This year’s WYF at Beale Park beside the Thames, again took place under largely sunny skies and hosted the same wide range of Yoga approaches and related activities. Housed in tents with space for dozen or hundreds of mats, it was a buzzing event, especially on the Saturday. Appetites earned in sessions of āsana, prānāyāma, chanting or even laughing could choose from a spread of stalls, from salads to Indian street-food, from Italian coffee to Tibetan chai. There was even a children’s yoga area. Quieter sessions ranged from Vedanta or Patañjali through meditation to diet or pelvic health. New teachers…
With great sadness we pass on the news that our late teacher’s brother, Sri T K Sribhasyam, passed from this life at the weekend. Once again, we have, in the passing of this dedicated teacher, lost a direct link to the wisdom of his father T Krishnamacharya. We in TSYP extend our deep condolences to his family.
In the first weekend of July the sun shone on the 2nd World Yoga Festival at Beale Park, on the banks of the Thames in Berkshire. Andy, Helen and I arrived in the early coolness of the Friday morning to sit once again at the feet of Sri S. Sridharan, our living link to the teaching of Sri T. Krishnamacharya and Sri TKV Desikachar. Appropriately, the Festival theme this year was of homage to our teachers.
Sridharan’s theme this year was Pranayama, so important among the eight limbs and our practical link to the inner limbs of Yoga. Andy and I provided later, supporting breath and movement sessions. Following on from Sri Sridharan, Dr Latha Satish led us on application of voice work and, to our surprise, wanting to show the use of mantra in sequence work, she called on Sri Sridharan to demonstrate. Yoga makes us all equal!
Next year’s dates are 20th – 22nd July. I look forward to seeing lots of you there.
Peace and best wishes, Michael
Gill Lloyd, the UK’s remaining direct student of Sri Desikachar during his final years and formerly Chair of both Viniyoga Britain and KHYF-UK, was awarded honorary life membership of TSYP at our 2016 AGM. Gill is pictured here with Andy Curtis-Payne, our current Chair.
Also pictured here with Andy are our two other distinguished honorary members, Vedic Chant teacher-trainer Radha Sundararajan and Sri S Sridharan, one of the KYM trustees and one of their most senior teachers.