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Geeta Iyengar 7.12.1944 – 16.12.2018

Posted by Kathleen Powell on Monday December 17th, 2018 at 6:47am

Dr Geeta S. Iyengar (1944 – 2018)

In her father’s light, not shadow!

Dr Geeta S. Iyengar, daughter of Yogacharya B K S Iyengar, and the seniormost teacher in the Iyengar community passed away today morning. She had completed 74 years on December 7.
Sister to her five siblings but a mother figure to the whole community of Iyengar yoga practitioners which now spans 59 countries across the world, Geetaji lived a simple life which embodied all the principles of being a yogini.
She chose to lead a life of brahmacharya (celibacy) and devoted her life to yogic pursuits.
As the director of the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI), Pune, together with her father B K S Iyengar and her brother Prashant, she was instrumental in moulding and teaching generations of yoga aspirants from their Yoga-shala in Shivajinagar, Pune. Last year, the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award for the best Yoga Institute in India was awarded to RIMYI. This, in a way, acknowledged her six-decades-long years of commitment to teaching yoga and mentoring generations of yoga teachers which has resulted in the Iyengar yoga certificate becoming the gold standard in the field.

The eldest child of Ramamani and Yoga guru B K S Iyengar, Geetaji was born near Tumkur, her maternal place but did her schooling in Pune, where her father had settled down as a yoga teacher.
She was inspired to take up yoga early and never looked back. An early attack of nephritis at age 9 had left her with only half a kidney and ever since, she became a keen student of yoga.
Decades later, when asked at a Q & A, whether she felt she was in her father’s shadow, she had wittily said, “I consider myself fortunate to be in my father’s light, not his shadow.”

In 2012, Geetaji conducted a mega class in Portland, Oregon, US, which has become a benchmark for the congruence between Yoga, medicine and Ayurveda. In this convention, she gave the principles of how to hone the art of observation and application of yogasanas in the treatment and alleviation of various diseases. She repeatedly stressed how yogasanas have transformative power and this comes with the alignment of the outer, inner and innermost bodies (sthula, sukshma and karana shariras) with the bahya, antar-anga and antar-atma sadhanas .

When people talk of alignment, they only point to external points of reference like arms and legs and muscles and joints. But here was someone who showed us how to align a life to the teachings of a Guru, how to align a life to the learnings of an art, how to align a life to the responsibilities of a practitioner (sadhaka), a teacher and a pillar of the yoga community.
Though a teacher in her own right, she always remained a shishya to her father and the subject of yoga till the end. Even at the recently concluded centenary celebrations of Yogacharya B K S Iyengar, where more than 1,200 students from 53 countries participated in a ten-day yogasana and pranayama session, she taught tirelessly for six hours a day exhorting students to experience the intelligence in their bodies first-hand and not depend on second-hand experiences. This insistence on self-learning and self-awareness in the body, mind, consciousness and breath became her defining ethic.
She authored the classic, ‘Yoga – A Gem For Women’ which is now translated into several languages. Her continuous exploration resulted in the volumes, Preliminary Course and Intermediate Course which became a beginner-level learner’s text guides to her father’s definitive Light On Yoga.
Her six-decades-long commitment to the subject of yoga has been something which will now inspire generations of practitioners.

This obituary was written by Parvez Irani, the man who hand writes our certificates so beautifully at RIMYI.

Yoga Link – December 2018

Posted by Kathleen Powell on Monday December 17th, 2018 at 6:44am

Click here to read the December issue of the YOGA LINK

Application for Junior and Senior Intermediate Assessments 2019

Posted by Kathleen Powell on Thursday November 8th, 2018 at 7:02pm

Application forms for 2019 assessments of the Junior Intermediate Levels 1 – 3 and Senior Intermediate Levels 1 – 3 are available here.

Please note the time frame for applications is strictly 1 – 28 February, 2019

Completed applications are to be sent to:

Junior Intermediate Levels 1 and 2:

Clare Davenport – IYANZ JI1&2 Assessment Coordinator

82 Palatine Terrace, St Martins, Christchurch 8022

Any queries, please contact Clare:

Junior Intermediate Level 3:

Susie Lever – IYANZ JI3 Assessment Coordinator

73 Smith Road, RD5, Warkworth 0985

Any queries, please contact Susie:

Senior Intermediate Levels 1, 2 and 3: 

Monica Haar – IYANZ SI Assessment Coordinator

17 Brisbane Street, Auckland 1021

Any queries, please contact Moni:

Application for Introductory Assessment 2019

Posted by Kathleen Powell on Tuesday September 25th, 2018 at 4:15pm

An Introductory Assessment will be held in Christchurch on the weekend of 17-19 May 2019.

  • Click here for the Application Form for Introductory Assessment 2019.
  • Both Intro practices 1 and 2 are on the Assessment page – both practices are given so that candidates study & practice all the asanas on both the Intro Level 1 & 2 syllabi. Candidates will be advised of which practice will be used for assessment day once all application forms are received and applications approved (early March).
  • The time frame for applications is strictly 1 – 28 February, 2019
  • Completed applications are to be sent to:

Wendy Norwood

IYANZ Introductory Assessment Coordinator

22A Jubilee Avenue, Devonport,

Auckland 0624

Any queries, please email Wendy on

Yoga Link – September 2018

Posted by Kathleen Powell on Friday September 21st, 2018 at 2:28pm

Click here to read the latest issue of the YOGA LINK.

Assessment Dates 2019

Posted by Kathleen Powell on Tuesday September 18th, 2018 at 4:51pm

IYANZ Assessments 2019

The A&TT Committee and the Senior Advisory Group are pleased to announce the planned assessment dates for 2019:

  • Introductory Assessment:     17-19 May
  • Junior Intermediate 3:           24-26 May
  • Senior Intermediate 1 & 2:    10 -11 August
  • Junior Intermediate 1:           1-3 November
  • Junior Intermediate 2:           1-3 November

 Applications for all assessments are due 28 February 2019.

Application forms will be available from the IYANZ website later this year.
For any queries please contact Wendy Norwood on

Documentary to celebrate BKS Iyengar’s 100th Birth Anniversary

Posted by Anna Timms on Tuesday December 26th, 2017 at 7:23pm

Dear Sādhaka,

Bulletin Board Poster

On December 14, 2018, we will be celebrating the birth centenary of our Beloved Guruji. Each of us has been immensely touched by him and his teachings in many different ways. This is irrespective of the amount of time that we may have spent with him. Some of us have spent years under him, some a few glimpses and many who have still been transformed by just following his path.

On this momentous occasion, Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI), Light on Yoga Research Trust (LOYRT) – Mumbai, and Different Strokes Communications are jointly embarking on a project to record the students’ impressions on the impact that Guruji has had on their lives. This will be a purely crowdsourced project, where each and every one of us will have a chance to become a filmmaker and have your unique voice reach out towards our Iyengar Yoga family worldwide!

All the students of Iyengar Yoga are welcome to participate in this project where all you need to do is record yourself talking in front of a camera and share with us – on how Guruji and his teachings have influenced and inspired you and how they have created an impact on the course of your life. We shall weave a tapestry of the most unique and inspiring voices, bringing us all much closer than ever before, and proving how all of us are connected in this journey together.  All details on participation, shooting of your video, submissions, etc., can be found on

Please find attached a poster which you can share with your students / fellow practitioners at your institute on the bulletin board. We look forward to your participation.

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