Iyengar Yoga at KCA, BANDRA [affiliated with Kripafoundation Iyengar YogaTM (KFIYTM)]
In 2006 when Kripa foundation celebrated its silver jubilee Guruji BKS Iyengar at Rang Sharda gifted Fr. Joe and the Kripa family with the acknowledgement of Kripafoundation Iyengar YogaTM (KFIYTM). Having seeing the way Fr. Joe used the teachings of Guruji BKS Iyengar for those challenged by various ailments and specially the ailments of Addiction and Addiction related such as HIV AIDS, he publicly acknowledged that this was in its own words a service to God, now Jana-seva is “Janardhana Seva” meaning service to human kind was truly service to God.
The new centre of Iyengar Yoga at KCA is a Golden opportunity for people of all ages and of all ailments to taste the healing touch of Guruji BKS Iyengar. A set of people in recovery will lead this project in the spirit of Mother Theresa, sharing and caring not as professionals but as wounded healers in the likeness of Christ my Supreme Yogi. Guruji too was a wounded healer, he overcame all the challenges of health from childhood, from the time of his early childhood till the very end. For Fr. Joe this was the unique strength of the teachings of Mother Theresa. Just as Mother Theresa inspired us to reach out to the poorest of the poor, Guruji BKS Iyengar has blessed Fr. Joe to reach out the poorest of the poor in health. This new centre of Kripa foundation is open to all – two days in a week – Tuesday and Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 pm and we inaugurated this beautiful gift of Guruji and Mother Theresa on workers day – 1st May 2019.
This centre will carter to people in need of Physical health, Psychological and Emotional health and above all Spiritual health. Iyengar Yoga unfortunately has been marketed for its Bahiranga Sadhana, which means outer body work. This is contrary to the original teaching of Iyengar. One has to avoid making a fetish of body work. When Guruji practiced Asanas he emphasised the two characteristics of alignment and balance, this is possible by the Antaranga Sadhana which has two dimensions – Pranayama and Pratyahara. He did this is a scientific way bringing our practice to be an inward journey. His teaching emphasized on making the practice a journey from the periphery to the centre; from the sympathetic nervous system to the central nervous system. It is because of this holistic practice, Guruji said that “our bodies are a temple of God’s spirit and therefore every Asanas for me becomes a prayer.
There are three types of clients that will be welcomed to this kind of a centre.
A. Those who want an update of the original teaching of Iyengar (not just jumping around like monkeys).
Fr. Joe has been in a Guru Shishya Parampara, a student of B.K.S Iyengar from 1968 to 201, he as a senior Iyengar teacher has given workshops of the original teachings of Guriji all over the world. In a live handing over of this tradition, Fr. Joe has maintained the purity of the Iyengar lineage.
B. People afflicted by addiction and addiction related ailments.
Since there has been an explosion in the recent times, of various kinds of addiction all over the world the blend of Iyengar yoga with the self-help model of recovery has raised the percentage of recovery from addiction to a significant level. There are many elements that affect the body mind and soul of a human being trapped in addiction. Iyengar yoga has the unique ability to heal the effects of addiction in all dimension of this ailment. It is the World Health Organisation (WHO) that has acknowledged addiction recovery to be a Whole Person Recovery (WPR) and therefore the Kripa Model is an outstanding model for fulfilling this objective.
C. On Thursday’s, people wanting to practice meditation with use of their body and breath.
Leading Cardiologist in the city have acknowledged the impact of Yoga and meditation on cardiac health. One of the cardiologists even recommends patients by telling them “reduce medication and start meditation”. Kripafoundation Iyengar YogaTM (KFIYTM) has also been the foundation group for the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM). A Global community of meditators open to people of all faith, having as its members the Dalai Lama as well as the former Archbishop of Canterbury – Rowan Williams– it was this practise brought by Fr. Joe who taught Lee KuanYew, the Prime Minister mentor of Singapore. He acknowledge the benefits of such a practice in his interview in New York Times. It is the famous Harvard physician Dr. Herbert Benson that acknowledged Yog and Medication to be able to transform type A personalities into type B personalities. Kripa Model of Recovery by its component of Addiction and Meditation has become a Global presence. The teachings on this were published by WCCM publication Medio Media International Pte Ltd, Singapore in a booklet and a DVD now available in more than 120 countries. Hence, we acknowledge both Guruji and Mother Theresa to have blessed Kripa foundation with the Global healing presence.
Our practice of Kripafoundation Iyengar YogaTM (KFIYTM) has a Psychospiritual and a Psychosocial dimension which is based on the 12-step programme of the Alcoholic Anonymous therefore this method as spread in over 40 countries in the world. From North America, South America, Australia including Europe and China. After the completion of one year of regular attendance and completion of over 200 hours with a special orientation given by Fr. Joe, we will certify students who will like to teach this method to the afflicted in a non-commercial way.
FR. JOE PEREIRA