Newsletter Spring 2016

"Yoga does not change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees."

Light on Life. B.K.S. Iyengar

Dear yogis, yoginis and friends,

Namaste and a happy and joyful spring to all.

It has been a long time since my last newsletter.

Every year I say that I won't do so much travelling but try to find more time for my yoga practice and more reading, but somehow I find myself travelling just as much.

Teaching my yoga holidays brings lots of joy and the opportunity to share and to get to know some of you better. I am also blessed with a big family with my sisters spread around the world.

All of which requires travelling which makes me realise that I love it really.

In February, all this was rewarded with yet another fantastic yoga holiday in Goa, we were at Ashiyana again and had a fabulous time as always. Every year gets better and better, all thanks to you!

Yoga is not only what we practice on the yoga mat but also how we apply this to our lives.

Sharing, respecting, loving, communicating, enjoying each other's company, learning, caring and much much more......

"We must purge ourselves before finding faults in others. When we see a mistake in someone else, we should try to find if we are making the same mistake.
This is the way to make judgment and to turn it into improvement. We should not look at others' bodies with envy or superiority. Never compare with others. Each one's capacities are a function of his or her internal strength.
Know your capacities and continually improve upon them."
B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life 


A month after we came back from Goa, most of us met for an Indian dinner yoga reunion. I would like to thank Rebecca Hossack for inviting the group to have papadums and prosecco at her art gallery beforehand. Also to Courtney and Ted who, despite not being able to come all the way from Washington DC., managed to be with us in spirit by paying for our drinks at the restaurant. Honestly it is wonderful to feel part of such a marvellous group of yogis and yoginis !!!!


Luxury Yoga Holiday in the South of Spain

September 3rd to 9th 2016

After teaching in Crete for 5 years, I have changed the venue to Southern Spain.

I have found a marvellous stand-alone villa near Tarifa. The entire complex will be ours for the duration.

Villa La Peña is a spacious and secluded luxury property with 4 ensuite twin rooms and 2 twin rooms that share a bathroom. Situated within extensive grounds, it has a 50 sqm yoga studio, a massage room, indoor/outdoor swimming pools, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi.

It sits in a stunning elevated position in the La Peña area of Tarifa, nestled between mountain and sea with a panoramic vista over miles of sandy beaches. It faces the Straits of Gibraltar, looking out east across to Morocco's Atlas Mountains and west to the Port of Tangiers.

Tarifa is a uniquely cosmopolitan town, historically and geographically significant as mainland Europe's southernmost point, where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic. About 10 minutes away by car.

We will have a brunch every morning after the 2.5 to 3 hour yoga class, with the afternoon off to do as we please. Included in the price are also 2 evening meals, the rest of the time we can find food in some local restaurants not too far away.

The price for the week depends on your accommodation. Please see the web site: www.yogamparo.co.uk

Please note that the information has not been updated yet. Information will be on the website as soon as Helmut (my husband and a wizard with computers) finds some time to update it.

You could see last year's web page to give you an idea.

Booking is now open!!!!! Book soon as places are going fast.

In November 2016 I will be going back to Mexico to continue with the teacher training program. Again I will be honoured to have Jawahar teaching part of it.

The rest of the time I will continue with my classes in London.
I hope to see you on your mat sometime in the near future.

Iyengar Yoga Holiday in Goa, India. Feb 26th - March 5th 2017
Booking is now open!!!!!
Ashiyana is an exquisite venue on one of the best beaches in Goa. We will practice yoga asanas in the mornings in the round yoga shala. Afterwards we will have a delicious brunch with healthy Indian goodies, tropical fruit (pomegranate ready prepared), home made bread, cashew butter and jams and much more, all prepared by the wonderful group of Nepalese staff.

We will have time for lazy afternoons relaxing on the beach and exploring the surroundings.

Late in the afternoon we will have a second yoga session with restorative asanas and pranayama.

All the hard work of the day will be rewarded in the evening with a fantastic dinner amongs friends or some of the events that Ashiyana offers like mediatation, dance or chanting.

I would like to thank very much all of you who continue contributing to the charity set up by Ashiyana to support the Nepalese staff whose families were affected by the earthquake.

My attendance at events in Pune in December 2015

At the end of last year I was fortunate in attending the first international meeting with Geeta and Prashant Iyengar in Pune.

Delegates from many countries met for 3 days to re-evaluate teacher training and assessments. Everybody had the opportunity to express their views and Geeta and Prashant gracefully guided each country in how to proceed according to their needs.

"Stay with the practice and be humble. Help each other." was Geeta's recommendation to all.

For me it was also an opportunity to be in the same room where Guruji practiced, together with so many of his longstanding  teachers. After such an interesting meeting, I stayed for the 2nd Yoganusasaram convention, where Geeta tought asana and pranayama.
It was a great honour and privilege to be part of such an amazing event and to share the experience with more than 1200 fellow devotees from around the world.


Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training, Tepoztlan, Mexico.

November 21st -27th 2017

I have been teaching a teacher training program in Mexico for the last 8 years. Most of my students have now passed their exams and I am very proud to say that the Iyengar yoga community has grown to have qualified Iyengar Yoga teachers teaching in many more parts of Mexico.

Also, many of my fellow teachers in Mexico have reached the point where they now qualify to run TT without my help.

Since Guruji gave permission for me to go to Mexico and help with the training of teachers it has been my intention to eventually hand over the TT to the Mexican teachers. This point is now approaching I am happy to say.

Consequently, I am now going to Mexico only once per year until I hand over the TT completely to the very capable Mexicans teachers.

The next module and possibly the last that I will be teaching will be in November 2016 with the support of Jawahar Bangera.

I would like to thank all the Mexican teachers who through all these years have supported the group, all the students who, thanks to their dedication and hard work have made me very proud to be part of this process and all the teachers who have supported the group with their wonderful teaching, especially Jawahar (Mumbai) and Richard Agar Ward (UK).


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