Mudita: Joy

As Yoga practitioners, we can take it on as a practice and duty to cultivate joy.

Patanjali tells us in the famous sutra 1:33 to cultivate joy to those people, places, events and things that are virtuous. This will give us the positive vrtti of joy, and help our citta (mind stuff) become serene, benevolent (citta prasadana) like a still peaceful lake .

If joy flows thru us, it will spread around us.
Our practice is to be done with joy.
Being in the moment helps.
This year will provide opportunities for moments and our best efforts to create them.
May the grace of joy be shared.

New Format for Teacher Training

Teacher Training WorkshopThe format for Carolyn’s Teacher Training weekends has a new session added on Fridays.

The January and June Friday session will be for Juniors and above studies, in addition to the Saturday and Sunday sessions. The March and July meeting on Fridays is reserved for Intro studies, as well as the Sunday sessions. The addition of time on Friday gives us the opportunity to study specifics required of each group.

Carolyn is a firm believer in open classroom group studies, and Sunday provides this …Read on…

Thank You for Supporting the Bellur Project

In honor of Mr Iyengar’s 93rd Birthday, the Center raised $1930.00 for the Bellur Village Project.

The Odissi Indian Dance Performance was a Magical Evening to start off the week’s events with dancers Shalini and Laboni’s offering full of devotion and brillance. The silhouette effects created by Purna’s lighting created a duo dance sensation!

The next day, students left the Restorative Yoga Workshop refreshed.

And a few days later, the South Indian Cooking Class opened the palates to exotic places!

Thank you all for your generous offerings of time , money, and talents. Click here for pictures….

Center Inspired to Help Foster Peace and Community

Iyengar Yoga Center of North County is reaching out throughout San Diego County and Encinitas to help spread the love and light of Iyengar Yoga. Center Director Carolyn Belko, a longtime student of BKS Iyengar, said she also has been inspired by the Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee, who was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize along with two other women. The women were awarded the Nobel Prize for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.”

In a recent interview in Los Angeles, Leymah ignited the audience to start the process for peace and community at the local level. In recognition of Mr. Iyengar and in the spirit of sharing peace in body, mind and spirit, Iyengar Yoga North County now offers the following…Read on about the Center’s outreach…

Breakthroughs and Breath Captivate Judy Harper

Most of us vividly recall the moment we finally accomplish something difficult we’ve worked hard to achieve. In yoga, it’s often inversions that present the biggest challenge. They’re frequently spiked with a strong dose of fear.

For Iyengar Yoga of North County teacher Judy Harper that breakthrough pose was Adho Mukha Vrksasana (handstand).

“It’s still vividly in my mind,” she says, laughing about it now. “I remember being so frightened of it, afraid that I was going to fall on my head. Finally I figured out that I just had to work it out…Read more about Judy…