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Latest Newsletter from our sister organisation the KYM

We, the citizens of the world are facing a crisis of unprecedented proportions, and no country is left untouched by the fear surrounding the pandemic. Unfortunately, our fear and anxiety are also multiplied manifold as we see and read about how every nation struggles in this battle against a fairly…
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Breathing in the Times of Covid 19

Fiona Ashdown, TSYP member, yoga teacher and therapist writes about how prānāyāma and mantra can help with symptoms associated with Covid 19, such as breathlessness.
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Chanting Sangha Sunday 22nd March at 8pm

March 2020 Dear friends, The current situation with coronavirus  means that many of us will be isolated and less able to link with others in our usual ways.   Despite this we can still chant and so may i invite you to participate in a rather special chanting session? On…
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Covid 19 advice and guidance

Updated on 23rd March 2020 Dear friends, It seems like a long time since I sent out the last guidance on Covid 19 and yet it was under a week ago!
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TSYP formalises its links with the KYM

We are thrilled to announce that TSYP has formalised its already strong relationship with the KYM by signing a Memorandum of Understanding.  This is particularly significant given the high esteem in which KYM is held across the world for providing a centre of excellence for the teaching of yoga and yoga…
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A visit to the KYM! Katie Carroll tells of her recent trip to Chennai

I first heard that Andy and Helen took groups to India every year when I had just started my teacher training with Andy in 2017. I remember thinking, “oh wow I would love to go along someday.” “Someday” being the operative word. I’m not sure exactly when “someday” became January…
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The Magic of the Tamarind

In January, TSYP member Michael Hutchinson travelled to India’s deep south and explored the legend around the ancient tamarind tree in the village of Almar Tirungari, where Sri Krishnamacharya received the Yoga Rahasya.
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Members talk: Helena del Pino

Helena del Pino trained in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and teaches yoga in Peterborough under the name of Healing Yoga, dedicated to health, healing and personal development through yoga. Helena offers some thoughts as we enter a new year.
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The Yoga of Gardening

We gratefully reprint an article here by TSYP chairman Andy Curtis-Payne, recently published in Darśanam, the quarterly journal of the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram. I have been extremely fortunate over the last thirty years to have been able to work both as a gardener and a yoga teacher. At first these…
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Apply for a Churchill travel grant to influence change

TSYP member Michael Hutchinson brought the work of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to our attention recently, after reading an article in the Basingstoke Gazette. Applying for a Churchill Fellowship might make travel to TSYP’s ‘mother’ organisation, the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, a possibility for someone who otherwise would be unable to afford…
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Duty of candour

The Duty of Candour applies to all UK health professionals who are subject to statutory regulation. As a yoga therapist you are not subject to statutory regulation but may have chosen to be a registrant of a non-statutory regulator such as CNHC. In any event, adhering to the principles behind a…
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Memories of TKV Desikachar

Gill Lloyd is one of the founding members of The Society of Yoga Practitioners (TSYP), a teaching organisation dedicated to following the teachings of T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar. Here she talks about her teacher, Desikachar. “He had an amazing gift for connecting and communicating … using simple language to…
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Members talk: The yama-s and our relationship with the environment

Teacher Mandy Meaden was asked recently, as a part of the Foundation Course Tutor Training she was undertaking with the TSYP, to speak about her current favourite sutra for five minutes. She settled on II-30, the sutra on the yama-s, and shares the essence of the presentation here.
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Training to become a TSYP Foundation Course tutor

The latest Foundation Course tutor training course was held in Crawley at the beginning of 2019. Seven TSYP teachers took part in a lively and inspiring weekend. One of them has already completed her course plan and is advertising her first Foundation Course, which will commence later this year.
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Members talk: Helena del Pino

Helena del Pino trained in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and teaches yoga in Peterborough under the name of Healing Yoga, dedicated to health, healing and personal development through yoga. Helena offers some thoughts as we enter a new year.
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New year message 2019 from TSYP chair

Hi Everyone, It is hard to believe that another year has passed. 2018 was busy and fruitful year for TSYP, with three teacher training courses running currently and another due to start in November next year, and the extremely successful and important Vedic Chant teacher training course, not forgetting the…
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TSYP Annual Gathering 2018

‘All we are doing in yoga is increasing positive samskara to overcome negative samaskara.’ This was the opening statement of the weekend and just one of the many golden nuggets our teacher Nrithya Jagannathan from the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) in Chennai shared with us at the TSYP Annual Gathering…
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All is peaceful

A translation of the Sarva śāntā from the Taittirīya Aranyaka by TSYP member Michael Hutchinson.
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KYM Yoga retreat in the Himalaya

Kaivalya and Yoga Sutra chapter 4 were the subject of the KYM annual retreat at the Swami Dyananda Ashram in Rishikesh from 26th June to 7th July 2018. Wendy Haring describes her experience there. For the past four years I had wishfully looked at the details for the retreat in…
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GDPR and yoga teachers

On the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), TSYP put out a clear privacy policy message on the website.
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Members talk with Liz Knott

TSYP member Liz Knott is currently taking the TSYP Vedic Chant Teacher Training course with Radha Sundarajan and Helen Macpherson. Liz has been chanting for about twenty years and talks about her journey.
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The Way Ahead

Early summer 2018 Gill Lloyd attended a gathering of 16 fellow students of TKV Desikachar in France. They came together to celebrate Sir’s life and teaching through meditation, chanting and open discussion, and to talk about how his work can be transmitted to new and future generations.
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TSYP at the Third World Festival

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.
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KYM and TSYP at the second World Yoga Festival, 7th-9th July 2017

Michael Hutchinson reflects on his experience at the 2nd World Yoga Festival, 2017. 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…
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Honorary Membership, Gill Lloyd

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.
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