was founded in 1993 by Nancy Footner, who began her studies
in 1985 at the San Francisco Iyengar Institute. The Iyengar
National Association of the United States sets rigorous
and stringent standards for teacher training and certification,
and Nancy is currently the only Certified Iyengar Teacher
in Iowa City.
Nancy's continuing education includes ongoing training with Senior Certified
Iyengar Teachers in the U.S. and Canada, and since 1999 she
has made four trips to India for intensive study at
the Iyengar Institute in India, most recently in August
of 2011. In November 2011, Nancy successfully passed the
Junior Intermediate 1 certification exam.
I was hit by a car, resulting in two broken legs and a
long period of painful rehabilitation which included an
extended hospitalization, 5 months in a wheelchair, and
prolonged physical therapy. In 1985 having finally learned
how to walk again, I was independent enough to end the
rehab program, but I was still very stiff, very weak and
very fearful. In many ways, although I was young, I felt
very old. It was at this time that I began studying Iyengar
Yoga in San Francisco, California where I lived.
1991 I moved to Iowa City and in 1993 I founded Friendship
Yoga. My intention was to establish the
first Iyengar Yoga center in Iowa, and thereby connect
Iowa to a national and international community of Iyengar
Yoga teachers and students. See www.IYNAUS.org and www.bksiyengar.com.
I am incredibly indebted to BKS Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar,
and Prashant Iyengar for their brilliant teaching, and to
all of my teachers, especially Janet MacCleod, Evlaleah Howard,
Francie Ricks, Kristin Chirhart, Chris Saudek, Lee Sverkerson,
Mary Obendorfer, Eddy Marks, John Shumacher, Lois Steinberg,
and Laurie Blakeney. Without them, Friendship Yoga would
not have come to be.