IYN People

Interim Chair

Debbie Farrar

The Directors

The current  IYN company directors are Pete Yates, Company Secretary, and Jim Gough-Olaya, Treasurer.  Both have had decades of Yoga teaching experience. Pete is founder and director of  The Parkdale Yoga Centre and Jim has wide experience of teaching Yoga in prisons and to the terminally ill, as well as training teachers in an apprenticeship system.


Pete Yates currently looks after registration. Pete Yates is founder and director of the Parkdale Yoga Centre and Heart Yoga teacher training. He was the first Chair of the IYN and held the post for nearly six years.

Administration & Data Management

Trevor Latham

Website Design

James Russell

Dr Peter Yates Secretary of the Independent Yoga Network

Dr Peter Yates - Secretary

Pete Yates co-founded and taught at the Pakdale Yoga Centre, Wolverhampton, UK which had been offering yoga and therapies for twenty five years.

Jim Gough Treasurer of the Independent Yoga Network

Jim Gough - Treasurer

I am one of the three Directors of the IYN and together we make decisions about its direction. These decisions come from many years of practice and a resulting clear view of the meaning of yoga in its most complete sense.

James Russell Website Manager Independent Yoga Network

James Russell - Website

James has been practising haṭha yoga for over twenty years. He trained in India and the UK and has been teaching since 2007. He is a tutor for the Devon School of Yoga and runs a small yoga studio in Torbay.