Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga
Institute (RIMYI) is the
heart and soul of Iyengar
Yoga and is located in Pune, Maharashtra. The institute
was established on January 19, 1975 and is dedicated to Smt. Ramamani
Iyengar, the wife of Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar. Its directors are
Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar, Geeta
S. Iyengar and Prashant
S. Iyengar. The students from all over the world come here to
receive the essence of yoga and learn the values of life.
There is a great significance behind the unique design of RIMYI.
The three floors represent the body, mind and soul. It’s height
is 71 feet and has 8 columns which represent the eight limbs of
ashtanga yoga i.e.yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana,
dhyana and samadhi.
The bust of Smt. Ramamani at the gate welcomes the visitor while
that of Guruji is present in the entrance hall. Guruji's bust has
been chiseled by the Queen Mother of Belgium at the age of 81 joyous
at accomplishing her life's dream of performing Sirsasana.
The institute is filled with numerous awards, citations, presentations,
offerings and works of art presented to Guruji. The library has
8000 titles in several languages on a variety of subjects ranging
from philosophy, human anatomy and physiology, ayurveda, commentaries
on the scriptures, modern medicine and of course yoga.