The Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York was formed by a dedicated and inspired group of teachers and practitioners in 1987 as a regional branch of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States.
Our aims are threefold: to inspire and enable progressive lifetime learning and practice in the art, science, and philosophy of Iyengar Yoga; develop, nurture, and offer teaching of the highest standards; and build and support a community of practitioners within the four-state area of our charter: New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
NEIL STEVENSON, PRESIDENT & TREASURER
Neil is a Senior Staff Attorney for the Lawyers Alliance’s Economic Development program area. He uses his wealth of experience in corporate and real estate law to assist community development and nonprofit organizations that are bringing investment capital and credit services, pursuing earned revenue activities, stimulating and revitalizing commercial activity, and sponsoring job training and job placement programs in New York City. Prior to joining Lawyers Alliance in 2004, Mr. Stevenson was a staff attorney at The Legal Aid Society and partner at Eaton & Van Winkle. He received an L.L.M. from Columbia University School of Law in 1982 and L.L.B. joint honors from the University Of Glasgow School Of Law in 1980. Neil has been a long time practitioner of Iyengar Yoga and the former President of the IYAGNY Board of Directors.
Gailanne is a creative director/brand strategist specializing in all manner of communications, which she practices through her company Grossoworks for a variety of clients–in all practice areas–healthcare, not-for-profit, financial, consumer issues, employee engagement and crisis management. Before starting her own firm she served as Executive Vice President, US Creative Director at Edelman, as President, Chief Creative Officer at Publicis, and EVP Group Creative Director at Saatchi and Saatchi. She is the author of the novel The Other Side of Nice. She is a dedicated yoga student and blogger and has been advising IYAGNY in marketing and communications this past year.
Tzahi discovered yoga between rehearsals early in his acting career. A friend urged him to take an Iyengar class and he was struck by its ef- fects on his body and mind — it was a perfect fit. After completing the two-year Iyengar teacher training program at the NYC Iyengar Institute, Tzahi passed the Introductory 2 Assessment in 2012. He spent the month of July 2012 with the Iyengar family in Pune, India, and is now a certified Iyengar teacher. His primary teachers are Mary Dunn, James Murphy and Carrie Owerko. Renowned for his clarity and humor, he loves sharing yoga and enjoys observing his students make their own discoveries. Tzahi joined the Faculty of the Institute in June 2013.
JUDI FRIEDMAN, VICE PRESIDENT
Judi is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. She teaches full time—in group classes, workshops, and privately in northern Westchester and Connecticut. Judi is also a corporate attorney, previously serving as Assistant General Counsel at Pitney Bowes, Inc., and Senior Counsel at Mitsubishi International Corporation.
Caren Rabbino is the principal of Fast Forward Consulting, a practice specializing in strategic and operational planning for small and mid-sized organizations with substantial growth opportunity. Caren organized the interdisciplinary workshop programming surrounding Matt Sanford’s recent engagement at the Institute.
ADAM VITOLO, SECRETARY
Adam found Iyengar Yoga while searching for rehabilitation after be- ing injured in a cycling accident. He became a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at age 32. He teaches at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York and PURE Yoga studios in New York City. He spent the month of January 2009 studying at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India.
Mitchell is owner of Consolidated Design Studios, LTD, a NYC-based design firm specializing in residential, commercial, and retail design. He is also a part-time Assistant Professor of Architecture and Interior Design at Parsons the New School for Design. Mitch has been a stu- dent of Iyengar Yoga, practicing and studying at the Institute of New York since 2008 and now at the Institute of Brooklyn as well. Mitch was instrumental in helping IYAGNY envision and design the new Insti- tute of Brooklyn as well as the new Institute of New York and continues to offer his expertise and services in design and architecture to the organization.
Virginia (Ginny) Shubert is a principal of Shubert Botein Policy Asso- ciates, a public policy consulting group. She has 25 years’ experience working as an attorney and policy analyst on housing, health and economic justice issues, and co-founded the nonprofit Housing Works, which works to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through advocacy, services and entrepreneurial businesses to support its ef- forts. Ginny began her study of Iyengar Yoga with Mary Dunn in 1987.
LAURA SHAPIRO KRAMER, Advisory Board Chair
LOREN FISHMAN, M.D., B.PHIL.
ANNA GOLFINOPOLOUS, Institute Faculty
FRANK LIPMAN, M.D.
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
DALIA ZWICK, P.T., PH.D.