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Request for video tributes: Guruji the Film

Prashantji Iyengar, son of Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar (Guruji), introduces and launches the documentary project to commemorate the upcoming birth centenary of Guruji on 14th December 2018, urging all followers to participate in the documentary by filming your thoughts on the impact that Guruji and Iyengar Yoga have had on your life and offer a glimpse of the vast impact that binds all ‘sadhakas’ (practitioners)

It shall be a 100% crowd-sourced documentary where every participant, from anywhere across the world, can be a filmmaker in their own right and have their unique voice reach out to the Iyengar Yoga family worldwide. The most unique and inspiring stories shall be compiled into a documentary to be released on Guruji’s birth centenary.

All details can be found on www.gurujithefilm.com

Interview with Zubin Zarthoshtimanesh

Interview with Zubin Zarthoshtimanesh

Minker Chang from World Yoga Festival talks to Iyengar Yogacharya Zubin Zarthoshtimanesh ahead of his highly anticipated visited to the festival this 19th-22nd July.

Can you please introduce yourself?

I am a teacher in the Iyengar yoga lineage. Our Guruji is Yogacharya B. K. S. Iyengar. I started yoga quite young Zubin portraitthanks to my father who was a student of our Guru-ji. That is how I came into yoga, and here I am now, after twenty-seven years of learning with Guru-ji.

Can you tell us about your path and journey into yoga?

It has been continuous. One gradually grows into a subject, an art. I didn’t start off as a teacher. Everyone starts off by being a student. As Guruji always says, be a student. The important thing is to keep learning. It is learning all the time. That has been the common strand throughout the years, of trying to grow Zubin with Gurujiin the subject, and at the same time, trying to understand this container, which is the body. Yoga is like an ocean, such a vast thing. When one learns from this ocean, where does one begin? The container, the body, which contains the mind, the breath, the senses, so many things inside us. One accesses the container not for the container’s sake but to access the content which is within the container. So that is how this exploration takes place.

Can you tell us some of your impressions of Guruji?

Guruji, he needs no introduction to the world. People know of his work, his life, what he has done, his eighty years of teaching the subject of yoga. Today people may know it as Iyengar yoga and respectfully they named the yoga after him. But what he used to also insist, a subject which I’ve just explored in a way, which helps people to understand, is how to really understand what the body is, for not only the body, but the body in relation to the mind, because it has connections. The body-mind-breath are related in relation to the body for the body, body for the mind, body for the breath. Similarly, mind for the body, mind with the breath; so these are the connections which he explored in his practice – in his Abhyasa – in his sadhana. It is now universal in that sense, yoga has evolved to absorb this aspect. It is not that it is a different brand. We must be clear what is a market space and what is an educative space. So here, let us understand what it is to really be aware of what is going on, in the essential aspects of the art, the subject, and what it is to just kind of have someone trying to sell you something. Now Iyengar yoga as people understand it is giving respect to one person’s practice, a person who went so deep in exploring the essential aspects of the subject which we now know as yoga.

What were some of the main lessons you learnt from your Guruji, what did he instil in you as a student?

One of his favourite quotes was, “The body is my temple, the asanas are my prayers”, as well as some of his teachings like ‘The wall is my guru’. You can learn from just about anything, so he took a simple thing like a wall or the floor, which gives you a sense of direction, a sense of precision, to understand how to position your body, your mind and your breath, with that as a reference point. These are some of the things which now surface in me with my association with him.

Can you describe your own self-practice and how that has evolved?

We practice every day to deepen. In that sense practice should not be a repetition of what you are doing. You are not like a machine or robot that starts and switches off in the same way every day. You should try to see how you are exploring different things. Your starting point today should be the end-point of yesterday. That is how you can grow. That is how we have been taught to practice.

How do you view your role as a yoga teacher?

Zubin teachingI still don’t see myself as a teacher. I still see myself as a practitioner, practicing the art and when I am going around I am sharing my knowledge, my understanding, so I don’t put myself on that kind of pedestal, that kind of position. I am more of a colleague, more of a traveller with someone. So that makes me also one with that whole journey.

One of the things that fascinates me is how to maintain the balance between lineage and evolving the living tradition? How can we maintain that balance?

What you have asked is very relevant and deep. In a tradition, you learn and evolve, just like our Guruji did. His Guruji, our Guruji’s Guruji Sri T. Krishnamacharya, evolved a system of yoga from what he had learnt from his teacher. In that tradition, in that Paramparam, our Guruji’s Guruji also had this skill for sequencing the asanas. Before you could start the asanas in any which way, you could start with standing, you could start with lying down, and then something came in like a sequence to build up like a course of meals; so similarly here one could have a certain sequence which builds up the resonance, the vibrations in you, which culminates in a crescendo. In this there are also evolutions and further evolutions in how you evolve the way you practice the asana. Guruji took that from this limb, how asana, in the scheme of Ashtanga yoga, that is the eight-fold path of yoga – yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, samadhi – asana is one limb, but what he discovered – what he realized – his practice led him to realize that all the limbs are implicit in one limb, like a petal contains a whole flower, and the whole flower is contained within the petal, that kind of inclusivity, that asana contains the whole of yoga, and the whole of yoga contains the asana; so he maintained the tradition and yet he evolved to give a different facet, there is always that freshness because life moves on. As one keeps on practicing, one will start discovering these truths. It is a journey.

Are there any final comments that you would like to share?

Nothing should be final. We are always in the process of evolving and exploring. To give inspiration, Patanjali in sutra 1.20 says the essential ingredients for a yoga practitioner, for any aspirant on the spiritual path; he says Sraddha (faith), Virya (courage), Smrti (memory and mindfulness), Prajna (awareness), and Samadhi (absorption) are the five key ingredients that an aspirant should have; so Patanjali reminds us of these five essential qualities which are required to tread on the path in order to succeed on the journey.

Zubin will be sharing his vast depth of knowledge of Iyengar Yoga at World Yoga Festival 19-22nd July, 2018, Reading, UK. Iyengar Yoga members can book at a discounted rate of £129 plus booking fee for a full festival pass (we emailed members on 23 December 2017 with the code but please contact us if you have not received the code). For more information, please visit www.yogafestival.world

Assessment Volunteers Needed!

Assessment Volunteers Needed!

Intermediate Junior Level 1, 2 and 3 Assessments are being held in March 2018 at Dublin Yoga Centre, the Iyengar Yoga Institute Maida Vale (IYIMV), Manchester and District Iyengar Yoga Institute (MDIIY) and at Sheffield Yoga Centre. The venues would welcome volunteer “students” to be taught by candidates during the teaching part of the assessments. Please contact the venues direct (contact details below) to volunteer.

To be a volunteer at Intermediate Junior level, you should have been practising for at least five years and be attending General or Intermediate classes. You should be able to perform Sirsasana and Sarvangasana on the day of the assessment ie should not be menstruating, nor should you have neck, shoulder or back problems that would prevent you from practising these poses or others.

Volunteers who are teachers must hold a certificate below the level being assessed. Volunteers who are teachers taking assessment this year, may volunteer at an assessment of a higher level than the one they are themselves taking, eg, if you are taking a Level 2 assessment this year, you may also volunteer at a Level 3 assessment.

Dublin Yoga Centre is hosting Intermediate Junior Assessments as follows:
Level 1: Sat 3 March – volunteers required 12.45 til approx. 3.30/4 pm
Level 2: Sun 4 March – volunteers required 12.15 til approx. 3/3.30 pm
For further information and to volunteer, contact: Aisling Guirke, aisling_guirke@hotmail.com

IYI Maida Vale is hosting Intermediate Junior Assessments as follows:
Level 1: Sat 10 March
Level 2: Sun 11 March, Sat 17 March, Sun 18 March and Sun 25 March
Volunteers are required on Saturdays from 1.45 til approx. 4.30/5 pm and on Sundays from 2.15 til approx. 5/5.30 pm. For further information and to volunteer, contact: Mary Newton, mary@iyi.org.uk

MDIIY, Manchester is hosting Intermediate Junior Assessments as follows:
Level 1: Sat 3 March
Level 2: Sun 4 March, Sat 24 March
Level 3: Sat 10 March, Sun 25 March
Volunteers are required from 12.45 til approx. 3.30/4 pm. For further information and to volunteer, contact: Clare Tunstall, clare_tunstall@yahoo.co.uk

Sheffield Yoga Centre is hosting Intermediate Junior Assessments as follows:
Level 1: Sat 17 and Sun 18 March
Volunteers are required from 12.45 til approx. 3.30/4 pm. For further information and to volunteer, contact: info@sheffieldyogacentre.co.uk

National Iyengar Yoga Day, 13 January 2018

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Send us your memories of BKS Iyengar

In 2018 the yoga community will be celebrating 100 years since B.K.S. Iyengar’s birth. To mark the occasion we’re planning a special centenary edition of our members’ magazine, Iyengar Yoga News, and would like to invite you to share what B.K.S. Iyengar meant to you. Your response could be in the form of text, a drawing, poem, or some other form of expression.


Alternatively, you might like to contribute to a project being set up by the organisers of Abhijata’s tour of Europe next year. They are aiming to organise an exhibition and publish a book based on “100 words/ 100 people for 100 years of Guruji”. Rather than simply retelling the remarkable story of the life of BKS Iyengar, they would like to present a more personal  picture of the man who has touched all of our lives. If you have a story to share, whether it be a something of the human character of the man or perhaps something about his almost super-human abilities they would love to hear it. Anyone wanting to contribute should limit their stories to around 100 words and if they have an accompanying high resolution photo/s  it would be greatly appreciated. The organisers have written to us: “… we would like each country to be presented so please urge senior teachers and practitioners alike to contribute … We hope for a good response and we may have to ask each country to do an initial edit if many people are inspired to write … We hope to gather together these 100 stories, some funny, some inspiring, some life-changing ..”.

If you send your contribution to us at the address below, we will collate them and send them on to the organisers of this project, and we may use some of them for our website, our social media and in the next issue of our magazine.

Please send submissions via email by 31st December 2017 to katie@iyengaryoga.org.uk for consideration

Ramamani Iyengar’s Birth Anniversary

Ramamani Iyengar 90th Birthday Celebrations

2nd November 2017 marks the 90th Birth Anniversary of Ramamani Iyengar, B.K.S. Iyengar’s beloved wife, who died in 1973. With the blessings of their daughter Geeta Iyengar, to help mark the occasion several events will be happening to commemorate and to recognise her great contribution to the lives of Guruji, their children and Guruji’s spiritual children all around the world.

CLICK HERE TO SEE EVENTS

As part of the celebrations we will be collecting donations for the Bellur Trust as a way of showing our gratitude for her contribution to our lives (see below for details of how to donate).

The following tributes to Ramamani are from B.K.S. Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar and Prashant Iyengar:

From “Rama – The Light Of My Life.” By B.K.S. Iyengar

Everyday I got up early for my yoga practices. Rama also got up at the same time to prepare coffee for both of us. She used to observe me practise but she never interfered. For her, even the word “Yoga” was unknown. She did not know then what it stood for, and she never ventured to ask what Yoga teaching meant or what I learned. However, in the course of time, she developed a keen interest in learning the art.

I started teaching her daily and she became my pupil. As she made progress I taught her how to assist me towards improving my methods. My instructions to help me during my practice made her a good teacher. This enabled her to teach one or two lady students from my group independently. As our family responsibilities increased and her attention to the welfare of the children took much of her time, she could not take to teaching. Whenever she found time she practised yoga for herself. She was ever ready to help whenever I wanted a support to get a better position in my practices.

Sometimes I used to practise for 10 hours a day. I had no mirror to even look at my positions or compare my experiences with anybody. There was a constant struggle inside me. She completely gave everything for my practice. Never once did she ask me, “Let us go to the cinema together or let us go to the market.” She would tell me, “If you want to practise I will go on my own.”

Slowly we understood each other, and lived happily, spiritually and were devoted to each other.

Rama was the personification of patience and magnanimity. She was simple, generous and unostentatious. She was kind to one and all. She had great forbearance even to people who did not wish her well. She was quiet, serene and peaceful and remained unruffled in adverse circumstances. She took everything in her stride coolly. She looked after those who came to her for help or advice with love, joy and devotion … Her love was unique; she had a heart full of compassion and people called her “Amma” which means mother … we lived without conflicts as if our souls were one … She was never harsh to the children; yet she commanded high respect and moulded them with discipline.

I am never separated from her for she is always in my life. It was her affection for me to learn and teach this subject that has made me name the Institute after her.

 

From “Reminiscenses of My Mother” by Geeta Iyengar.

Simplicity and humility

As much as she never complained of her difficult days, she never showed off her wealth during better times. She never showed off or expressed herself ever with pride. She would always thank God for whatever changes, progress that we made. False pride and ego were far away from her. She was always very composed, simple and humble. Despite our financial status changing there was never a display of wealth. Our house was always simple and till we moved to this new house where our Institute currently stands there was no change in our style of living.

Broadmindedness

My mother maintained all our traditions and culture, but at the same time she was quite open to new ideas and things. It was she who pushed me into wearing shorts for yoga practice. In fact, the yoga shorts, the bloomers, which are now being worn all over the world, were initially designed by my mother.

Earlier not many women would practise yoga and those who did wore the 9 yard sari. It was cumbersome to practise in that. What to wear for yoga class was a big problem for Indian women! The Western women would wear a two piece suit but Indian women could never see themselves wearing those clothes. Most Indian women wore saris then and to change from that to a two piece suit can be unimaginable. There were no t-shirts available then. We wore blouses and skirts and a sari.

So, the Indian women were always at a loss on what to wear while doing yoga. The blouses would be buttoned in the front and that is what I wore for a long time.

Some women would wear pants or trousers that belonged to their husbands or brothers. Then, the stretch pants came in with more Westerners coming to India in the 1960s. And, the Indian women also wore salwar kameez.

Guruji brought me two full pants from one of his European tours. My mother realised that even these would not give the necessary freedom for the movements that we required.

I also did not know what was the appropriate dress for me when I started doing yoga. She insisted that I should wear shorts like my father was wearing. These shorts would be very loose near the thighs so she would insert a string through the hem and knot the string at the inner end of the thighs. Later, elastic was available so the string was replaced by elastic. Thus the yoga shorts or Pune shorts were born … Gradually more and more women started wearing these shorts.

 

From “My mother my yoga teacher: an interview with Prashant Iyengar.”

“You had mentioned in one of your earlier interviews that you learnt yoga from your mother. Can you please elaborate on that?

“I have said earlier that I have learnt yoga from my mother but it is not as all of you have understood yoga. It is the philosophy of life and conduct that I have learnt from her. The principles of tolerance, magnanimity, compassion and the sense of sacrifice are all important for yoga. This is what I learnt from her. She had the sense of duty mindedness. She never had an excuse for not doing anything … She tried her level best to carry out her duties. Her attitude was like following the principle of karma yoga from the Bhagavad Gita. She worked without expectation and resigned herself to the will of God. She was absolutely selfless to the core. We could not even identify her likes and dislikes. She never ever said she did not like something or someone … it was her matter of concern on what was right or wrong. But at the same time she had a pardoning nature and forgave anything and everything.

She had a sense of sacrifice. When a person makes a sacrifice – he makes it expressed. “I sacrificed this or that.” Then there is no sacrifice. Sacrifice should be a product of certain qualities. And she had those qualities. She was unselfish and without hatred. That made her magnanimous and compassionate which in turn led the sense of sacrifice.”

Like a karma yogi she was devoted to her duties. She had a sense of duty-mindedness but had no eyes for the fruits of her actions. She never proclaimed her role or her contributions … she did everything very silently. We realised her contributions only in her absence.

She was epitome of philosophy of yoga. Jnana, Karma and Bhakti are the three paths of yoga. She had a balanced state of mind like a jnani. She was never drawn to the polarities. She had never expressed likes or dislikes. She was not attached but not indifferent too … she was never excessively attached to anyone. There was always a balance in her.

Like a karma yogi she was devoted to her duties … Like a bhaktan, she totally resigned herself to the will of God.

She was a yogi in the truest sense.


How to donate to the Bellur Trust

Please send donations to Jess Wallwork – email jess(at)iyengaryoga.org.uk

Bank details:
The Cooperative Bank
Account name IY (UK) Ltd
Sort code 089299
Account number 65529364
IBAN: GB63CPBK08929965529364
Bank Identification Code (BIC) or SWIFT code: CPBKGB2

Teaching Yoga to Children: Korinna Pilafidis-Williams

We recently asked our teacher members what it’s like teaching yoga to children. Korinna Pilafidis-Williams is a Junior Intermediate Level 3 teacher based in London, talks about how she has developed her classes for children and the benefits it brings them:

“I have often asked myself why I teach yoga for children especially when I am in front of 15 kids who are either very active and close to hanging themselves off the ropes or yawning and totally despondent. I could just stay at home and look at my own children who would challenge me in similar ways. Also why are there so few yoga teachers teaching kids? The answer to the last question is relatively easy. It is not just the sheer physical effort that goes into such a class, but it is the constant strain to keep the class controlled which is generally not such an issue with an adult class. But most importantly is the fear of injury to a child. You have to have eyes everywhere and be certain that they follow your instruction, for you just have to look away for a second and they fall or topple over in their effort to please. If a severe injury occurs we do not just have to deal with the child, but with the parents and the threat of being sued.
Despite this very genuine fear, my answer to why I teach children is simple. Both yoga and kids have something in common that I treasure most: honesty.  Like the asanas they are clear and truthful, so I know immediately whether they are bored or enjoying themselves.

Over the years I have developed my classes so that they include a mixture of discipline, fun and real learning – often without them even noticing that they are learning.

At the beginning of a term I explain to them that they are not only doing yoga but that they will learn a new language (Sanskrit) and will also find out about their body. One of my 10-year-old pupils has been with me for almost 3 years and knows most of the Sanskrit names for the poses that he has learned just by listening to them.

As for the body we have a constant member in our group, Bob-Bone, the skeleton. A previous class named him when Bob the Builder was featuring large. He is always with us and we have a few minutes at the beginning of the class when we look at the different bones and learn the English as well as their scientific names in Latin or Greek. At the end of term we usually have a quiz where I test their knowledge. One of their favourite aides memoir is for the Latin name for the kneecap – a chocolate spread but with a p at the beginning. Or for the thigh bone a F(emale) animal with a bushy tail which lives in the trees of Madagascar.

More fun in the class comes in the shape of imaginative stories, which the kids write, using yoga poses. After small adjustments to the stories, which sometimes are too fantastical to perform, we invite the parents to come and watch.

But it is not all fun and games. The main part of learning comes through discipline. I can tell very quickly how the individual child behaves at school. On the whole they respond well to it, sometimes without even noticing. They have their mats aligned, learn how to roll a mat or carry it into the equipment room. I will never start until all stand in Tadasana, which is often very difficult because their feet are really very far away from their brain.

Through all this I try to sow a seed, even if they stop after a term, and hope that they will come back to yoga later in life when they feel the need for it. It is almost like learning a language that you learn when you are young and then forget, but when you pick it up again it is there ready to be released and grow. I often hear from parents how their children have learnt to sleep better and relax with the help of Savasana. It is indeed the most challenging pose, but mastered amazingly well already after a few weeks. For me it is a real joy to look at these active, sometimes-rebellious kids lying there quietly and serenely.

As to the honesty mentioned at the beginning, I would like to finish with a conversation I had with one of my pupils who told me that he does Garudasana in the middle of the playground at school. When I asked him what the others thought of him he replied with a very serious voice: “They think I am mad!” Honest(l)y.

Important notice:
In Iyengar yoga we only encourage children from the age of six to take classes. A six-year-old child is usually at school and is used to some sort of discipline and is able to watch and listen when a pose is demonstrated. More importantly, most of them have learnt the difference between their left and right sides. The physiological reason behind the age limit is however more significant. Under the age of six most children’s heads are bigger in proportion to their body, especially their arms, so they should not attempt to do Sirsasana or Sarvangasana because the arms would not be able to support the head, neck and body. Apart from that, some of the bones of the skull have not properly fused. Pressure on the head in Sirsasana could lead to nerve damage if the pose is performed wrongly. Furthermore the big muscles in the body, which help stability, have not developed.”

Biography
Korinna Pilafidis-Williams has been practising Iyengar Yoga for 34 years and has been teaching youngsters for almost 10 years. The class at the Iyengar Yoga Institute Maida Vale is one of the oldest and most established children’s classes in the country. Korinna and her students have appeared on children’s BBC programmes including Blue Peter and Xchange. They also performed in front of Geeta Iyengar at Crystal Palace during the Iyengar Yoga Jubilee in 2002. Korinna has also led children’s workshops at the Yoga Show at Olympia.

See Korinna’s profile and classes here
korinnapw@btinternet.com
https://twitter.com/kpw009

 

 

Teaching Yoga to Children: Suzanne Gribble

Children can start learning Iyengar yoga from age 6.  What’s it like to teach them?  London-based Junior Intermediate Level 2 teacher Suzanne Gribble talks about her experience:

 

“I’ve been teaching children for over four years and love it! I teach at a local primary school, currently two classes after school, with 12 – 14 children in each class. Nine months ago I set up a private Saturday class for teenagers. I have learnt a tremendous amount and by experiencing yoga through their eyes it has given me a different and valuable perspective.

Children are naturally curious, asking questions and eager to learn and so the classes are varied, unpredictable and fun too. At times it can be challenging, especially teaching those less keen or it’s their parents’ idea (rather than the children) for them to do yoga to calm them down! However, in time those individuals peter out and I’m left with a delightful group of young practitioners, returning each week, each term, keen to progress, hungry for more.

I vary the sessions, keep them active and ensure there’s plenty of fun to be had by all. We’ll always start seated to quieten down after the busy school day and then stand to move first the hands and arms, feet and legs, then running and jumping on the spot to let out some energy after sitting in lessons. Surya Namaskara is always popular as are standing poses and balances and Sarvangasana is a firm favourite, though we don’t hold it for long due to lack of props. Back bends come easier to most children over forward bends as surprisingly many are unable to touch their toes, either in standing or seated forward bends. The preconceived idea that children are flexible is far from true; today’s lifestyle and heavy use of electronic gadgets and sitting on chairs rather than on the floor, many children tend to be stiffer than the stiff adults that I teach, proving that yoga for children is more essential than ever.

I enjoy teaching some poses which adults generally find more challenging, such as Adho Mukha Vrksasana which is naturally loved by most children and other hand/arm balances; some who can stay quiet and still enough are managing Sirsasana.

The sessions are creative; they love story telling through poses and making up their own stories and poses and demonstrating these to each other. They are also keen on learning the Sanskrit names and are quick to repeat them out loud. It’s not recommended to teach Pranayama to children though I bring their attention to the breath; sometimes I introduce games with straws and cotton wool balls for them to explore inhalation and exhalation! I have used resources for my teaching such as the invaluable book Yoga for Children by Swati and Rajiv Chanchani, though I have generally developed my own methodsMy experiences of children in Savasana are varied. While some are unable to shut their eyes at all, or screw them up tightly, are restless or wriggling and giggling, others are able to lie still and relax for a few minutes, seemingly unaware of the noises around them.

At the end of each class we have a Yogi of the Week who takes home Yoga Ted (a soft toy bear) until the following week; this works really well as most are keen to strive to be chosen, even the older children!

The teens classes are quieter and structured similarly to an adult class, and the students – all currently girls – are keen to progress and develop in their practice. Many of them are actively involved in competitive sports such as athletics and swimming and some are dancers too so the classes have proved a good counterbalance. While some have very stiff hamstrings, shoulders and upper backs and find the poses pretty challenging, others are very flexible and hyper extend so I need to watch and instruct them carefully.

Most rewarding for me is seeing children enjoying yoga, eagerly telling me they are practising at home and watching their progress; progress not only in their asanas but in their concentration, strength, stamina, confidence and understanding, also that yoga is not competitive and appreciating and respecting each other for who they are. Finally, the knowledge that I have played a tiny part in planting a seed, a love of yoga, I hope and believe will continue into adulthood.”

Some comments from children:

‘Before I didn’t think I would like yoga but you made me like it’ (age 10)

‘Yoga Ted loves your skills in yoga and your lovely classes’ (age 7)

‘I loved your yoga. Yoga is fun’ (age 7)

Check out Suzanne’s profile and classes here

suzannegribbleyoga.com
suzanne.gribble@gmail.com
Facebook/SuzanneGribbleIyengarYogaTeacher

Genie Hammond 1929 – 2017

We are sad to announce the death of Genie Hammond on 26th September 2017.

Born in Islington on 18th March 1929, Genie was an original character. Her down to earth “tell it as it is “style of teaching touched so many. Students enjoyed her humour and stories of Guruji when she travelled with him and of his visit to her family in Catford which he enjoyed.

Genie was dedicated to Mr Iyengar (as she referred to him) and yoga was running through her veins every moment of the day. Spreading Guruji teaching even when shopping in a super market; her sharp eye and wonderful remedial knowledge would be used to help a stranger with a back or shoulder problem. Using a shop fitting to create a prop, Genie was practical.            

Guruji and Genie had a long friendship, communicating by letter each month. During our classes Genie would share the news from Pune,  making us all part of the yoga family. Her last visit was when she was 83 year old

Genie came from the generation of teachers that were only taught by Guruji, travelling to Pune and leaving their family for us all to gain knowledge, keeping the standard of Guruji’s work into teacher training and sometimes working without payment

Thank you, Genie, your teaching and sincerity will be remembered by many.

(Combined quotes from Judi Sweeting, Richard Ager Ward, Judith Jones and Brenda Booth)

Applications for Intermediate Junior Assessment

Applications for Intermediate Junior Assessment in March 2018 are open from 1st September with a strict deadline of 30th September 2017 – late applications will not be accepted. You must have held your Introductory Certificate since 2015 at the latest to be eligible for Intermediate Junior Level 1 in March 2018. Please log on to the website with your user name and password and then go to the Member Dashboard where, from 1st September, you will find a link to the application form. Potential applicants from overseas – please email kate@iyengaryoga.org.uk

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