularly for instruction, practice, reflection, and inspiration. It is no understatement to say that the yoga teachers he has studied with are unsurpassed in their field. Clearly, it is his dharma(duty) to pass on these teachings where he can. He has been a certified teacher in the Iyengar system since 2005.
An ardent practioner of Iyengar Yoga for more than twenty-five years, David’s depth and passion for the subject shine forth brightly in his teaching. He is an Iyengar certified instructor based in San Francisco and teaches both nationally and internationally. David has apprenticed under Senior Instructor Manouso Manos since 2000, and continues to travel regularly to India to study directly with the Iyengar family. Iyengar Yoga with David Sirgany
Julia Sterling is fascinated by the body and loves to practice unlocking tension and stress to find energy and joy through her yoga. After moving/dancing from childhood through adulthood, she came to yoga to heal injuries and rejuvenate. She found an affinity for the form of Iyengar Yoga and began a long course of study to become a certified teacher. Nearing 50 years of age and 20 years of yoga teaching experience, Julia relies on the support that yogic practice and philosophy bring to her life. She loves to teach people in a variety of settings: privates, small groups and classes. Julia had studied with a wide variety of Iyengar Yoga teachers locally for two decades and was blessed to spend one month in Pune with the Iyengars in 2000.
Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Zain Syed, has long been teaching in and around the Bay Area and we are excited to add him to our fold at IYISF. Mentored by Heather Haxo Phillips, CIYT Jr. III of Adeline Yoga in Berkeley, CA, Zain has been trained extensively in the ways of the Iyengar method. His demonstrations continue to inspire and engage a broad spectrum of eager students, encouraging their practice, the Iyengar way. Since teaching his first class at the San Quentin Prison, Zain has remained a devoted teacher of the Prison Yoga Project where he continues his philanthropy on a weekly basis. Immersing himself in the subject of yoga full time, he enjoys bringing the powerful practice of Iyengar yoga to public classes as well as to individuals one on one. By creatively sharing his passion for Iyengar yoga on social media, Zain has built a following online though his inspiring demo videos, shared and viewed by yoga communities around the world. Stay connected with Yogi Zain on Facebook and Instagram. View his class schedule online Yoga with Zain
After several years of teaching yoga in Taiwan, Da-Gang moved to San Francisco to pursue his love of Iyengar Yoga. In 2012, Da-Gang graduated from IYISF. Today, he is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher who continues to study yoga teaching with his mentor, Janet MacLeod. He is also an oboist, and has his Chinese medicine practice in San Francisco. Da-Gang is recognized for his precise teaching based on his medical background and practice of mindfulness. Students are guided, supported and encouraged to achieve a greater connection and harmony of body and mind. Da-Gang’s All Levels class at IYISF is from 4:30pm to 6:00pm on Tuesdays. For more information about Da-Gang, please visit Wang Wellness.
A native of Japan, Sachiko began her study at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of NY in 2001. Her teachers there included Brooke Myers, Kevin Gardiner, Bobby Clennell and Mary Dunn. After moving to San Francisco in 2007, she began studying under Manouso Manos and Gloria Goldberg. In August 2012, she had her first opportunity to study with the Iyengars in Pune, India. She feels blessed by the guidance and grace she has received from all her teachers and fellow students. She looks forward to exploring, discovering and sharing the gift that is yoga, with her students. Sachiko Willis Yoga