Teddy Talk: Yoga is more than a Fitness Activity now on YouTube

by Nancy Zrymiak

A 17th century miniature of Nasreddin, currently in the Topkapı Palace Museum Library – Unknown author , via Wikimedia Commons.

On Jan 30th our association members were treated to a free yoga philosophy discussion by senior Iyengar yoga teacher, Teddy Hyndman. Teddy’s talk was lively and engaging, filled with philosophical stories and messages.

One amusing story involved Nasreddin, a Sufi master of comedy in the 13th century, and his donkey. Another, a Hindu story of a fish and the sea. Teddy related these stories to trusting our own experience, the training of the mind to go deeper, and connecting to something larger.

Teddy spoke for only half an hour but she was effortless and entertaining, sharing her love of yoga and her lifelong spiritual quest for meaning in life. She quoted Guruji and Pantanjali, but also the Zen people (Teddy studied Zen meditation at a monastery in Kyoto, Japan for 3 years!) and American Naturalist Henry Thoreau “What business have I in the woods if I am thinking of something out of the woods?” This quote related to Savasana and the wandering mind.

“What business have I in the woods if I am thinking of something out of the woods?”

The last hour of Teddy’s Talk was a fascinating question and discussion period. Members questions were thoughtful, as were the responses. I felt like Teddy was really in her element, and members were very much involved. In fact, our association has received such positive feedback and so many requests to watch the recording that we have decided to release it on our YouTube channel. You can watch it now – please comment and share with others.


About the Author

Nancy first discovered Iyengar Yoga in Bangalore, India in 2010. It took only one class to convince her that yoga was for her… for life. She completed her studies under the guidance of Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher, Louie Ettling and is now a certified Iyengar yoga instructor. In 2016 Nancy travelled to Pune, India to study with the Iyengar family. She teaches in New Westminster.  Follow Nancy on Instagram for more information.