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To our dearest students, you will notice at your next class we have our QR Code displayed for you to scan for contact tracing. There is one located at the sign in desk and another on the bench.

We will also have our sign in book to record your attendance as we always have even pre Covid, so we please ask you still continue to use that as a way for us to keep class records. This will also be a way for contact tracing if you don’t bring your phone to class or prefer to sign in manually.

Please ask your teacher for assistance with this or if you have any questions. Om shanti, namaste 🙏🏼

The Viniyoga® Newsletter | October 2020 | NAVRĀTRI GREETINGS

THE VINIYOGA NEWSLETTER | OCTOBER 2020

Health, a fundamental responsibility!!!

Health is a fundamental right!’ scream the politicians. On their campaign trails across the globe, we find leaders chanting this mantra in hopes of winning their citizens’ vote. They call for lower medical costs, be it for pharmaceutical drugs or insurance coverage, or any other kind of interventions.

If you understand the deeper dimensions of this, it is yet another call to disempower the public.

Health isn’t a fundamental right. It’s a fundamental responsibility!

Putting our health in the hands of others is not just an act of laziness, but also puts us in a very dangerous situation. We feel we can ignore the signs and symptoms that our body tries to give us, and indulge in an irresponsible and gluttonous form of lifestyle, one that makes us sick and disempowered.

Our diet and lifestyle are strong contributing factors to almost all of today’s illnesses. We have created a work-centric lifestyle that leaves us little time to look after ourselves or even enjoy the meals we make. We have mechanised the food supply chain and made it into an industry of genetically and chemically modified content. Animals are not allowed to live naturally, nor are fruits and vegetables. Cows were not meant to live in robot-controlled barns, nor were plants meant to be grown in controlled laboratories. They were meant to be nourished by the Sun, by the wind, by the water and other natural forces. They never needed regular injection of chemicals or interferences from mankind. Just as with King Midas, all we touch becomes lifeless.

When we eat such food, how are we meant to be healthy?

On the other side, we have also forgotten that we are human beings (the emphasis is on the word “being”). Instead we have become human- machines, just working day in and day out to merely earn money. We don’t even work at what we are good at or what we love. Rather we chase what we think will bring us more money. Rather than chase our passion we have started to pursue insanity. Not only have we become insensitive to our true potentials, but have also become apathetic to what’s going on around us. We don’t pause to smell the flowers, or hear the sounds of the birds around us, or feel the wind blowing across our face or other such simple but profoundly nourishing things. We look into our phones and disappear into the fantasy world of digital media, rather than actually look, smile at or talk to the person seated near us, be it on a flight or train.

What we don’t realise is, making simple changes like having a healthier diet, a healthier lifestyle, pursuing our passion, could make us much healthier and much happier. This would make us more empowered and therefore, able to take greater responsibility for our own health and life journey. These changes also must include not only how much we consume, but rather more fundamentally how we consume. Most of the countries in the world have such high national debt, which not only trickles down but also sets an example to its citizens that it’s okay to spend more than we earn. How smart is this? How safe is this? But as people, we buy into this credit-based system to buy things we don’t need, with money we don’t have, mostly to impress people we don’t like.

And when all of this affects us, either physically, psychologically or spiritually, we expect the system to fix us, while not taking any responsibility. This is neither feasible nor fair.

Health is a fundamental responsibility, and if we don’t do our part, no one else can help us.

So, rather than fight for it as an entitlement, work toward making health your fundamental obligation to yourself. Eat healthy. Get enough sleep. Keep company with responsible adults, even if you don’t always agree with them or find them comfortable. Enjoy the seasons, the birds’ chirping, the sound of flowing water, etc. Pursue your passion and boldly be in your element. Speak and live by the truth. Act responsibly. Accept that life won’t always be on an upward trend and that downward trends are okay too. Most importantly, don’t give your power away to someone else.

Our health is our responsibility!

Dr. Kausthub Desikachar
Krishnamacharya Healing & Yoga Foundation
The Viniyoga® Tradition
August 2020

Beautiful words by Dr Kausthub Desikachar

“His Master’s Voice – Yogasūtra of Patañjali
Explained by Dr. Kausthub Desikachar

1.13 Sa tu dirgha-kala-nairantarya-satkara-adara-asevitah drdha-bhumih

Last time we discussed sutra 1. 13, tatra sthitau yatnah-abhyasah, which defined the concept of practice, and we found that it was something that takes us close to the goal and sustains us there. Patanjali does not tell us what it is that we should practice, for that depends on our goal and where we are in our life. That is the power of now, of Yoga – being in the present moment.

What he does describe, in this following sutra, is certain important qualities that practice should have, so that it is able to attain drdha-bhumih, a strong foundation. 
Firstly, he makes it clear that yoga is a long process: doing ten Sun Salutations will not immediately result in citta-vrtti-nirodhah. You must have the discipline of practice for a long time. The first attribute of practice, therefore, is dirgha-kala, a long period of time. This does not mean five hours a day – duration depends on many things – but it does mean that it needs to be done for many weeks, many months, maybe years. It’s no good stopping after a few days because you don’t see any results. That is the challenge of Yoga – it takes time, and so this is presented first.

However, a long time is not enough – it should also be uninterrupted, which is the meaning of nairantarya. So many people give up for one reason or another, feel guilty and start again. My grandfather used to say that if you interrupt practice, when you resume it, it’s like returning to Day Zero. If you are eating every day and sleeping every day, to nourish yourself, you should also practise every day, like a ritual … when people asked on what day they could have a break, he would reply, on the days you don’t eat, you don’t have to practice.

Satkara is a very beautiful word with many meanings. Sat means the truth, what is real – so satkara means that you should practice according to your capacity and your reality, and this changes every day. It also means a positive attitude, a belief in what you are doing, that it will work. Then it will have better results. Adara means with eagerness, with enthusiasm: you should look forward to practicing every day!

Asevitah means that the practice must have, be served by, all these qualities. Then it will gain a strong foundation. This is a very important word. You are not being guaranteed citta-vrtti-nirodhah, but what has to manifest will manifest. Practicing doesn’t mean that you will get the result that you want, but you will get what is right for you, what is within your potential. Perhaps you will discover your goal: the goal which is appropriate for you and which is meant for you. Different people have different gifts, abilities and capacities. We must accept the limits of our svabhava, our potential, and act accordingly.

When Patanjali talked of the goal of Yoga in the third sutra, he said that consciousness will be established in its own nature, its own svabhava. Please practice in this way, my friends, and your practice will gain a very good foundation.”

Our school respects and follows the lineage of these teachers, they offer authentic yoga teachings and training programs in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar:

http://www.khyf.net & http://www.krishnamacharya.org for more insight into the deeper layers of yoga or see their facebook page in the link bellow.

https://www.facebook.com/TKrishnamacharya

Remembering T.K.V. Desikachar

This week we are remembering and honouring one of the greatest yoga teachers of modern times, T.K.V. Desikachar. Following in the traditions of his father T Krishnamacharya he developed ‘Viniyoga’ – now his son @kausthub has continued the teachings. 🙏🏼
He has a wonderful book called ‘The Heart of Yoga’ which is a great resource if you are looking at broadening your knowledge of the true essence of Yoga. It can be ordered through the library. 💜
May you all have a wonderful day….take a breath in deeply and a breath out completely….in the words of this great man “The breath is a wonder drug”
Hari Om 🙏🏼

Viniyoga Newsletter July 2020

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JULY 2020

Do your best…Leave the rest… Don’t forget its all a test!!!

Greetings from the Viniyoga® family worldwide.

The COVID-19 crisis has taught me many things. It has been an unprecedented challenge in dealing with life these last five months of lockdown. The emotional impact it has had on my family and me has been overwhelming. Dealing with the professional and economic complexities it has brought forward has been daunting. Missing social relationships with friends have also been challenging. Meeting expectations from students, colleagues, and workmates have been almost impossible. All these have from time to time brought out the feeling of being an utter and total failure.

But what I know for sure is that I am not alone. I am also not a failure, even if faced with all of these challenges and have not managed to overcome them. These circumstances have brought me a great gift—the gift of listening to my inner voice.

Being in the position I am, there are a lot of expectations that I am confronted with. My staff at work expect me to support them economically during this crisis. My landlord from who I rent the school premise expects his rent monthly. The telephone and cable companies expect their cut, whether we are using our office telephone lines or not. Incidentally, we have not been using them since March 2020. Maintaining all these commitments, during a period of declined income has been an overwhelming reality.

Continuing our Teacher Training has been a mammoth task. To put together a session online that involves students from multiple countries from multiple timezones has its own set of challenges. Personal circumstances have also been different for students to engage in online sessions. What seems a convenient time for one lot of students does not seem to be for another. While some mothers prefer early morning slots, as their children are still asleep and hence they can focus better on learning, others prefer later time slots so they can sleep in late during the summer. Some complain that online learning is not the way to learn Yoga. At the same time, others insist that it is better to do online only now as it is safer. Some want vides turned on during the Zoom sessions, while others want it turned off. Some want to raise questions, while others want to listen only to the teacher. Essentially there is no perfect solution that works for all.

The lack of emotional bonding with friends and loved ones during this time have brought forward the need for relationships to sustain our lives. I haven’t been able to hang out with my close friends for almost five months now. It has brought forward a circumstance where I have to be with myself. And this is not always pleasant. It has revealed the value of friendships and how important they are to our wellbeing and nourishment. At the same time, this period of solitude has brought forward the importance of self-inquiry. I have taken time these days to evaluate my priorities in life, and what is indeed my dharma. This realisation would not have happened if not for this period.

The lesson I have learnt from these months of challenges is that we can only do our best. Leave the rest to the divine. And that all of this is a test. A test to evaluate our priorities. A test to assess our resolve. And more significantly, a test to gauge our faith.

While I have not succeeded in finding complete peace through all of this, I am grateful for what I have learnt from it. I continue to remain to be a student of life and be thankful for the chance to learn. The biggest lesson I have learnt through this COVID times is that the more we look inward, the more we will learn about ourselves, about life, and the universal scheme of things. We will pass this crisis, and when we do, we must be happy that we have become wiser during this process.

So, my dear friends, I invite you to do your best, leave the rest, and don’t forget that it is all a test!!!

Namaste.

Dr. Kausthub Desikachar

Krishnamacharya Healing & Yoga Foundation

The Viniyoga® Tradition

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

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