I have been thinking about going to India for a long time. I have always made excuses about why I could not attend: It’s too far, my kids are too young, it’s a burden on my husband to leave for a month, etc. However, after listening to Manouso Manos and Patricia Walden telling us not to miss an opportunity to attend the institute while Mr. Iyengar is still with us, I decided to apply. I am happy to announce that I have been accepted to study Iyengar Yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India. I will be attending the Institute June of 2011.
Students have asked me: “What are your expectations?” Honestly, I want to see Mr. Iyengar practice his art before he passes on to his next life. He is 91 and still filled with amazing energy and has a continued yoga practice that awes all that watch! I also expect to delve deeper into my yoga and Pranayama practice and bring what I learn back to share with my students.
At the Institute you are expected to attend a two hour class then go to the ‘practice room’ and practice in front of other students and senior teachers, for up to three hours. In my 22 years of practice, I have never had another person, other than my children, watch my practice. It has always been something I’ve considered private and personal and to have others present is like having someone view you from the inside aware of all your thoughts and struggles. I think that will be a big adjustment for me. I am looking forward to this wonderful opportunity for growth and all it has to offer me.