Updates from Cher

9/21/18: Thank you to all of you who texted, visited, enquired, offered prayers, and energy and love and support.  I am so blessed in the community of the studio and my friends.

The surgery went well.  The doctor confirmed that the degeneration in my knee was bad.  It was definitely time to get this done.The first day was a bit of a tease as even though I was numb I had a lot of control of my leg and could bend it a long way.   Day two was the letdown, expected but still a misery.  Day three, I am glad to be on my couch and mobile enough to do the things that are needed including watching the templating of my new counter tops.
PT begins in earnest tomorrow, but I am surprised at how mobile I am, and how much I can do for myself. Most of the medical staff and therapy staff at the hospital were surprised at how quickly I progressed.  Mostly the blessing of the practice I am sure.
I’m still a bit wobbly and expect to be for some days yet.  We are all amused by the practice I have developed of micro napping. where my conversation will stop mid sentence while my body takes a nap and then three minutes later start again in the middle of a completely different topic.  My head is still wide awake but my body just goes offline…..

Schedule changes and substitute teachers

PLEASE NOTE: The Gentle class with Cher on Thursdays at 6pm is cancelled from Thursday September 6th.

Cher will be going on leave from September 18th for approximately 6 weeks.  Her classes will be subbed by Susan Tveekrem, Rose Alexander and Jess.

Sheila Bunnell will sub Jess’s classes from Friday September 28th to Saturday October 7th.

Emotional Stability Sequence by B.K.S. Iyengar.  SAVE THE DATES. (check out the Events page for more details)

Sunday October 21
Sunday Dec 9
from 2-4.30pm. It is for level 1/2 and up.
$30 or $10 on your class card.
  • Iyengar Yoga Structural Intensives: Specific work for your injuries and chronic aches and pains.  These cover the lower back, hips, knees, neck and shoulders.  Our next series runs from September to November.  Click here for details.

Upcoming workshops

Sunday September 16th: Jarvis Chen. This workshop is sold out.

Saturday October 27th: Matt Dreyfus

Sunday November 18th: Neck and Shoulders with Jess.

Sunday December 13th: Special BKS Iyengar 100th birthday class with Brooke Myers.

Looking ahead into 2019

Pranayama with Brooke Myers.  A day with Genny Kapuler.  Dates to come soon

Save the date for Manouso Manos 2019.

Our pledge to you….

No one is too stiff, too out of shape, too stressed, or too old to begin Iyengar yoga. Understanding and helping you is the basis of our teaching methodology.   Contact Jessica at clearyogarhinebeck@gmail.com, or 845 876 6129 to discuss your goals and condition, and she will help you set a course of action for you. All that is required is a willingness to learn and to face your challenges steadily, one step at a time.

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.

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.”

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