We have several goals for the future. Something that we really look forward to is being able to hold free or reduced- cost workshops for our members. We have some really great teachers here in the Southwest, and would eventually like to bring in teachers from other parts of the country as well. As bringing the Southwestern Iyengar Yoga community together is one of our primary goals, we would like to hold informal community get-togethers, like potlucks or movie nights to give our members a chance to get to know each other a bit, as there is not often time for it in coming and going to class. We will also send out via email a bimonthly or quarterly newsletter, so that everyone in the region can be kept abreast of events in the Iyengar Yoga community, like workshops and other special events that are being hosted by studios or members.
Another goal of the IYASW is to have a library for our members to use. We would like to build a collection of books, videos, and audio materials by and about Guruji and the Iyengar family, including harder-to-find materials like issues of Yoga Samachar and volumes of Astadala Yogamala; items that can’t be found in most public libraries.
In the more distant future, we would like to use our membership dues and donations to offer scholarships to community members in need. It is important that all Iyengar yoga practitioners have the opportunity to attend workshops, regional conventions, pursue Teacher Certification, and even study in Pune. In being able to truly bring Iyengar Yoga to everyone, we feel that scholarships will be an important aspect of our organization.
As the IYASW continues to grow and branch out, we look forward to seeing Guruji’s gift touch more and more lives throughout the Southwest and beyond.