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

B.K.S. Iyengar

IYANC Board of Directors

The IYANC Board of Directors each bring a wealth of business, marketing, yoga, and leadership experience to the organization. Our Board is responsible for guiding and setting policies for our yoga association in keeping with IYANC’s tri-fold mission:

1. To study, teach, disseminate and promote the art, science and philosophy of Yoga according to the teachings and philosophy of B.K.S. Iyengar.

2. To foster a flourishing yoga community.

3. To promote introductory opportunities for people new to yoga, individually tailored classes for students to deepen their practice, and to prepare people to teach Hatha Yoga in the tradition of B.K.S. Iyengar.

IYANC is a Non-Profit Organization

The primary interest of a business is the acquisition of wealth for the shareholders. That isn’t what the IYANC is about. Rather, our non profit yoga organization was formed to forward the causes named in our mission statement. Our primary goal is to foster and develop a thriving yoga community following the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar.

Unlike for-profit yoga studios, our non-profit yoga studios redistribute any income or revenue back into the organization, in order to further fund the pursuit of its goals. We aren’t a commercial enterprise.

As a non-profit yoga organization, we generate revenue through classes and workshops, but we are largely funded by donations. To help support us in our cause, you can donate or volunteer at one of our non-profit yoga studios.

The Board of Directors

The Board meets monthly. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors please email excom@iyanc.org.

Brian Hogencamp

Interim President

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.

Brian’s website

Jim Scacchetti

Treasurer

Jim began studying yoga in 1993 after moving to San Francisco.  He continues to deepen his practice under the guidance of Manouso Manos.  Jim joined the Board of Directors in December 2017 to give back to yoga what it has so graciously provided to him. He has over 20 years of financial and accounting experience including the internet start-up and non-profit fields. Jim holds a Finance degree from Hofstra University.  When not practicing yoga, Jim enjoys traveling, exploring the outdoors, cooking and music. Jim’s intention is to see that the Association and Institute maintain healthy financial positions to continue to serve and expand 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. She previously held leadership positions at Pearson, the world’s largest education company, and has a track record of success in taking products from concept to commercialization. Lauren lived in Asia for most of her 20’s where she started practicing Iyengar yoga. She continues to be an intrepid world traveler and active Iyengar yoga practitioner.

Athena Pappas

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.  Athena has taught full time since 2000 in locations throughout the Bay Area. She joined the IYANC/IYISF Board of Directors in 2015, chaired the programming committee in 2016, and has served as Board President since June 2016. 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 operations for Kerri Linden Design, a San Francisco based design company producing fashion-forward jewelry 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.

Athena’s website

Jeff Sikand

Jeff has been an IYANC Board Member since 2015 and practicing yoga since 2003. He first came to Iyengar Yoga 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. He places great value on the diversity of Iyengar yoga and the different flavors that different teachers bring to this system of learning. Jeff holds a Masters in Economics and has spent his career in technology roles focused on business development and strategy including his current position as a Senior Director of Alliances at ADP. He sees his role on the board as an opportunity to give back to this system of yoga which has had such a profound impact on his life in so many different ways.

David Sirgany

David took his very first Iyengar yoga class at IYISF on Taraval Street more than 30 years ago. He is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher and Somatic Educator who has been teaching and serving the community for over 20 years.

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. During this time he also pursued in depth 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.

David’s website

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.

Richard’s website

Marc Stiglitz

Marc has studied Iyengar yoga weekly with his guru, Manouso Manos, and had the honor of studying directly with B.K.S. Iyengar, Patricia Walden, Mary Dunn and John Schumacher. Marc arrived to the practice with remnants of injuries from sports and from having been hit by a car in 1994. In 2011 Iyengar yoga helped him survive, heal and recover from a massive, random, hemorrhagic stroke that occurred without a single prior warning sign. After regaining consciousness, his brain surgeon mentioned the extra space he found between his brain and skull, “which usually isn’t there.”Marc created that extra space the day before in Manouso’s class and knows that’s what enabled him to survive the massive bleed on his brain, his incredible recovery and his quality of life since. In that moment Marc realized the full power of Iyengar yoga. Marc brings to to the Board an extensive business and philanthropic background. He is inspired to give back to Iyengar yoga, fellow survivors of all kinds and the medical profession by helping broaden the reach of Iyengar yoga to everyone.

The Staff

Janice Langlois

Janice comes to IYISF from the world of business where she spent several years working in Financial Management, graphics, writing, marketing and volunteering for the Red Cross. Her early educational background is in science and health, and she spent the last three years studying nutrition, psychology and health coaching.  She now has a thriving heath coaching business and is also an avid photographer. Janice’s goal is to learn more about the health benefits of Iyengar Yoga and hopes to bring her business expertise to the Institute to help expand and grow the community.

Janice’s website

Sandra Lamerson

Sandy Lamerson is a dedicated practitioner of Iyengar Yoga and has been a staff member at the Institute since 2015.  Sandy was introduced to yoga as a teenager and encountered Iyengar Yoga through her Zen (and yoga) mentor, Victoria Austin in 2012. Since then, the practice and philosophy have become a core part of her life.  Sandy holds a BA in East Asian Studies and has spent five years living in Asia including India, Nepal and China,  and she speaks Mandarin Chinese, and conversational Tibetan and Spanish. Sandy has worked in different fields including education, office management, reception, and organic farming and has lived monastically at Tassajara, and Zen Center. She is currently in the Art of Teaching program at IYISF and her aspiration is to someday teach in the Iyengar yoga lineage. In her work now, Sandy enjoys working collaboratively with Institute staff, board and teachers and serving the community.

Paul Kunsberg

As a former advertising executive turned personal fitness trainer, Paul brings a wealth of experience to his part time position at the front desk.  Paul joined The Institute as part of the work/trade program in March 2015 and then became a staff member.  After decades of working out at the gym Paul discovered Iyengar Yoga 20 years ago and the mind body connection was life changing.  He maintains a regular practice and is an entrenched member of the yoga community.  When he is not practicing yoga or working at the front desk Paul is busy running his business, Paul K Fitness, traveling, and enjoying life in San Francisco.

Maga Rincon

Maga has a B.A in Literature and Creative Writing from New College of California, and a Fashion Illustration Certificate from CCSF.
She is a seeker of life’s intangible nectar and is happy to have found this transforming practice that is Iyengar method of yoga.  Maga is committed to serving  the community and is a proponent of creating space for people of color within this dynamic community.  Guruji Iyengar says it best, “Yoga is firstly for individual growth, but through individual growth, society and community develop”.