IYA Committees & Contacts

Supporting the running of the association, making sure that the day to day is going smoothly, assessments are successful, and Iyengar Yoga’s voice is heard around Australia as well as the rest of the world keeps us busy. IYA would not exist without our Executive Officers, Committees and countless Volunteers giving their time and energy daily.

It is through your body that you realise you are a spark of divinity.

BKS Iyengar


Simon Joannou — president@iyengaryoga.asn.au

The President’s role is to maintain an overview of the activities of the Association through the Board and the Associations Committees. The President acts as Chair at Board Meetings and the AGM; and represents the Association to outside bodies.


Stuart Macrow — secretary@iyengaryoga.asn.au

The Secretary’s role includes coordinating changes in Directors and constitutional changes; preparing and sending out documentation for the AGM, and carry out other duties as required by the President, the Board and the Associations Committees.

Certification Committee

Marina Jung — cc@iyengaryoga.asn.au

The Certification Committee administers and regulates the requirements and standards for the training and assessment of Iyengar Yoga teachers. The committee is resposible for establishing assessment procedures and policies, ensuring consistent practices are followed for teacher training, certification, renewal and upgrading of teaching certificates. The Certification Committee organises bi-annual assessments for Introductory, Intermediate Junior Levels 1, 2 & 3 and Intermediate Senior Levels 1 & 2.

Ethics & Certification Mark Committee

Julie Hodges — ethics_cm@iyengaryoga.asn.au

The Ethics & Certification Mark Committee (ECMC) regulates the Associations ethical guidlines. The committee provides a forum for complaints from within or outside the Association regarding conduct by members. They administer and oversee the use of the Certification Mark, which uniquely identifies certified Iyengar Yoga teachers. The ECMC also oversees the use of the Iyengar name within the community to ensure that it is only used by certified Iyengar Yoga teachers and seeks to address trademark breaches of the Iyengar name.

Teachers Committee

Darrin McNally — teachers@iyengaryoga.asn.au

The role of The Teachers Committee is to liaise with the Certification Committee and the Ethics & Certification Mark Committee to provide professional support for teachers, disseminate relevant information to the teaching community and to provide a forum for teacher related issues to be escalated and addressed.

Marketing & Communications

Corina Schurmann — communications-chair@iyengaryoga.asn.au

The Marketing & Communications Committee plan strategies to promote Iyengar Yoga via different channels to ensure strong communication across the existing community and educate the general community about Iyengar Yoga in Australia. This includes overseeing the Associations website & social media channels; to produce a quarterly E-newsletter; produce all grapic design for the Association and ensure consistent branding for all material produced for IYA.

Media Liason

Linda Apps — media@iyengaryoga.asn.au, phone +61 433 999 017

The Media Liaison is responsible for broadening the reach of Iyengar Yoga Australia in the community through the use of different media forums such as Magazines and Newspapers; establishes relationships with key stakeholders in the industry to ensure efficient exposure of the association and provide public statements on behalf of the Board and Committees.


David Spiller — treasurer@iyengaryoga.asn.au

The Treasurer liaises with the Board and Finance Manager to ensure clear financial reporting/communication, presents financial reports at the AGM; and overseas investment of the associations funds.

Events Committee

Neesh Wray — events@iyengaryoga.asn.au

The Events Committee plan and coordinates conventions and events across the country as approved by the Board.

Membership Services

Member Administration

Stuart Macrow — secretary@iyengaryoga.asn.au

The Member Administrator is responsible for communication with members, maintaining and updating the database of memberships, managing annual membership renewals, processing new members, managing Yoga Rahasya subscriptions and act as web administrator for the IYA website.

Assessment Co-ordinator

Jeanette Rukavina — assessment@iyengaryoga.asn.au

The Assessment Co-ordinator is in charge of coordinating and organizing the assessments for the Certification Committee.

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