Yoga Rahasya

Yoga Rahasya is a quarterly publication of the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI), Pune and the Light on Yoga Research Trust, Mumbai, India. It was a great honor to be asked to design the (four) covers for this year.

Here are the first two. The first corresponded with Annual day — sometimes known as Institute day – and the second with Hanuman Jayanti. The third will come out later this year on Guru Purnima, and the forth on Patanjali Jayanti.

“Yoga Rahasya” refers to the wisdom of yoga, or ‘the secret knowledge of yoga’. The aim of Yoga Rahasya is to share the essence of Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar’s teachings. It contains original articles and transcripts of talks by B.K.S.Iyengar, as well as Geeta and Prashant Iyengar on philosophy, psychology, science and the art of yoga and life. This journal also includes articles by his students, practical details on the practice of asanas and information on treating chronic ailments through yoga.

WHO MAKES IT: Yoga Rahasya is produced exclusively by volunteers. Rajvi Mehta, a student of B.K.S. Iyengar since 1979 has been editing it since its inception in 1994.

WHO CAN SUBSCRIBE:  Yoga Rahasya is a scholarly tool for serious students rather than just a general interest magazine. It is open to all irrespective of whether they are teachers or students of Iyengar Yoga.


HOW TO GET IT: The most complete info on how to obtain it is on From the menu bar at the top of the page, select ‘References’ then ‘Yoga Rahasya’. On the lower right corner there is a link for ‘subscription form’ Once completed, the site then directs the subscriber to print the form and send it along with the subscription fee (twenty five U.S dollars/four issues per year) to the relevant organization in their home country. Part of the annual dues that teachers in the U.S. pay includes twenty- five dollars for the annual subscription.

Within the next couple of months, there will a link on the IYNAUS store page where people can subscribe directly. (However, one can subscribe by just sending the $25.00 to IYNAUS at 1952 First Avenue South, Suite 1B, Seattle, WA 98134, and noting that they wish to subscribe). The yoga community in India and the U.S. is pretty low tech, so unfortunately the renewal process isn’t automatic – at least not yet. People need to re-subscribe each year.

HOW IT GETS SENT OUT FROM INDIA: Representatives in many countries (mainly nominated by the Associations) collect the subscriptions on Yoga Rahasya’s behalf.   They then inform Yoga Rahasya in Pune and the issues are mailed out from India. Generally subscriptions are taken for a calendar year. For example, even if one were to subscribe in July they still receive all the four issues for that year. Each country has its own policy for collecting the payment from the subscribers.

Single copies may be purchased through the various associations world- wide. IYNAUS purchases a few copies of every issue and directly sells them. Also, there are back issues available for purchase from The Store (link on IYNAUS website)

COMPILATIONS:  There are 5 sets of compilations: YR -A from 1994 to 1996, YR – B from 1997 to 1998, YR –C  from1999 to 2000 and YR – D  from 2001 to 2002 as well as YR – THERAPY. These are available through IYNAUS and of course at RIMYI, Pune or at Iyengar Yogashraya, Mumbai. Single copies of issues published after 2003 are for sale provided they are in stock. The ‘representatives’ from the various associations around the worlds are periodically informed about the stock status of the back issue before they collect any payment for them.

© 2011 Bobby Clennell.

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5 Responses to “Yoga Rahasya”

  1. Brette Popper Says:

    These are beautiful Bobby. I especially like the Hanuman since it’s his birthday on Monday.

  2. bobbyclennell Says:

    Thanks Brette. It’s been a great experience working on this material.

  3. Daniel Simpson Says:

    Hello Bobby – lovely covers!

    Would you be able to put me in contact with Rajvi Mehta? I’m attending a conference in China next month, and would like to arrange to speak to her there:

    Best wishes,

  4. Daniel Simpson Says:

    Thanks Bobby! Much appreciated.

    All the best,

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