Since our humble beginnings in 1985, we now bring together over 800 members. IYA is governed by its Board, supported by its Committees, and is a registered company which complies with Australian Corporations Law. IYA is the official liaison of the Iyengar family at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, and we regularly host members of the Iyengar family at national conferences and workshops.

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote the teachings of BKS Iyengar in Australia and internationally, establish and maintain comprehensive guidelines for certification; conduct regular assessments; provide social, cultural and educational services for our members; uphold thorough ethical standards; protect and oversee the use of the Iyengar brand throughout the community.

Committees & Contacts

Iyengar Yoga Australia is lead by a Board of nine Directors and several committees supporting our membership and the day to day business of the association.

Recent Articles

New Ethics Committee Member Craig Mackie

Meet Craig Mackie. Craig recently joined the Ethics & Certification Committee as a legal counsel. He is a barrister specialising in commercial litigation and also a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, based in Hobart.

Meet Craig Mackie. Craig recently joined the Ethics & Certification Committee as a legal counsel. He is a barrister specialising in commercial litigation and also a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher, based in Hobart.

How long have you been practising Iyengar Yoga?

I started practising yoga around 2004 and first attended classes to help with workplace stress and a long term shoulder injury which I have from playing cricket.

When did you start teaching yoga?

In 2016 I received an introductory level teaching certificate and now teach at the Hobart School of Iyengar Yoga.

What do you do outside yoga?

I am a barrister. Next year I will have been admitted to practice as a lawyer for 30 years, specialising in commercial litigation. I have a large Anti-Discrimination law practice and also work with people like doctors, nurses, architects, vets and real estate agents who are being investigated by their regulatory bodies. I am also a member of Tasmania’s Disciplinary Tribunal, which presides over allegations of misconduct against lawyers. Besides yoga and law, I keep bees; I’m an accredited cricket coach, and, like all good Tasmanians, I enjoy bushwalking.

What do you hope to bring to the Ethics and Certification Mark Committee?

For some time now, I have been helping the Ethics & Certification Committee review and redraft IYA’s Ethical Guidelines. Like most policy documents, which have been written some time ago, I realised they needed updating to consider an approach that was thorough, transparent and reflected current community standards.

These documents are on the IYA website, and I encourage everyone to take time to look at them. The review and implementation of these guidelines is an ongoing process.

By coming onto the ECMC, I join the other committee members in attempting to ensure the practice of Iyengar Yoga is safe and rewarding for all.

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Mid Year 2019 Teacher Assessment — Results

Big congratulations to all the teachers who were successful at the Iyengar Yoga Australia Mid Year 2019 Assessments conducted in May.

Big congratulations to all the teachers who were successful at the Mid Year 2019 Assessments conducted in May.

Intermediate Junior Level III

Ross Parris & Tim Oddie

Intermediate Junior Level II

Vanessa Shribman & Kirsten Shteinman

Intermediate Junior Level I

Petra Winkler-Hirter & Bernie Hillard

Introductory Level

Patricia Farnsworth, Marie Morrison, Gillian Braddock, Debbie Hookway, Kylie Elliott, Keith Russell, Patricia Lloyd, Anat Cossen, Kate Bywaters, Melanie Robinson, Kate Mugavin, Alexander Monin, Renae Moore, Christine Plate, Cathy Taylor & Molly Ross.

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Yoga Sequence - Backbends (Sophie Johnston)

We all know that we should practice our yoga not just in class but also at home. But sometimes you just don’t know where to start or what to practice. Thank you to Sophie Johnston from Coogee Yoga for putting this sequence together for us.

We all know that we should practice our yoga not just in class but also at home. But sometimes you just don’t know where to start or what to practice.

Perhaps not if you are a yoga teacher, but for those of us who are not, here’s a backbend practice sequence for you.

Yoga Sequence - Backbend - Sophie Johnston, Coogee Yoga

Thank you to Sophie Johnston from Coogee Yoga for putting this sequence together for us.

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