HISTORY OF IYASW
The regional association began in 1996 as the Southern Nevada Association serving a small community built around a studio in Las Vegas. In later years, Arizona interest in Iyengar yoga grew to the point that could benefit from and support a new regional association. In 2012, the two states came together to form the Iyengar Yoga Association of the Southwest. Today, IYASW serves members throughout the Southwest United States.
Our mission is to study, teach, disseminate, and promote the art, science and philosophy of yoga according to the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar. Our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Board of Directors 2020-2022
Brand new to Arizona, Cindy is certified at the Intermediate Junior III level. She worked as an assistant attorney general in Massachusetts before devoting herself to the study of yoga in 1998. She has been teaching group classes and working privately with students in the Portland, Maine area since 2006 and looks forward to getting to know the regional community here.
Michele Cook has been practicing yoga for 20 years, with the past 7 dedicated to studying Iyengar yoga. She completed her yoga training at Scottsdale Community college under the mentorship of Carlyn Sikes and became a CIYT at Introductory II level in 2019. Michele chose to focus her practice on Iyengar yoga initially because of the immediate physical changes she felt and saw and continues to practice for the mental and emotional balance it has brought to her life. “BKS Iyengar was truly a genius and has given us a gift and I’m humbled to pass that gift onto my students.”
Michele is the proud mom of 2 teenage boys and 3 dogs. When not practicing yoga, she is an avid hiker. She also loves to cook and bake and is passionate about education.
Barb first came to yoga in search of some variety in her physical fitness routine. She was immediately drawn to the precision and discipline of the Iyengar yoga practice. A desire to deepen her study of yoga led her to teacher training and she earned her teaching certification in the Iyengar method in 2015. She believes yoga to be the key to aging gracefully and living a peaceful life. Barb is retired from a long career in Finance and
Accounting. She and her husband have recently moved back to Phoenix from the northwest.
After ten years of marathon running, Danielle came to Iyengar Yoga in 2016 and found the tools to help her overcome some physical issues. The intelligent practice and observation of Iyengar Yoga are helping her realize her full potential. She began volunteering her writing and photography skills to IYASW in 2019 and is honored to serve the association as Secretary.
A devoted pupil of the late Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar, Lisa has been practicing yoga since 2003, and studies regularly with Iyengar Yoga Teachers Carlyn Sikes of Scottsdale and Carolyn Belko of Encinitas, California. As an Iyengar Yoga teacher, Lisa is committed to making the benefits of yoga practice available to all students, regardless of their limitations or experience level, and ensuring that students of all degrees of ability get the benefit of practicing yoga safely and effectively. Lisa has previously served as Board President in the past and continues to contribute in spreading the teaching of yoga.