Archive for January, 2011

Help for Your Home Practice

Students first beginning a home practice of yoga asanas often are at a loss as to how to sequence their asanas, as we do in class. The Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States provides help. You can download two different sets of practice sequencesby clicking on the pages below.


Please come back and let us know whether you found these sequences helpful for your home practice!

You can learn more about the Iyengar National Association here.

The theme for our April 1st through 3rd retreat will be Spiritual Practice in Daily Life: Daily Life as Spiritual Practice as Seen Through the Lenses of the Great Spiritual Traditions. Again, this will be an interfaith exploration, examining scriptures and teachings of the sages interspersed with discussion of, “What actually constitutes spiritual practice?” and “What obstacles and opportunities are presented in our daily lives?” We will gather insights based on sacred and profound teachings and apply them, as we engage in various meditative, contemplative and expressive practices. Suggested readings from Ravi’s work as well as those from other teachers will be provided for participants prior to the weekend to encourage more participation and discussion in large and small groups. We imagine a more cohesive sense of community emerging as we also explore the element of service as it relates to living these teachings.

Last time Ravi was here in October, feedback indicated a desire for a deeper sense of retreat and practice BALANCED with Ravi’s verbal teaching and the ensuing discussions; Ravi will focus the retreat in this direction. We will initiate the retreat on Friday evening at 7:15 p.m. at 8 Petals Studio in Bellingham; this will be open to the public. It will include a talk by Ravi focused on our weekend theme, as well as some group discussion and meditation. On Saturday and Sunday, we will meet at Turtle Haven in Deming, for access to the river and woods, and the quiet and peace of a rural setting.

Saturday’s schedule, which will include a potluck collective lunch, will be 10 a.m. until 5p.m. On Sunday, we will gather at 10 a.m. and finish our day at 3 p.m. with a shorter lunch period.

Given the desire to have an intimate retreat experience, we are again limiting the number of participants. We invite you as a prior participant to register first before we send out a more general invitation. Please email AND mail your tuition by Sunday, February 13 to let us know of your desire to participate in this next immersion in Ravi’s teachings.

The tuition for the weekend is $150-190 sliding fee scale. Once registered, you will receive the reading list and can give us information regarding your location for potential car-pooling mates! Please send full tuition payable to Elizabeth Kerwin, 214 N. Commercial Street, Suite 300, Bellingham, WA 98225. If a payment plan is needed for financial reasons, please let us know.

See Ravi speaking on the Journey to Oneness in this short Youtube video.

To read more about Ravi, please visit his website

Words from BKS Iyengar


When the waves of consciousness are still and silenced, they can no longer distort the true expression of soul.

To read more about Mr. Iyengar see his official website

Winter Quarter Begins January 3, 201

The Winter Quarter classes begin January 3, 2011; the schedule is the same as in the fall, as is the tuition of $120-135 for the 10 week quarter. A Winter Pass to unlimited classes will be $195. The classes in Bellingham are on Mondays, at 5:15 for Beginners and 7 pm for Intermediates. There is a Thursday noon class for Mixed Levels, also in Bellingham. In Deming, classes, all on Tuesdays,  are at 9:45 am for Mixed Levels, and 5:15 for Beginners and Mixed Levels students. The Intermediate students have class at 7 pm, also in Deming at Turtle Haven. Please email me, or call at 303-3892 for more information. A childrens’ class is also offered at Turtle Haven on Wednesdays at 4pm; it will begin a little bit later in the quarter—please contact me for precise information.