“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

Thank you all who attended the special event with Patricia Walden and Manouso Manos on March 23rd, 2015.  It was a packed house of new friends and old who came to hear a conversation with Patricia and Manouso about the evolution of yoga in the United States. Monica Desai-Henderson acted as our skilled moderator. See photos on Facebook here.

This talk was generously donated by Patricia Walden and Manouso Manos in support of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Northern California. The Association’s (IYANC’s) mission is to continue to legacy of yoga in the lineage of the great Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar.

Please consider SUPPORTING OUR MISSION WITH A DONATION in honor of this talk. We asked for a $25 donation at the live event but any amount is greatly appreciated.

Patricia and Manouso also generously donated their time for a smaller luncheon earlier in the day.  A big thank you to Asriel and Carmela Levin who hosted the lunch and provided all the food and beverages.  Carmella prepared the gourmet lunch, three courses followed by a fabulous desert (a delicious tiramisu).

Between these two events we raised over $10,000 in support of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Northern California. A deep bow of gratitude to Patricia and Manouso as well as all the staff at the Jewish Community Center of SF who made this happen!