• September 2014 Newsletter

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    Major Workshop


     Class schedules
    Wide selection of fascinating workshops



    Upcoming Mini-workshops  

    3 part workshop series
     with Samantha Lloyd
    The practice of controlling the breath, lies at the heart of yoga. It has a mysterious power to soothe and revitalize a tired body, a flagging spirit, or a wild mind. 
    The ancient sages taught that prana, the vital force circulating through us, can be cultivated and channeled through a variety of breathing exercises. In the process, the mind is calmed, rejuvenated, and uplifted. 
    Pranayama serves as an important bridge between the outward, active practices of yoga-like asana-and the internal, surrendering practices that lead us into deeper states of meditation.

    Session 2: Sat October 4
    · Opening asanas to support prone and seated
    · Fine tuning your sitting pose
    · Introduction to Digital "Tadasana"
    · Introduction to Bhramari, Bhastrika
    and Kapalabhati
    · Deep savasana

    Session 3: Sat Nov 8
    · Q&A for those from prior sessions
    · Progressive pranayama practice refining
    previous work including digital pranayama
    · Deep savasana

    Sep 6,  Oct 4,  Nov 8 
    1:00 - 4:00pm
    Wellington Sq

    Intro to Yoga
    with Lynne Swenson

    New student will learn the foundational  principles of the Yoga poses. 

    Topics include the importance of alignment and the use of props. 


    Also, this class will address why Iyengar Yoga is ideally suited to the people of all ages and abilities. 


    After taking this workshop you will be confident to begin your Yoga journey.

    Sat Sep 20

    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Wellington Sq.

     Click here for more details
    Gentle Yoga with Sherry Norman

    Gentle Yoga is for anyone who enjoys a nurturing, slow-paced, well-supported and relaxing practice. Props are used such as chairs and walls to allow students to practice within their own range of motion safely. The class is held at a comfortable pace and is designed to create breath awareness, enhance balance and increase flexibility. The class ends with a guided relaxation to soothe the central nervous system and release deep muscular tension. 

    Every Sunday 11:15am
    Wellington Sq.

    Yoga Nidra with Michelle Kinsey

    Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep?
    Come & learn these ancient techniques which can help to improve the quality and ease of your sleep response.
    No experience necessary, this class will go through relaxation and breathing techniques to help de-stress, de-compress and prepare for the best possible sleep.

    Also great to use on the night you wake up and can't get back to sleep!

    Tue Sep16 to Oct 28
    Wellington Sq.

    Yoga for Better Back with Adonia

    This class is for people who have experienced back injury, pain which has accumulated over time, or just feeling weak in the back area. 
    This class focuses on getting the body to relax, gain flexibility and work towards strengthening. With self-awareness of how to work your specific condition, you gain the confidence to take on your other activities in a pain free manner. 

    Benefits: People working with pain/injuries and people wanting to learn how to maintain good back health.
    Wed 7:30 - 9:00pm
    Wellington Sq.

    Issue: #73Sep  2014

    Dear Student, 
    "When we free ourselves from physical disablilities, emotional disturbances, and mental distractions, we open the gates to our soul" - BKS Iyengar

    Yoga Studio South, Yoga for Health and Yoga Haven along with many students of Iyengar Yoga will be celebrating the Life of Guruji BKS Iyengar on Friday Sep 19 at 5:30pm at the Wellington Square.

     You are invited to join us for a short session of Yoga practice, Silent meditation, a movie on the life of Guruji and a vegetarian potluck.

    Please bring a vegetarian dish or snack to share.  Chai and Juices will be provided.

    Our Guruji's mortal body is no longer with us, but his light is shining ever brighter.

    In his book Light on Life, Guruji wrote:

    "I am old, and death inevitably approaches. But both birth and death are beyond the will of the human being. They are not my domain. I do not think about it. The complexity of the life of the mind comes to an end at death, with all its sadness and happiness. If one is already free from that complexity, death comes naturally and smoothly. If you live holistically at every moment, as yoga teaches, even though the ego is annihilated, I will not say, 'Die before you die.' I would rather say, 'Live before you die, so that death is also a lively celebration."

    May his Light of Yoga always illumine our path.


    Vic and Ruth 


    Major Workshop with Jaki Nett - Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher 
     Jaki Nett

     We are very excited to Welcome Jaki to Yoga Studio South in September!

    Jaki is Senior Iyengar yoga teacher. She is an Iyengar Certification Assessor and is also on the staff of teacher  training program at the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco. 

    She has spent many years in India studying with her mentors Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar and Gita Iyengar. Jaki is a very accomplished teacher. She is very present in her teaching style and accessible in her personality. She melds her knowledge of Yoga, functional anatomy, design and movement into a methodical teaching style. Jaki's workshops are very insightful, focused, energetic and lots of fun.

    She has written articles for the Yoga Journal on female issues, has authored a book ""A Crack in the Mask" on female incontinence and gives workshops on pelvic floor and incontinence in the USA and through out Europe.

    Friday Sep 26 will be a special session covering Pelvic floor strengthening techniques.  

    As Geeta Iyengar said in her forward,"Even the non-yoga practitioner can understand and adopt Jaki's Felt Sense Method and Yoga asanas to become sensitive to "feeling their inner body as well as their outer body."

    Friday is open to all- no Yoga experience required.

    Sat/Sun - Requires at least one year of Iyengar Yoga experience.



    Sep 26    Fri:    6pm - 9pm   Gain Awareness of the Pelvic Floor
    Sep 27    Sat:   1pm - 5pm    Major Workshop
    Sun 28   Sun:  1pm - 5pm    Major Workshop


    Contact Yoga Studio South for more information 403 228 5808
    Guruji BKS Iyengar was the Tree of Yoga
     Thank you Guruji

    "[The practitioner] perceives that there is no difference between life and death, that they are simply two sides of the same coin. He understands that the current of self, the life-force, active while he is alive, merges with the universe when he leaves his body at death....In realizing the oneness of life and death, there is an end to ignorance in the aspirant and he lives forever in the flow of tranquility."

    -B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, II:9

    No one has explored the asana as thoroughly or as profoundly as Sri B.K.S. Iyengar, at least not in recorded history. That is reason enough to pause. Even more than that, he developed a rigorous and disciplined method to pass down his realization. That is a reason for gratitude. My debt goes further. I am someone who could have been easily left behind. Paralyzed since the age of 13, I found Iyengar Yoga at 25 and have been practicing for 23 years. (I have not studied with Sri B.K.S. Iyengar in person, as traveling to India is very difficult for someone in a wheelchair.) No other style of yoga possesses the depth, precision, adaptations, and knowledge to welcome my paralyzed body into the world of the asana. It turns out that Iyengar Yoga's revolutionary approach to alignment, precision, props, and adjustments transcends my severed spinal cord.
    Through Iyengar Yoga, I gain access to living sensation within my paralysis and have gained glimpses into the 'unseen' unity of the Universe. Sri B.K.S. Iyengar transformed my disability into a conduit for my salvation. My life's work and that of my nonprofit, Mind Body Solutions-working with people living with trauma, loss, and disability-all of it is made possible because of his fervent life and dedication. There is no way I can ever repay my debt. There is no way I can adequately honor his influence. What I can do is strive to help others in the way that he has helped me. Today and for the remaining days of my life, I am humbled, honored, and proud to call myself his student.
    -Matthew Sanford founder Mindbody solutions, a NonProfit known for adapting Yoga for diasabilities

    One of my hobbies is collecting yoga instruction manuals published between the 1920s and 1966, the year of Mr Iyengar's Light on Yoga. From them I've made a kind of "timeline" for several poses, including Trikonasana and Urdhva Dhanurasana. The dozen or so "pre-Iyengar" poses look, shall we say, disorganized, on par with our stiffest, most beginning-est beginners.

    Then suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, there are Iyengar's poses. There's no obvious progression, as if it's the culmination of a long evolution. It's rather a complete revolution in the presentation of the pose: the perfect integration of its parts, the harmony of its lines, the mastery of its expression. You can't help thinking, "This isn't an asana, it's a piece of art."

    The two most important things he taught us with his work are that yoga-true yoga-doesn't simply change us, it transforms us. Radically. And thus it helps each one of us express the unique beauty inherent in our being.

    How does one begin?  How to explain the unexplainable - the profound sadness for which there are no words.  I loved Guruji with my whole being and am forever grateful for the chance to connect with and be guided by such an enlightened master and I believe to be loved by him, as he loved all his students.  I truthfully haven't been able to write anything as it seems far too soon.


    There are so many memories that are flooding in and I feel his presence all around me and in everything I do.  Today as I drove home from the Yoga Studio I passed a High School with a lighted signboard - it read in bright red "Pursue your passion!".  Guruji exemplified this and was an example for all of us - he ignited the passion for yoga.


    In time I will write something more but for now I have to process.


    Margot Kitchen


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