Schedule changes in August

Tuesday August 22nd.5.30pm class is CANCELLED for this week ONLY.

Friday August 25th and 26th: Tricia Scott will sub Jess’s classes including pranayama on Friday 25th at 10.20am.

Monday August 27th – Tuesday September 5th: Sheila Bunnell will sub Jess’s classes.

Labor Day Schedule

9.30-10.45am Mixed level

6-7.30pm: level 2 and up..

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.

Coming up …

August Pranayama class: Friday August 27th at 10.20 am with Tricia

Clear Yoga Annual Picnic: Sunday September 10th from 2-4pm at Blithewood Manor, Bard College Campus.  Bring a dish to share.  Plates, glasses etc. will be provided.  There is no rain date for this event.  Check here for updates in the event of rain.

Emotional Stability Sequence with Cher
Sundays   August 27, November 19th


Jarvis Chen: Sunday September 17th

2-5pm.  $50 sign up on events page.

Peter Scott October  Saturday 14- Sunday

Sunday October 29th: The meaning of OM with Sansrit scholar Leslie Freyburg. 2-4pm. $35.

Hugh Millard:  Saturday December 9th. 2-4.30pm.

Coming up in 2018…

Sunday January 13th:  Connect to your core with Jess. 2-4.30pm

Sunday January 21st: Pranayama with Brooke Myers. 2-5pm

Sunday February 18th: Winter blues? Back bends with Jess. 2-4.30pm. 

July 20-22nd: Manouso Manos


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