EUY History

History of the European Union of Yoga

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: H. LUDKE, H. SHULRAFFEN

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. 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.

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