1 Here I am at the celebration. I was given a bindhi for my forehead. Photo credit: Billy Cunningham
2 The clerestory before the guests arrived - The soft light, the monotone tables and chairs, and the billowing tulle on the ceiling added a wonderful "gala" feeling.
3 Giant alocasia leaves and carnations and roses were focal points.
4 The bar was well designed and flower garlands were festooned here and there.
5 Everyone was given B.K.S. Iyengar's new book, Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom.
6 A projection of the Iyengar Yoga logo - It was a very well planned event masterminded by James Murphy, Association Director of IYAGNY and my instructor.
7 Posing with Dan Slater, Sophie Herbert - my niece, Alexander Vreeland - President of IYAGNY Board of Directors, and James Murphy - I wore a Dries Van Noten tunic.
8 This is the entryway into the celebration.
9 The aisle was illuminated with candles and strewn with rose petals.
10 The Om symbol was stenciled with baking powder.
11 Om is a mystical Sanskrit sound of Hindu origin.
12 Popkarma popped Masala Popcorn.
13 With Adam Vitolo - certified Iyengar yoga teacher, Sophie Herbert, and Dan Slater
14 Eve Holbrook, Judi Fiedman, Debby Green, and Judith Isaacs are all certified Iyengar teachers and were excited to be at the event.
15 Everyone was invited to get free mehndi henna tattoos. Elvis Durand was one of many volunteers.
16 He decided on a labyrinth. The henna dye dries and when rubbed off, a tattoo remains, which can last for about two weeks.
17 Opening ceremonies - leading of the celestial beings into the arena by the priest and umbrella bearer - The priest was played by Kavi Patel and the umbrella bearer, Ajay Balakrishnan.
18 The first was Ganesh, Elephant God, the remover of obstacles, played by Tasso Pappas and Daniel Truini.
19 Pretty amazing! We have not seen anything like this outside of India!
20 Krishna was played by Steve Schepis.
21 Patanjali, the father of Yoga was played by Darrell Thorne.
22 All the costumes, makeup and body paint were all wonderfully designed and coordinated by Darrell Thorne http://www.darrellthorne.com/
23 Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, was played by Serena Jost.
24 And Hunuman, the monkey god, was played by 'Tigger' James Ferguson.
25 Food to appease the gods were set under their pedestals.
26 MSLO employees Julyann Moon, Heather Kirkland, and Soo Jee Lee helped in the coordination of the event.
27 My makeup artist, Daisy Schwartzberg
28 Haya Kramer and her mother, Laura Kramer, who is chair of the Advisory Board and Nicole DeJesus, Development Chair of the Iyengar Association
29 Iyengar teacher, Jeff Logan and Iyengar member, Silvia Lattova
30 Sr. Iyengar teacher, Sue Salaniuk, celebrated children's book illustrator, Paul Zelinsky and his wife (and breast cancer survivor) Deborah Hallen and Sr. Iyengar teacher and author of The Women's Yoga Book, Bobby Clennell. Deborah is taking and enjoying the Breast Cancer Survivor class at the Yoga Institute of New York.
31 Yoga student, Judy Dennis and teacher, Kavi Patel
32 Posing with photographer, Vinoodh Matadin
33 Lisa Vreeland and Inez Van Lamsweerde
34 Kris Barragan and Mary Tedesco - my trainer
35 My niece, Sophie Herbert and Iyengar Yoga certified teacher, Lara Brunn
36 Visitor, Hideko Colton took it all in and enjoyed the good karma.
37 Yoga teacher, Naghmeh Ahi and lifetime student, Viren Mehta
38 Visitor, Rozanne Zacarias fully enjoyed the experience of getting a mehndi henna tattoo and bhindi.
39 B.K.S. Iyengar is now an active 93-year-old. This is Iyengar as a young man.
40 I spoke about my yoga practice and what it means to me. In his 2005 book, Light on Life, B.K.S. Iyengar wrote "I am so grateful for what yoga has made of my life that I have always sought to share it." I feel much the same way and try, as he says, to "carry the flame forward" in my own fashion.
41 Mira Nair - Celebrated Indian film director (award winning Salaam Bombay and Monsoon Wedding) and Daphna Keitel. Mira has studied extensively with James Murphy and is on the IYAGNY advisory board.
42 Yoga teacher, Naghmeh Ahi and actor Harvey Keitel, who practices three or four times a week.
43 During dinner, we were entertained with traditional Indian music. David Freeman performed on tabla.
44 Adam Laboz played an excellent sitar.
45 Junoon prepared delicious food. http://junoonnyc.com/ Each guest was served a sectioned platter like this, containing Paneer Mirchi Ka Salan, Chana Pindi, Nadru Kofta, Daa Makhani, Mint Raita, Kachumber Salad, Plain Naan, and Pulao Rice. Dessert was a Pumpkin Tart.
46 Actress, Andrea Gabrielson - actress and Jane Jeffrey - James Murphy's niece really enjoyed the delicious food served.
47 This is James Murphy's sister, Samantha Jeffrey.
48 Aditi Malhotra is owner of Tache Artisan Chocolate. She donated the very delicious chai chocolate truffles that everyone enjoyed.
49 Jean Tsai is owner of Pop Karma, popcorn company. She brought her unique and very delicious Masala popcorn which was fitting for the occasion. However she has many other flavors, including Bacon Apple Bourbon Caramel, Porcini Cheddar, Classic Mediterranean and more!
50 Dried fruits and nuts for enjoyment
51 Member Silvia Lattova and photographer Vera Miljkovic
52 Iyengar VP of the Board, Sylvia Kier. Former VP of the Board, Lisa Cirando and Nicole DeJesus, Development Chair on the Board.
53 A colorful performance was given by Sa Dance Company.
54 Sa Dance Company is a group committed to increasing awareness of Indian dance in the mainstream.
55 Their mission is to express the India-American identity through movement inspired by Indian folk, classical, and Bollywood dance as well as jazz, ballet, and contemporary dance.
56 Why the name “Sa”? “Sa” is the first note in the Indian musical octave.
57 Sa Dance Company had the excellent company of Red Baraat , a popular Brooklyn-based band. Founded in 2008, this eight-piece group is led by dhol player Sunny Jain .
58 A dhol is a unique sounding double-sided barrel shaped North Indian drum that gets slung over one shoulder when played.
59 Sunny’s unique beats are complemented with additional percussion, sousaphone and five horns to meld the infectious North Indian rhythm Bhangra with a host of sounds, namely funk, go-go, latin, and jazz.
60 This year the band has been called "The best party band in years" by NPR, have delivered a TED Talk, played the White House and Bonnaroo, amongst over 100 other shows throughout the world.
61 James was thrilled with the success of his efforts.
62 Judi Fiedman really enjoyed the Red Baraat Band.
63 Who says the gods can't dance?
64 MSO employee, Heather Kirkland in the moment - Sienna Tedesco looked smashing in her hot-pink pumps.
65 It was a remarkable evening of food, fun and festive activities! Heres to many, many more anniversary celebrations for the Iyenga Yoga Association!