• Catherine Coverdale

    Hi Yvonne,

    Having been in a state of shock since last Thursday’s referendum result (thank you for the lovely poem), and watching the subsequent unraveling of promises and the dreadful backstabbing of the politicians and insecurity in the country (doesn’t everyone seem to love to see the English in a state of disarray, particularly our media), it was with interest that I listened to the Radio 4 programme you sent us. Oh dear. Instead of being at least able to cling to something that was sure and constant, yet again it seems, nothing is as it seems. So even yoga is a more recent form of exercise – though I do think I would rather aim to be healthy and subtle than a shrivelled Brahmin! But perhaps it is what you make it. So if you want it to be part of your spiritual journey, it can be.

    Kate x


  • Hi Kate, agree re referendum. Yoga is sure and constant. The only thing that has changed is the application. Krishnamacharya and other teachers realised that for yoga to be practiced now, that is the meditation, stillness and devotion, they needed to address the agitation of the body first. When we led more active lifestyles and worked with the land this approach was not as necessary. The philosophy is not modern just the asana. It is a strength of yoga that it meets the person where they are. It also meets society where it is (society is just a collection of individuals). Everything evolves. Everything has its extremes. Krishnamacharya studied with his guru for seven years, as was the traditional way. At the end of the study the student had to fulfil the wish of their guru. Krishnamacharya’s task was to take yoga to the world as India’s gift and this is what he did. So, take heart, all is well! Yvonne