The Sacred Thread of Yoga

Joyce Zouves Van Rensburg



The daughter of a Greek immigrant to South Africa, Joyce first came across BKS Iyengar in 1968 in Kimberley. Being mystified how a yoga book could have gotten there she picked up a copy of "Light on Yoga" in a local bookstore. She took one look at the photos and text and took him as her Guru. But because of apartheid, contact between India and South Africa was forbidden. Learning that the author of the amazing book was going to be in Mauritiuis, she managed to get put on the waiting list. Then by a stroke of good fortune she received a telephone call inviting her to join the group. One of the intended participants had broken her leg! With no formal instruction in yoga, she crept to the back of the room hoping to blend inconspicuously into the background. But BKS Iyengar spotted her immediately and his voice boomed out: "Who is your teacher?" Joyce timidly replied: "Sir, I have no teacher, only your book". It was then – and to Joyce -- that BKS Iyengar uttered his now famous words, "Yes! a good book is better than a bad teacher". When the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute opened in 1975, Joyce was one of the first students to make the visit. There were eight in those classes, amongst them Geeta Iyengar, Pandu and Shah. Joyce has two children and is also blessed with two grandchildren, Natasha and Mark.

Iyengar Intensive Classes (Mon 11 to Fri 15)

Type     Duration Title Day Time
Sat  Vishnu  Middling  2.0 hour(s)  The Three A's: Alignment, Awareness And Adaptability   06:00 pm  to  06:00 pm
Sat  Brahma  Middling  2.0 hour(s)  Purely Iyengar: Confidence, Creativity, And Stability   06:00 pm  to  06:00 pm
Chit  Vishnu  Middling  2.0 hour(s)  Successful Sequencing: Aligning Body. Mind And Spirit   06:00 pm  to  06:00 pm
Sat  Vishnu  Middling  2.0 hour(s)  Extending The Extension: The Effective Use Of Belts In Asana Practice   06:00 pm  to  06:00 pm
Sat  Vishnu  Middling  2.0 hour(s)  A Journey Of Discovery: Poses And The Self   06:00 pm  to  06:00 pm
Sat  Brahma  Intense  2.0 hour(s)  Light And Grace: Bending Your Back Beautifully Friday  08:00 am  to  10:00 am





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