Monthly Archives: November 2013

Becoming and Knowing

7 Am is a most auspicious time at RIYMI. Fifty to one hundred of us sit at the feet of Prashant Iyengar, marveling at his ability to reveal and describe the nature of the universe within each one of us, … Continue reading



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The opening moments of Prashant’s class

The opening stanzas to Prashantji’s class encapsulate the framework for the experience, or the embodiment, as he calls it, that he points to in his teaching. He begins class with something like this: Settle down all of you, sit straight … Continue reading



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The Field and the Knower of the Field

Prashant is so well versed with the yoga shastras that the wisdom teachings roll out of him like  lullabies springing from a mother. One day he discussed the thirteenth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. This chapter introduces Sankhya philosophy, which is … Continue reading



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Yog and Yogasana

Anyone who has studied with Prashant knows how often he likes to remind us that we are all technocrats and “gymmies”.  Today he acknowledged that the preliminaries are important, and that the Yogasana culture is a beginning. How do you … Continue reading



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Shree BKS Iyengar, Guruji, going on 95

Guruji will be 95 years young in a month. He is alert, sharp, warm, and loves his granddaughter, Abhijata, and great granddaughter, Satvika, immensely. Shri BKS Iyengar and Geetaji have been mentoring Abhijata for almost ten years now. Abhijata accompanied … Continue reading



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Introducing Prashant Iyengar

Prashant Iyengar is an enigma. “You are all Gymmies, you do yoga like going to the gym, but yoga is not a gym culture. You do asanas, but you should be doing yoga. If you want to be a good … Continue reading



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Growing up too fast

Returning to Pune is like visiting a good friend who inherited a small fortune. The development over the last twenty years is shocking. While the standard of living has improved for half of the population, it is not uncommon to … Continue reading



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2013 trip to Pune

This journey is bound to be exceptional. It began with a 14 hour teacher training in Tokyo. The Japanese students are among the most polite and conscientious students of all. I began teaching here in part to help pay my … Continue reading



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