Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Ten Back Bends for 2010

Hi Everyone, The Friday Clear Spring Practice will start at 4:30 January 1. We'll do Ten Backbends for 2010 (actually more, but the sequence has ten different backbends in it, hence the name).

Cost is $10.00 Best yoga deal in town.


Paryankasana (1)

Adho Mukha svanasana

Vira I (2)

Gomukasana Arms

Prasarita Padottasana II

Adho mukha vrksasana

Pincha mayurasana

Salamba sirsasana

Legs in Virsasana, parsva virasana,

Ustrasana (3)

Chair Dwi Pada (4)

Urdhva Dhanurasana (5)

Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana (6)

Sirsasana dro- overs (7)

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana Prep with Chair (8)

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana full pose and 2-4 as desired (9)

Kapotasana ( 10)

Adho Muka Svanasana Feet at Wall

Parsva Uttansasana

Chair Bharadvajasana

Ardha Halasana



Sunday, December 13, 2009

LAst Practice of the year Friday 3:30

Hi All,

We'll have our last practice of 2009 Friday December 18th The sequence is below. No practice Christmas Day. Then Starting January 1, we are moving the Friday practice time to 4:30. I'll post the sequence for that later, but the theme is Ten Backbends for 2010.

Here's next friday's sequence.

Adho Mukha virasana

Adho Mukha svanasana


Adho mukha vrksasana (Palms turned outward, against wall) (I)

Adho mukha vrksasana (Palms turned forward, against wall) (II)

Adho mukha vrksasana (Palms turned back as Mayurasana, but 1.5 ft. away from wall) (III)

Pincha mayurasana (against wall)(I)

Pincha mayurasana (palms turned up) (III)

Salamba sirsasana I (I)

Parsva sirsasana (II)

Parivrttaikapada sirsasana (III)

Urdhva Dhanurasana (supported on chair, hands and feet on floor or blocks, if

needed. Candidates at this level should be able to push up into the full asana.)(I)

Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana (supported on chair; feet on floor, with bent elbows

holding the front legs of the chair; legs bent or straight) (II)

Urdhva Dhanurasana I (straight from ground) (III)

Salamba Sarvangasana I (I)

Salamba Sarvangasana II (I)

Eka Pada Sarvangasana (top leg perpendicular to floor and Hala leg straight; left and

right sides of spine parallel) (I)

Halasana (arm position as in LoY pl. 241) (I)

Urdhva padmasana in sarvangasana (insofar as possible) (III)

Setu bandha Sarvangasana (classic asana, dropping from Sarvangasana) (I)

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (coming up to Sarvangasana) (III)

Bharadvajasana, mild twisting-resting type pose



Get a New Perspective for the New Year!

Join Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor, Anne Bowery for a four week intensive exploration of Inversions.

Who? All Levels Welcome.
Where? Austin Yoga Institute
How Much ? $55.00.
When? Saturdays 12:00- 1:30 PM January 2- 23, 2010

In this four week session, we will explore the enormous power that an inversion practice offers us. Classes will be structured around a basic inversion sequence suitable for home practice. In addition, we will study the poses that build strength and endurance to support an inversion practice. We will also learn the variations that make up the sirsasana and sarvangasana cycle, how to use chairs and ropes for a supported inversion practice, the poses that replace inversions during the menstrual cycle, and we’ll take a look at Adho Mukha Vrksasana (handstand) and Pincha Maryusasana (forearm balance).

Please pre-register with Anne directly at AnneBowery@yahoo.com.

*Regular AYS pass holders and students of Anne’s may attend individual class sessions with the instructor’s permission.

Other Upcoming Intensive Explorations of Yoga Poses with Anne.

March 6- April 3 A Five Week Exploration of Backward Bends.
May 1- May 29 A Five Week Exploration of Twists.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

2010 Senior Teacher Workshops in Austin

Joan White Iyengar Yoga Workshop
Date: February 19-21
Location: Austin Yoga Institute
Contact: Peggy Kelley or Devon Dederich

Ramanand Patel: Yoga and Sound
Date: April 24-25
Location: Austin Yoga Institute
Contact: Peggy Kelley or Devon Dederich

Laurie Blakeney Iyengar Yoga Workshop
Date: June 25-27
Location: Clear Spring Studio
Contact: Devon Dederich or Peggy Kelley

George Purvis Yoga Workshop
Austin Yoga Institue
August 20-22, 2010
Contact Peggy Kelley or Devon Dederich

Lois Steinberg Yoga Workshop
Date: November 5-7
Location: Austin Yoga Institute
Contact: Peggy Kelley or Devon Dederich

December Events in Austin

Saturday December 5th. BKS Iyengar Birthday Celebration at AYS. 3-5

Friday December 18, Advanced Practice at Clear Spring. We will work on Standing Poses Twists and Inversions.

Saturday afternoon, December 19, Yoga for the Immune System 3 to 5 pm (this is a sequence from the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India, where there was a flu outbreak in July). This sequence includes long inversions, for which there will be options.

Also, December 19th Devon teaches a yoga class and holiday fundraiser for Safe Place. Contact Devon to make a donation or register for the special class.

PRactice and Open House this Afternoon at AYi

Upcoming Events:

On Saturday, December 5, from 3 to 5 pm, we will be celebrating B.K.S. Iyengar's 91st birthday a little early, hosting a benefit for projects in his natal village, Bellur, India, AND for the Austin Yoga Institute's scholarship program. Peggy will show some photographs of her visits to India and speak about the experience of yoga studies there. We will NOT do 108 sun salutations as we did on Iyengar's 90th birthday, but we will have a short (30 minute) led asana session, followed by savasana and a short seated pranayama session to finish. Refreshments will be served! Come one, come all!


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

There is Practice this Friday Yippee!!

Hi All, There is Advanced Practice this Friday at 3:30. We will work on the same Junior I - III sequence that we scheduled for October 30.

See you there.