Yoga Mala : garland of yoga

Welcome to Yoga Mala!

Yoga Mala was founded by Ranju and Lindy Roy in 2004 and inspired by TKV Desikachar and his students. Mala means "garland", so Yoga Mala means "garland of yoga" - There are many aspects of yoga, including postures, breath work, chanting, meditation and philosophy. Yoga can be designed and adapted to meet the specific and ever-changing needs of an individual.

Our aim is to teach an authentic western yoga that respects both the traditional aspects of yoga and its contemporary application in the West.

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In the Yoga Sutras it is suggested that we cultivate certain attitudes to help us develop and maintain clarity. These suggestions - called yamas and niyamas - are there to help us avoid falling into states of confusion and misery! This way of formulating the yamas and niyamas comes from Peter Hersnack, to whom we offer our thanks.

In a very general sense, yamas can be seen as focusing on our relationship with others:

  • how do we allow space for others?
  • how can we be authentic in our own space?
  • how can we avoid exploiting others?
  • how can we retain our energies and our priorities?
  • how can we avoid accumulating too much?

Similarly niyamas can be seen as focusing on our internal attitudes:

  • how can we take care of ourselves (body, mind, spirit)?
  • how can we accept ourselves irrespective of our state?
  • can we take and maintain external support (diet, practice)?
  • can we take and maintain internal support (attitude)?
  • can we open to and trust?

Generally we endeavor to:

  • buy fair-traded products
  • support the local economy
  • use services which have stated ethical and environmental policies and products