Dear yogis, yoginis and friends,

I hope this e-mail finds you enjoying happy and healthy summer days.

This year has been very busy for me and I feel very blessed that everything I intended to do has been a great success.

The Study Group on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, held at the Iyengar Yoga Institute Maida Vale has been well attended with more people interested. Our next meeting is Sat 26th of July. You are all welcome!!!

In June we won't have a date but the Institute at Maida Vale is holding a lecture and book signing led by Gitte Bechgaard Ph.D entitled "Practice and Detachment: The Twin Pillars of Yogic Wisdom"

Thursday 26th of June from 6:30 - 9pm

The cost for members and non-members is £15

Booking opens soon, please see

At the end of February, we had one of the most wonderful and successful yoga holidays in North Goa.
18 people from as far afield as the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore join our yoga holiday based at the Ashiyana retreat centre in Mandrem.
Ashiyana is a lovely place with well equipped yoga shalas just back from on one of the best beaches in Goa. We practiced asanas for 2-3 hours in the morning and for 1 1/2 hours in the evening, with lazy afternoons spent relaxing on the beach in between.

I was doing what I love in a place that we all enjoyed.
I hope you can join me next year, February 22nd -March 1st 2015.

From the 3rd to the 9th of May I was teaching again in Mexico, Cancun this time. This is the 6th year of our Teachers Training course. I am very proud to say that there are now more and more qualified Iyengar Yoga teachers and Iyengar Yoga studios throughout Mexico.

In September, from the 2nd to the 9th we will be going back to Crete where they have built a wonderful yoga space fully equipped with ropes. There are some adjustments to the arrangements for meals and to prices. Do have a look at the web-site for more information. Hope lots of you can make it!

There are still spaces available.

Iyengar Yoga Holiday in Kissamos, North-West Crete.
September 2nd - 9th 2014.
Information about the 2014 holiday can be found here.

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali Study Group

1st Session
Saturday 18th January 2014

  • Why do we chant Om (or Aum) at the beginning of the class and what does Om means? Sutra 1.28
  • Understanding the Patanjali invocation.
  • Who is Patanjali
  • What are the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali?
  • Short Film

2nd Session

Saturday 15th February
What is Yoga?
Read and discuss Sutra 1.2, 1.14

3rd Session
Saturday 15th March
How to make a connection between Asana and the Sutras. (some asanas to be practice in relation to these Sutras).
Read and discuss Sutras 2.46, 2.47 and 2.48

4th Session (cancelled)
Saturday 12th April
The 8 limbs of Yoga.
Read and discuss Sutra 2.29

5th Session
Saturday 24th May
The 8 limbs of Yoga.

6th Session
Saturday 26th July
The causes of suffering and afflictions and how to minimize them.
Read and discuss Sutras 2.3

We do not have any more dates for the summer, but I hope to start again in the autumn. Do get in contact for more information at:

स तु दीर्घकालनैरन्तर्यसत्कारासेवितो दृढभूमिः॥१४॥
Sa tu dīrghakālanairantaryasatkārāsevito dṛḍhabhūmiḥ||14||

And that (practice) (saḥ), when endowed (sevitaḥ) with a uninterrupted (nairantarya) and true (sat) devotional attitude (kārā) for a long (dīrgha) time (kāla), (has) certainly (tu) firm (dṛḍha) foundations (bhūmiḥ)||14||

Iyengar Yoga Holiday in Goa, India.
February 22nd - March 1st 2015

In Ashiyana Yoga Retreat, which is located by the beautiful and unspoiled Mandrem Beach in the very north of Goa.

Set amidst abundant tropical flora and fauna, it has been designed as a deeply nurturing space where you can relax your body, calm your mind and awaken to your inner sense of being.

During this yoga holiday we practice yoga twice a day. The mornings (07.30 am – 9.30 am) are dynamic and active and the afternoons (5 pm – 6:30 pm) more regenerative, relaxing and include some Pranayama.

Yoga equipment will be provided by the resort. There are 3 fully equipped yoga shalas in the grounds.

Two beautiful meals will be served daily (breakfast and dinner) with lunchtime free for you to go explore the beach, swing in a hammock, take a dip in the pool, read a book, go for a swim in the Arabian Sea, get a massage or visit the neighbouring villages and take in some of the exquisite Indian culture.

See for pictures and full range of accommodation ranging from beach huts to more deluxe rooms. We will be sharing the retreat centre with other guests who are doing ‘drop-in’ classes and Ashiyana yoga holidays with local teachers.

The price for the week is £695 per person, sharing. £895 per single accommodation.

Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training, Tepotztlan, Mexico.
10th to 16th of November 2014.

This Teachers Training module November 10th - 16th will take place in Tepoztlan, a beautiful "magic" town close to Cuernavaca.
I am very happy to announce that Jawahar will be teaching for 2 days of the T.T., from the 14th to the 16th of November.

The rest of the time I will continue with my classes in London, where I hope to continue seeing you on your mat somewhere in the near future.
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