Restore and Renew… and Classes this Week

These fascinating critters are Magellan Penguins, on Magdalena Island near Punta Arenas, Chile.   I saw them on a cold, windy day, and although they are well suited to the weather, they still retreat to their burrows periodically to rest and restore.  All creatures need that!

Yoga practitioners included, so we’ll enjoy restorative poses in the Tuesday classes at Ganesha’s Place in Savannah, and Wednesday 9:00 am and Thursday 11:00 am classes at Island Yoga in Hilton Head.

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Jann Boyer Yoga Hilton Head, Savannah

Iyengar Yoga Schedule for the Next 3 Weeks

Dear Yoga Friends –

I hope you are enjoying a holiday season filled with contentment. I am grateful for each of you, who share your study of yoga with me. Without interested and willing students, there is no teacher.

Here are a few comments on the schedule for Iyengar Yoga classes in Savannah and Hilton Head, while I am away in the first half of January. Some arrangements are still uncertain; I will send out a more detailed schedule and post it on Continue Reading →

Harmony and Balance

Listening to a magnificent performance of Handel’s Messiah in Hilton Head this weekend, I thought about the singers and musicians who joined together to create this hour of beautiful, soaring music. No doubt they are all talented individuals. But working together, with knowledgeable direction and dedicated practice, they were able to create something incredibly moving and powerful.

Watching how perfectly they worked together led my thoughts to the yogic concept of sheaths, and the intimate interplay between the outer and inner ...

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A Season of Celebrations… and classes this week

Dear All –

BKS Iyengar YogaThis is a season of celebrations for several faiths.  It is also a time for the yoga community to celebrate.  We honor the birthday, on December 14, of Sri BKS Iyengar, and we think of our many colleagues in Iyengar Yoga who are studying at the Institute in Pune, India, during the first two weeks in December.  Geeta Iyengar, Mr. Iyengar’s daughter and a distinguished teacher and ...

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving week schedule, with Gratitude

Dear Fellow Sadhakas –

Thank you for your effort, interest, participation, and encouragement in the study and practice of yoga.  It is an ever-fascinating journey, and I am humbly grateful that you allow me to accompany you on part of that journey.

Thank you especially to Kate Jacobson and her labor of love, Ganesha’s Place.  It has been a warm and supportive community for yoga for three years, and I feel privileged to teach there.  I’m sure you’ve seen her letter by ...

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Twisting with contentment – Iyengar Yoga classes this week

In the Iyengar system there is a logical, careful sequence of learning to turn the trunk around the axis of the spine.  It begins with standing poses (of course): slight twists in the upper back in Triangle Pose (Utthita Trikonasana) and Side Angle Pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana).  From there, we progress to seated twists…and then we’re off!  To revolved poses, deeper closed twists, open twists with  forward bend, etc.

So what’s the big deal?  What is so difficult about turning the trunk?  ...

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Enough in a season of more than enough

The first limb of yoga is yama – moral restraints or abstentions, and the fifth yama is aparigraha, or noncoveting.  Another translation is “refrainment from acquisition”.  It’s difficult to even contemplate how that concept works in our consumer-driven economy.  It becomes even more challenging as the holiday season approaches.

Can we honor aparigraha in our yoga practice,  and perhaps nudge up to aparigraha more often in our everyday lives?  Perhaps a shift in perspective can help: instead of practicing my backbend ...

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Who turned down the thermostat? This weeks classes and Dec 7 Workshop

After a balmy early fall, temperatures changed!  As they always do, of course, but still we find ourselves stirred up by change and transition.  This week we will focus on foundational poses   that help us build strength and stability.  If we observe our effort to hold an abdominal pose with equanimity, or watch with dispassionate interest our wobbles in a standing pose, are we not practicing dealing with change, challenge and uncertainty?

“We can let the circumstances of our lives ...

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SCHEDULE CHANGES THIS WEEK ONLY, plus future events, plus Iyengar classes this week

Schedule items first:

  • Tuesday morning classes at Ganesha’s Place, 9:00 AM L2 and 11:30 AM L1, are cancelled this week only. Sorry – I was unable to find a sub.  I appreciate your patience as my spouse tends to some minor surgery.
  • The remaining classes this week are scheduled as usual:  Tue 5:30 PM L1, Wed 9:00 AM L2, and Thu 11:00 AM L1.
  • On Sunday, December 7, I am offering a special workshop at Island Yoga in Hilton Head, 2:30 ...
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Restorative and contemplative forward bends – this week in Iyengar Yoga classes

Dear All~

Last week we focused on abdominal poses in most of the classes, exploring abdominal actions from the obvious to the more subtle.

Linda DiCarlo, during the workshop in Savannah this past weekend, took the concept of “from the gross to the subtle” to another level, as she led us towards ever-deeper, more thoughtful, penetration of the intelligence of the body in our postures. Rather than “repeating” a pose, we did our “second evolution”, enlivening more cells and fibers with each ...

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