"Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim."

B.K.S. Iyengar


The Iyengar Yoga Association of Northern California (IYANC) was formed by a dedicated and inspired group of teachers and practitioners in 1974. It was the first such organization in the United States, and now serves as a regional arm of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States.

IYANC is a membership based non-profit corporation dedicated to the study, practice and teaching of Iyengar Yoga. IYANC is a 501(c)3 Not for Profit Association run by a Board of Directors. Donations to IYANC are tax-deductible. IYANC owns and operates the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco (IYISF).

The mission of IYANC/IYISF is to:           

  • (a) Promote the study, practice, and teaching of yoga as inspired by Sri BKS Iyengar.           
  • (b) Foster a flourishing yoga community.
  • (c) Cultivate and sustain the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco as an international yoga center.
  • (d) Support the spirit of B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States.

The purposes of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco are to:         

  • (a) Promote introductory opportunities for people not currently practicing yoga or Iyengar yoga.
  • (b) Offer programs and opportunities for students of yoga to deepen their practice and education.            
  • (c) Prepare individuals to teach Iyengar yoga.            
  • (d) Provide a continuing yoga education center where those currently teaching yoga can come to study with advanced teachers to augment their skills and knowledge.
  • (e) Be an international center for the promotion and development of yoga as inspired by  Sri B.K.S. Iyengar.  

Check out the IYANC regional website for information about workshops and events from across our region.

Dear IYISF Community -

We have exciting news! We have identified some potential new studio spaces to lease in San Francisco and continue to look for other possible options. We are currently negotiating with the landlords at a few properties but please know that this is an active, on-going process.

In preparation for a potential move, we are reorganizing and raising the funds necessary so that we may eventually close on leasing a new space for our community.  

Please consider donating to our 50th Anniversary Fund. Your donations support our ongoing operations, community programming, free community events and regional scholarships.

Thank you for being a valuable part of our community!

With Gratitude,
Your IYANC Board

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