Category: Schedule Updates

Elizabeth will be in India when the Winter Quarter begins, and will have a very fine teacher in the Iyengar tradition, Maria Bacher, teach all her classes the first two weeks. Classes will be held according to the same schedule as usual, both at Turtle Haven and at 8Petals, starting the Week of January 7th. Due to Maria’s commitment to be present, it will be exceptionally important, if you are partaking of Winter classes, to preregister in the next three weeks during your regular class. Elizabeth will have a sign up sheet, and will invite you to register with a check for a $25 deposit, or the full amount if that is feasible and convenient for you.
More about Maria (pictured above):
Maria Bacher is a certified Iyengar Instructor and has been a student of this method since the early 90’s. Her passion for the practice comes from the ability to use the body to explore and investigate movement and stillness, ultimately deepening an understanding of our true selves. She feels honored to have studied with the Iyengars in both India and the US over the years. Her love for the precision of the Iyengar method to deepen the body mind connection is apparent in her creative approach to share the intelligence of this sacred tradition. She is grateful for her teachers, Gabriella Guilbilaro, Manouso Manos, and Patricia Walden who continue to inspire and guide her.
Elizabeth will also be inviting those moved to do so, to offer donations of any amount to Maher Ashram. This project embodies a healing model for the displaced women children and now men in India that is unique in its commitments to ecological principles, farming, incorporation of education towards social change, self reliance and multifaith religious and spiritual inclusion and celebration. Check it out at! A Maher piggy bank will be present at each class.
Stay tuned for the details for the December 8th Saturday afternoon class at 8Petals, the final in the Deepening Practice series!

Reminder: No classes Thanksgiving week

Happy Thanksgiving! See you the week of November 26th!


As scheduled, we will honor Veteran’s Day with Monday’s regularly scheduled 4:15 and 6:00 pm classes at 8 Petals. The rest of the week’s classes will also be held as usual.

And in honor of Veteran’s Day, this article on the deep healing experienced by Veteran’s with PTSD through the practice of yoga.

Classes resume beginning this Monday, November 5


Mr. Iyengar doing dog pose. Now it’s your turn.


Reminder: No Classes This Week Oct. 29- Nov 2

As scheduled, there are no classes this week. Time to enrich your home practice. For inspiration go here.

Fall Quarter Begins Monday! Note new Monday class times!

For a downloadable pdf, click on the image above.

ImageThe summer is winding down along with the summer quarter. Elizabeth’s classes resume on Tuesday this week. (No classes on Labor Day.) Remember to make-up any missed classes during these last weeks of the quarter! For a calendar of the remaining classes, go here.

(above, Monet’s “Japanese Bridge”)


Elizabeth is on vacation this week, so it’s a great time to develop that home practice and work on some of the new breathing practices we’ve been exploring.

Classes resume on Tuesday!

The Heart and Purpose of Yoga in the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras

The Yoga Sutras attributed to Patañjali and the Bhagavad Gita are the two classical texts of yoga, but their approaches to yoga are very different, even though both of them aim at freedom from what one calls oneself.

The Yoga Sutras aims at attaining samadhi, which is defined by Patañjali as emptying of oneself,  by working at diminishing all the obstructions to it. It is mainly devoted to the mental discipline of cultivating a counter-flow to all the usual tendencies of the mind, thereby gradually leading to deeper and deeper meditation.

The yoga taught in the Bhagavad Gita is aimed at fulfilling dharma, that is to say responsibility for the maintenance of order, at all levels—within oneself, in the family, in the society, on the planet and in the cosmos. Therefore, there is naturally much attention given to right action, sacred knowledge and love in this book, perhaps the single most important text to originate from India.

Although the main focus will be on the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita, occasionally attention will be drawn to the many similarities and differences in the other spiritual traditions, especially in the Gospel of John, long considered the spiritual gospel among the canonical gospels, and the non-canonical gospels of Thomas and Philip.

There will be optional asana and pranayama classes (paid for separately) with Elizabeth Kerwin, as well as self reflection exercises and some singing and chanting, as a part of the workshop.  The participants are welcome to attend the optional yoga classes with some asanas and pranayama before the formal workshop on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

For more information about Ravi go here: Ravi

Questions? Contact Elizabeth at or 360-303-3892

Elizabeth Kerwin Yoga is now on Facebook!

Because so many people use Facebook to keep up to date, Elizabeth has at last agreed to create a Facebook page for her Yoga Classes! You can find the page here or click on the image above or simply search for “Elizabeth Kerwin Yoga” when you’re on Facebook. We look forward to using the Facebook page in the same way this blog is used and will continue to be used – for news, updates, queries, musings, announcements and so on!