20 year Celebration Reflection

It is with great joy and gratitude that we reflect upon our journey, a transformative path that has touched countless lives, and renew our commitment to serving our community with love and devotion. Many of the friends present at the opening held in 2003 at the Yarraville Yoga Centre were able to return to the celebration of twenty years of practice. Those who were not able to attend offered warm wishes, which were gratefully received.

Two decades ago, a seed of inspiration was sown in the hearts of our founders, who envisioned a space where individuals could come together to pursue balance, strength, and inner harmony. With unwavering dedication, they and subsequent teachers have created a space to cultivate citta vrtti nirodah.

YYC has evolved into much more than just a place to practice yoga. Over the years, it has become a nurturing community, a haven where people from all walks of life gather to find solace, connect with like-minded individuals, and embrace personal transformation. It was both sobering and uplifting to hear how a practicing Iyengar yoga community had sustained many through a range of trying times in their lives.

It was very generous of senior teachers Alan Goode, Marina Jung, and Mark Gibson to be part of the opening twenty years ago and to return for the celebrations. We were honored by the attendance of so many in our community – many of our past and present students and long-term teachers Bronwyn, Tim, Lynn, John from across Victoria. Three of the founders – Peter, Amanda and Heather were also in attendance. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Our yoga studio has always celebrated diversity, welcoming people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Iyengar yoga is a practice for life – it transcends cultural and societal boundaries, and it is through this inclusive approach that we have cultivated a vibrant tapestry of experiences and perspectives. YYC continues its commitment to embracing diversity, creating a safe space where all are free to express themselves authentically.

Over the past two decades, we have witnessed countless transformative stories unfold within the walls of our studio. Yoga has the power to heal, restore, and empower, and it is humbling to witness the profound impact it has had on the lives of our students. Whether it is finding inner peace, overcoming physical limitations, or cultivating a deeper connection with oneself, the transformative potential of yoga continues to inspire us each day.

As we gather to celebrate our yoga studio’s twentieth birthday, Senior teacher Alan Goode made a keynote address at the opening and again at the birthday celebration. A fabulous meal was shared, providing a great opportunity to connect with those we see moving through the studio but don’t necessarily get the chance to interact with. Then there was CAKE! and a great rendition of “Happy Birthday” πŸ™‚

We hold onto the shared reflections and the profound impact Iyengar yoga has had on our lives and the lives of our students. As we look to the future, we commit ourselves to continue nurturing our community, guided by the wisdom of our lineage from Patanjali through Guruji Iyengar, Geetaji Iyengar, and the broader teaching community in Australia. Here’s to the next twenty years – Namaste.