I am happy to announce the new studio name, The Iyengar Yoga Center of Fort Collins. I have taken this name change out of respect for the the Iyengar Family and the dedicated teaching of the vast subject of Yoga. They tirelessly and ceaselessly continue to pass on to the hungry yoga student, knowledge and encouragement to never give up on the 8 limbs of Yoga as a way to guide one through life’s obstacles.
The studio has two newly certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers, Betty Ford, and Paige Noon. Both are starting their Basic yoga classes beginning the second week in January, check the website for their Biographies and class times.
The New Year begins with fresh aspirations that stir us towards change. We often start with the most obvious things we don’t like about ourselves, we gossip, we over eat or over drink, we start projects but don’t follow through like we know we are capable of, and maybe the most debilitating one, is the one that says we just aren’t good enough to do what we want to do anyway.
How we slay our dragons and us with them! A steady yoga practice interrupts these patterns. In fact, a steady yoga practice pokes a big hole right in the middle of their hold on us, and can leave us with a deeper strength far greater than we need to manage our life circumstances.
How can a yoga practice be this effective? I don’t know for sure. I have seen in myself and in students who stay regularly with the practice, some deep transformative work takes place. While it is unique for each of us what may happen, the process is similar:
We become more collected in our minds, less scattered in our choices, and the body may or not feel healed or cured, but the mind has undergone a transformation of perspective and hope. And this makes all the difference in the world.
Come back to class when you can, look forward to seeing you in 2016!
Yesterday’s class was a three hour look into backbends. I never realized how important and useful paschima namaskar and gomukhasana arms are to waking up and preparing the upper back and arms for backbends. We will work with these two arm positions next week in class until we all know where we get stuck and how to work with that place so knowledge and improvement grow together in the right direction. Having arms, shoulders, and upper back working together will help us feel good in our daily pursuits and give our home practice a special focus during the holidays.
If fast pace and commotion typify a holiday experience, then India is celebrating something daily. India is truly a day in stark contrasts. Quiet moments stand right next to loud moments. To see the little fingers of a girl silently tapping on the window of a car for a rupee and the loudness of the swirling cars and motorcycles ( and buffalo, cow,and dogs and buses….)
buzzing around each other, makes the kind of sense that draws your breath in and out without volition.
We are indeed all apart of each other. And to take care of just this moment, is our hanuman – inspired motivation.
See you all soon.
The intensive begins!
Geeta explains that we stand up to learn something and thus begins a ten minute holding in tadasana.
The focus began in the feet and included the eyes and mind. Awareness of broad base of feet was experienced by rolling the outer foot to the inner in two places, the tarsals and the metatarsals. Without dropping the inner foot, the energy from floor to foot ascended the inner body and the mind got pulled into watching as well as being involved in the upward extension of the legs and spins.
Geeta takes and makes a body part simple and wide reaching.
The arms engaged in Urdhva hastasana for another ten minutes. Clavicles confined to widen and chest to open.
Triangle, upavistha konasana, parsvakonasana, vira 11, viraa 1, Chatush padassna, completed the morning program.
Ego mind transforming toward subtle ego mind, a beautiful sounding word in Sanskrit “asmita”.
The awareness of I being everywhere. Not the I that knows attachment but the I that functions in relationship of Truth.
Prashant taught a two hour class this morning and interspersed gems of wisdom, common sense, and asanas all around each other.
He began with seeing your abdominal region as an air traffic control center so that when we did dog pose, triangle, and half moon, we oriented our actions from this area. In this way we progress from a “do-ers manual” to being a “using manual.”
All of us began yoga as a beginner and needed to be told how to do. But at some point we should pick up the users – manual and start fresh. We each have our own users manual inside of us. And as we use it….. What happens? Are you ready for this response?
I am letting this soak in to my dark places. It struck a chord.
Why do any of us do yoga? Well, I think this morning class with Prashant kicked me through the door of examplary compassion and now I get to figure out how that works through me.