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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Week of August 3rd

Dear Fellow Sadhakas

This week (and there’s still some of the week left… sorry about the late update) we will focus on one-legged poses.  I’m borrowing a theme from Lori Ritland, an Iyengar teacher in the Washington, DC area, who recently taught a class like this.

Geeta Iyengar, daughter of BKS Iyengar, said* that most of us climb stairs starting with the same foot every time;  start off on the same foot when walking; reach with the same arm for an ...

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Week of July 28th

Dear Fellow Sadhakas,

Let’s start with this week’s schedule:

  • The Wednesday L2 class at Island Yoga will be held as usual, a change from what I said last week.
  • I am subbing for the “Lengthen and Strengthen” class at Island Yoga, 11:00 am-12:15 pm Mon-Wed-Fri this week (July 28, 30, Aug 1).
  • In total I will offer 6 classes at Island Yoga this week:  3 regular + 3 adds.
  • There is no change in the Tuesday schedule at Ganesha’s Place: L2 at 9:30 am and ...
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Week of July 14th

Dear fellow Sadhakas,

Watching the British Open Golf Tournament these past few days, it was interesting to observe Rory McIlvoy’s posture: shoulders back, head erect, and chest lifted.  And my goodness, he could twist his body around the axis of his spine, generating a powerful and graceful swing.  It was fun to watch!

OK, Rory is 25 years old and a professional athlete.  But all of us can study the elements of good posture, observe our own habitual ways of sitting and ...

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Week of July 7th

Dear fellow Sadhakas –

When I looked out at the tidal creek a few hours ago, it appeared still and quiet in the late afternoon light.   The surface was indeed reflective and quiet, but of course the water was not still.  The tide drew the water steadily seaward, along paths shaped and smoothed by the curves of an intricate pattern of channels.

This week we focus on forward bends.  Like the waters this afternoon, we want our postures in a forward bend ...

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