Archive for May, 2013


Sadhaka: the yoga of BKS Iyengar

Elizabeth continues to marvel at this fim clip from the forthcoming film on BKS Iyengar entitled Sadhaka, and more information has come through that she wants to share on the blog. If you have not viewed the film yet, take some time to do so…. it is only 22 minutes long!

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sadhaka-the-yoga-of-b-k-s-iyengar

 

Click here for the Sadhaka press release

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Summer Yoga Classes!

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I will soon send out the email announcing summer classes; here is the flyer for this round (or click on image above). As always in summer, you may sign up for classes that will fit for your summer schedule, and the tuition structure is different than that of the other seasons and quarters! Remeber that Spring Quarter is still in session, and there will be no classes this Monday, Memorial Day. Hope you are enjoying your holiday week-end!

Film about Mr. Iyengar

Below is a link to a film was shown twice at the Convention, introduced by its maker, Lindsay Clennel. It may help you to understand the expanse of BKS Iyengar and his work and influence. The young woman in headstand and a full backbend being assisted with multiple props, is BKS Iyengar’s beloved grandaughter, Abijata who taught at the Convention three years ago— she is a beautiful, clear, powerful and nonetheless humble teacher in her own right. Let me know your thoughts and reflections in watching this film. If it moves you, there is a campaign to raise the remaining funds needed to complete the film.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sadhaka-the-yoga-of-b-k-s-iyengar

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Dear Friends,
 
I write to you from the National Iyengar Convention, where I have been deeply moved by the classes, the community and cultural events, and the sense of depth and longevity in our tradition. A special guest teacher, Birjoo Mehta, who is a Senior Iyengar teacher from Mumbai has come from India for this Convention. I am struck by the combination of stucture and continuity in our form, and the wisdom, maturity and new flowering I experience within this trustworthy vessel over time—  especially as experienced through Birjoo’s teaching.  I look forward to the seeds of these current teachings I am experiencing sifting through my body and being in my own practice, and finding their way into my teaching as well.
 
On May 18th, THIS COMING SATURDAY, I will offer the last opportunity of the season for gathering with others in community to explore deeper aspects of yoga, this time at Turtle Haven! Please come and join in for any, or all of the following:
 

9:30 to 11 am:  Gait of Freedom: Hips that Hike, Dance, Garden and Meditate! Hip openers for all our two legged activities! Sliding Fee: $10 to $20

 
11:15 to 12:30 pm:  Sitting Meditation followed by Community Reading of the Yoga Sutras. This will be a wonderful moment to simply read aloud this profound text, and let it flow through us without analysis, but to have exposure to the work as a whole. I will present a very brief orientation, and we will read taking turns.   No Charge!
 
12:45 pm until 2:30 pm:  Community Potluck Lunch and Meanderings
 
It will be possible to walk the trails, visit the Patanjali shrine, and any other shrine areas which call to you. You may also draw nourishment from the river, and peaceful atmosphere of Turtle Haven… 
 
Please do let me know by Tuesday the 14th if you plan to attend, so I may organize accordingly, with the hopes of organizing some carpooling! 

Elizabeth has recently discussed the question of how one’s practice changes as one ages. The same question was addressed recently in a Q&A in the NY Times, which included the following exchange referencing Mr. Iyengar.

Q. For fit people without specific health issues in middle age who already practice yoga, it would be nice to have knowledge about and access to a series of poses appropriate for this age group, which can be arranged into routines of various difficulties to form the core of a yoga class. Also targeting areas, like the lower back, with specific poses for this age group would be helpful. We can then take this knowledge to and practice it with our local yoga community. Thanks. — David, Maine

Q. Which yoga styles are best if you’re starting at age 50? — LOL, Ithaca

Q. I am 61. Very inflexible, have a history of low back and neck pain that are currently minor. I get regular exercise at a gym and I hike in the mountains several times a week. What is the best way to get introduced to yoga? — Burrito’s, Westbrook, Maine

A. Besides these readers, Big Bird from NYC and SH and Pinotman from Chicago wrote in wanting to know the best place and the best way to begin or resume yoga when you are over 50. The absolute best way is to find out what your liabilities are, and this is an individual matter, requiring a medical visit or summary. The next step is an appointment with an experienced and smart yoga teacher, one on one. Group classes are an artifact of urban economics: the teacher cannot afford to live in the city in which she teaches any other way. But chronic conditions are cumulative, by definition: when you’re older you need the individual attention that yoga has traditionally offered.

I believe the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar are the most anatomically sophisticated and therapeutically oriented, but there are many other good types of yoga. You’ll need a resourceful and sensitive person to get you started, and to introduce you to an appropriate yoga practice that you can do every day. Then, after a month or two or three, you should go back to that person for a reassessment and suggestions about how to progress to the next step. Yoga, practiced consistently, does good things to your temperament and perceptions.

To read the whole article, go here.

 

This is early notice of the 4th annual Shantala fundraising event for Maher, to be held on June 14th at Presence Studio! We hope you can attend. Also, if you would like to contribute in a larger way, Friends of Maher will host a silent auction at the event, as we did last year. We need items, gifts certificates, and services such as professional healing work, that may be offered in this auction. Please speak with Elizabeth if you have an offering for the auction!

To see a pdf of the flyer, click on the image below.

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