"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


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

Ramona Atanacio

Vice President

Ramona is a dedicated student of Iyengar yoga and has personally experienced its transformative power as it has helped heal injuries and has given her a much greater understanding of her body and self.  She brings years of experience managing and teaching at a yoga and pilates studio, and worked for years before that as a public interest attorney dedicated to helping the socially and economically disadvantaged.  She has a strong passion for social and economic justice and fairness and believes that Iyengar yoga can serve as a catalyst for social change. She hopes to find more opportunities to serve everyone in need and to creatively work with others to make Iyengar Yoga relevant and accessible in the future while preserving the vital essence and potency of B.K.S. Iyengar’s teachings.

Jim Scacchetti


Jim began studying yoga in 1993 after moving to San Francisco. 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.

Jeanne Elliott

Jeanne is a dedicated yoga practitioner and teacher interested in bringing yoga to youth and adults to support wellness in body, mind, and spirit.   Over the last few decades, Jeanne has supported educational systems through research, leadership, and teaching . Most recently, she focussed on advancing STEM curriculum and design thinking in schools.  Jeanne holds various credentials in K-12 administration and teaching, along with a doctorate in educational policy.

Lauren Fogel

Lauren is Senior Product Manager at One Degree, a local non-profit tech start-up that is revolutionizing the way low-income families and individual 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 Iyengar yoga practitioner.

Maryann Shinta

Maryann Shinta brings to IYANC & IYISF her experience as a career fashion industry executive where she developed broad business skills together with an understanding of marketing and management. She is committed to volunteerism and helping her community through participation with Project Homeless Connect and Habitat for Humanity. Maryann served as an active Board Member for the Del Sol Performing Arts Organizations for 7 years.  There she learned about nonprofit finance, development, event planning and the grant making process.

Maryann began her practice of Iyengar Yoga in 1998. She became a CIYT Introductory II teacher in 2017 and enjoys teaching the physical, psychological and emotional benefits of Iyengar Yoga.  Maryann currently teaches Iyengar Yoga at the YMCA Embarcadero and subs at IYISF.

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

Adam Yukelson

Adam is an action researcher with the Presencing Institute who recently relocated from Boston to Berkeley. His work is focused on helping people collaborate across boundaries, let go of old patterns of thought and behavior and step into emerging future possibilities. Since joining the Presencing Institute in 2012, he has helped bring the organization’s work with Theory U to scale through the design and facilitation of transformative online and in-person learning environments. In 2013, while living in Boston, Adam began studying Iyengar Yoga with Jarvis Chen, and soon after with Patricia Walden. He completed Patricia’s Teacher Training in May 2018 and plans to go for assessment in Fall of 2019.

The Staff

Karen Woods

Executive Director
Karen discovered Iyengar yoga in 2008, and quickly became an IYANC member, dedicated student and practitioner of the Iyengar method.   Karen began volunteering for IYANC in 2013, and served on the Board for 3 years, 2015-2018.  Karen’s professional background is in business, healthcare and management.   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 in math and english.  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 assumed the role of Executive Director on March 25, 2019 and is excited to bring her skills and time to help IYANC/IYISF grow and flourish.

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.  Prior to working at the Institute, Sandy lived and worked in Asia for five years and holds a degree in East Asian Studies and Mandarin Chinese. Sandy has worked in different fields including education and office management and has lived monastically at Tassajara, and Zen Center. In her work now, Sandy enjoys working collaboratively with Institute staff, board and teachers and serving the community. She is certified to teach Iyengar Yoga at the Introductory I & II level.

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”.

Trish Mihalek

Yoga has been an essential part of Trish’s life for over 14 years. She started her practice in the Integral and Anusara yoga traditions to provide relief from back pain, increase mobility, and to cultivate a stronger mind and body connection. As Trish transitioned into her 50s, with consideration for continued physical and emotional well-being, she embraced the science and philosophy of Iyengar yoga. Her work at the Institute fulfills her desire to support the Iyengar community in inspiring one another to continue the mission of the Association. Trish is immensely grateful to the inspiring teachers who have enriched her life with their teachings.