John Ferrabee is a practicing Iyengar Yoga Instructor and member of the IYAUK, based in the Cotswolds.
Whilst attending the annual Iyengar Yoga Convention over the past 10 years, he has regularly had a stall sellling Iyengar yoga props, equipment and books as well as official Patanjali statues that he imports from the sculptor in India, who B.K.S. Iyengar gave his personal blessing to produce for the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune and have become very popular for yoga students and studios around the world.
John has been collecting and selling original print copies of 'Light on Yoga' as well as re-print editions. Including rare publications and prints.
This shop is a result of John's passion in teaching, learning and continuing the tradition of B.K.S. Iyengar.
Moorti Statue of Patanjali by Sandeep, Pune
Just before guruji left us this is the meeting he had to finalize the Patanjali moorti statue for the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune.
Composed in black composite stone, the moorti of Patanjali is set in the upper level studio at the institute.
The craftsman Sandeep has known guruji for 20 years and has been creating moorti statues for many temples and shrines in India for the past quarter of a century.
Sandeep Says: Initially I carved an incomplete statue in black stone and then completed the final alignment of the face folded hands and cobra in front of Guruji as per his instructions, which took approx. 2.5 hours. I was very happy to see the smile on Guruji’s face when the statue was complete, he commented saying 'now I should make similar statues in all sizes with no mistakes'.
Further, he also suggested many students do want to install statues of larger size but can't carry with them due to weight and delicate work in black stone. So, if I can make similar statues but light in weight and less fragile it would be easy enough for students who wish to install statues of larger sizes. Which as a result I came up with the concept of super lightweight composite black stone Pathanjali statues in all sizes from 4 inches to 24 inches. Geetaji liked the 24-inch statue and installed it on the wall of 2nd floor practice hall in the institute.
I showed Guruji this concept of light weight statues where he was very happy and named the smallest size of statue (4 inches) as 'Pocket Patanjali'.
This is the first time these statues are available in the U.K.