May at Clear Yoga

 

Cher will be away from May 10th until June 15th

Her classes will be covered as follows:

Thursday 12.30 beginner class will be with Jess

Thursday 6pm restorative will be with Sue Murray

Friday 12.30 level 1/2 class will be with Jess. (PLEASE note that this class on Friday May 12th will be cancelled)

Sunday Meditation is cancelled.

What is Iyengar Yoga?

The yoga of physical exercise comes under the heading of “hatha” yoga. Yoga masters have developed many styles of hatha yoga.   Iyengar yoga students named Iyengar yoga after Shri B.K.S. Iyengar of Pune, India.

Folks who practice Iyengar Yoga get stronger very quickly.

Aches and pains disappear with regular practice, and after a while, Iyengar Yoga students say they are much stronger, more flexible, and have a higher level of endurance.

“Alignment” yoga.

What that means is that you begin to understand how the pose works for your hip, or your back, or your shoulder, or neck etc. The way the poses are taught helps you pay attention to what’s going on in your body so you have tools to fix, help, or get stronger on your own.

Anyone can do this…

Iyengar Yoga is accessible to everyone regardless of age, ability, or physical limitations.  It’s not about anyone else in the room.  It’s about you.

We practice different poses every class, every week.  Over the period of a month your entire body will have been “worked out” and you will have  “worked in” to your mind, the various things you learned about yourself.

There are hundreds of ways to approach every pose depending on what you need to work on.  Because of that, Iyengar Yoga has many therapeutic applications.  Back issues, hip and knee issues, shoulder and neck, and also stress, depression, anxiety can be helped, and in some cases cured through regular practice.  BKS Iyengar said “Yoga will cure what can be cured and help us endure what cannot”.

In an interview with Advanced Iyengar Yoga teacher Manouso Manos, he describes Iyengar Yoga as:
” Iyengar’s is the most eyes-wide-open approach. He tells you to see the world for what it is and teaches you as you are. The best definition of Iyengar yoga I can give is that the tool, the body, is used as the tool of consciousness. He hones the body to hone consciousness. He brings the body to a state of awareness making consciousness rise. The body, mind, and spirit, run in harmony. We utilize the body to get greater understanding of the universe, ourselves, and our own internal universe. Other definitions talk about precision and alignment, but clearly this is about the ancient texts of yoga: awakening the individual, realization of that individual within the confines of the universe, and the effort that these flow together to liberation.”

Check here, or Facebook, or at 845 876 6129, for details on class cancellations.

 Monthly Pranayama class

Last Friday of every month: 10.20-11.20am.  This class will take place directly after the level 3 class.

 May 26th. June 30th, July 28th.

Coming up …

Sunday June 4th:  Rajashree Tupe from Pune India. 2-5pm.  

Save the Date: Manouso Manos.  July 14-16th.

Save the Date: Peter Scott November 11-12th.

 

Further Reading:

Read a 13 page article on lower back pain

Read this article by Patricia Walden and Jarvis Chen on Kriya Yoga

Read about inversion and the eyes