Meet the Board

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.

Theresa Hartmann, President

“Yoga provides me a strength of clarity which enriches all areas of my life.  Surrounded by incredible teachers for more than twenty years, the Iyengar community in Boulder Colorado fills me with gratitude.  I’m honored to serve as IMIYA president.  My aim is to support this transformative path,  spreading the lineage of BKS Iyengar,  throughout  our greater communities.”

Joanne Pearson, Vice President

Joanne discovered yoga over 20 years ago while working as a nurse and becoming a new parent. Yoga was a journey of building strength and balance while learning poses. She found yoga as a means for renewal. Early on Joanne practiced Anusara, Bikram and Flow yoga. She was introduced to Iyengar yoga and was drawn to the precision, alignment, and method of teaching.
 In 2009, Joanne began to pursue Iyengar yoga classes and teacher training. The process is challenging requiring commitment of time, energy, classes and practice over several years. Joanne was certified in Iyengar yoga in 2017.
Iyengar yoga provides a foundation and methodology for instruction from the teaching of BKS Iyengar. This process cultivates joy and can translate to anyone interested in learning Iyengar yoga.

“It is a privilege to teach yoga in the Iyengar tradition and be part of the Iyengar yoga community. It is an honor to serve on the IMIYA Board to assist in building and supporting the Iyengar community and providing education, mentorship and scholarship. “

Darren Christiansen, Treasurer

Darren 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.

Rebecca Wallace, Secretary

A 2008 New Year’s resolution led me to Iyengar Yoga. Being an owner of a running store meant logging plenty of miles with customers, but short on time for other forms of exercise. I knew I needed to stretch more, but never found the time to do it on my own. I committed to attend a beginners’ yoga class at a nearby Iyengar studio as a way to fulfill my resolution. I’ve always gravitated to activities involving attention to detail and technique. Needless to say, I found my home with Iyengar Yoga. I became a CIYT in 2017.”

Mandy Coates, Membership Chair

Mandy is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher.

Melisa Sweet, Communications Chair

I went to my first yoga class with my Mom when I was 15 years old and instantly loved the mind-body connection I felt in class. After years of being a student of different styles, I decided to get certified. I first took a hatha/vinyasa training and later on I pursued a restorative yoga certification. Once I found Iyengar yoga, however, I felt that was the practice I had been seeking my whole life. I just love the concentration that comes through the attention to detail, as well as the yoga philosophy. Iyengar yoga is not just a pass time, but a way of life.”

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 serve the Iyengar yoga community by offering both educational and financial resources to current Iyengar yoga teachers, Iyengar yoga students and the wider yoga community.”


1. Education 

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.

2. Research

To foster medical research and to exchange research findings on yoga-related issues.

3. Service

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.