Archive for 2015

First International Day of Yoga

We joined the world in practice on Sunday June 21, 2015. This was declared by the United Nations as the first International Day of Yoga.

From Pune, we had been sent a special list of poses from Geeta Iyengar, Mr. Iyengar’s daughter. She said, “To us every day is a yoga day.”

Our students came and filled our space as we followed the quiet sequence led by Glenda Balkan-Champagne.
We ended the day with an ancient prayer:

May all beings be happy
May all beings be free from illness
May all see what is auspicious
May no one suffer
Om Peace Peace Peace

The prayer was part of the protocol sent by the Indian Prime Minister’s Office in Delhi.

– Leslie Hogya, Victoria Iyengar Yoga Centre

This is a time of great sadness at the death of our beloved Guruji

Message from Shirley Daventry French

This is a time of great sadness at the death of our beloved Guruji. His guidance has inspired our practice of yoga and enriched our lives immeasurably. As we mourn his passing, it is also a time for reflection and gratitude for the many gifts he has given us.
In deepest appreciation, Shirley Daventry French

Message from Guruji

Without consideration of caste, class, creed, religion or region, … it is said that the only royal path is yoga. This alone is the path that purifies the seeker of truth and no other.

With my deep love and affection toward you all, my heart is throbbing with a sense of gratitude; words fail me and I find it extremely difficult to send a message to you all, my yogic children to whom I am bound.

A message conveys that I am parting with you, but actually I am also close and attached. … Even those who learned and later parted from me are close to my heart because they carry the same message of yoga – the unity in diversity. Please know that we are all brought together by the invisible hands of God to jointly work towards integrating yoga further and further. This yoga – art, science and the self-culture of man braided together – has bound us forever and this affectionate bond and feeling that belongs to the heart, not the head, is not capable of being conveyed. These are feelings which have made us all live in contentment and emanate the rays of love and delight.