If you’re looking for help with your breathing, then look no further.
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TSYP would very much like to thank TSYP teacher and member, Mandy Meaden, for this wonderful festive ‘mindful mince pie’ recipe which we are delighted to share for all to enjoy. Mindful Mince Pies
As we are now in Advent and the festive season is nearly upon us, I thought it might be timely to reflect on giving; why do we present gifts? Is there or, should there be a purpose to this giving? Does it really matter what we give and to whom?…
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By Simon Atkinson Is it acceptable to criticise the teachings of respected teachers? In India, students prostrate before a guru. In the west, we show respect in other ways. A key indicator is how we spend our time. We are unlikely to practise and study with a teacher for long,…
An understanding of life through the Ramayana & Yogasutra
I am half Swiss and each year, the valley where I come from holds a world famous 31 km race. This race, called the Sierre-Zinal race, begins in the Rhone valley with a 2000 metre climb up through the forest followed by a 16 km run at over 2000 metres…
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We are living in a period of tremendous instability where much of what we have taken for granted is now revealed to be uncertain.
Read about Bea Teuten’s podcast appearance.
Read Sarah Waterfield’s personal reflection on the universality of chanting.
TSYP Thoughts from the Chair June 2022
Updated May 2022
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Gill Lloyd A personal tribute by Andy Curtis-Payne.
Martin Doyle recently completed a Foundation Course with Jatinder Wilson and Michelle Tarling.
Dear friends The current news of the Ukraine is shocking and deeply troubling. Given the last two years many of us are already agitated and it can be hard to know how to cope or what to do to help. However, yoga offers us the opportunity to turn to practices that lead us to…
Bea Teuten interviewed Ruth Westoby, the next speaker in our Guest Lecture Series.
Being a mentor is a truly wonderful role, and one that is deeply embedded in our tradition.
As TSYP introduces a new role of Yoga Therapy Supervisor, Annemarie Visser reflects on her long experience of being a supervisor in the field of psychotherapy and how it works in practice.
Bea Teuten interviewed Ann Johnson, the second speaker in our Guest Lecture Series.
Liz Murtha describes what being a mentor means to her.
TSYP member Wendy Jupp attended our first joint Annual Gathering and gives her account of the event.
Helen Saaler describes how her TSYP mentors have supported and guided her practice.
Andy Curtis-Payne, TSYP yoga teacher and yoga therapist, is presenting on yoga and well-being at The British Psychological Society later this month.
Bea Teuten interviewed Marc Beuvain, the first speaker in our Guest Lecture Series, on 30th September 2021.
Michael Wegerer reflects on the birthday of Śrī TKV Desikachar
Thanks to Gill Lloyd, one of TSYP’s founders and patrons, there is now a version of the Katha Upanishad with chant notation.
Bea Teuten interviewed Radha Sundararajan, our senior Vedic chanting teacher and patron of TSYP in February 2020.
The fifth and final article in Andy Curtis-Payne’s series on the pañcabhūta (elements).
Our patron and dearly beloved teacher Radha Sundararajan passed early this morning, Friday 14th May
Join us in chanting for India this Friday in a worldwide 24-hour saṅga.
Liz Knott introduces Howard Crosthwaite’s latest book. Read more …
The fourth article in Andy Curtis-Payne’s series on the pancabhuta (elements).
TSYP teacher-trainer Michael Hutchinson shares his poem on the theme of peace.
A personal account of contracting and recovering from Covid-19, by Jatinder Wilson
Andy Curtis-Payne continues his series on the pancabhuta in his third article exploring the element of fire.
Join us in spirit Wednesday 20th January as we chant on the day of the presidential inauguration.
When you store people’s contact details for your business, you are ‘processing’ personal information, and you need to comply with UK Data Protection Legislation.
The second in Andy Curtis-Payne’s series on the pañcabhūta. Read what yoga can teach us about the element of air.
TSYP member Carolyn Hedin attended our online annual gathering and gives her account of the event.
Could this time of coronavirus represent an opportunity to develop our self-practice? TSYP member Mandy Meaden has paused to reflect on this and more.
Moving with the times, TSYP is introducing blended learning into its training courses.
The first in a series on the pañca bhūta – the five elements, by Andy Curtis-Payne.
Saturday 8th of August will be the fourth anniversary of TKV Desikachar’s passing.
Helen Macpherson reviews the recently published Āsana Sahapāṭhī by Dr Latha Satish and Dr D Dwarakanath.
Andy Curtis-Payne looks at what Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra tells us about change, and what we can do to alleviate suffering.
Adapting first aid procedures for Covid times
Hanne Gillespie (née Thome) 18th August 1952 – 24th June 2020
What is it like to become a Vedic Chant teacher in this tradition?
We all know that showing kindness is important for human connection and our relationships, for mental health and wellbeing.
Patricia Ace recently graduated from the TSYP Teacher Training Diploma Course in Scotland. She reflects on this part of her yoga journey.
TSYP teacher member Paula Visser describes her work for one of the Medical Research Ethics Committees in the Netherlands.
The third in a series of contributions by current Foundation Course participants. This time one of our younger members.
The second in a series of contributions by current Foundation Course participants.
The first in a series of contributions by current Foundation Course participants.
This article follows on from the recent post on how we can become a yoga teacher or support those wanting to become yoga teachers.
Andy Curtis-Payne describes what becoming a teacher in the tradition of T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar means, referring to concepts in the Yoga Sūtra.
If you’d like a little inspiration in your āsana practice, we’ve posted a couple of practices for you to try; one calming, the other energising.
Have you wondered about going further with Yoga and training to become a Yoga teacher? Lisa Soede, Head of TSYP Vedic Chanting, shares her journey.
As we continue to spend much of our time indoors, we are pleased to point you in the direction of a new online opportunity. Friends and colleagues in our tradition, Ranju Roy and David Charlton of Sadhana Mala and members of aYs, will be offering an interactive study of Yoga…
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 deadly…
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.
The BWY in conjunction with Yoga Alliance and Yoga Sports Science has held a number of webinars to support yoga teachers in delivering classes safely online.
Andy Curtis- Payne reflects on the impact of Covid 19 and how we can look to the future…
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According to Desikachar Vedic chant is one of the most powerful tools of the modern era.
it seems like a long time since I sent out the last guidance on Covid 19 and yet it was under a week ago!
Helena del Pino, one of our teachers, has offered us a journaling retreat …. Beginning on Monday we will be posting one day at a time for anyone to download and use.
Dear Friends in Yoga,
I just wanted to bring this term to a close with some thoughts on the Coronavirus situation and how we might apply our yoga principles to it – yoga is still relevant!
This is a short helpful guide from Michael Hutchinson for those of us who need some TLC with using technology!
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…
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…
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…
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.
TSYP’s Andy Curtis-Payne was recently invited to talk to members of the British Psychological Society about the ways in which Yoga can contribute to the work of psychologists.
We are so enthusiastic about Ranju Roy and David Charlton’s new book that we’re posting another review of it, this one by TSYP member Helena del Pino. There are relatively few English language publications covering the teachings of our tradition apart from the iconic text by TKV Desikachar himself, The…
Becky Sperring writes about her journey to becoming a Vedic Chant teacher. So I still can’t quite believe I’ve just qualified as a Vedic Chant Teacher! And am immensely proud of the fact that I can now read some Sanskrit!! Becky Sperring, Yoga & Vedic Chant Teacher. Photo: Mari Kadanik…
TSYP member Maggie Shanks reviews a newly published book by two yoga practitioners who trained in the tradition of TKV Desikachar. ‘Embodying the Yoga Sutra’ by Ranju Roy and David Charlton offers a practical, clearly drawn approach to some of the most important verses of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. It has…
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…
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…
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…
Working in the field of yoga therapy one often finds oneself trying to bridge two worlds and explain to people in each of them the special way in which yoga can be applied therapeutically. On the one hand yoga practitioners and the public will say ‘Isn’t all yoga therapeutic?’ On…