Earlier this month at RIMYI Geetaji taught an entire class on the foundations of Sirsasana - mainly the setup - emphasising on the foundations. She spoke about how the grip of the hands must be firm, and how the palms must be rounded, as to fully support the back of the head. She made a point in explaining how “the hands should be rounded like holding a nice, BIG CUP OF COFFEE - not a small cup! Because no one likes just a little bit of coffee!” She then went on to explain “the affects of Sirsasana should then feel sweet, like CHOCOLATE. So now each time you do Sirsasana you should think about coffee and chocolate!” Awsome! No problem Geetaji! 😂👌yoga+chocolate+coffee=all of my favourite things!!! ❤️🍫☕️
It’s funny now when I look at the photo above... or when I practice virabadrasana II I hear Geetaji’s voice in my head as she shouted at me across the room ‘ey why you look there? There’s no one behind you!’ That was an important lesson for me.
I find drishti an integrative part when practicing yoga, but its definitely not the final destination of any asana. Through my practice (and Geetaji’s razor cutinstruction!) I’ve learnt not ‘fix the gaze’ so much and learn to ’look with the body’ ie. feel the asana.
The moment I switch to a more humble, soft, dispassionate look with the eyes I feel the pose from a different place.
Guruji writes in Light on Life ‘Tenses of the eyes also affect the brain. If the eyes are still and silent, the brain is still and passive. The brain can only learn when it begins to relax’.
Thank you Guruji, and thank you Geetaji for teaching me this very important lesson 🙏
#appreciation #gratitude #yoga #iyengaryoga#iyengaryogaaustralia #india #pune
— with Lizette Gatehouse.
Talking with a friend yesterday I shared how although I had never been to the institute before there was a familiarity about the place. Also about the people I met. It felt like I was home. Geetaji scold like a mother. The sharpness and intensity of her scolding was like one of a mother minding her children! At one stage she even said ‘you think I shout a lot? If you see your child drowning you don’t whisper to them!’ It’s clear her strictness comes from a place of care. Her deep compassion for us as her students - as her children.
I also shared with my friend how it was thanks to the new friends I made at the institute that I got a wonderful welcome and felt right at home. These new friends represented siblings. As an only child I’ve never had siblings, but I imagined them to be just like these new friends I made who admittedly told me on the first day they saw me as the new, lost girl whom reminded them of their first trip to Pune...😂👌
The community Guruji has created is no doubt an extension of his deep desire for each of us to fully blossom and develop into compassionate, intelligent and caring human beings. I know I will return ‘home’ again some day to the welcome and guidance of my dear teachers, and repay my debt of gratitude to Guruji, and my fellow siblings by welcoming the newbies like me. 💕
#family #appreciation #home #bksiyengar #guruji#RIMYI #yoga #iyengaryoga #iyengaryogaaustralia#pune #india
— at Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute.
Today’s notes 📝 (pm me if you would like further details or have any queries on this). I’ve taken so many notes each day since I’m here. I look forward to studying and debriefing in detail when I return. Contact me if you would like to join 😘
I feel so much gratitude to have been taught by this amazing yoga teacher Dr Rajlaxmi 🙏 Dr Nidmarti Rajlaxmi learnt directly from BKS Iyengar and continues to learn from his daughter Geetaji and son Prashantji. She has been teaching regular classes at the Pune Institute for 20 years, sometimes taking the Women's class when Geetaji is not available. As well as being a medical doctor - she has a doctorate in Ayurvedic medicine, with a practice in gynaecology - she assists in the medical classes in Pune, often with very complex cases.
India moves the depth of my being.
The intensity of each moment demands you to be present. To witness the reality of the present moment in its total beauty and unpleasantness. Each moment is a training to be mindful - look at each step but look out for traffic, listen for traffic/sounds of the animals and rain, smell the divine/not so divine, savour the rich food, feel the rain/oils/beautiful textiles... you would think this would be overwhelming but really it’s very relaxing. It all brings me to this beautiful and unique moment of NOW, with a sense of appreciation for everything in life - the good and the bad.
For we need both to be alive.
Being in India is a GREAT MINDFULNESS EXERCISE. I have so much respect for the Indian culture and gratitude for this amazing lesson. It’s something I will take home with me...
You can try it too. Take a moment and make a mental note of all of your 5 sense. How do you feel? Share with me in comments!
#ekapadarajakapotasana #mindfulness #gratitude #appreciation #india#yoga #iyengaryoga #iyengaryogaaustralia