Father Joe Pereira

Father Joe Pereira
The World’s Catholic Yoga Priest

The Original Teachings
of BKS Iyengar

November 23, 24 & 25


The Yoga Centre East Redfern welcomes
Father Joe Pereira

for a special offering to the Australian Yoga Community
as part of BKS Iyengar’s 100th Centenary Year Celebrations. 


Father Joe Pereira or “Father Joe” commenced his work in addiction recovery in 1981 in Bombay when a recovering alcoholic asked him to help the Mission of Charity of Mother Teresa better manage the growing population of destitute alcoholics and addicts. Father Joe formed a community of recovering alcoholics with four addicts and three recovered. So commenced the Kripa Foundation, (Kripa comes from the Sanskrit word meaning grace), which is now one of the largest NGO’s in India, working primarily in the field of addiction recovery and related ailments such as HIV AIDS.

Father Joe is the Founder and Managing Trustee of the Kripa Foundation, which works across 12 states in India, through its 26 residential locations and 75 projects treating both addictions and HIV/AIDS. Kripa is unique with the addiction recovery field in providing daily yoga and meditation to people in recovery within a holistic 12 step peer support and professionally managed and guided program.

An Indian Diocesan Catholic Priest, born in Mumbai, Father Joe attributes much of his worldly inspiration to his two mentors, Mother Teresa and B. K. S. Iyengar, the founder of Iyengar Yoga. Father Joe studied directly with B.K. S. Iyengar for 46 years from 1968 until Iyengar’s death in 2014, aged 95 years. Father Joe is now considered one of the world’s leading certified Iyengar Yoga instructors, a style of Yoga that instills confidence and a desire for self-study and precision in the student, within a safe and healing practice. Father Joe received direct authority from BKS Iyengar to teach and certify Iyengar yoga students in a specific set of restorative postures designed to suit people in addiction recovery.

Father Joe is also the former National Co-ordinator in India for the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) and a Class A Trustee (Non Alcoholic) of Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) in India. Amongst his many awards, Father Joe received one of India’s highest awards, the PADMASHREE in the field of Social Work in 2009 and a lifetime award from the President of India in 2014.

His professional qualifications include a Masters in Psychology & Philosophy from University of Bombay, Licentiate in Divinity (Theology) from Bombay & Poona, Certifications in Counselling Theory & Practice (Carkuff Model) & expertise from the Hazelden Institute of Minnesota, USA. Father Joe is the author of several audio/video CDs such as Wholeness and Holiness, Yoga for the Practice of Christian Meditation, and The Whole Person in Prayer. Father Joe regularly conducts workshops and yoga trainings and retreats in India and around the world. He is inspiring others around the world to develop similar programs to help people suffering from addictions to recover using the gifts of yoga and meditation.

Download a copy of Father Joe & The Kripa Foundation’s China Booklet




November 23 Friday PM Talk & Movie
Talk by Father Joe & screening of the movie ‘The Circle’ by Philippa Frisby. 6.00 – 8.30 PM.

The Circle is a film by Philippa Frisby, a certified Iyengar yoga teacher and filmmaker. The Circle is a film about the transformational power of yoga in treating drug addiction in the street children of Mumbai.

Cost: Entry is by Donation to the Kripa Foundation (via The Yoga Centre).

* Light refreshments will be offered. Contributions of food plates would be very much appreciated! *

Friday PM Registration:
Scroll to the schedule below to register space(s) for the Friday PM talk & Movie. This event is open to all. Entry is via donation to the Kripa Foundation on the night. 

WE HAVE OPENED UP 10 OBSERVATION ONLY SPACES FOR THE WORKSHOP ON THE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. The cost is $100 for the two days with proceeds donated to the Kripa Foundation. You can purchase a space HERE


November 24-25 Sydney Workshop is now FULL. If you would like to go on our wait list please email your request to: office@yogacentre.com.au

ALTERNATIVELY, you might like to attend the Workshop in
on November 16-18. See Yarraville Yoga Centre for more details and to book.

Sydney Weekend Workshop: The Original Teachings of BKS Iyengar
Schedule: Saturday 24th November:
11.00 AM – 2.00 PM Asana AND 3.30 – 5.30 PM Pranayama
Sunday 25th November:
11.00 AM – 2.00 PM Asana AND 3.30 – 5.30 PM Pranayama

Workshop Costs & Enrolment:
Full Weekend Workshop November 24 & 25: $200
Saturday November 24 Only: $130
Sunday November 25 Only: $130

Full time Student Concession Costs:
(Email a copy of your current student card to: office@yogacentre.com.au)
Full Weekend Workshop November 24 & 25: $160

Saturday November 24 Only: $104
Sunday November 25 Only: $104

All Profits go to The Kripa Foundation