Registrations are open for the IYNZ Convention 2024

Registrations are open for the IYNZ Convention 2024

We are pleased to announce that registrations are now open for the IYNZ 2024 Convention to be held in Auckland and Christchurch in September.  Our guest teacher is JAKI NETT from California, USA.

Click here to register for the North Island event to be held in Piha, West Auckland from 13-15 September.

Click here to register for the South Island event to be held in Opawa, Christchurch from 20-22 September.

EARLY BIRD PRICING of $325 closes on 31 July!

We are using HUMANITIX event ticketing to manage our bookings. Please note a booking fee applies.  Humanitix donates 100% of profits from booking fees to charity. For more info visit humanitix.com

We are pleased to announce that registrations are now open for the IYNZ 2024 Convention to be held in Auckland and Christchurch in September.  Our guest teacher is JAKI NETT from California, USA.

Click here to register for the North Island event to be held in Piha, West Auckland from 13-15 September.

Click here to register for the South Island event to be held in Opawa, Christchurch from 20-22 September.

EARLY BIRD PRICING of $325 closes on 31 July!

We are using HUMANITIX event ticketing to manage our bookings. Please note a booking fee applies.  Humanitix donates 100% of profits from booking fees to charity. For more info visit humanitix.com

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My Journey to RIMYI

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I had been thinking about doing one final visit to the institute for a while when my friend Lydie Driviere (France), contacted me early last year and asked me to accompany her to Pune in March 2024, to stay for the month.

The idea was to have a quiet time without other western student distractions and really study what was going on in the Indian Iyengar Yoga Community as far as the new system and syllabus was concerned.

Well, to our great surprise, our plans were promptly derailed as on our arrival we learnt that a 70-student (mainly teachers) strong Polish group had just arrived for a two-week Intensive at the Institute. 

When Lydie and I arrived to say hello to Abhijata and Raya, they were well aware of our shock finding the yoga hall full of Europeans. We all laughed at the fact that there was going to be no quiet time apart from bedtime in our apartment!

Lydie and I had booked in for General Classes which consisted of one or two classes a day with Abhijata, Prashant, Raya, Rajlaxmir and once a week, Sunita. But now, on top of that we were invited to participate in all the extra intensive classes with the Polish group run by Abhijata and Raya. This meant we would have three even four classes a day plus practice at times!

The theme for the Polish intensive was ‘how to teach beginners,’ and we attended special classes where a mixture of adjustments in Standing poses, Inversions, Backbends and some remedials were taught. It was fantastic to be able to be part of all that, guided by such good teachers.

That was the Yoga learning part of our visit.

My personal journey is that I am loving every minute of this visit. It is my 26th visit since 1993 and being back here I could not believe I had decided that this would be my last. It really has been like coming home. All the local teachers and friends have greeted us with such warmth. Everything seems so familiar that I wonder ‘how could it be 4 years since my last visit?’
Yes, there are a few new developments and real estate is booming.  There are a lot of flash cars and it is a little less polluted but generally it is the same old….

The Indian culture is still colourful and rich in all aspects. Most people are generous and honest and respectful. It is a real joy being amongst it all.
Lastly, I have observed the teacher training that is going on here with both Abhijata and Rajlaxmir. Their trainees are doing really well. In every class that their particular mentor teaches, they quietly move around the room adjusting us all with such firm but sensitive hands. Many of the trainees are young with other jobs as well, but they are always there when their mentor conducts a class and they also often spend practice times together.
I have great hopes for the future of Iyengar Yoga because of this trip and for that I am very grateful and wish that you all, who might be reading this, feel inspired to take the leap if you have never done it before, or if you thought it might be too late.

I now think that I might be back one day, of course taking in consideration the state of my body and economy.

Namaste,
Moni x

Monica Haar

I had been thinking about doing one final visit to the institute for a while when my friend Lydie Driviere (France), contacted me early last year and asked me to accompany her to Pune in March 2024, to stay for the month.

The idea was to have a quiet time without other western student distractions and really study what was going on in the Indian Iyengar Yoga Community as far as the new system and syllabus was concerned.

Well, to our great surprise, our plans were promptly derailed as on our arrival we learnt that a 70-student (mainly teachers) strong Polish group had just arrived for a two-week Intensive at the Institute. 

When Lydie and I arrived to say hello to Abhijata and Raya, they were well aware of our shock finding the yoga hall full of Europeans. We all laughed at the fact that there was going to be no quiet time apart from bedtime in our apartment!

Lydie and I had booked in for General Classes which consisted of one or two classes a day with Abhijata, Prashant, Raya, Rajlaxmir and once a week, Sunita. But now, on top of that we were invited to participate in all the extra intensive classes with the Polish group run by Abhijata and Raya. This meant we would have three even four classes a day plus practice at times!

The theme for the Polish intensive was ‘how to teach beginners,’ and we attended special classes where a mixture of adjustments in Standing poses, Inversions, Backbends and some remedials were taught. It was fantastic to be able to be part of all that, guided by such good teachers.

That was the Yoga learning part of our visit.

My personal journey is that I am loving every minute of this visit. It is my 26th visit since 1993 and being back here I could not believe I had decided that this would be my last. It really has been like coming home. All the local teachers and friends have greeted us with such warmth. Everything seems so familiar that I wonder ‘how could it be 4 years since my last visit?’
Yes, there are a few new developments and real estate is booming.  There are a lot of flash cars and it is a little less polluted but generally it is the same old….

The Indian culture is still colourful and rich in all aspects. Most people are generous and honest and respectful. It is a real joy being amongst it all.
Lastly, I have observed the teacher training that is going on here with both Abhijata and Rajlaxmir. Their trainees are doing really well. In every class that their particular mentor teaches, they quietly move around the room adjusting us all with such firm but sensitive hands. Many of the trainees are young with other jobs as well, but they are always there when their mentor conducts a class and they also often spend practice times together.
I have great hopes for the future of Iyengar Yoga because of this trip and for that I am very grateful and wish that you all, who might be reading this, feel inspired to take the leap if you have never done it before, or if you thought it might be too late.

I now think that I might be back one day, of course taking in consideration the state of my body and economy.

Namaste,
Moni x

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Seeing and Understanding from the Base 2 with Stephanie Quirk

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Seeing and Understanding from the Base 2 with Stephanie Quirk

As the alarm went off at 4.30am to catch my flight to Christchurch from Tauranga, I have to say I questioned my sanity. The reason for the early flight was that I was heading to Christchurch for the second of seven four-day workshops in Stephanie Quirk’s yoga therapy series, “Seeing and Understanding from the Base”.  But get up I did, and before I knew it, I had landed in Christchurch to be greeted by my brother (with a spare car to use – yay!).

An hour or two later my mat was set up in the lovely Christchurch East Yoga Studio.  It felt a little weird to set my mat up with others, as almost all my input now is online as there is no Iyengar teacher where I live.  But that little bit of weirdness was quickly transformed as familiar faces (and a few new ones) warmly welcomed me. I knew I was once again “home” with my yoga family.

For four days, we explored the upper body with Stephanie Quirk – a legend in the Iyengar yoga world, particularly around therapeutics.  Stephanie has a wonderful way of imparting some of her bounteous knowledge.

For the first session, we did a practice consisting of a few asana from all the major classes of yoga poses.  Our task was simple: focus our sensation on the upper body- what’s difficult, what’s easy, what’s similar, what’s different, what might be problematic for a person who has challenges with their upper body?   

This session was illuminating and set us up for the rest of the workshop – it served to attune us to our areas of focus.  Over the next three and a half days we explored different areas of the upper body (wrists, elbows, shoulders, dorsal spine, neck) in more detail with a special focus on inversions, as they can be particularly challenging with upper body issues.

Stephanie was clear that the purpose of this teaching (and yoga therapy more generally) is being able to continue your yoga practice when you have challenges. It is not an alternative to physio, western medicine, osteopathy etc., but it is an amazing adjunct.

Stephanie’s teaching is practical.  Yes, some things used less common props, but most of what we worked through can be done with common props.

Stephanie’s teaching is highly experiential.  While she considers anatomy along the way, the primary modality is learning from experience.  Stephanie encouraged us to try things and learn from each other.  We are all different and thus we will all have different experiences and something to share (in my case, the trials and tribulations of having a large carrying angle in my elbows!).  All in all, it’s a nurturing, inclusive and enriching environment.

Stephanie’s teaching encourages curiosity. She doesn’t always tell you “the answer” straight away – she invites you to explore.  If you find something different from others, it’s not “wrong”.  Instead it’s something to be curious about – it might even work better for you than the given or standard instruction!  Yes, Stephanie, like all Iyengar teachers, holds “strong opinions” but they are much more lightly held than some, and personally, I find that refreshing.

Stephanie interlaces her practical teaching with short discussions and discourses.  Sometimes she covers principles that you can build from and take throughout your practice.  But she also recounts some wonderful stories of her twenty years in Pune with the Iyengar family. All in all, the teaching is a rich, multi-layered experience.

We were also lucky to have Hasu Opa-Clark, from Marrickville Yoga Centre in Sydney accompany her again.  Hasu has a beaming smile, lots of knowledge and a gentle way of supporting everybody be the best they can.  Thanks Hasu for coming over.

There are seven four-day modules in the series.  The next one is #3 and the workshops are open to dedicated students as well as teachers.  So come along!  And the Christchurch crew – led by Julie, Colleen, Annemarie, Frances, and others – who organised it and hosted the workshop are such lovely people to be around. The studio itself has a great vibe and is well equipped and as a bonus the beach and an awesome coffee cart are just around the corner.  Thank you all, and especially Stephanie.

A final comment.  I do almost all my yoga study online these days – for where I am right now in my life and for where I live, studying online is much easier to fit around family, work and other personal commitments (and easier on the finances).  But I got a huge amount out of being there in person – a sense of community, the benefits of partner work, seeing what others are doing and hearing what they are feeling, and individual attention that is only possible in person.  It was also good to get a few bad habits pointed out – habits that come with practicing on your own most of the time!

So, I encourage you to attend in person if you can.  But if you can’t, then the good news is that the bountiful knowledge of Stephanie is only a click away.

  • Marrickville Yoga Centre (www.marrickvilleyogacentre.com.au) has a phenomenal library of Stephanie’s workshops (and others too – a great resource).
  • Marrickville Yoga is offering the same series hybrid style with the first workshop (focusing on the feet, knees and hips) starting in August.
  • Stephanie offers pranayama classes directly online as well (www.stephaniequirk.com.au).

Duncan Catanach

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