Taking Iyengar out of Iyengar Yoga

One of the hardest parts about being alive today is the pervasive culture of intolerance for the basic humanity of being human. This is perfectly illustrated in the dynamics of the Iyengar system of yoga. BKS Iyengar’s teaching methods are harshly judged by the standards of the present not only by people outside of IyengarContinue reading “Taking Iyengar out of Iyengar Yoga”

IYENGAR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

I recently ran into a Iyengar yoga student who was in training to be an Iyengar yoga teacher. I asked her how it was going and after a pause she said, “I just want to teach yoga, I don’t want to be a yoga nun!” She went on to explain that the high-minded teacher wasContinue reading “IYENGAR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING”

Happy 70th Manouso Manos!

January 9, 2022 is Manouso’s 70th birthday. Happy Birthday, Manouso! So many of us have benefited from your yoga teaching and your generosity. I already miss the Abode of Iyengar Yoga. Whenever I crossed the threshold and entered the studio, all else receded. Manouso and Rita created a supportive and warm community at the Abode.Continue reading “Happy 70th Manouso Manos!”

Manouso Manos

This post is dedicated with gratitude to the selfless and inspiring teachings of Manouso Manos. Here are the reasons I chose Manouso as my teacher and continue to study with him. Manouso knows his shit. His knowledge of the physical body and the intricacies of how each asana affects the mind body experience is astounding.Continue reading “Manouso Manos”

HOW IYENGAR YOGA ATE ITSELF

Thank you for reading my blog. It’s happened throughout history. Same old story — power, greed, betrayal, repeat. Iyengar yoga has morphed into something unrecognizable compared to the original teachings of BKS Iyengar. Move on. Adapt. Keep studying with Manouso.

Manouso Manos Allegations and Geeta Iyengar

Originally posted February 2020 I love Geeta Iyengar so much. The first time I went to India to study at RIMYI (Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Institute) Geeta was not well and was not teaching. BKS Iyengar was not well either but would show up at the practice hall. I had waited a long time to goContinue reading “Manouso Manos Allegations and Geeta Iyengar”

Iyengar Yoga Hypocrisy

Back when Manouso was being skewered on social media and before the interviews came out that were called an independent investigation, the owner of the Iyengar yoga studio where I taught invited me to dinner to talk about the Manouso situation. I liked the owner of the Iyengar studio and still do, though we haveContinue reading “Iyengar Yoga Hypocrisy”

Comments on “How much are you willing to hide and lie to keep your Iyengar yoga certification?”

I left IYNAUS with great relief last year. I did join another nation’s association. But I don’t care one whit if somehow I am “outed”. Manouso is my teacher. I stand by him. I stand by Rita. How much so will come clear soon. This is Insane. When did yoga teachers become the Nazi Stasi?Continue reading “Comments on “How much are you willing to hide and lie to keep your Iyengar yoga certification?””