My name is Hajnalka Sarig. I have gained 16 years of professional experience in the fields of yoga, healthy lifestyle, fitness and sports. I have always been living an active life. Movement is life itself.
During the accelerated and hyperactive years something was always missing but that time I did not know what. Meanwhile, due to the too much training I did, I started having problems with my spine and I already had severe pain at the age of 20.
Hajnalka Sárig, the founder of the First Online Iyengar Yoga Festival, met Iyengar Yoga at the age of 25 and immediately felt that this was the path she wanted to dedicate herself to.
It was a huge dream of hers to meet Guruji, B.K.S. Iyengar and the Iyengar family.
The summer of 2011 brought a defining moment in her life, she was able to spend a month in Pune and it gave her a huge inspiration to return to the Iyengar Yoga Institute again and again. From that point on she spent one or two months every year in Pune. In 2015 she received the “Intermediate Junior level II.” certificate.
The outbreak of the pandemic inspired her to convey B.K.S Iyengar’s and Geetaji’s message online with as many Iyengar Yoga teachers as possible.
This is how the First Online Iyengar Yoga Festival was born, with the motto of conveying Guruji’s andGeetaji’s message to Iyengar Yoga teachers from all around the world, giving them the chance to travel to Pune virtually and have the experience that we all miss so much. That is why she invited the most experienced and acclaimedIyengar Yoga teachers who she encountered with during the 19 years she has been practicing and teaching Iyengar Yoga.
Sage Patanjalidefines yoga as chitta vritti nirodha. Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar with his intellectual and spiritual practices has masterminded the techniques which can be used by all practitioners of yoga. “Research based experience” and “experience based research” has helped him in evolving this technique which is now known as”Iyengar Yoga”. Iyengar yoga is meant for all and is a way of life. The use of props, designed by Guruji , such as wooden gadgets, belts, ropes helps the practitioner to achieve perfection in any asana.Regular practice of ‘Iyengar Yoga’ definitely integrates the body and mind.
Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja (BKS) Iyengar was born on December 14, 1918. Guruji was a victim of malaria, typhoid and tuberculosis in his childhood . At the age of 16, he was introduced to yoga by his Guru Sri T. Krishnamacharya and he seton a dedicated practice tocuri his illnesses. In 1943, Guruji married Ramamani.. She supported Guruji along with her family of five daughters namely Geeta, Vinita, Suchita, Sunita and Savitha and one son Prashant.Both Geetaji and Prashantjiare supporting Guruji in teaching Iyengar Yoga even today. A fortuitous meeting with the violin maestro Yehudi Menuhin in 1952 was instrumental in introducing the Western World to Guruji. Menuhin was responsible in introducing several luminaries to BKS Iyengar. One of them being the Queen Mother of Belgium.
On 26th January 1973, Guruji laid the foundation of Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) in Pune, named after his wife Smt. Ramamani Iyengar.
Guruji’s teachings were first published in 1966 as „LightonYoga” . This book has been translated into 18 languages. Today, he is the author of 14 books.
Guruji was a sincere and committed practitioner.Guruji was the first person to teach large group of students. He lays great emphasis on precision and alignment which is followed by his students. He gets students to perform and break barriers. He brings about an automatic transformation in the mind and habits of people. He is the only person to teach the highest aspects of yoga – Atma Darshan through asanas. Even today, at the age of 95, he continues to practice. While in practice, he is an artist at work. He is always at ease in any posture he performs. Precision and beauty mark the asana, and the regular practice he advocates integrates the body, mind and emotions.
Geeta Iyengar (1944-2018), eldest daughter of the founder of the worldwide Iyengar Yoga method, Yogacharya B.K.S Iyengar, was described as “the world’s leading female yoga teacher”(Los Angeles Times).Iyengar studied yoga with her father from an early age. After graduating high school in 1961, she began substituting for her father when he was away on international teaching tours. Since her father’s retirement in 1984, she was co-director, with her brother Prashant S. Iyengar of the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) as well as undertaking her own international teaching tours.
Sri. Prashant S. Iyengar is the son of Yogacharya BKS Iyengar. He is presently the director of Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI). His knowledge about the scriptures and the ancient texts makes his way of teaching unique. He is also known for his philosophyical approach to Iyengar Yoga practice. He is an accomplished violinist too.
Abhijata Iyengar started seriously studying yoga from the young age of 16 under the direct guidance of her maternal grandfather, B.K.S. Iyengar, her aunt, Dr. Geeta S. Iyengar and uncle Sri Prashant Iyengar. She is a senior teacher at RIMYI.
Direct student of Guruji, B.K.S. Iyengar.
David Meloni has been awarded the highest certificate possible in the Iyengar system. He is also the director of the IYENGAR®️ YOGA RahasyaCenter in Florence, Italy. He leads teacher training programs and conducts seminars throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America.
David Meloni started practicing IYENGAR®️ Yoga in 1996. In recognition of the depth of his practice through his immersive work with B.K.S. Iyengar (Guruji), in 2013, David received the “Advanced Junior Level II” certificate. In 2015, Geeta S. Iyengar (Geetaji) conferred upon him the “Advanced Senior level I” certificate.
Most recently, in January 2018, he was awarded by Geetaji the maximum level certificate, “Advanced Senior level II” in the Iyengar Yoga system. He is the only individual in the world to have obtained this designation.
Gulnaaz started Yoga at the Pune Institute (RIMIY) under the guidance of B.K.S. Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar and Prashant Iyengar in 1990, when Ali Dashti, her brother insisted, that she should join. Gulnaaz lives in Pune, India – teaching all levels at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute for over 20 years. In 1998 Gulnaaz was granted a teaching position by Guruji (B.K.S. Iyengar) to teach beginner classes at the Institute in Pune (RIMYI). Her practice of more than 20 years & teaching general and medical classes at the Institute has been under the ever-watchful eye of the Iyengar family and particularly guided by Dr Geeta Iyengar. Since that time, she has become one of the senior teachers who teaches beginner’s, Intermediate, advanced, as well as assisting in the medical classes. Gulnaaz is one of the teachers full of energy and good humour.