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

Let’s Celebrate International Yoga Day 2021

Happy International Yoga Day! A big thank you to each of our members who responded to our recent call-out to participate in our celebration of International Yoga 2021. Here’s what we created with your contribution.

Happy International Yoga Day!

A big thank you to each of our members who responded to our recent call-out to participate in our celebration of International Yoga Day 2021. Here’s what we created with your contribution.

To mark the occasion Iyengar Yoga Australia have asked Senior Yoga Teacher John Leebold to prepare a sequence. You can download it via link below, let’s celebrate Yoga on this special day.

Download — IYD2021 Yoga Sequence by John Leebold — with Photos

Download — IYD2021 Yoga Sequence by John Leebold — Text Only

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India—How we can help.

Iyengar Yoga Australia and our community are extending our best wishes for the well-being of people living in India as they navigate through the devastating rise of COVID cases and fight through this awful stage of the pandemic.

Right now, India is going through its most challenging time in the pandemic. Daily COVID-19 cases continue to soar, setting record highs, with hospitals at capacity and in dire need of urgent supplies to cope with the ever-increasing number of patients.

Iyengar Yoga Australia and our community are extending our best wishes for the well-being of people living in India as they navigate through the devastating rise of COVID cases and fight through this awful stage of the pandemic.

We express our deepest concerns and sympathies to RIMYI and the Iyengar family and all who work at the Institute; they are in our hearts.

Although we may feel powerless when seeing the numbers and news from India, we can help by donating to charities working locally and on the ground.

If you would like to donate to support India’s ground efforts, we have compiled a list of organisations.

— PMCARES (official Prime Ministers fund for relief)

— KETTO

— Give India

— MILAP

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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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