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Meet Our 2023 head judges and ambassadors

Ky Ha, Technical Head Judge

Ky Ha was the International Yoga Champion representing the United States in 2007. Since then, he has used his experience as an athlete, a teacher, and a practitioner to coach multiple international champions: Almania Columbo (2016, 2018), Gloria Suen (2012, 2014), and Dev Kapil (2009). Ky is the director of Progressive Hatha Yoga (@progressivehathayoga).

Gloria Suen, Technical Head Judge

As a World Champion (having won the title a month before her 36th birthday in 2012 and again in 2014), Gloria can judge performances and give athlete feedback with precision and subtlety. Judges and coaches will gain deeper insight into the technical aspects of performance, which will help to reduce scoring debates and appeals at events. Athletes will be excited to have access to her experience-based wisdom.

Having been a founding member of the IYSF Technical Committee until 2018, Gloria can help IYSF to review and adjust the Posture Guidelines. Her expert posture knowledge and communication skills will build clarity and consistency in the PG so that athletes and coaches can confidently understand how to execute postures and avoid deductions.

Gloria Suen won the International Yoga Championship just before her 36th birthday in 2012 and again in 2014. She is a founding member of the IYSF Technical Committee and an experienced teacher, judge, and trainer of judges.

Suzanne Smith Elliott, Coach and Athlete Ambassador

Leader in physical fitness and education fields for over forty years. Suzanne has had success coaching all levels of students from the injured and rehabilitating to world champions. She has coached Yoga sportsters since the inception of Yoga Championships, coaching in the first USA held yoga championships and thereafter. She has served as a Judge and Coach every year attending all events. She hosted Regionals in central FL for five years in a row and assisted others who hosted. She has been on the USA Yoga Board and Coaching Committees, currently serving as Coaching representative at the USA Yoga National events. She has several certifications in fitness and yoga styles teaching private lessons to classes of 500. She has lead several Classic 84 and USA Yoga Compulsory classes to assist athletes in training.She was the first "senior" to complete the two week Jedi Fight Club! Born with hip dysplasia, she postponed bilateral Total Hip Replacement using Yoga therapy. She coaches on-line, in-home or at her Yoga school at H.O.T. Yoga on the Island, Merritt Island, FL. She can be reached via Facebook: HOT YOGA on the Island-Merritt Island FL or

Lynn Whitlow, Head Judge Emerita; IYSF  Head Judge,Technical Committee

Lynn Whitlow specializes in Bikram Yoga and Hot Pilates workshops, seminars, and master classes for students of all levels

Lynn’s resume is extensive in the yoga world: she was certified to teach Bikram yoga in the 1990s, holds an Ashtanga Yoga Certification, and has traveled to India to study with the Iyengar family to deepen her knowledge and expertise — immersing herself in the culture and traditions that she continues to pass on to others.

Lynn was among the first to be trained as a judge for the inaugural Bishnu Ghosh Hatha Yoga Competition. She has decades of experience organizing regional competitions throughout the U.S. and travels year-round to judge competitions and share her decades of experience with yoga communities around the planet. Lynn currently sits on the Technical Committee of the International Yoga Sports Federation, which oversees the continued evolution and development of the sport's rules and guidelines — used at competitions worldwide.

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