Embodying the Yoga Sūtra – new review

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 Heart of Yoga. American texts tend to emphasise what to practise and mostly do not capture the depth of the teachings we have inherited in the UK. In a relatively barren land, then, long-term ‘viniyoga’ practitioners Ranju Roy and David Charlton have brought a significant work to publication. They have achieved something remarkable…

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Reflections on the Vedic Chanting Teacher Training Course 2017/19

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!! I was first introduced to chanting on my yoga teacher training course (2010-13). Although I knew nothing about this tradition, I was fortunate enough to train with Hilary Macrae and Andy Curtis-Payne. I remember romping through Laghunyāsaḥ(or Agnirmeas we always thought of it!) and loving the energy and the sounds. I was very impressed at how familiar with chants many teachers and…

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Embodying the Yoga Sutra: new book walks yoga into everyday life

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 the qualities of offering both an academic and applicable perspective for students of yoga wanting to deepen their knowledge and explore the profound treasures of this rich and transformative text. Rich philosophical concepts are delivered in clear, understandable every-day language that make the book a pleasure to read.  Its content is…

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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 two may seem rather different; one is about working with others, the other is a solitary pastime, one more obviously physical and the other more cerebral. But if we look a little more carefully, we can see that there are many areas where the two are closely linked. How so?…

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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 to go and study there. Established when Sir Winston Churchill died in 1965, the Trust offers grants for UK citizens to travel overseas in pursuit of new and better ways of tackling a wide range of the current challenges facing the UK. A Churchill Fellowship begins with a travel grant…

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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 Duty of Candour is important ethically and is endorsed by TSYP as best practice. TSYP works closely with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and as such we wish to ensure that all our members are aware of the importance of the Duty of Candour.  The Duty of Candour…

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Book review: Counselling Principles and Practices for Yoga Therapists by Dr Latha Satish

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 the other, those taking a western medical or pathology-focused approach will want a yoga ‘prescription’ for different ailments. Helen Macpherson reviews the newly published Counselling Principles and Practices for Yoga Therapists by Dr Latha Satish of the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram. Dr Latha’s book goes a long way to help clarify…

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Modern medicine: don’t do that, it will make you ill | Yoga: do this, it will make you well

The first Yoga in Healthcare Conference was held in February this year at the University of Westminster, and TSYP was there. Organised by the Yoga in Healthcare Alliance, the lively and upbeat event was attended by an international mix of Yoga teachers, Yoga therapists and mainstream health professionals, with some participants having more than one ‘hat’ on. TSYP was represented by Michael Hutchinson, who presented a poster.  ‘Yoga has a place in Healthcare’ Conference organiser Dr Heather Mason began with a message of support from HRH Prince Charles: Yoga has a place in Healthcare. Dr Mason added that the UK has socialised…

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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 teach deep and profound ideas.”

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