Friday, January 31, 2014

Advanced Practice Sequence for Immesion Weekend.

Taking Flight: Practice and Detachment

Okay, so this  sequence reflects  the theme of  immersion weekend in a variety of ways.

·      Basic poses that we practice  form the foundation for the harder poses.
·      We need to practice the harder poses regularly.
·      We  have to cultivate an attitude of what I would call engaged detachment.  Don’t get too upset about the inability to do, to do well, to do at all.  Watch and learn.  Continue to practice. 
·      Bird poses and balancings represent flight.
·      Don’t be overwhelmed. There’s plenty on this sequence that I can’t do. Come and do what you can.

Vira I,  Vira III
Pincha Mayurasana
Parsva  Eka pada
Ardha Navasana
Parsva Bhaksana
Padma Mayurasana
Eka pada sirsasana  (LOY lists the eka pada cycle upto Chakorasana see  p. 293 following to
Chakorasana and beyond  then goes back to  bhaksana  so thought we’d try it again. 
Urdhva Kukkukatasana
Eka Pada Bhakasana I and II
Urdhva Dhanurasana
Sarvangasana and cycle  depending on time

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The First Iyengar Immersion is next weekend.

 Hi  Everyone,  The  first Iyengar Immersion weekend  starts  next weekend.   Come join in the fun. Its a great opportunity to deepen your practice, study some philosophy and eat some soup!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Advanced Practice sequence for this afternoon

Friday Practice sequence:

Adho mukha svanasana long holding
Supta virasana flat on floor or as flat as possible
Eka pada Supta virasana/ eka pada Supta padangusthasana I, III and II

Janu sirsasana, urdhva mukha
Dandasana: utthita, urdhva hasta, padangustha dandasana
Paripoorna Navasana from Dandasana 3 times
Ardha navasana from dandasana 3 times
Alternating paripoorna-ardha-poorna-ardna navasana 3 cycles
Urdhva mukha paschimottanasana
Vasisthasana prep and full pose 
Parsva bakasana

A M Vrksasana and variations
Salamba sirsasana and variations
Pincha Mayurasana and variations
            Sayanasana or other Throat/cervical extension work
Vrschikasana preparation
            Eka pada vrschikasana
            Vrschikasana II at wall
Bhekasana, just to see if it’s any easier than usual
A M Svanasana cooling down
Bharadvajasana I
A M Virasana

Salamba sarvangasana
            Variations:  halasana, Sarvanga I, Sarvangasana II, ekapada, parsvaikapada, urdhva padma, pindasana, parsva pinda, parsva Padma in sarvanga/setu bandha, setu bandha dropover down and up.

Bharadvajasana II
Marichyasana I full pose
Marichyasana III full pose
Ardha matsyendrasana I full pose
Ardha matsyendrasana II, full pose

Saturday, January 18, 2014

New Side Bar on Anne's Teaching Blog

Hi All,  There's a new  side bar on  Anne's  teaching  blog  that lists  her  upcoming public philosophy  talks.

Philosophy Soup  Kitchen   (part of the  Clear Spring Studio  Iyengar Immersion Weeked)
7:30-9:00 pm   Devon's House   Topic: Practice and Detachment.  Cost  $30.00  Includes Soup! Contact Devon to  sign up. 

Intro II Philosophy  (part of Randy's  Teacher Training, but open to the public)   Feb  1 and 2    BKS Iyengar Studio of  Dallas   Cost  $20.00 a session or  $35.00  for both.  Contact Randy to sign up.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday Advanced Practice sequence

Friday  sequence.

So  it is the week for  working with   an  LOY sequence.   However, I also want to take  Patricia’s exhortation to practice as many balancings as you can once a week.  Devon suggested we do some  virasana work  and add in  Lolasana at the beginning. 

So taking all that into  account,  here’s a sequence  based on  week  36-40 in LOY.  Additions to that  sequence are in  bold.

Calf Mashing
LOY  foot work and virasana  cycle
Lolasana work with belts and  blocks
AMVrk  all hand positions
PM all  hand positions
Salamba  Sirsasana  I (184)
Urdhva Dandasana (188)
Parsva Sirsasana (202 and 203)
Parivrttaika Pada Sirsasana (210)
Urdhva Padmasana  (211)  or  come out and do padmasana work on floor
Uarsva Urdhva Padmasana (215-216)
Pindasana in Sirsasana (218)
Paryankasana with brick and two belts
Salamba Sarvangasana I and II    (223 and 235)
Niralamba Sarvangasana I and II (236-237)
Halasana (244)
Karnapidasana (246)
Supta Konasana (247)
Parsva Halasana (249)
Eka Pada Sarvangasana (250)
Parsvaikapda Sarvangasana (251)
Urdhva Padmasana (261)
Pindasana in Sarvangasana (269)
Parsva Pindasana (270 and  271)
Setubandha Sarvangasana (259)
Eka pada Setubandha Sarvangasana (260)
Jatara parivartansana ( 275)
Supta Padangusthasana (285-287)

Utthita and Parivrtta Trikonasana (4-7)
Utthita and Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (8-11)
Virabhadrasana I and III (14 and 17)
Ardha Chandrasana  (19)
Parivrtta  AC
Parsovtanasana  ( 26)
Padangustasana (44)
Pada Hastasana (46)
Uttansana (28)
Utthita Hasta Padangustasana (23)
Ardha Baddha Padmotansana (52)
Vatayanasana (58)
JS  (127)
Parivrtta JS  (132)
ABPP (135)
Krouchasana (141 and 142)
M1 (144)
Paschimo  (160
Urdhvamukha Paschimo I and ii ( 168 and 170)
Baddha Padmasana (118)
Yoga Mudrasana (120)
Kukkutasana ( 115)
Gardha Pindasana (116)
Simhasana II (110)
Matsyansana (113)
BK  (102)
UVK  (151)
Eka hasta  Bhujasana 
Akarna Dhanurasana  (173 and  175)
Dwi hasta Bhujasana
Bhuja Pidasana
Marichyasana IIII (303-304)
Ardha Matsyendrasana I (311 and 312)
Uttanapadasana (292)
Salabhasana (60)
Dhanurasana (63)
Parsva D (64 and  65)
Urdhva D (482)
Savasana  (592)

Clear Spring Studio Presents An Iyengar Immersion Weekend January 31 – Feb. 1, 2014


Taking flight: 
practice and detachment as the
two wings of yoga practice
January 31 – Feb. 1, 2014

Devon Dederich and Anne Schultz lead the first of a series of weekend immersion workshops for students and teachers interested in deepening their practice and understanding of Yoga, using the tools of the Iyengar method, and insight from ancient and modern philosophers.  We will delve more deeply than in ordinary classes into the philosophy, anatomy, logic and articulation of yogic ideas in our minds, in practice, and in life.

Friday 3:30-4:30pm  Regular Teachers’ Practice ($10; Devon leads)
 4:30-6:30pm  Advanced Practice ($20; Anne leads)
 7:30-9:00pm  Philosophy Talk and Discussion:  The Two Wings of Yoga Practice ($30; Anne leads at Devon’s house.  Soup provided, plus BYO easy light dinner food)
Saturday  10:00-12:30pm  The Two Wings of Yoga Asana ($30; Devon teaches)
 2:30-5:00pm, The Two Wings of Restorative Practice ($30; Devon teaches)
 5:00-5:15pm  Questions  and Comments.

Cost:  $120 for full attendance the whole weekend.  OR,  $90 for Friday evening Philosophy Soup Kitchen plus both sessions Saturday plus some transportable dinner-type food you like for Saturday evening.


Please consider carpooling to and from these events. Plan ahead and save gas.

Clear Spring accepts checks or cash in payment, plus credit cards at the studio only.  Let us know you are

Contact  Devon at  yoga@clearspring  to register

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Laurie Blakeney is coming to Austin Feb 21-23

 Hi Everyone,    Just a  reminder  that  Laurie  Blakeney will be  in  Austin   next month.

The workshop starts  Friday  Feb  21  at   6:00

Friday  6:00-8:00     ($50.00)
Saturday 9:30-12:00   ($60.00)
Saturday 2:30-4:30    ($50.00)
Sunday 9:30-12:00     ($60.00)

The  cost of the whole workshop is  $220.  You get a $10 discount as  an IYNAUS member.   Contact    Devon  at  to  sign up.  

 Here's a link to a printable flyer.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Sequence for this afternoon

Practice sequence for  Friday    This one  is  based on  a  Patricia  Sequence from  the Abbey  2013, but  I’ve added some work from  IC  The bolded stuff  is the actual sequence from PW.

Thought we would start off with a bit of the padmasana work from  IC.   Page  33-39


Walk back to Uttanasana don’t lean back.


Parnipurna Navasana

Ardha Navasana 

AMS hands @wall notice the effect of the abd work.




Parivritta Trikonasana 

Uttanasana full pose pull torso into legs (This was the end of stage one of class).


Prep w/SPG  3

Then we tried Gomukasana wide feet again. It dis come a lot better. Legwork only, not arm work.
Use height for Gomukasana if both buttocks do not touch floor

Uttanasana extend sides of torso

Sirsasana cross of fingers again, all the same points of previous day.
Parsva sirsasana
Parivritta Eka pada sirsasana


Baddha Konasana

Garudasana legs


Gomukasana legs again with feet on outside of hips, use strap to release top groin.
Explore rolling thighs out/in

Classic Gomukasana legs
Shins, metatarsals to floor, toes pointing back (shins are more parallel) same inner rotation first then compact the hips with outer rotation.


Did for a while.

Going to  do   Dandasana  through M3  work  in  IC.      Pages    40-50.  

Marichyasana 3

Ardha Matsyendrasana 

Marichyasana 3

Ardha Matsyendrasana 

At wall, weight onto heels, keep spine vertical as possible rather than leaning way forward, it is more like samkatsasna rather than Malasana. make clasp if possible


End of phase two.

Bakasana from floor




Parsva Bakasana
Eka pada Bakasana

Then all of the above from sirsasana 2

Viparita Dandasana

Supta Baddha Konasana



Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Active Life Yoga Studio

Hi  All, 

Here's the link to the Active Life Yoga  web page.    It is the current home of  Austin Yoga Institute.