This week we were lucky enough to have Manouso Manos come over to visit us from San Francisco to teach a workshop at Maida Vale.
Manouso began his studies with BKS Iyengar in 1976 and is one of just two teachers worldwide to hold the Advanced Senior certificate. The significant timing of his visit, just a couple of days before the first anniversary of Guruji’s death, was felt by everyone present at the workshop. But the atmosphere was far from solemn. Manouso’s great skill as a teacher is matched by his talent for storytelling and it was a privilege to experience both.
Manouso last visited Maida Vale in November 1997 when he accompanied BKS Iyengar to hold the official opening ceremony for the Iyengar Yoga Institute. As he describes it, the finishing touches were being prepared and one of the last tasks was to place the statue of Patanjali on display in the main studio. Patanjali had been waiting for his starring moment for some time, and when the statue finally emerged from its storage box, it was filthy.
Iyengar proceeded to give Manouso detailed instructions about how to clean the statue. His first task was to go and find a fresh coconut. The rest of this moving, personal story is far better told by the wonderful man himself. Enjoy this video and Manouso, please come and visit us again soon!