Shelley and Ray’s report from Pune

It is wonderful to be here. As always we are so grateful to the Iyengars and their willingness and ability to share the depth of their understanding of this glorious practice of Yoga.
Love from Ray and Shelley

We’ll be adding new photos every day or so.
Love from Shelley and Ray


Our day trip to Lonavala

Sunday day and we are off to Lonavala. 200 steps up to Karla Cave. These were the easy ones! Yes that’s Janek with Ray!

Shelley and Janek arrive at Karla Cave in Lonavala. It was early morning and hardly anyone else was there!

Entrance Portico to Karla Cave

Shelley and Ray inside Karla Cave

Janek in Karla Cave

Stupa and beautifully symmetrical columns. These caves are more than 2,000 years old!

Buddha at entrance to Karla Cave

It was great to be with Janek as we explored the caves. An experienced architect, Janek could “read” the structures and details to explain these technical and artistic marvels. These caves are carved from one piece of rock!

Bhaja Cave

A gloriously sublime open-air room of stupas. The resonance of our voices was awesome! We could imagine the monks circumambulating around the stupas as they chanted.

Ardha Chandrasana – Half Moon Pose

Chaturanga Dandasana – Four-Limbed Staff Pose

Virabhadrasana I

Uttanasana – Intense Stretch Pose

Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana – Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose

Parsva Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana – Side Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose

Parivrtta Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana – Revolved Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose

Almost the right size!

Janek and Ray hungry after our visit to the caves. The most ono food yet!

Waiting for an outdoor free concert of Hindustani music to begin. It was a wonderful venue, resplendent with full moon. The tabla player and Japanese santoor musician were fantastic!

Meanwhile back at home…

Supin and Patsy happy and relieved after teaching class on Sunday. Betsy and Carin were moral support and cheer squad….and perhaps coached some rights and lefts….? 😇

Santoor and tabla

Masala Dosa!

Mallakamb (from a previous trip)

Take off those shoes!


Frescoes of Guruji on Institute walls

We are struck with how vibrant the Institute feels. We hear Guruji’s great-grand children’s voices ringing out downstairs from the practice hall. The kids are often running about the hall as we practice. Moreover, there are so many young people in their 20-30s in the classes which is a big change from years past! The new generation is coming on!
If there was any doubt in my mind about the longevity of the Institute now that Guruji is gone, it was erased in an instant the other day. Ray and I were strolling through the courtyard on our way home when Abhijata, Guruji’s grand-daughter, came flying into the space on her scooter, packing her daughter in the front after picking her up from school. Both Ray and I thought the very same thing: Guruji set it all up, he taught everything he knew to Abhijata and others, and it’s going to carry on!

Our beloved practice hall

Street scene

Today’s lunch made by our cook, Latika. Yummy dahl!

Entrance to Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute

Sunday, and it’s a day off. So we went to a concert

Down on the corner

An old friend, the shoe repair man

Guruji’s belongings

Class Schedule. We are also helping/observing in the Remedial classes three times/week

More of Gurujis Belongings on display at RIMYI

Prashant Pranayama Class. This is last day in February. Classes much smaller in March

Iyengar Yoga Institute

Belt on door knob

Uttanasana in belt. I need this after the plane rides!