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We honor the memory of those lost lives during the 9/11 attacks to NY, and recall the physical, emotional and mental trauma of that time. In an effort to aid and assist in the immediate shock during the weeks after 9/11 the yoga studios in NY attempted to give relief and assistance to New Yorkers in their grieving and healing processes by offering refuge in their Yoga Studios for Meditation, Satsang, Kirtan Chanting, Asana classes, and Crisis Support around NY city.

In support of further healing within our NY community, and to share in general, a historic perspective of the NY Yoga community, reprinted here are the 27 original posts of NY Yoga announcements just after 9-11 that were circulated through the NY Yoga Teacher’s Association (nyyta.org) to several hundred of NY’s Yoga teachers – representing over 30 diverse Yoga styles – who further distributed them throughout their NY Yoga schools. These posts speak for themselves of the generous hearts present among us at that time.

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The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, 1.33 teaches us: “By cultivating friendliness towards happiness and compassion towards misery, gladness towards virtue and indifference towards vice, the mind becomes pure.”

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‘This Yoga is not for exercise. Yoga is showing where to look for the soul – that is all. Man is taking a human body – this is a very rare opportunity. Don’t waste it. We are given 100 years to live, one day you have the possibility to see god. If you think in this way it is giving you good body, good nature and health”   (Sri K Pattabhi Jois, Puck Building, NYC September, 2001).

Namaste,

New York Yoga Teacher’s Association Board

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