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Try a free class on National Iyengar Yoga Day, Saturday 19 January
9th January 2019
Try a Free Class on National Iyengar Yoga Day
On Saturday 19th January 2019, certified Iyengar yoga teachers across the UK and Ireland will be offering free classes and holding events to celebrate National Iyengar Yoga Day. Named after BKS Iyengar, one of the key figures credited with bringing yoga to the West, Iyengar yoga is the world’s most widely practised method of yoga. National Iyengar Yoga Day is an opportunity for people of all ages and levels of fitness to discover the benefits of Iyengar yoga for themselves.
About BKS Iyengar and Iyengar Yoga
BKS Iyengar (14th December 1918 – 20th August 2014) was a visionary Indian teacher who recognised the benefits of yoga and determined to make it widely accessible. His international bestseller ‘Light On Yoga’, published in 1966, is still considered an essential guide to yoga postures today. BKS Iyengar’s legacy is Iyengar yoga, an internationally standardised method of teaching popular with students everywhere from Rejkjavik and Rio to Beijing and Boston. Characterised by precision, teachers of Iyengar yoga practice and study for a minimum of five years before they can instruct students. This rigorous training has made Iyengar yoga one of the most trusted and widely practised forms of yoga in the world. Come and try it for yourself on National Iyengar Yoga Day, Saturday 19th January 2019!
In the words of the Chair of the Iyengar Yoga Association (UK), Jill Johnson, “On National Iyengar Yoga Day we will celebrate the life’s work of one of the most influential world figures of recent times as he would have wanted us to – by practising yoga!”
Geeta Iyengar: Obituary
17th December 2018
Here are two obituaries that have been written to celebrate Geeta’s life and work.
A book of condolence will be compiled and if you wish to email email@example.com your messages will be included; please let Charlotte know which Member Group or region you belong to.
Obituary from the Times of India: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/geeta-iyengar-renowned-yoga-exponent-passes-away-at-74/articleshow/67119933.cms
Celebrating 100 Years
14th December 2018
Today is the 100th birth anniversary of a remarkable yoga master, our dear teacher B.K.S. Iyengar.
As the yoga community marks this special day we are full of gratitude for everything he gave in his life, and his message that “Yoga is for all.” His teaching has had a profound impact on so many people, and continues to do so through his devoted family, Iyengar yoga teachers and students around the world.
Find out more about the life of this great man using our timeline here:
Here are some of the tributes from teachers and students whose lives he touched:
Thank you, Guruji
Iyengar Yoga at the RNCM
27th November 2018
The Royal Northern College of music has become the first conservatoire to appoint a lecturer in musicians’ health and wellbeing, the Guardian reports. In addition, they are offering yoga classes to students to help prevent injury.
Iyengar Yoga (UK) teacher Maureen Wray is currently employed by the College’s wind and brass department to teach yoga to their students. Maureen, a trained violinist herself, explains how she came to teach Iyengar yoga:
“I stumbled upon Iyengar yoga around sixteen years ago on the recommendation of a friend. I had been through a challenging time in my life and was feeling the effects of stress. As a very keen runner I wasn’t at all sure that yoga would be for me. After a few sessions I really began to enjoy the way that I felt after the class. My body felt as though it had been physically challenged and yet I felt this wonderful release of tension. My mood always felt very positive.
“I slowly became more committed to regular class attendance and the practice of yoga then became a integral part of my life. After many years of working as a professional violinist I decided to train as an Iyengar teacher, qualifying in 2010. Yoga quite literally changed my life! I now feel privileged to have the opportunity to introduce others to the experience of Iyengar yoga through teaching my own classes.”
The Circle – Film Screening 17th December 2018
19th November 2018
In honour of BKS Iyengar for the Centenary celebrations, on 17 December there will be a screening of The Circle by Iyengar yoga teacher Philippa Frisby. The event is in Wantage, Oxfordshire; there will also be a screening at the IY (UK) Convention in May
The Circle is a documentary film about the transformational power of yoga in treating drug addiction in the street children of Mumbai. The film focuses on the centre in Dharavi, which finds and takes in some of the most vulnerable members of society, ultimately reforming their lives.
See here for full details: http://beaconwantage.co.uk/whats-on/thecircle
IY (UK) no longer permitted to use the word ‘Institute’
13th November 2018
IY (UK) no longer permitted to use the word ‘Institute’.
We have recently heard from Companies House that ‘Institute’ is a protected word and cannot be used without permission. We have accordingly changed ‘Member Institutes’ to ‘Member Groups’; the Member Groups themselves have also had to take the word ‘Institute’ out of their names. This is a shame as the term ‘Institute’ has a long history in the Iyengar community and is a reflection of the title of RIMYI, our mother institute in Pune (whose name we are still allowed to use). However, we must comply with UK law, which is why we are having to make these changes.
Centenary Year 2018: Tributes to Guruji
5th November 2018
B.K.S. Iyengar Centenary Year 2018: Your tributes
In celebration of the hundredth year since the birth of B.K.S. Iyengar, each month we’ll be posting a selection of your tributes. Click on a name to open or close their contribution.
Complaint of Misconduct against Yoga Teacher in the USA
9th October 2018
Complaint of Misconduct against Yoga Teacher in the USA
You may have heard that there has recently been a serious complaint of sexual misconduct made against a senior Iyengar teacher in the USA, and that the Iyengar National Association of the US (IYNAUS) is dealing with this. We are not currently dealing with any such complaints in the UK and Ireland, but this is not an issue that we should be complacent about; IY (UK) must have a zero-tolerance attitude to all forms of discrimination, bullying, harassment and abuse. Sexual harassment and abuse need to be challenged wherever they occur.
Manual adjustments have always been an element of the Iyengar method; If you do not wish to be physically adjusted by your teacher for any reason, please tell them. If you feel that you have any cause for complaint against your teacher, we would encourage you to follow this up. We are currently looking at our complaints procedures to see if they need updating. Challenging the teacher yourself is one way of trying to deal with it but that may not be appropriate. If you would like to complain about your teacher, or you have any questions, then the first step is to contact Jill Johnson(firstname.lastname@example.org) or Gerry Chambers (email@example.com) Chair of Ethics, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respect your confidentiality and will not take any further steps without your approval. If you are concerned that any illegal actions may have taken place we suggest that you contact your local police for advice, and also inform us.
National Iyengar Yoga Day: 19 January 2019
19th September 2018
National Iyengar Yoga Day in the UK and Ireland returns on Saturday 19th January 2019.
Don’t miss this fantastic chance to discover Iyengar yoga in your area! Certified Iyengar yoga teachers will be offering free taster classes, demonstrations and events.
If you are a member and wish to organise an event in your are, please contact us
New play in Pune tells the life story of B.K.S. Iyengar
8th August 2018
A new play about the life of B.K.S. Iyengar by Radhika Deshpande opened in Pune, India last week. Find out more here: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/pune/the-life-of-a-yoga-guru-unfolds-on-stage/articleshow/65291010.cms