Dear Yoga Students,
Classes are going well in the new location in The Yurt on N. Meldrum. Parking is plentiful and the yurt is spacious and welcoming for centering ourselves. I have a learned many things since the closure of our old studio on Oak St., and one is how easy it is to take for granted our life when health is good, money is available, and relationships are steady.
Yet, how temporary and changeable health and finances and relationships can be, and when they shift, then how centered are we? How do we adjust our aging body or loss of job, or change in marriages and friendships to this day that turns into tomorrow and rolls us forward into a year that does not look like any year we have ever lived? Could these major shifts be a calling card, an invitation, that we are now awake, shedding a slumber of mistaken identity?
I think one of the missing links in accepting impermanence is to recognize it is a process that takes time, and the mind can learn new ways to move and be, and perhaps slowing down is one way awareness can seep into the front seat of our days and help us take the time to change to what our circumstance is.
We often hear in yoga class, live in the body you have and not the one you want it to be. Why is it so hard to be in the body we have? In part because when we do this, we find more than a stiff hip or painful shoulder, we also find disappointments and grief, loss and fear. And what do we do with this stuff? These emotions are to be held gently and allowed to be company with the bones that are holding us up in dog pose and to circulate with the muscles that are stretching long in uttanasana. That’s enough. DONT push this “stuff” away.
The young student knows the external form, the aging student knows the impermanence of youth, and the wise student reaches a deep understanding that nothing at all remains and what is real at heart is a mystery.
The new Iyengar Yoga space is a Yurt llocated at 317 North Meldrum in the back of Source Point Acupuncture. Walk the path on the South side of the house to the Yurt in the back yard and parking is available on Meldrum,
A bit about Iyengar Yoga...
I teach from the BKS Iyengar perspective of Yoga, yet BKS would be the first to say, "There is no such thing as Iyengar Yoga." He himself, knows this is a phrase his students coined because they felt so moved and grateful for his teaching.
So what does Iyengar Yoga teach?
Iyengar Yoga maintains a deep connection to the 8 limbs of yoga and follows the Sutras for guidance in physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. It also understands the self is multi-layered and yet dissolves in an instant.
After 30 years of teaching yoga, my answer to this question has changed each decade.
In the first decade I said Iyengar Yoga teaches how to use prop to improve our alignment in the pose.
In the second decade, I said Iyengar Yoga teaches breathing and brings the sutras to light during class time.
Now, in the third decade, I will say something I could not have said long ago and that is: Iyengar Yoga doesn't teach anything at all. It is a practice that wants us to listen deeply to our own inner teacher and be taught by the whisper of silence and space that one touches in Savsasna.
You are most likely here as this is your interest or perspective as well, so please join the interactive Zoom classes listed HERE
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