Iyengar Yoga Detroit Co-op Fund

Iyengar Yoga Detroit  is in the midst of a transition! We are in the process of transforming from a single-owner structure to a cooperatively-run one, and looking for your financial support. 

Since 2013, we’ve grown from 1 teacher to 5 teachers, all certified or actively engaged in the certification process, and from 3 classes a week to 13+. We host workshops, an advanced studies program, and a rare and much-needed Special Concerns class.

To be truthful, IYD has yet to profit financially. We profit in many other ways by sharing the healing art of Iyengar Yoga, but our teachers are paid far less than they deserve (sometimes less than minimum wage or no wage at all) and the organization has stayed afloat through the generosity of its owner and teachers.

Instead of the industry standard of 200 and 500-hour certifications, Iyengar Yoga certification takes about 1000 hours. Intermediate Junior teachers have more like 3000-10,000 hours of on-going training under their belts. Why do we sacrifice so much time and energy for low pay? We see Iyengar Yoga as a sacred art, a spiritual path, and healing practice, necessary for our own well-being, and of benefit to the community. We offer this art freely, and turn no one away.

In order to take IYD to the next level and establish a firm economic foundation, we ask our community to actively support us!

We invite everyone to our Co-op Launch Fundraiser,   Friday, September 9, 5:30-9pm. Reserve your spot  in the Restorative Yoga class from 5:30-7pm, then enjoy delicious food, and partake in our open mic. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend, and bring friends.

We request a $20-$100 donation here, and/or at the party, to set us on good footing for the changes ahead. 

Whatever you’ve got, we’ll take it and put it to excellent use. We look forward to working more closely with you in coming months and years. Thank you for your heartfelt support!

IYD Faculty and Staff:
Hong Gwi-Seok
Michele Pearson
Erin Shawgo
Nicci Kushner
Meiko Krishok
Angela Abiodun


Erin Shawgo
Hamtramck, MI

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