History of Zinal

ZINAL 2021

22 – 27 August 2021 Zinal, Switzerland

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History of the EUY Congress Zinal over the years

The EUY holds its congress each year in August in Zinal, Switzerland. The Congress offers many top level teachers in five languages over a week (Sunday till Friday). Classes range from lectures to practice and In-Service training.

About the Zinal Congress

We are proud to present the movie of EUY Congress Zinal 2016. You can click on the button below right for full screen mode, and the Escape key to return to normal view.

The founders of Zinal

The EUY was founded in 1971 by Gerard Blitz and Andre van Lysebeth. The representatives of the National Federations met in Switzerland in 1971 to create the European Union of Yoga Federations (UEFNY) which later became the EUY.

The representatives of the National Federations met in Switzerland in 1971 to create the European Union of Yoga Federations (UEFNY) which later became the European Yoga Union.
The founder members were:
Switzerland K. HUGH
France : Mme Claude PELTIER, Roger CLERC,Nil HAHOUTOF
Belgium: André VAN LYSBETH, Eric GOMEZ
Germany: Martin Lüdtke, Friedrich Schulz-Raffelt

Mr K. Hugh was nominated as General Secretary at the first meeting.

The first UEFNY congress was held at Zinal, situated in the mountains in the Swiss Valais, in 1973 at the suggestion of Claude Peltier. She was delegated to organise it at the premises of Club Med which Gerard Blitz, who was at the time Vice President of the Club, put at her disposal.

During the second congress in 1974 since Mr Hugh had retired, the founding Committee elected Gerard Blitz as General Secretary. This picture form Zinal 1984 shows Carlos Fiel, Arnaud Desjardins, Swami Chidananda, Swami Satchidananda, Sri Sri Sri Satchidananda, Andre Van Lysebeth and Roger Clerc.

For many years he organised a large congress in Zinal , which was unique in Europe and in 2013 celebrated it’s 40th aniversary. After M. Blitz’ s death in 1990, Raoul Lenz, the President of the Swiss Federation succeeded him as Director of the Union and of the Zinal congress. Diana Kendall of Great Britain was the next to be elected as General Secretary and from 1994 to 2006 Antonietta Rozzi of Italy served in the post. Next was Marianne Mascini (2006-2010), Claire Bornstein (2010-2012), and Herman Seymus (2012-2014). In 2014, after the re-organisation process, the new position of EUY President was filled by Gabi Gillessen. In Dec 2020 Virginie Zajac took over the presidency.

At present the Union consists of 17 national Federations. The seat of EUY is in France.