Sutra Discussion Sunday November 17

We’ll be meeting at 10:00-11:30 on Sunday November 17 in the “blue room” at YiY. Bring your translations as usual.

We plan to discuss sutras 2.51 and 2.52, the third and fourth sutra about the fourth limb of Ashtanga Yoga, pranayama:

Sutra 2.51: bahya abhyantara vishaya akshepi chaturthah
Then the breath transcends the level of consciousness. 

Sutra 2.52: tatah kshiyate prakasha avaranam
The regular practice of pranayama reduces the obstacles that inhibit clear perception. 

Translation and interpretation by TKV Desikachar

You can listen to our last discussion of Sutra 2.50 here

Cooking classes

From Vika:

Fall is the best season for a food-based cleanse since it helps to nourish the body and get rid of any built-up toxins. To get pleasant and efficient cleanse experience, it is important to know specific and delicious recipes. Having studied Ayurveda and cleansing every fall, I will be teaching an Ayurvedic cooking class, with a “Fall Cleansing” theme, on November 10th from 3-6pm in Cupertino

I will also be teaching an additional class with a focus on Snacks, Desserts, and Breakfast. We will learn how to prepare these using plant based ingredients and make them readily available, even as soon as you finish your Ashtanga practice. This second class will be on December 8th from 3-6pm. 

In both classes, we will prepare several recipes and later taste our creations and talk about the Ayurvedic cleanse, lifestyle or anything that inspires you. 

If you would like to come, please contact Vika at or text her at (408) 203-6866

Halloween Hot Chocolate Gathering

Our introduction to the Halloween tradition was in 2011, when we moved to the US. On that year, one of the families in our neighborhood put together a haunted house, and were giving out hot chocolate. Unfortunately, their kids have also graduated from high school that year, and so this was the last year of that tradition. We were so impressed by their tradition and the community feel that it created, that we still mention their haunted house every year since. This year, we decided to try and replicate at least part of their tradition. Admittedly, a full on haunted house is way beyond our capabilities, but hot chocolate we can do… So if you are trick or treating this year, and especially if you are not – please come by to say hi, have some hot chocolate and marshmallows, and chat.

Our hot chocolate booth will be standing right next to the path to Gunn High School. Looking forward to seeing many of you on Thursday!


David Roche in YiY. Don’t miss it!

Don’t miss the opportunity to practice with one of the most experienced teachers of Ashtanga yoga and movement in general. I promise that you will discover and learn something new about your body and your practice. Be prepared to be pushed but in a very gentle and respectful way.

I hope to see you there!


David Roche at YiY

As many of you know David Roche will be at YiY starting next Friday, October 25th thru Thursday October 31st.

He will be teaching a 3 day workshop, and 5 Morning Mysore sessions. The Mysore sessions will take place on our regular mysore classes times, Sunday, October 27th thru Thursday, October 31st (including Moon Day Monday).

For those of you who would not want to study and practice with David those 5 days, you are welcome to self practice in our small blue room at the same time in the mornings. Although I would highly encourage you to consider :).

To read more and to register please go here. Or talk to Beata, Anne, Philippe or Stu.

And last, but not least, David will be open to private sessions.

Theatre ticket for October 20

We have one ticket available for the Oct 20 Sunday Matinée of TheatreWorks’ “Mark Twain: River of Song”. You would be going with Ken Krechmer and with David Roche. The show starts at 2 PM at the Mountain View Center for Performing Arts. Email if you would like to join Ken and David.