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Board of Directors

President:  Nancy Marcy

Nancy Marcy is a CIYT at the Intermediate Junior I level, as well as a C-IATY. A retired physical education teacher, she has been practicing yoga regularly since 2000. Nancy teaches group classes at various venues in the Twin Cities and conducts private lessons in her home. She continues to study with Joy Laine, Kristin Chirhart, and Chris Saudek.

Vice President:  Luanne Laurents

Luanne has been practicing yoga for over 20 yeas, studying with Joy Laine and Kristin Chirhart. She has been participating in teacher training. She has a background in organizational psychology.


Secretary:  Tiffany Bergin  

Tiffany grew up in Hawaii studying traditional martial arts and meditation.  She began studying the work of B.K.S Iyengar in 2002 and is a CIYT at the Intro II level as well as an C-IATY. Tiffany devotes much of her time to developing her practice and teaching under the mentorship of Momi Jhung and Suzanne Fitzpatrick. Outside of the studio, Tiffany works as a lifestyle coach, and enjoys exploring all that Minnesota has to offer with her husband and two young boys.

Treasurer:  Julie Sybrant

Julie was inspired to begin practicing Iyengar Yoga by her daughter, Molly Gallagher, CIYT, who teaches in Decorah, IA. Julie has studied at Mind Body Solutions and continues to take class with Nancy Marcy. She appreciates Iyengar yoga because of how props allow her to practice in spite of some physical limitations. Having retired from a career in corporate IT, Julie continues to work as an income tax preparer.


Education & Events:  Mona McNeely

Mona is a CIYT at the Introductory II level. She has been practicing yoga since 2002 and currently teaches at Mind Body Solutions in Minnetonka, MN. She continues to study under the mentorship of Momi Jhung and attends teacher training with Chris Saudek. She believes wholeheartedly in the benefits of Iyengar Yoga and is honored to pass onto her students what she has learned.

Membership & Education:  Mary Jo Nissen

Mary Jo has studied Iyengar Yoga with Kristin Chirhart and Lee Sverkerson for 23 years. She had two careers -- the first as a cognitive scientist and the second as a cancer epidemiologist --

but now she is retired.

Media & Communications:  Shannyn Joy Potter

Shannyn Joy Potter, is a CIYT, Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor, at the Intro II level and a C-IATY, Certified International Yoga Therapist. She has been practicing yoga since the mid 90's and teaching since 2011. She studies with teachers locally and abroad and teaches throughout the Twin Cities. Shannyn also holds a B.F.A., and makes large, abstract sculptures.

IYAUM Liaison to IYNAUS & IYNAUS Treasurer:  Stephan Weiss

Stephen Weiss began practicing yoga in 1998. Steve is also a fully certified PSIA-Rocky Mountain Ski Instructor and works as a coordinator and trainer in the Aspen Snowmass Ski School.

Regarding Trademark Usage:

In accordance with his lifetime contribution to the art, science, and philosophy of yoga, B.K.S.Iyengar pursued trademark protection to ensure that yoga associated with his name reflects his work.  As of August 14, 2007 the name "IYENGAR" associated with "YOGA" has been registered as a trademark and is protected in the United States in connection with the teaching of Iyengar Yoga.  Because the Iyengar name is trademarked, teachers who are not certified in the Iyengar method are not permitted to represent or describe their classes using the word “Iyengar” in any way. They may not claim to teach “Iyengar Yoga” or any variant of that label, such as “Iyengar influenced,” “Iyengar based,” or “Iyengar style.” They may not claim to mix Iyengar yoga with other styles. On the other hand, any yoga teacher may make factually correct biographical statements such as “I have studied with senior Iyengar teacher [name of teacher] at the Iyengar Institute of X,” or “my personal practice has benefitted from the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar.”  -IYNAUS 

Regarding Ethical Guidelines: 

We as an organization adhere to the ethical guidelines set forth by Ethics Committee of IYNAUS. If you should 

have any questions or concerns please contact here us or IYNAUS. through the link provided.