Thursday, February 28, 2013

George is Coming to town

Also,  George is coming to  town   March  29-30.

Here's the info.  

Friday and Saturday, March 29 and 30, 2013
Austin Yoga Institute heartily welcomes George Purvis, Texas’s own Free Range
Yogi, to Austin. George's teaching draws from an exceptional personal practice as well
as his study with B.K.S. Iyengar in India. In demand for workshops all over the country,
his gentle manner and strong sense of humor encourage students of all ages and abilities
to achieve excellence and insight. George holds the highest Iyengar certification level in
SCHEDULE Note: All classes are for all levels of student with experience of the Iyengar
method. If you have physical limitations or medical conditions, please ask Peggy or
Devon if attendance will be appropriate for you.
Another Note: you are strongly encouraged to attend both sessions; there is a wellthought-
out method and progression to the work, and your body and mind will benefit
from the immersion, even if it’s just two days.
Friday, March 29, 2013, 6:30 to 8:30 pm All Levels
Saturday, March 30, 2013, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, and 2:30 to 5:30 pm
All classes will be at Clear Spring Studio, located at 605 A Copeland St., off South 1st
Street. Parking access either from S. First or Copeland Street. Overflow
parking behind shops just north of Clear Spring on South 1st St.
COST (Please make checks payable to Austin Yoga and mail to 1608 Dexter Streeet,
Austin, TX 78704. Specify which sessions you will attend)
Friday session: $40. Each Saturday session: $50; Entire workshop: $140. $130 if paid in
full by Monday, March 11, 2013.
To register or for more information, contact Devon Dederich, phone 512-231-9644
OR Peggy Kelley, phone 512-923-4643.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - See reverse for registration form. - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
March 29 and 30, 2013 at Clear Spring Studio
SAT. MORNING at 9:30am __________
SAT. AFTERNOON at 2:30pm________________
ENCLOSED IS A CHECK FOR ____________________________________
(We strongly encourage people to carpool to and from these workshops. If you
can, come with at least one friend in one car. It makes driving and parking
Please make checks out to Austin Yoga, and mail to Austin Yoga at
1608 Dexter Street, Austin, Texas 78704.

There is practice this week at 4:30

Hi  All,

There is practice this week.  Susan and Paul have been requesting some padmasana work.  This  sequence is one we did with John Schumacher in  Dallas and it helped me  get into padmasana after a long stint of  it not  coming well.

Friday  Schumacher.

Supta Tadasana
Supta I   really long  hold  90   external rotation to  get length in side body then  rotate inner  knee to make even,   hamstring  down toward sitting bone, don’t lift buttock bone  off the floor. 
Bring leg in  lift  up  (Strong work in down leg the whole time)

Supta  Tadasana  between  sides.

Supta     3     bring  leg to parallel to chest then hook   head in shoulder.  (Not  three separate poses in  in LOY but a continuation of I). 

Supta  2   keep foot  parallel





Ardha Baddha padma paschimottasana




Matsyenasana flat with  no  hands work on bringing foot  in  bring foot  way over to  other side of thigh  without  lifting    then lift both legs up


Sirsasana    work on  eka pada variations also

Urdhva  padmasana in sirsanana

Sarvangasana  eka padas
Urdhva padmasana in  sarvangasana
Savasana  / setu bandha  on set up. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Friday Yoga with Anne Schedule through April

Upcoming  Friday  Morning   Class  Schedule.

Feb  22   Class
March 1  Class
March 8  No class  because of  Acro Yoga  Workshop
March 15  Class
March 22  no class because of Hakomi Training at  CSS
March 29  Class
April  5   No Class because Anne will be at  a Philosophy conference
April 12  Class
April 19  Class
April 26 Class
May  3    Class

Upcoming Friday Practice schedule through March

Hi All,

Upcoming Friday Practice  Class Schedule

Feb 22   No practice  Anne and Devon both at Mary and Eddy Workshop in Dallas
March 8  NO PRACTICE  because of Acro Yoga workshop at CSS
March 15   PRACTICE
March 22   No practice because of  Hakomi Training at  CSS  
March  29  NO  Practice   Because of  George Purvis workshop at CSS

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Friday Feb 15 Practice sequence

Here's what's on the docket for  Friday.  This one is from  a 2005 PW workshop in Santa Fe.   Looking forward to the Abbeyites getting back and sharing this year's sequences  with us.

December 3, 2005 ~ Morning Session

  • Supta Baddha Konasana ~ with support ~ two belts if you have two if not with one belt
  • Sukasana ~ Let the intelligence of the mind settle into & become one with the heart. Work with out ego, contentment ~ analogy as if the core of your being was the string and your body the kite, extending out to all points
  • Dandasana ~ attention to ALL points of the knee
  • Tadasana
  • Baddha Hastasana
  • Uttanasana ~ Hands to the outside of calf ~ move from inside out ~ resist with the knee ~ do not sleep in the back of the leg
  • Padangusthasana
  • Uttanasana ~ Outside in with the thigh ~ Inside out with the calf ~ resist with the knee ~ see how the hips and groins respond ~ feel stability ~ alignment in the shin and femur from these actions ~ shin/knee…in medium line of the leg
  • Uttanasana ~ Feel weight in foot and distribution
  • Padahastasana
  • Uttanasana ~ Feet together ~ STABLE / SILENCE  / ADJUST
  • Vrksasana ~ Big toe / Inner heel…mind stays there ~ same with bent leg press big toe / inner heel into the thigh
  • Tadasasna 
  • Utthita Trikonasana
    • Key Balance / Stability Points
      • Inner heel close to arch of front foot is the focus and center of back heel foot
      • Utthita Parsvakonasana actions from first day…I missed this class!
  • Ardha Chandrasana
    • Bone of standing leg / Muscle of the top leg
    • Turn hip to lift ?
    • Know if top leg to high by mountain / valley. Know if the leg is too high there is a compactness a valley ~ experiment with this action
  • Uttanasana
  • Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana I
    • 1st ~
      • With belt  ~ Leg parallel to floor
    • 2nd
      • Holding outside of foot then grab inside of foot with other hand as raise leg
  • Uttanasana
  • Urdhva Prasarita Padasana ~ Hold ankles ~ outer upper thigh back
  • Uttanasana
  • Utthita Parsva Hasta Padangusthasana ~ RAJ’s homework to extend mid torso….
  • Uttanasana
  • Parsvottanasana ~ LIFT HEEL TO TURN THIGH ~ Take head down
  • Uttanasana
  • Urdhva Prasarita Ekapadasana @ wall
    • Standing leg actions from Utthita Parsvakonasana actions from first day…missed this class!
    • Do not sleep in thigh keep hips level
  • Classical Urdhva Prasarita Ekapadasana
    • Leg parallel then move side ribs down / crown of head down
    • Right elbow close to left leg for stability
    • Stability of left leg
    • Balance hip / L&R leg
    • Extend sit bone to heel right leg
    • If flexible ~ tailbone in to lift front hip off thigh
  • Adho Mukha Svanasana with feet at the wall ~ work ARMS!
  • Supta Padangusthasana 1 & 2 **PW said we did not do these asanas as out of time**
  • Vasisthasana @ wall x 3
    • Anatasana instead if can not do this asana
    • First time ~ Actions turning to side and lifting thigh (not top leg)
    • Second time Eka Pada ~ with or without belt
  • Uttanasana
  • Vismamitrasana x 2 on mat and at wall with leg extended into wall
    • Close space between ribs and thigh
    • Head and Shoulders back
    • Utthita Parsvakonasana actions from first day…??
    • Inner Back Groin up
    • Crawl ribs to feet
    • Bhujapidasana to get similar actions
    • Same actions at wall
  • Baddha Konasana
  • Sirsasana
    • Eka Pada Sirsasana
  • Sarvangasana
  • Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
  • Savasana ~ hip towards each other to sink the abdomen

Thanks to all who came out to support Laurie

The workshop was a blast. You'll be seeing lots of nuggets of her insights into how to work  more deeply, from the cave,  in classes. 

Friday, February 1, 2013

Laurie Blakeney Workshop Next weekend

FEBRUARY 8-10, 2013

Description: Laurie_and_BKS

Laurie Blakeney, director of the Ann Arbor School of Yoga, has an Advanced Level Teaching Certificate granted to her by B.K.S. Iyengar. She began her Iyengar yoga studies in 1971, and has studied annually in Pune India at the Iyengar Institute since 1983.  She has a BA in comparative religions, and a not so long ago career as a piano tuner/technician.  Laurie has served our national Iyengar Yoga community by being on the IYNAUS Board, chair of the Certification Committee, Curriculum co-chair of 4 national conventions among other committee service.  She currently is the Board President of the IYAMW, and served as Conference Chair for From the Heartland Regional Conference in Chicago, Sept. 2011. She brings to her class a uniquely personal and direct style of teaching, challenging students while helping them to enjoy exploring their potential. She loves to include artistic and philosophical considerations while staying true to the precision we know to be a cornerstone of the Iyengar method.  We welcome Laurie once again to Austin for a full weekend of classes.
Friday Feb. 8, 6-8:30pm  All Levels                                               $50 /$45 for IYASCUS members
Saturday, Feb. 9, 9:30-noon, All Levels                              $50 /$45 for IYASCUS members
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2:30-5:00pm, All Levels                           $50 /$45 for IYASCUS members
Sunday, Feb. 10, 9:30-noon, All Levels                               $50 /$45 for IYASCUS members
Important Notes
For teachers:  Learn about teaching from a master teacher!  All classes will be helpful in aiding understanding of sequencing and approaches to poses, and in introducing simple ways of helping students with problems in the context of a regular, mixed level class.  Come learn how to make complex poses simple, and how to work with Yoga’s philosophical principles in the context of asana.
Members of our regional Iyengar Yoga Association ( receive a 10% discount.
Location and Parking:    Please carpool where possible
Clear Spring Studio, 605 A Copeland St., 78704.  From S. First St., turn onto Copeland St. directly opposite the bleachers for the Austin School for the Deaf.  Park only in the interior parking lot in front of the studio proper.  Arrive early and        please make an effort to carpool. We expect more students than our lot can handle, so be prepared. 
Information and Enrollment
Contact Devon Dederich or Anne Schultz for more information and enrollment.  For Devon: 
email or phone 512.448.0086 For Anne:  email, or phone 512.468.2808. Make checks out to Clear Spring Studio, and include contact information and what classes you will attend to 605 A Copeland St., Austin, TX  78704. Credit cards accepted as well. Contact Devon about the details of credit card payment.

Here's the Friday Sequence

Hi All,
There is  advanced practice this Friday at 4:30.

We are doing the Sunday PW sequence from Dallas 2012.

Sunday Nov. 18, am
All poses repeated.

Adho mukha svana for the spine: wide legs ad long stance
Uttanasana wide legs UM and AM
Eka pada adho mukha svana, repeated
Uttanasana full pose, feet together. UM and AM
Urdhva prasarita ekapadasana , first stage where R hand catches the R ankle repeat
p. navasana 1 min.
a. nava 1 min.
ubhaya to p. nava, pumping legs, then arms
amvrks, r leg, l leg, both legs
ekapada sirsa
danda to janu sirsa,
parivrtta janu sirsa, three times
Marichyasana III All by stages
a. matsyendra I
a. matsyendra II (substitute: bharad. II or abppaschimott)
paschimottana for rest
purvottanasana bent legs
setu bandha variation of your choice