The Gift of Yoga - Honouring BKS Iyengar at the Centenary Celebrations in Sydney

At present in India, Centenary Celebrations are being held in honour of BKS Iyengar.  In Australia we held our own Centenary Celebrations for BKS Iyengar in each capital city to mark 100 years since his birth.  I attended the Sydney celebration at Opera Australia in Surry Hills on Sunday 11 November.  The Sydney celebration started with a 2hr Led Practice led by a representative from Sydney and each regional area in NSW.  I attended as the representative for the Central West and led the adjusted sequence for anyone who was pregnant, menstruating or had injuries.  The atmosphere was friendly and the energy in the room was beautiful as we all practised together for the 2 hours, each individual adjusting their practice as needed.  

After the Led Practice we had morning tea and talked to old friends, met new people and drank seriously good chai!

We then sat for an hour or so to listen to stories and perspectives from four Senior Iyengar Teachers who started travelling to Pune to learn from Mr Iyengar in the 1970s.  They were among Iyengar's first students and most of them have travelled at least once a year to learn from Iyengar and his family every year since then.  Their stories were full of funny anecdotes and reflections on their time in India.  They all have enormous gratitude and respect for Iyengar's generosity to share his knowledge with a sense of humour, and his passion to bring yoga to the West so it was accessible to everyone.

Pooja was held in honour of Guruji where 100 candles were lit by almost 100 attendees to give thanks to Guruji and his life of teaching.  It was a moving and joyous celebration and a reminder that yoga is a gift.  If we treasure, nurture and put the time and effort into our practice, we will receive all it has to offer us.

 

Other articles:

Weekend Workshop Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 November

Workshops allow us to look in more details at certain aspects of our yoga practice.  We have time to contemplate, study detail and cultivate a deeper understanding of yoga asana, pranayama and philosophy.  Building knowledge gives confidence and allows us to become strong, independent yoga practitioners.  Whether you are a beginner or an experienced student, this workshop is suitable for you, so join me!

Saturday 3.00-5.30pm

Sunday 8.00-10.30am and 3.00-5.30pm

Cost:  $150

 

Relax and Restore Class Sunday 18 August 9.30am-11.00am

It is so important to take time out of our busy lives to create a space to sit with ourselves and cultivate the practice of stillness and observation.  The Relax and Restore class centres around these concepts.  By practising asanas that quieten the nervous system, we can bring harmony across the physical, mental and emotional sheaths.  The result is a feeling of being grounded yet energised.   Life looks and feels a little lighter when we take the time to practice these asanas.  Join me on Sunday.

Suitable for all students of all levels.  

Join me for a relaxing and energising start to your Sunday - 9.30am tomorrow 4 August

Jump out of bed and join me on the mat tomorrow morning to start to your Sunday with some self care.  

Running on empty is not beneficial to anyone and it's so important to take time out of our busy lives to create a space to sit with ourselves and cultivate the practice of stillness and observation.  The Relax and Restore class centres around these concepts.  By practising asanas that quieten the nervous system, we can bring harmony across the physical, mental and emotional sheaths.  The result is a feeling of being grounded yet energised.   Life looks and feels a little lighter when we take the time to practice these asanas.  See you tomorrow - all students welcome.

Home Practice Workshop Saturday 3 Aug 1.00-4.00pm

Create a habit that serves you

Coming to class is the first step on the yoga journey. Attending Led Practice (Saturdays 7.00-8.30am) is practising yoga with the support of a group and a fellow student or teacher leading the poses. This is another milestone.
When you take the step towards Home Practice - that is a major achievement!  It gives you the tools to create a space to come to when everything is going well, and when the world throws you a curve ball. Creating a regular Home Practice in your life supports the physical body as well as teaching you resilience, tenacity and the ability to stay strong in the face of adversity. It gives you the skills to stay true to yourself when everything around you shifts. The value of learning to create your own Home Practice is immeasurable. It's not rocket science but it does take a little commitment.
Join me tomorrow to learn how simple starting a Home Practice actually is. You will be thankful for the rest of your yoga journey.  Students of all levels welcome.

The days are getting longer - more time for Home Practice!!!!

 JOIN ME FOR THE HOME PRACTICE WORKSHOP 1.00-4.00PM SATURDAY 3 AUGUST

Why Practice?  What to Practice?  When to use equipment?

How are asanas categorised?  How to put together a sequence?   How to overcome procrastination?

We will answer these questions and help you to support your physical, mental and emotional health by making Yoga part of your life.

Cost $45 which includes notes and sequences.

Relax and Restore 9.30-11.00am Sunday 4 August

It is so important to take time out of our busy lives to create a space to sit with ourselves and cultivate the practice of stillness and observation.  The Relax and Restore class centres around these concepts.  By practising asanas that quieten the nervous system, we can bring harmony across the physical, mental and emotional sheaths.  The result is a feeling of being grounded yet energised.   Life looks and feels a little lighter when we take the time to practice these asanas.  Join me on on Sunday.