RIP the Abode of Iyengar Yoga

The Abode of Iyengar Yoga

All things must pass. The pandemic has ravaged the world and things will never be the same. Many yoga studios have stood empty for over a year and students and teachers have grown accustomed to virtual classes. A WAPO article revealed that health and fitness equipment revenue more than doubled, to $2.3 billion, from March to October, according to NPD retail data. Sales of treadmills soared 135 percent while those of stationary bikes nearly tripled, depleting inventories. Who knows what will happen to the yoga industry but one thing for sure is that it won’t be the same. I know I won’t be driving across town to take a mediocre yoga class when I can take a class with Manouso in the privacy of my own home anytime I want.

All things must pass. The pandemic has ravaged the world and things will never be the same. Many yoga studios have stood empty for over a year and students and teachers have grown accustomed to virtual classes. A WAPO article revealed that health and fitness equipment revenue more than doubled, to $2.3 billion, from March to October, according to NPD retail data. Sales of treadmills soared 135 percent while those of stationary bikes nearly tripled, depleting inventories. Who knows what will happen to the yoga industry but one thing for sure is that it won’t be the same. I know I won’t be driving across town to take a mediocre yoga class when I can take a class with Manouso in the privacy of my own home anytime I want.

Many yoga teachers streamed their classes but Manouso made some key decisions that no one else did. He chose to keep the videos short and uses multiple demo models (my heroes) showing different options while he directs the class.  He teaches five days a week and often builds on previous classes. The classes are challenging and stress relieving. His teaching is masterful, clear, and motivational. I am not alone in the feeling that Manouso’s daily classes have been a godsend during these dark days of the pandemic. And, he is able to keep the participants anonymous so CIYTS who continue to study with him are not ratted out by others and chased down by IYNAUS. Manouso has made it very clear to all his students that they should keep their IYENGAR certificates and that he can’t protect us.

Prior to the pandemic, his students were afraid to come to class for fear of being ratted out to IYNAUS and losing their certificates. Some were afraid of being shamed on social media. The pandemic shut all that down.

The Abode of Iyengar Yoga is one of the most beautiful yoga studios in the world. Many of us have spent countless hours and decades there. But it’s over. It will never be the same.

Congratulations, Manouso. May you be free to teach as you please. You have given so much.

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