The Intermountain Iyengar Yoga Association’s Board is a 100% volunteer organization. We meet once a month and pour our time, energy, and love into growing the Iyengar Yoga community. We always welcome more hands on deck. Contact us if you are ready to help grow our social media channels, draft an email newsletter, put together a fundraising party for our scholarship funds, or if you have a great idea for how to spread Iyengar Yoga to those who haven’t experienced it yet.
Josh Warren, President“My formal yoga journey commenced in 2001 at a local gym in Kansas City. Since then, my path has led me through several styles of yoga, including the Iyengar method which I found after moving to Denver in 2007. I received my Iyengar yoga teacher certification in 2013 and have spent extensive time in India working to further deepen my understanding of the practice. As a practicing bridge engineer, I can’t help but appreciate the level of accuracy, detail, and creative use of props found in the Iyengar system. More importantly though, I appreciates the profound level of self-awareness that continues to develop as I practice the method. I am deeply grateful for all the teachers who’ve inspired me to keep growing and learning and am honored to share those teachings through weekly classes and my role as president of IMIYA.”
Brad Denning, Vice PresidentBrad has been practicing Iyengar Yoga in Colorado for over a decade, initially at Park Hill Yoga and then the Iyengar Yoga Center of Denver. A devoted Iyengar student, he initially sought yoga to rehabilitate various injuries, including cervical trauma that caused the partial paralysis of his left the arm and shoulder. Surgery corrected the nerve impingement, but he attributes his flexibility and continued health to this mindful yoga and its highly qualified Iyengar instructors. He is impressed with the holistic results from the precise alignment, sequencing, and philosophy offered in the Iyengar tradition. Inspired by those results, and his Iyengar teachers, he became a Certified Iyengar Instructor. Participating in IMIYA is a natural transition to serve the greater Iyengar community and help others realize their own journey.
Darren Christiansen, TreasurerDarren is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor teaching at Santosha. He is especially drawn to the practice of yoga because of its use of the body to work with the mind.
Sage Harrington, SecretarySage is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, ukulele player and teacher, singer, songwriter, and settler living on unceded Tiwa lands in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Dana Hanazeski, MarketingDana is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher in Denver. Through the practice of Iyengar yoga, she has found a balance of body, mind, emotions and spirit and has deep gratitude for the practice.
Paige Noon, Regional Representative“I was introduced to yoga when I turned 50 years old. I began studying in Fort Collins with Iyengar teacher Cathy Wright. At 53 I traveled to India for a sabbatical with my husband and by serendipity stumbled upon master Iyengar teachers. I studied at Yog-Ganga Centre with Swati and Rajiv Chanchani, for two months that year and have returned time and time again over the past 14 years. The Chanchanis were the first teachers to show me the breadth and depth of yoga. Both my body and my mind began to change because of the practice and I was captivated by the subject. It was the spiritual aspects of yoga that really drew me in. In 2013 I traveled to Pune, India to the Iyengar Institute. In the fall of 2015 I passed the Introductory I and II combined assessment. I teach yoga to share the practice with others so that they may benefit as I have. My greatest joy is to see yoga become an integral part of a new student’s life. I believe it transforms people from the inside out and the outside in.”
Mandy Coates, Membership ChairMandy is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher.
Join the Board
IMIYA wants your help. We are a 100% volunteer-led organization aiming to support and grow our Iyengar yoga community. Board members take two-year terms. Scan through some examples of what each Board member does and see how you can best help IMIYA bring Iyengar yoga to more people who need it.
Contact us and let us know how you want to help IMIYA.
Friends of IMIYA
Open call for volunteers
If you would like to help IMIYA achieve its goals but are wary of a commitment to full Board Member responsibilities, we’d love to invite you to become a Friend of IMIYA. We, the Board of IMIYA, ask you to sign up to assist with various activities when your schedule permits. There are many ways you can help. Here are a few.
- Help posting on IMIYA’s social media channels
- Website design and maintenance
- Help with organizing workshops, membership drives, yoga days, yoga movie showings
- Help with marketing
- Managing IMIYA’s Library
- Education/study groups
- Teaching free introductory classes
- Fundraising for scholarships for new/continuing teachers
- Presentations/demonstrations for local groups
- Speaking opportunities, sharing Iyengar Yoga
- Outreach to communities unfamiliar with Iyengar Yoga
- Sponsoring yoga research projects
We are looking for Friends of IMIYA to work Board members, serve as connecting links between IMIYA, the yoga community, and the general public. As a volunteer, you are not obligated to a long-term commitment. However, should you have an interest in the future, joining the IMIYA Board is always a possibility!
To express an interest in the current board activities, please shoot us a message and let us know the activities you would be interested in helping us out with.
IMIYA Mission Statement
The Intermountain BKS Iyengar Yoga Association is committed to study, teach, disseminate and promote the art, science and philosophy of yoga according to the teachings and philosophy of B.K.S. Iyengar. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
To educate the public as widely as possible about the teaching of Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar and to maintain the teaching standards set by him.
To foster medical research and to exchange research findings on yoga-related issues.
To find and implement ways to better serve the regional practitioners and teachers of Hatha yoga in the Iyengar tradition.
4. Support IYNAUS
To support IYNAUS (the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States) in national certifications, conventions and conferences and to coordinate regional activities.
5. Regional Reference Library
To establish a regional reference library, maintaining archives of pertinent information, articles, videos, etc. pertaining to B.K.S. Iyengar.
6. Member Communications
To establish a newsletter and/or other means of disseminating information consistent with our purposes.
7. Service Mark Guidance
To abide by, and assist members in abiding by, the IYNAUS guidelines for using the service mark.