Iyengar classes this week

Dear fellow Sadhakas,

It’s October, a beautiful month with many clear days and pleasant temperatures.  It’s time for workshops, and we’ve got our own coming up Oct 18-19 with Linda DiCarlo, at Ganesha’s Place in Savannah.  There are a few spaces left in each session, but only a few.

Mid-October is also a time for…abdominal poses!  Don’t ask about that segue; it doesn’t exist.

Done with attention and awareness, all yoga postures have some component of abdominal toning and stretching.  After all, it’s ...

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Changes to Iyengar Yoga Class Schedule – This week only

Dear fellow Sadhakas –

The schedule this week for Iyengar Yoga classes in Savannah and Hilton Head is changed, due to a family illness.

  • Tue 9:30 am L2, Ganesha’s Place, CLASS CANCELLED
  • Tue 11:30 am L1, Ganesha’s Place, CLASS CANCELLED
  • Tue 5:30 pm L1, Island Yoga, Patte Ranney will sub for me
  • Wed 9:00 am L2, Island Yoga, Open Practice (studio open and available for your own practice)

I am sorry about the late notice, and hope it does not inconvenience you. I am in Virginia ...

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Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes (insert musical notes!). Linda DiCarlo Workshop Coming Soon!

Dear Fellow Sadhakas –

This week introduces the beautiful month of October…the month of our workshop with teacher Linda DiCarlo, Oct 18-19. There are a few spaces left; register at Ganesha’s Place or online at www.ganeshasplace.com.

We have one more day to linger in September, but in yoga classes we’ll treat this as the “first week of the month”, which calls for a focus on foundations: feet, toes, ankles, knees and hips.

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Iyengar yoga classes cancelled Sep 23-24-25; home practice and the spirit of adventure

Dear fellow Sadhakas –

The Iyengar Yoga classes at Ganesha’s Place and at Island Yoga are cancelled this week only, while I am in Arizona chasing the stars.

Meanwhile, please consider a class with one of the other excellent instructors at these studios.  It’s also an opportunity to rev up your home practice.  Mr. John Schumacher, head of Unity Woods in the DC area, says that if you do one pose at home…you have a home practice!

For homework, do Adho Mukha Svanasana, ...

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Classes this week in Hilton Head and Savannah

Dear Fellow Sadhakas –

Chest-opening poses this week!  Lifting and opening the chest helps to lift your spirits and bring a spring to your step.  Not to mention providing space to breathe more deeply.

In Sutra II.33, Patanjali offers guidance on how to lift our spirits, and elevate our thoughts, in the face of negative thoughts:  “Upon being harassed by negative thoughts, one should cultivate counteracting thoughts.”  Vitarka-badhane pratipaksa-bhavanam.  Or, as my father used to say, “Act enthusiastic and you’ll be enthusiastic.”  ...

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A steady foundation in classes this week

As I listen to thunder rumbling outside my window, and watch the masses of dark clouds, my thoughts turn to the foundations of our house, and I hope that they are firm and steady.

For most of us, the foundations of our homes are something that we assign to others – to builders and contractors who know that business.

We can, however, study our own foundations: our feet, legs, and hips that support our yoga practice and our daily activities. We can ...

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Conjunction and Alignment – Iyengar Yoga Classes this week

Dear Fellow Sadhakas –

In the pre-dawn sky this morning, Ed and I watched the “conjunction” of Venus and Jupiter.  In mid-August, these two planets are visually close together, as their orbital positions align.

Which got me thinking…Why is alignment considered so important in Iyengar yoga?  John Schumacher discusses this in “Finding Effortless Effort in our Asanas”, published in Yoga Samachar*:  “Alignment is important for a lot of reasons – safety, biomechanical efficiency, aesthetics – but it is also critical in facilitating ...

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Week of August 11th

Dear Fellow Sadhakas –

This past weekend several of us from the Low Country traveled down to Fernandina Beach, Fl for an Iyengar Yoga workshop with Suzie Muchnick.  The title of her workshop was “Go Beyond the Ordinary – Discovery in Asana and Self”.

What an apt title!  The poses were ones well-known to most practitioners: many taught in Level 1 classes, plus some inversions and backbends more typical of a Level 2 class.

But, oh my, the depth of her understanding of ...

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