“Study of the consciousness and stilling it is Practice (abhyāsa). Practice is the positive aspect of yoga; detachment or renunciation (vairagya) the negative. The two balance each other like night and day; Inhalation and exhalation. Practice is the path of evolution; detachment the path of involution. Practice is involved in all the eight limbs of yoga. “
Practice represents the ha or ‘sun’ aspect, and renunciation the tha or ‘moon’ aspect of hatha yoga.”
– Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, Light on Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by B.K.S. Iyengar, sutra I.12
“Not a dancer, an acrobat, a ballerina, or even a sportsperson. Not a young, bendy lady. It was a sedentary, shy person with a weak back and a fearful mind who walked into the first yoga class in 2000. Till then (and even thereafter), I had not been interested in any organized physical activity. I did abysmally at all the compulsory games in school, and still cannot appreciate the much touted virtues of ‘competitiveness’. It was curious, therefore, that since that first class, the physicality of this subject exhilarated me. The body is, indeed, a precious tool. I had seen pictures of Mr. B.K.S. Iyengar in incredible poses, but when I blundered into that first class at the Iyengar Institute of New York city , I did not know much about how it was different from any other yoga class. Eventually, the New York centre came to occupy an important place in our lives in the city. The kindness, friendship, honesty and chutzpah of the teachers, and of the several friends we made there, was only to be expected of citizens of the greatest city of them all.
in 2005, we returned to India, settling first in our own maximum city, Mumbai.
Like all classical subjects, the study of yoga works best when learnt consistently with one teacher. Soon after returning to India, I started studying with Zubin Zarthoshtimanesh, and later teaching at his centre in Mumbai. (more about my teacher here). Zubin continues to be my primary teacher. I also continue to study at the fountainhead of this tradition – the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune.
Apart from yoga, I have studied science at the undergraduate level, spent two wonderful years at the Institute of Rural Management in Anand (IRMA), and two more at the New York University studying biology and environmental sciences. I have spent a few joy-less years working in the corporate sector, and some joyous ones working as part of a construction crew, teaching cooking, and working with rural artisans around India.”
Jaya, and the practice room, are mentioned in the list of recognised teachers in Bangalore:
“My practice of Yoga goes back to the very beginning every time I spread the mat. Time and again, my mind finds old pathways filled with habit patterns, and my practice continuously seeks to reverse them . Earlier in life I practiced ART in all my actions and witnessed the circularity of LOVE – GOD – ART. Now, I find the practice of Yoga embedded within this circularity.
My journey towards the ocean of Yoga began when I first met Jaya. I had been an avid mountaineer from an early age and was familiar with the rigors of a physical culture. But I followed Jaya’s instincts in this unfamiliar form of physicality all the way to the Iyengar yoga centre in New York. The teachers in New York who laid the foundation of yoga for me are Kevin Gardiner, Yvonne de kock, Hugh Millard and Anna Golfinopoulos.
Ten years ago, seeking something more rewarding than a successful career, I came back to India. At that time I wanted to contribute in three fields: Culture, Environment and Politics. Cinema is my first love and Palador Pictures was my first endeavor in India. Palador Pictures is the genesis of the World Cinema movement in India. It gave birth to a Home-video label and the Television channel ‘UTV-World Movies’ featuring, cinema from across the world.
In Mumbai, I also found Zubin Zarthoshtimanesh, the teacher who is my guru. I observed Zubin’s practice closely, sensing an unidentified gap within myself. I find that gap narrowing as my mind’s predilection to intellectualize is arrested, and its ability to synthesize experiential wisdom is strengthened.
My practice of Yoga is at the cusp of understanding cosmology, quantum mechanics and the “I”. I experience a direct connection between the happiness I live with and my yoga practice. I passionately express that connection in my teaching – I am convinced that I am contributing to raising Gross National Happiness, starting with our band of students.
His personal thoughts about art, yoga and life are posted at www.mohanpolamar.com
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