PREPARE FOR PUNE
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WISH TO ATTEND CLASSES AT THE RAMAMANI IYENGAR MEMORIAL YOGA INSTITUTE IN PUNE, HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR YOUR VISIT.
Students who wish to travel to Pune must have practiced the Iyengar Yoga system for at least five years prior to their visit.
All applications must be approved by the BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute of Southern Africa before applying to visit Pune. Only applications completed on the official pro forma will be considered by the Institute in Pune.
Individual applications sent directly to the RIMYI will not be accepted.
Contact your Regional Chairperson who has a stock of the required forms or download one right here.
Please check the application requirements carefully to ensure you comply.
Owing to the large numbers of applications that the Institute receives, if the form is incomplete, your application will be discarded.
Download the Pune Guide 2020/21. The guide is made available by kind permission of Bobby Clennell who holds the copyright. Bobby is an Iyengar Yoga teacher resident in New York, U.S.A.
Download the Concise Pune Guide for South Africans. This guide was prepared by Anet Ahern following a recent visit to the institute. It is brief and provides valuable advice to anyone traveling to Pune.
WHEN YOU CAN ATTEND
Beginning March 2005, Smt. Dr. Geeta Iyenga has agreed to plan some regular time off for rest, study and vacation. Therefore, during the months below, Geetaji will not be conducting classes at RIMYI:
During these months, Geetaji’s classes will be taught by the staff of teachers whom Geetaji herself has trained. They are all long-time students of the Iyengar family. Prashant’s schedule will not change.
If you have a trip to RIMYI already scheduled for one of these months, you will be receiving a letter offering you the opportunity to reschedule your trip if you wish. Please wait for this letter to arrive before contacting Mr. Pandu Rao at RIMYI, E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write to the Secretary of the Institute in Pune specifying which month/s you would like to attend General Classes enclosing a deposit of US$150. You may apply for one month or two consecutive months of General Classes. The Institute is closed during the month of May. There is a waiting list of two years for all General Classes. The Indian winter months are the best times to be in India (December – March). July is cool, although it is mid-summer but it is monsoon time and so very wet.
Once your letter arrives from Pune stating which months are available for General Classes, you should apply for a Bank Draft.
The cost for one month of classes, from December 2015, is US$500.00 (inclusive of the $150 deposit). The details of the bank to which you send the draft will be in the letter from Pune. Send the draft by registered mail! After some time, you should receive confirmation of your booking and receipt of the bank draft. This letter must accompany you on your arrival at the Institute in Pune as proof of your booking and payment. The fees are not transferable or refundable. Take a passport-size photo with you.
VISAS: Please check with your consulate or travel agent for visa requirements.
VACCINATIONS: Please check with your Travel Clinic.
There are six classes and practice sessions a week.
The Institute is closed on Sundays.
Pranayama classes are given in the last week of every month.
All classes will be conducted by Geeta, Prashant or a staff member.