birth of the sanga
Sharing some interesting historical information on the humble beginnings of the sanga. The letter does explicitly mention that this is not a “show-off” or a “ego-boosting” group. But ironically it also introduces secrecy and choice of members based on undisclosed important reasons, even to the members.
Kausthub Desikachar (firstname.lastname@example.org)
12 February 2007 06:16:41
Greetings from Chennai.
Many wonderful things have happened since the formation of the Krishnamacharya Healing & Yoga Foundation in India last year. Since beginning to open the membership in June 2006, the KHYF currently has drawn close to 500 members and will probably end up having around 1000 members by the end of the year 2007. We feel this is a tremendous sign of strength to the growing family of the Krishnamacharya Tradition.
This year is also very dear to us, as it begins the first ever Yoga Therapy Program of its kind. We hope to be able to change the paradigm of yoga and yoga therapy through this program and I am sure each one of you will play a part in this change. There will be three groups of training outside India, one each in Australia – NZ, Europe, and North America. The interest in this program has been fantastic. We are full in Europe and North America, and almost full in Australia – NZ. But considering the relatively small population of Australia – NZ, the 34 participants there can be considered as a phenomenal success.
The Sanga here in India is the fourth International Batch for the Yoga Therapy Course. I am writing to give you a quick peek at what you can be prepared for when the new sanga begins this coming year.
Firstly what is the sanga?
The Sanga is a group of students who have been invited to be part of this group and who are under the mentorship of TKV Desikachar or Kausthub Desikachar. The expectation from this group is that the group takes the yoga studies very intensely, with the hope/aim of playing very important roles in the future. A key aspect of this is the strong relationship between teacher and student and this is why the group has been and will be on an invitation basis only. Each person to join the sanga have been chosen for an important reason and this will come forth as the process unfolds over the coming years.
What is expected of the Sanga? What can the Sanga Expect?
I would like to say that the most important thing that is expected from the sanga is faith in and commitment to the sanga and to the teachers. What the sanga can expect in return is the same thing. The teachers have faith in and are committed to the students as well. As I often say to my students, apart from my own family, the sanga is the most important thing in my life. A similar feeling from each of you would be well appreciated. Basically your participation in the sanga must nourish your relationship with your family, and your family relationships in return must support your role in the sanga. Basically one must not compromise the other, but actually be nourishing the other. If this is clear, then the other things which are expected from the sanga and which the sanga can expect becomes easier. I will talk about this the first day we are meeting.
The Growing Sanga
The sanga started of with only 10-11 people, when we first met in Belgium in the year 2000. Over the years its grown into a group of around 20 people. The process though has been challenging at times has been a very fruitful journey so far. As the sanga shifts its focus into yoga therapy, the time has come to expand and reorganize the family.
After careful consideration over the last six months and meeting several people my father and I have formed this new group that has close to 32-34 students. Some from the previous group have chosen to pursue the therapy programs in their local continents, while some who were pursuing their studies with me/my father in their local continents will become part of this group now. Some others were strongly considered, but because of their situations in their families, or their other local situations, wont form part of the group, just yet.
I present this list below through the attached file to introduce the new group to each other and hope that this will be the most auspicious beginning to the new process. I am still not sure about a few people and hence there may be one or two additions. Or maybe even one or two deletions.
As usual I advise discretion when talking about the sanga group in Chennai. As you know there are many who want to be part of the group, but cannot be part of it. So I don’t want bad feelings between them and you. Also the sanga is not a “show off” group or an “ego-boosting” group. Some who have been part of it in the past can vouch for how it is exactly the opposite.
Soon I will be sending out an email about how to register yourself at the KHYF website into the Sanga Batch of Yoga Therapy.
Loads of love.
Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation