Thanksgiving weekend Schedule

Wednesday November 26th: Classes as normal.

Thursday November 27th: Studio is Closed.

Friday November 28th: 10-11.30am General level class with Jess.

Also on Friday from 12-1pm: beginner class.

Schedule while Jess is in India.

Saturday November 29th: Both classes with Leah Katz.

Monday December 1st: 9.30am with Mike.  6pm class with Joe.

Tuesday December 2nd: 9am with Cher. 12.30 with Cher.

Wednesday December 3rd: 8.30am with Mike. 6.30pm with Joe.

Thursday December 4th: 9.30am with Joe.

Saturday December 6th: Both Classes with Alice.

Monday December 8th: 9.30am with Mike.  6pm with Joe.

Tuesday December 9th: 9am with Cher. 12.30pm with Cher.

Wednesday December 10th: 8.30am with Mike. 6.30pm with Cher.

Thursday December 11th: 9.30am with Barbara  Boris.

Jess will be back teaching on Saturday 13th December.

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….

Teacher substitutes 

Monday November 17th 6pm level 3 class with Jess will be subbed by Joe.

Tricia’s Thursday classes will be subbed by Mike Curran for the rest of November.

Tricia’s Sunday classes will be subbed by Cher for the rest of November.

Check out our Practice page.

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.


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


Upcoming workshops and events

2015 Workshops

Sunday January 4th: Neck and Shoulders workshop with Jess.

Sunday January 18th: An afternoon with Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher Bobby Clennell.

Sunday February 1st: A day with Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher Joan White.

Sunday February 23rd: Back from India – a class with Jess.

Sunday March 22nd: An afternoon with Matt Dreyfus.

Saturday April 11th: An afternoon with Genny Kapular.

July 24-26th 2015:  Weekend with Advanced Iyengar Yoga teacher Manouso Manos.

Details coming soon.