PARIṆĀMA: Exploring Transformative Practice

I Y E N G A R   Y O G A    I M M E R S IO N


Join Purnima for an unforgettable Iyengar Yoga retreat,  exploring the transformative power of dedicated practice. This ten-day immersion at Nimmu House features daily āsana and prānāyāma classes, sessions devoted to the therapeutic applications of Yoga for specific ailments and conditions, presentations on the philosophy of Yoga according to the Sūtras collated in Sanskrit over 2000 years ago by Sage Patañjali, deluxe accommodation in heritage rooms and luxury tents, deliciously healthy and nourishing meals, as well as guided village walks and excursions to historical and spiritual monuments..


Iyengar Yoga is based on the discoveries of Yogacharya Sri B.K.S. Iyengar, from his 80 years of uninterrupted practice. In the Iyengar method, study is orderly and progressive. We start with the external, gross physical body and move towards the subtle, more inner layers of our being. Key characteristics of Iyengar Yoga include: Accessibility (regardless of age, flexibility, ability); Timing (longer holds of poses to penetrate each and every cell of the body); Sequencing (varies tremendously depending upon the goal of practice, season, time of day); Exquisite attention to detail; Alignment (alignment of muscles, bones and joints which creates safety and stability in practice);and focus on Svādhyāya (self-study). Iyengar Yoga is often referred to as “meditation in action” – where movements are infused with awareness and intelligence. Our entire being is focused and absorbed fully in those actions so that no part of our embodiment is left neglected or undiscovered. 

ABOUT purnima Manghnani

Purnima began the practice of Iyengar Yoga in 2007 and immediately felt its transformative potential. She was drawn to the discipline, rigor, and integrity of the Iyengar lineage. Born and raised on the Hawaiian Island of O’ahu, Purnima has dedicated over five years of study under the Iyengar family in Pune, India at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI), which included assisting in the medical therapeutic classes. Purnima was granted certification directly by her beloved Guru, Yogācārya Srī B.K.S. Iyengar, under whom she spent three continuous years of practice and study. She now holds a certificate at the Intermediate Junior II level (CIYT Level II). As a teacher, Purnima is known for the applications of yoga which inspire students to overcome physical and emotional difficulties in their practice and life. She holds an M.P.H. in Community Health Sciences and worked for over a decade as a public health researcher, focusing on gender-based violence, social inequalities in health, and incarceration. She is grateful for the opportunity to share the gifts of Iyengar Yoga with others.

Patañjali Yoga Sūtra III.15 

क्रमान्यत्वं परिणामान्यत्वे हेतुः
krama-anyatvam pariṇāma-anyatve hetuḥ

“There is a logic to the involutionary spiritual journey, just as there is in the growth of a plant from seed, to stem, to bud, to flower, to fruit. The original, pure consciousness which we trace through Patañjali’s method is the seed of transformation in oneself. Our own self is the maker of our own spiritual destiny.” 

~Srī Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar

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