Diana Clifton, the Godmother of Iyengar Yoga in Southern California, dies at 95

Diana Clifton holds a special place in the history of the Los Angeles Iyengar Yoga community. It was her workshop in 1977 that made the scattered local practitioners realize that they needed to get organized. They then formed the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Association of Southern California.

The Genesis of the Newsletter

I began writing the newsletter as a way to talk about what was going on at the Institute. What classes were coming up, who got their certification. I don’t even remember the reason I started the writings.  I started musing on different subjects. … I wanted people to be invested in the place, to treat it as their homes, to treat it as a sacred place.  So when that wasn’t happening, I would get a little preachy in my tone, even though I am a preacher’s daughter. But I would be like, hey everybody, that’s what we are supposed to do together. That was the genesis of the newsletter.

An Interview with Leslie Peters

Bee: How did you get started with yoga?

Leslie: For Christmas in 1990 I was given a gift certificate for an Introductory Course and a month of unlimited classes at the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles.  On January 9, 1991, I found myself in the company of a dozen people of all sizes and ages, sitting in a circle on the floor sharing our names, degree of yoga experience, as well as our list of aches, pains, and injuries.  Gloria Goldberg was our teacher, and after everyone had spoken she made the following statement; “Yoga will change your life.  I don’t know how and I don’t know when, but I promise you it will.”  I remember thinking, “Well, it probably won’t change my life.”

30th Anniversary of the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Institute of Los Angeles

On Saturday, September 27th, the Iyengar community gathered to celebrate the establishment of the B.K.S. Iyengar Institute in Los Angeles thirty years ago.