Time to check out a Restorative Class
5.30-6.45pm every Sunday. All levels welcome.
A restorative yoga class is one where you learn to let go and relax. Every pose is supported with props so that you have the opportunity to let go and relax. As BKS Iyengar says:
“Duty and doing are instinctive. Letting go is a struggle”.
A restorative class makes it possible to completely relax.
Between now and the New Year the restorative class will be BKS Iyengar’s “Sequence for Emotional Stability” from Light on Life. This sequence will:
- calm the mind and cool the brain.
- balance the intelligence of the head and the intelligence of the heart.
- stimulate the brain for positive thinking.
- bring quietness to the body and support the experience of inner silence.
Alternative asanas are available for those who do not do inversions, or who have physical restrictions and it will be modified for Introductory and Level 1 students.
This practice will leave you more grounded, and able deal with more stuff without getting upset. As this is the time of year when we all have more “stuff” to deal with give yourself this gift to restore.
Thought for the month
Brantidarshana – to live in delusion.
One of the obstacles to the practice of yoga is the concept of Brantidarshana – it means to convince ourselves that what we are doing is absolutely correct and right for us. It means also to be disconnected. For example – you may always be tired but you are convinced that you are getting enough sleep. Are you really getting enough sleep? Sometimes it is hard to “see the wood for the trees” to know the answer to this question. Yoga is about leading an examined life – through practice we can begin to notice that we have “absolutes” that we apply to our daily lives that involve anything from sleep, to diet, to pain, to our workplace. By noticing our “absolutes” we can begin to look at a bigger picture and work out whether they are helpful for us at all.
Read more on the practice page….
Friday October 24th 8.30am class will be subbed by Jess
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NPR article on BKS Iyengar.
Lecture given by Manouso Manos at the Asian Art Museum in San Fransisco. The lecture was prompted by the show “Yoga: The Art of Transformation”. Manouso talks about yoga, and his teacher BKS Iyengar.