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Janet Lumbard Obituary

May 4th 1948 to April 16th 2003

Janet and I met at the Friday night class with Bob Welham in Edinburgh. We trained with Bob and took our Introductory Assessment in the newly opened Edinburgh Iyengar Yoga Centre in 1980. She was one of the original teachers at the Centre and taught there from 1980 until the diagnosis of her illness last October. She also taught classes for many years near her home in East Lothian.

In 1984, 1991 and 2000 she went to the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune to study with Yogacharya Sri BKS Iyengar and his daughter Dr Geeta lyengar. She was one of Guruji’s most devoted students. Like Geetaji herself she never for one moment doubted that she was on the right path.

She gained her Intermediate Junior Certificate in 1987. A few years ago she was asked to take classes for people in hospital suffering from long term chronic ailments such as arthritis, stroke and diabetes. There as elsewhere, she inspired the love of her students with her careful teaching and quiet spirituality. Her style as a Yoga teacher was quiet and clear. Her classes had an unforced flow from posture to posture, but nevertheless she worked her students hard.

Janet was about to take her Intermediate Senior Level 1 Assessment when her illness was diagnosed. She met her illness with steady courage and retained both her dignity and her sense of humour to the end. She was one of the main pillars of our lyengar Yoga community in Scotland. It is difficult to imagine life without her. She touched a lot of people and made their lives better. She leaves two daughters.

Elaine Pidgeon, April 2003

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