To Attend The Iyengar Yoga School Kurringai you must be triple vaccinated.

(Updated 23 May, 2022)


Please bring as much of your own equipment as possible (blankets don’t have to be yoga blankets) and if you don’t have a blanket, please bring a large clean towel to cover any of the school’s soft equipment (bolsters and blankets) used.

If you use any of the wooden bricks, benches or chairs, please wipe them down at the end of the class. (Disinfectant and paper towel are available for your use.)

A Yoga Workshop

The reflections below were written by Sonali Saha, Ruth’s trainee teacher, after attending a workshop in Sydney with Gulnaaz Dashti, a senior teacher at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune. RMIYI.  Gulnaaz has worked very closely with Guruji and Geetaji over many years.

Gulnaaz Dashti’s workshop happened over 4 days in the second week of May. And I feel absolutely fortunate and delighted in having attended it. I have been practising Iyengar Yoga for the last 3 years, out of which one year was in Pune attending Gulnaaz’s classes. So when I enrolled myself for the workshop, I knew exactly that I was going to experience a yoga practice full of energy and vigour. And this is exactly how it turned out to be, and much more! I say ‘much more’ because while the workshop was mainly about yoga asanas, it was also about honouring Guruji’s lifetime of work. In every instruction of Gulnaaz, there was a reiteration of Guruji’s own experience and evolution as a yoga practitioner. By the end of the workshop, I was left with a very warm feeling in my heart that Guruji still lives on through each and every teacher or student he taught.

As a teacher, Gulnaaz was crystal clear and firm with her instructions. Her energy and enthusiasm were totally infectious. With a group that consisted of both students and practitioners, she consistently managed to maintain a balance between testing the potential of our bodies and yet respecting the boundaries that each one of us had. Throughout the workshop, her effort was on assisting us to explore and become more aware of our own bodies resulting in an asana practice which was far more conscious. Her constant emphasis on the fact that yoga asanas not only involve the physical body but also an alert mind perfectly amalgamated yoga practice and philosophy, thus making it amply clear that both these aspects are two sides of the same coin. Finally, when the workshop came to an end, although I left the MYC premises physically tired, I felt extremely aware, alert and energised psychologically. Thank you so much Gulnaaz for your inexhaustible enthusiasm ’til the last minute of the workshop, and all the knowledge that you shared with us!

Centenary Celebrations

This past December, Ruth and Penny attended a two week celebration of the Centenary of Mr. Iyengar’s (Guruji’s) birth on 14 December, 1918.  Over 1200 Iyengar Yoga students and teachers from over 50 countries worldwide attended the celebrations, held outside Pune India, the home of the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute.  For 10 days, classes which included asana and pranayama were held daily from approximately 8:30AM to 1PM.  These classes were taught by Geetaji and Prashantji, Guruji’s eldest daughter and son.  Afternoon sessions included talks and panel discussions on a range of subjects including teacher training and assessment, a “chat” with Geetaji, and a cultural program.  During the last two days of celebration, there were films about Guruji, a wonderful children’s demonstration, and various talks and interviews. which covered topics such as the influence of and future of Iyengar Yoga, and more.  A highlight during the celebrations was a play about Guruji’s life, presented by a local theatre group.  For more photos and information see

Ruth and Penny during the Celebrations

One of the afternoon sessions was devoted to tributes to Guruji, presented by students and teachers who had experienced his teaching directly or who were greatly influenced by him. Ruth had the privilege of expressing her own recollections dating back to 1983.

I first encountered Guruji in 1983 at two yoga conventions, in Melbourne and then in Sydney, on his initial trip to Australia.  I was immediately in awe of this penetrating genius with seemingly X-ray vison into one’s body and soul.  Unexpectedly, he also had a contagious laugh and an engaging sense of humour. I knew then that I would have to go to India to be taught by this inspirational man.

My original impression of Guruji was confirmed and strengthened over the years during my visits to the Institute in the late 80’s and early 90’s for intensives and general classes.  As well as instantly recognizing a student’s physical problems, Guruji had an almost uncanny ability to ascertain immediately if a student was meek and mild, proud and arrogant, or sincere and devoted.  He would treat people accordingly.  For the Sadhaka, this was part of the journey of yoga.

During those early years of attending classes with Guruji I never dreamed that I would one day have one to one interaction with him.  After initially corresponding with him while President of our Association and when registering the Australian Certification Mark, I eventually had the privilege of meeting with him several times in the Institute library to discuss Association matters.  I was amazed at how he would immediately stop his research or writing to give full attention to the issues in need of discussion.  He listened attentively and then promptly gave his views with wisdom and insight.  His mind so easily switched from intense focus on aspects of yoga to consideration of more mundane matters and he often intermingled the two.  He was quick and astute. Most of all, I will always remember how Guruji’s beautiful consoling letter helped me through a personal tragedy.  He cared deeply about his students’ well-being.  He was compassionate.

After teaching Iyengar Yoga for so many years, I find myself increasingly quoting Guruji and visualising poignant scenarios in his classes or during practice– as if to reinforce my memories so I never forget this incredible yogi and exceptional human being who has had such a profound effect upon my life.

Geetaji’s Passing

Sadly, Geetaji passed away on 16th December, after many years of serious ill health.  Ruth had been taught by Geetaji numerous times both in Pune and in Australia, since the early 90’s.  When  President of the Australian Iyengar Yoga Association,  she had frequent interaction with her in person and through letters and had cherished her contact with this extremely knowledgeable, determined  and humane woman.  Ruth and Penny  attended her 60th birthday celebrations in 2004.  Geetaji’s passing has touched us profoundly and we are grateful to have been present at her last brilliant teaching sessions.