The following is the Holiday Schedule at Iyengar Yoga North County. All levels are invited to attend any class, except the Saturday Level 2-3 class. Monday, Dec 24th: 10:00 am -Deanna – All Levels Tuesday, Dec. 25th: No Classes Wednesday, Dec 26th: 5:30 pm – All Levels Thursday, Dec 27th: 9:00am – All Levels Thursday, [...]
A little village in the south of France where I practiced yoga 8-9 hours a day.
So many asana and pranayama lived in, I would be dreaming of practicing them and think I was awake. Yes, the effect in the body coming home now that jet lag has subsided is one of well being, compact but light, strength and vitality. New asanas and ways to practice them as well as pranayama fall upon me like a grace-filled rain.
Being with 90+ friends from all over the world and my teacher was good for the heart. Sharing organic French meals with them outside under the trees nourished.
But the deepest part of the practice is the magical transformation of the mind.
I am sure you have all experienced the call of the trapezius muscle. You may be looking over your shoulder to change lanes and it goes up. Then, it tells you… “Bring me down away from the ears, and the neck will feel free” and you do. This positive bio-feedback of our body telling our mind to be well is a good sign of practice on a physical level. We can also experience it on the organs, the breath and the mind.
Prashant Iyengar, Mr Iyengar’s son , explains it well in a recent article in Yoga Rahasya entitled, Lessons in the Art of Interaction. “Students of yoga must learn to interact and coordinate within oneself between the body and mind, mind and breath, body and breath.”
When we consider that the mind exists in each part of our body, each organ, each limb, practicing yoga with proper coordination has the potential to transform. Add to that a joyful approach without expectations and yes, the mind transforms. It may still urge us to look out instead of in, but we are able to observe it. Then molding it is a possibility.
My deepest wish is for all of you to experience at least one week there at Blacons with my teacher, Faeq Biria. He provides retreat weeks at all levels. Plan now for the future and remember we have a scholarship fund at the Center for those who may need some help.
Though it is the rigor and precision of the Iyengar method that first resonated with yoga teacher Deanna Cramer, she doesn’t shy away from getting a little silly when it comes to teaching yoga to kids and teens.
“I am more willing to be silly or awkward in a pose. It’s a way to show the students I am interested in their perspective,” she says about teaching kids and teens. “Those things are what make teaching kids and youth so appealing and rejuvenating.”
The element of speed plays a big role, too. For the younger set, going into, being in and coming out of yoga poses are considerably faster than what we adults experience at Iyengar Yoga Center of North County in Encinitas. “It’s important to match a youth’s attention span,” she says.
Beyond just learning the asanas, Deanna says she’s cognizant of the positive impact yoga brings her students outside of class, whether it be in fostering courage and …read on…
When traveling, a folded mat easily fits in the bottom of a suitcase. Rolled, it slides into a hang-up bag. At your destination or at home, if you have carpeting you can adapt your standing poses to practice at the wall. With the anchor of the wall, the pose will go deep to the bone, and give added stability. Spongy carpet is no more an obstacle.
Just place the end of the mat perpendicular and flush to a wall. Then practice standing poses with your back foot against the wall. Come into Triangle Pose, and others with the wall as your guru. Press the outer edge of your foot as if you are filling up the space between the floor and the wall. … more mat tips…
The national Iyengar Conference and Convention will be held in San Diego next May at the Town & Country convention center.
The Conference is open to the public and students from all traditions are welcome to attend and study with senior Iyengar teachers from all over the world. There will be beginner, intermediate and advanced classes during the weekend of May 10 – 12, 2013.
The Convention is open to Iyengar teachers and will follow the Conference on May 13 – 15, 2013. The Convention is open to Certified and Intro Level 1 yoga teachers. The Convention starts Sunday evening and will end Wednesday afternoon.
Registration will open soon. Join their mailing list to receive notification about registration.
Conference T-shirts will be available with the logo. You can pre-order T’s at the Center for $20. Be a living advertisement of Iyengar Yoga wearing your T-shirt!
The Conference/Convention is looking for volunteers to assist – there are informational flyers at the Center and you can get more information and contact details on their website.
In May 2010, at the ‘Reflections’ Convention in Portland, OR, Dr. Geeta Iyengar blessed us with a colossal overview and introduction to the study of Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics. Senior Teacher Carolyn Belko is organizing study sessions to experience the material, observe, and then guide hands-on adjustments, as per Geeta’s request that we study together. Pre-registration is available online.