We are very excited to be hosting a Convention at Twin Waters Resort in February 2023 with Abhijata Iyengar. The Convention will be the first gathering of the IYA community for more than 5 years, since our Adelaide Convention in 2017 and the first time a member of the Iyengar family has been to Australia since 2015 when Abhijata taught in Sydney. Following the events of the last few years, we plan to come together to reconnect with one another and to consider how to work effectively in a changing world.

Abhijata is the granddaughter of Yogacharya BKS Iyengar and was taught by him – as well as by his children Geeta and Prashant, her aunt and uncle. She has been involved with the practice and philosophy of yoga since the age of 16 and is one of the most experienced teachers at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI) started by her grandfather in Pune, India. She travelled with BKS Iyengar to conventions in Russia and China and also accompanied Geeta to international conventions in England and the USA. She accompanied Geeta to her convention in Australia at Twin Waters in 2009. Abhijata’s teaching is dynamic and inspiring.

We hope you will join us to add your voice at this unique moment in time.

What is the purpose of the IYA 2023 Abhijata Convention?

There are two primary purposes of this Convention. The first is to bring together our Iyengar community after a long absence from personal interactions; the second is to celebrate the Iyengar lineage through the teachings of Abhijata Iyengar who will be visiting Australia for the first time since she taught in Sydney in 2015.

By way of background, Iyengar Yoga Australia generally hosts a Convention once every three years. However, due to the impacts of COVID we have not been able to hold a Convention (or other face-to-face events) since Adelaide in 2017. This Convention will therefore provide an important time and place to reconnect, to practice as a community, and to have real conversations about common areas of interest.

Where is the Convention being held?

The IYA 2023 Abhijata Convention will be held at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Twin Waters is located on the Maroochy River between Maroochydore and Mudjimba beaches and is a short drive from the Sunshine Coast Airport and about two hours’ drive from Brisbane Airport. The location is where Geeta Iyengar taught in 2009.

What is the cost to attend the Convention?

Early Bird Tickets —

A special Early Bird rate of $1,380 is available to IYA members only to be paid in full by 21st October 2022.

Standard Price Tickets for Members—

The full IYA member price (non-Early Bird rate) is $1,550 which is paid upfront.

Standard Price Tickets for Non Members—

The non-member Convention price is $1,600 and is paid in full at the time of booking.

Is there any financial assistance being provided to those who can’t afford to attend?

Yes. The IYA Board has set aside a limited number of places for members at a significant discount for those requiring financial assistance to attend. To apply for one of these member only places, please send your details and a description of your circumstances to events@iyengaryoga.asn.au. Applications will be considered by the board and must be submitted by 30 September 2022.

How do I register?

To register and pay for the Convention please sign into PunchPass using this link.

If you don't have a PunchPass account, please select 'Create Account'.

Once signed in, please select one of the links below:

Early Bird Price for IYA Members Only - $1,380 paid upfront only and available until 21/10/2022.
Payment in Full for Members Only - $1,550. This link is for bookings received for members post the Early Bird close i.e. from 01/10/2022 until the bookings close date 15/12/2022.
Payment in Full for Non Members Only - $1,600 paid upfront only and available until the booking close date 15/12/2022.

What does my convention fee cover?

— A Welcome to Country ceremony prior to the commencement of the Convention program on the Wednesday.
— 5 days of teaching by Abhijata Iyengar. Abhijata will teach daily classes commencing in the afternoon of Wednesday 8 February 2023 and finishing with a final class on Sunday morning 12 February 2023. There will be morning and afternoon classes on the three full days in between incorporating Asana and Pranayama.
— There will be three 60-90 minute workshops on a range of topics relating to practicing, teaching and philosophy – one on each of the full days. These workshops will be facilitated by Senior Teachers and other IYA representatives.
— There will be an opening dinner on the Wednesday evening followed by a film, and a closing dinner on Saturday evening prior to the final day of teaching.
— A full meal (brunch) Thursday to Sunday.

The final program will be distributed with the registration pack closer to the event.

What time does the convention start and finish?

You should plan to arrive around lunch time on the first day of the Convention 8 February 2023 to allow time for registrations and settling in. On the last day, Sunday 12 February 2023, activities will be finished by lunch time.

Abhijata 2023 Convention 08—12 February 2023

Novotel Twin Waters Resort
Sunshine Coast

How do I get there?

You will need to make your own travel arrangements to the venue which is a short drive from the Sunshine Coast Airport and approximately two hours' drive from Brisbane airport.

If arriving into the Sunshine Coast Airport, there are bus services, taxi and shuttles you can catch from the airport to the resort.

If arriving into Brisbane, there are bus shuttle services to the Sunshine Coast from the airport, or you can catch a train from the airport and change at Roma Street Station for a connecting service. Buses also leave for the Sunshine Coast nearby the Roma Street terminal.

We recommend to book early if you want to take advantage of cheaper flights. Please also factor in commuting time from the airport if you want to arrive in time for the afternoon teaching session on Wednesday 8 February 2023. We recommend being there around noon to give yourself some time to settle in.

Do I need to book my own accommodation?

Yes. Feedback from the 2020 Convention was that participants wanted to choose their own accommodation rather than be locked in to staying at the venue. Participants can now choose to stay anywhere that is accessible to the venue. There are many options available near the resort including hotels and motels, camping grounds with cabins and camping sites, and air BnB's.

Please carefully check the refund policy of where you intend to stay as many venues are not offering refunds, including Twin Waters (refer Cancellation policy below). Twin Waters is offering the following discounted rates to participants who would like to stay at the venue:

Twin Waters Room Rates 2023

The rooms which can be shared will have more than one bed option under the Configuration column above. Further details about the rooms are available on the Twin Waters website. If you have any further questions about the accommodation options, please call the Reservations team at Twin Waters Resort on 1800 072 277.

There are a limited number of rooms at the resort, so it is important you book in early if you intend on staying at the resort. Those that register sooner rather than later are more likely to have the room of their choice available. If you are interested in staying at Novotel Twin Waters, please complete the enclosed Twin Waters Booking Form and email it to groups@twinwatersresort.com.au.

Please check carefully the refund policy of where you intend to stay as many venues are not offering refunds, including Twin Waters (refer Cancellation policy below).

Do I need to bring my own props?

Yes. Participants are required to bring:

— 1 x mat.
— 2 x belts.
— 2 x bricks.
— Support for shoulder stand – either two shoulder stand pads or four blankets.
— 2 x Blankets (if not using Blankets for Shoulder Stand).

Cancellation & Refund Policy

The Cancellation Policy for the 2023 Abhijata Convention is as follows:

— Up to 91 days before the convention a full refund will be provided less an administration fee of $20. This will require cancellation to be made no later than 9 November 2022.
— 90 days - 31 days before the convention 50% refund. This means cancellation is required between 10 November 2022 and 8 January 2023.
— 30 days to the convention date no refund. This means from 9 January 2023 inclusive.

If either IYA or the participant can find a suitable replacement to take their place at the Convention, then there is no financial impact for the participant.

There is a separate cancellation policy with regards COVID as follows:

— If a participant gets COVID just before the Convention, they will be provided with a full refund for the Convention Fee.
— If a COVID event occurs just before the Convention resulting in travel restrictions, or if Abhijata is unable to travel due to illness and the Convention is cancelled, all participants will be provided will a full refund of the registration fee.
— Refunds for accommodation and travel are the responsibility of each participant and will not be covered by the IYA. Please ensure to check booking and cancellation policies of the organisations with whom you will be travelling or seeking accommodation.

Will the event be COVID-safe?

The Novotel Twin Waters is required by law to comply with Queensland Health guidelines regarding the holding of events. IYA will be advised by the venue at the time of the event what steps needs to be taken to ensure to mitigate COVID impacts. We will provide this information in the registration pack.

When will the registration pack be available?

The registration pack will be sent to all participants in January 2023 to coincide with final payments.

Will there be an online option?

No. While we acknowledge there will be people who cannot attend the Convention, a primary purpose of this event is to bring our community together face-to-face for the first time in almost 5 years. IYA does offer regular online opportunities such as the Senior Teachers Series and the Business of Yoga seminars. Please contact events@iyengaryoga.asn.au if you have any concerns.

We will provide more details as we get closer to the Convention date. If you have any further questions, please email events@iyengaryoga.asn.au

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