Monday, December 15, 2008

Last Friday Practice for the Year!!

In honor of B.K.S. Iyengar's birthday and the last Friday practice of the year, Devon and I thought we'd do a sequence from the back of the book in Light on Yoga. We are going to do the sequence for weeks 45-50 (this being the 50th week of the year). Look on p. 470 in Light on Yoga.

We'll start with virasana, adho mukha virasana, Adho mukha svanasana, Adho Mukha Vrksasana, Pincha, and the start in with the sequence which is pretty much the sirsasana cycle, the sarvangasana cycle, some forward bends a bunch of padmasana things, twists and ending with Urdhva dhanurasa 6 times then savsana.

We'll resume practices on January 2nd of the new year.

Come Join in the Fun! As always, donations cheerfully accepted to defray cost of studio rental.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Sarvangasana Workshop with Anne January 3rd 2009

Start the New Year Off Upside Down!

A Fun-filled workshop on the Sarvangasana Cycle!

B.K.S Iyengar writes, “The importance of Sarvangasana cannot be over-emphasized. It is one of the greatest boons conferred on humanity by our ancient sages. Sarvangasana is the Mother of asanas. As a mother strives for harmony and happiness in the home, so this asana strives for the harmony and happiness of the human system.”

What? Sarvangasana Workshop.
With whom? Anne-Marie Bowery, Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor

When? Saturday, January 3 3:00-5:00 PM

Where? Clear Spring Studio, 605 Copeland Street
Copeland Street is just off South First Street, across from The Texas School for the Deaf. Directions are also online at

How much? $25

For information and registration please contact Anne directly at or 254-744-7157

Monday, December 8, 2008

Practice Sequence for this Friday 3:30

Hi Everyone, Devon and a good friend of hers Jane created this sequence to help them prepare for Junior Intermediate III assessment. We'll work through it on Friday. Come join in the fun. I'll be there by 2:45. Cost is free but Devon will accept donations to defray the cost of studio rental.

Utthita trikonasana
Utthita parsvakonasana
*Parivrtta utthita hasta padangusthasana
*Ardha baddha padmottanasana, classical pose
*Jathara parivartanasana, legs straight
Upavistha konasana
*Parsva upavistha konasana
*Parivrtta (parsva)upavistha konasana
*Parivrtta janu sirsasana
*Kurmasana II
*Parivrtta paschimottanasana

Adho mukha svanasana
*Adho mukha vrksasana (palms back, 1.5 ft)
*Pincha mayurasana, palms down and up
Salamba sirsasana (also *sirsa II?)
Parsva sirsasana
Ekapada sirsasana
Parsvaikapada sirsasana
*Parivrttaikapada sirsasana
[Adho mukha virasana]

Matsyasana flat on floor in padmasana
*Dwi pada viparita dandasana without chair
Elbows against wall, feet on blocks
Away from wall, feet on floor, bent knees
*Urdhva dhanurasana I from ground

Salamba sarvangasana
Ekapada sarvangasana
Sarvangasana II
Parsvaikapada sarvangasana
*Urdhva Padmasana in sarvangasana
*Pindasana in sarvangasana (blocks under
*setu bandha sarvangasana coming up to sarvangasana

*Ardha matsyendrasana I (arm to foot)
*Marichyasana II (pl. 145-7)
paschimottanasana full pose

B.K. S Iyengar Birthday Celebrations

Hi Everyone, BKS Iyengar will be 90 years old on Sunday. There are two celebrations in honor of his birthday. One is Saturday at AYS and the other is Sunday at CSS (Details on that one, forthcoming soon, I've misplaced them). Double Dip on the Celebratory Fun.

he 90th Birthday Celebration for Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar

Date: 13 December 2008, Saturday
Time: 3-6 pm
Location: 1122C South Lamar Boulevard
Information: 923-4643
Admission: free will donation to the Bellur Trust*

Schedule of Events:
3-4 pm Showing of "The Ultimate Freedom" a dvd recording of Iyengar's lecture/demonstration in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1976.

4-4:45 pm 108 Surya Namaskars in Honor of Guruji Iyengar

5-6 pm Cake and Chai

Please Come and bring a tealight candle holder!

Proceeds from this weekend's festivities will be donated to the Bellur Trust, established by BKS Iyengar for the benefit of the village of Bellur.__BKS Iyengar was born in the rural South Indian village of Bellur in 1918. Over the years, the people of Bellur have had to endure poverty, lack of education and sanitation, illnesses, and drought.__In 1967, Guruji built the first primary school in the village, dedicated to the memory of his parents (his father was a teacher). In 2003, he established the Bellur Trust, with the aim of addressing the educational, social, health, and cultural needs of the people of Bellur._Recent achievements of the trust include the construction of a water storage tank to provide clean drinking water, the establishment of a special high school for girls, the building of the Yogacharini Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Hall (used for yoga classes, as a classroom, and for social gatherings), the opening of the Smt. Ramamani Sundararaja Iyengar Hospital, and the building of the first temple dedicated to Sage Patanjali. Plans for the future uses of the funds from the trust include establilshing cottage industries so that the villagers can better support themselves. The Trust will also create medical camps for screening villagers to help them maintain better health. Bellur has become a model for the reformation and development of rural villages in India. In the spirit of maitri (friendliness) and karuna (compassion), we invite you to honor BKS Iyengar by donating generously to this important project.


Peggy Kelley

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Practice Sequence for this Friday 3:30

Hi Everyone, We'll be practicing this Friday at 3:30. Anne will be there hanging on the ropes around 2;45 if you want to come early to prepare yourself. This sequence is mostly from a Patricia Walden class at from Feathered Pipe aug 1, 2008 the scorpion stuff is added in but since we looked at those last time I thought it would be good to look at them again.

Next week we will be working with a practice sequence Devon wrote that works in most of the poses on the Junior Intermediate III syllabus. I'll post that one next week.

As usual, there is no cost for the practice, but Devon will happily accept donations to defray the cost of reserving the studio space for us.

cataranga dandasana
urdhva mukha
repeat 2x
ams w/ heels on blocks at wall
vira 1
supta padangustasana
ams middle palm on edge of blocks at wall
vira 1 to 3 w/ pams together
abdomen balanced and up, armpits down, leg up
eka pada virasana reaching leg back
parivritta eka pada
AMV working w legs together and straight
pinca mayurasana- balance
+++Add in some scorpion poses here and other assorted arm balances
lunge w/ 1 leg in virasana (eka pada raja prep)
resist virasana leg back
viparita dandasana on chair, feet flat on floor, arms over head, legs
ekapada viparita dandasana chair
Urdhva dhanurasana 3x from chair
ekapada u. dhanurasana 2x
down leg hip lifts up and up leg hip draws down
ustrasana drop backs to wall
arms coming to shoulder blade level
ekapada viparita dandasana
sirsasana drop backs and coming up w/ wall
ustrasana drop backs to floor
ekapada rajakapotasana w/ back leg at wall
ekapada raja II
eka pada
parsva eka pada
badda k