The Executive Committee

Every member of MDIY (students, trainee teachers and teachers) has the democratic chance to join the MDIY Executive Committee, vote at the Annual General Meeting, and, of course, put forward suggestions at any time.

All current Committee members, Advisors and IY (UK) Representatives are listed below in alphabetical order.

Name: Tracey Ashton

Name: Debra Bartholomew

(Senior Intermediate level 3 – 2007) has been practising yoga for over 20 years and now teaches Iyengar Yoga full time after working for 24 years in the building trade as a Builders’ Merchant. She teaches at MDIY, for local education authorities and for the NHS. She teaches all levels but particularly enjoys teaching beginners as they have so much enthusiasm. Debbie is an IY (UK) Assessor and is currently training to be a teacher trainer. She has been to India and taught by Geeta Iyengar four times and has been lucky enough to be taught by BKS Iyengar twice, at Crystal Palace in 1993 and in Paris in 1997. Debbie is also a member of the MDIY Executive Committee.

Name: Tricia Booth

(Senior Intermediate level 3 – 1982) was a physiotherapist when she began practising Iyengar Yoga. She has been teaching for over 40 years. Tricia has made many visits to Pune to study with Guruji and has also taken numerous classes with him on his visits to the UK. For many years Tricia ran the Introductory Level teacher training courses with Jeanne Maslen and now does so with Julie Brown and Marion Kilburn. Tricia was Chairman of the MDIY Executive Committee from 1983 to 2010. She has served as Chairman of the Assessment and Teacher Training Committee of IY (UK) and is an IY (UK) Moderator for teacher assessments.

At Guruji’s request, Tricia is one of the named teachers who has long-standing teaching experience and is listed as one of The Most Senior Leading Teachers of the UK.

Name: Lauren Currie

Name: Margaret Ellison

(Junior Intermediate level 3 – 1987) first introduction to yoga was in January 1974. Not long after this, she discovered Mr. Iyengar’s method of teaching and attended local classes. Margaret first qualified as a teacher in 1984. Having taught several local authority classes over the years, Margaret now enjoys teaching a ‘slower-paced’ class at MDIY. She regularly attends teachers’ classes and is a long-standing member of the MDIY Executive Committee and a Trustee of the building.

Name: Charlotte Everitt

(Introductory level 2 – 2008) has been practising Iyengar yoga since 2000 and qualified as an Introductory level 2 teacher in 2008. She has visited RIMYI in Pune three times to attend classes there. She regularly attends Debbie Bartholomew’s classes at the centre and was elected on to the MDIY Executive Committee at the 2012 AGM, and has been Chair since 2017, having been a member of the MDIY since 2007.

Name: Jeanne Maslen

Jeanne, pictured here with Geeta Iyengar, began teaching yoga over 40 years ago and, with Pen Reed, was a founder member of MDIY. Jeanne became founding Chairman of the MDIY Executive Committee in November 1976 and ran the Introductory Level Teacher Training course from 1972 to 1995. Jeanne was the second Chairman of the IY (UK) Executive Council and the first Moderator and organiser of the numerous assessments run by the Association.

Jeanne was awarded the Advanced (Junior) teaching certificate by Mr Iyengar in 1981 and was responsible for taking many groups of teachers and students to India. Jeanne was one of the seven teachers from Manchester who attended the opening of the RIMYI in Pune, India in 1975.

In 2008, Jeanne retired from teaching her numerous classes abroad and throughout the UK as well as retiring from teaching at MDIY. However, Jeanne remains a Trustee of the MDIY building.

Name: Julia Mitchell

(Introductory level 2 – 2005) I have been practising Iyengar Yoga since 1992 and teaching since 2005. Yoga helps me to keep balance in my life and I love to see how yoga benefits people. I had a hip replacement in 2013 (nothing to do with yoga I hasten to add)and gradually building up my practice again afterwards helped me hugely in my recovery. I now use what I have learnt through the experience in my teaching and I am particularly interested in teaching slower paced classes to enable those who have frailties to keep practising yoga.

Name: Deborah Wilkinson

Debbie attended a yoga class at the YMCA in Manchester in the ’90s and fortunately for her, David Reddicen took the class that night and she absolutely loved it! Her enthusiasm must have shone through as David told her about MDIY. Debbie began regularly attending the centre for classes and was then recommended for the Teacher training course by Marjorie Saville. Qualifying in 2002 and continuing with her Yoga studies, Debbie now holds a IJ3 certificate and has been attending senior workshops at MDIY, with Julie Brown and Debra Bartholomew. Debbie lives and teaches yoga in Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire.

Name: Jayne Wilson

Jayne's love for yoga began almost 20 years ago when a work colleague suggested she went to a Hatha yoga class to help her relax and de-stress. It took another 10 years before she found an Iyengar teacher and realised this was her calling. She is a full time 11-18 school teacher and currently teaches 2 evening yoga classes in the Chorley area.

Name: Janice Yates

Janice has been the Honorary Secretary on the MDIY Executive Committee since November 1989 and is a Trustee of the MDIY building.

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