Dr. Kausthub Desikachar May newsletter

Together we fall. United we rise.

Greetings from the Viniyoga® family worldwide.

The world has been given a massive lesson. In the last few decades, we have been pushing towards a more globalised world. Using the mantra of globalisation, we have built a very interconnected world that has made the globe smaller and smaller. However, this means that our fates are also interconnected, and we are experiencing this through the current COVID-19 crisis.

Many people complain that the Corona crisis broke our system. I feel that it did not. Instead, it exposed the broken system we have created in the past decades. In India, there is a saying that when you grasp the tail of a tiger, you can’t let it go. We as a collective society not only created this tiger, called the consumption-based globalised economy but have also grasped its tail. We have become so dependant on it that we cannot let it go. Not only that, but we have also made it so intricately interconnected with players across the globe, that when we fall, we shall almost certainly all go down together.

Many people are praying and hoping that this crisis will end. The Corona crisis is merely a test to ready us for what will happen after. The Climate crisis is even more significant, and that will most certainly be the next crisis that will hit humanity. Are we prepared for that? Given what the current situation has revealed, we are definitely not ready.

The only way to let go of the tiger is to weaken it first. And the only way to make it weaker is by making collective conscious choices. We must unite together and redefine our consumption patterns. We must try and embrace local produce, that is both ecologically friendly and sustainable. We need to reduce our carbon footprint. We need to reduce the pollution of our waters, air and land. We need to accept and honour our differences and diversity. We need to start making decisions that are not just based on economic factors, but on moral, ethical and ecological ones.

Globalisation, while we will most certainly fall together, has also given us an opportunity to unite and rise together. If we can put aside our differences and connect to our hearts, and make decisions from there, I am quite sure we will not only survive this pandemic but be better prepared for the next.

Here is where Yoga comes in handy. We must look to practice the holistic discipline so that we can more deeply connect with our hearts. As Yoga teachers and practitioners, we must boldly go into this heart space, and help those around us do the same. Such internal changes will change the way we live, giving us greater respect and regard for nature.

Let us come together, connect with our hearts and rise together, not only to overcome this current crisis but also to be well-prepared for the next.

Namaste.

Dr. Kausthub Desikachar
Krishnamacharya Healing & Yoga Foundation
The Viniyoga® Tradition

Studio Reopening Update 25 May 2020

Dearest community, we are feeling so grateful that South Australia is doing so well, enough so that restrictions are easing earlier than first planned 🧡
We are however not quite ready to open Monday and will be opening sometime after the long weekend, with more details coming soon 🙏🏼
We are so very much looking forward to having you all back in the studio 💜
Love and light ✨

// STUDIO REOPENING UPDATE //

Dearest yoga community, we have missed seeing you in our studio…but we are so excited to see you all soon. All going well we will be commencing classes in studio in June ✨
We will have a new timetable coming soon, there will be some changes as we slowly come out of Covid closure and adjust to a new way of teaching and life. Thank you for your continued support and understanding 💕
We wish you all well and look forward to bringing yoga back to you in the flesh. 🧘🏼‍♀️🧘🏼‍♂️
We hope you enjoy this beautiful quote from Gandhi 💕
Namaste 🙏🏼
Artist unknown.

Wendy Samek online classes

If you are in search of a yoga class to do online, Wendy Samek of @om_yoga__studio is offering mid week yoga via zoom. Link below, or you can also sign up for her emails
Wendy is an amazing teacher with years of teaching experience. We were lucky to have her visit our studio for a workshop late last year and now we are luckier to gave her in our homes. Namaste beautiful image by Carly Marie
Link to Ome Yoga website – http://www.omyoga.com.au/

COVID-19 Update – Studio Closure

Dearest Students,
As most of you would have heard Scott Morrison has announced all gyms are to close 12pm tomorrow. So given that we will be closing after Patsys class tomorrow, Monday March 23rd.
This is truly a strange time and we hope you are all navigating this with peace and compassion; may you all be well
We will aim to share some yoga with you by some means during closure. Please feel free to contact us anytime. Biggest love to you all, Namaste
beautiful image via Pinterest

COVID-19 Update

Dearest PLSY Students
Given the exceptional circumstances we find ourselves in right now, we need to be extra vigilant with our approach to hygiene in the studio. If choosing to use our props in class, please be sure that mats and blocks are cleaned thoroughly both before and after class with the antibacterial wipes or spray provided. If using a bolster we ask that you bring a towel or sarong from home to cover over the bolster. Take the opportunity to wash your hands before and after class in the sink at the front of the studio. We will also be keeping 1.5 distance between mats
May you be happy
May you be healthy
May you be free of suffering
May you be filled with loving kindness
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Namaste

Saturday Morning Yoga with Barbie – new block

Saturday Morning Yoga with Barbie starts again this week 21st March – 9th May 2020
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Details are:
21st March, 28th March, 4th April
11th April – Easter Saturday – No Class
18th April – Emma taking class (was SALT Festival which has been cancelled)
25th April, 2nd May, 9th May
Each class during the first 3-week block will commence with a Pilates core sequence – core resilience, then incorporating some of Leslie Kaminoff’s teachings – including nonlinear asana flow warrior sequence – strength and stability. Following this there will be some gentle inversions – supporting the immune system. Classes will finish with a mindfulness practise from the teachings of Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn – compassion and calm. Ending with Savasana – restoration.
If you are unable to attend classes – maybe incorporate some of this practise into your own home practise
Barbie

COVID19 Update

To our students attending the Port Lincoln School of Yoga
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We are committed to following the guidelines as currently outlined by SA Health to manage the Corona Virus .
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We want to assure you that we are implementing positive actions to help keep a safe and calm yoga class environment 
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We are:
Providing antibacterial surface wipes and hand sanitisers located at the desk as you enter the yoga studio
Increasing cleaning and wiping of surfaces in the studio, including door knobs etc
Providing disposable paper cups for our herbal tea
Continuing to provide yoga classes to help calm your nervous system and wellbeing
Monitoring the situation as it unfolds
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some things we respectfully ask your assistance with –
A gentle reminder to wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap – or use a hand sanitiser .
Wash your hands before and after class with the provided hand sanitiser / or under the tap located in the sink at the front of the yoga room.
If you are feeling unwell please reconsider attending class
Clean your mat thoroughly after your class with the anti bacterial wipes.
Bring your own mats and props if possible
Avoid using the eye pillows
Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
Monitor our website and social media sites for updates on classes
Be kind, look out for each other and show compassion during this time.
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Teachers – Port Lincoln School of Yoga