Sunday, April 27, 2014

There's a lot of yoga happening in May

The blog  leaves for Pune a month from  today...  (along with Peggy,  Patty and Jeff- quite the Austin contingent)..  Wow. 

There's  lots of yoga  happening in Austin in May.

4 part pranayama workshop with Anne starts next saturday.

Here's a link to the flyer.
Anne and  Devon  are  doing   the second Iyengar Yoga Immersion   May  8 and 9
 Peggy is  hosting Ramanand  at Clear Spring.

Working with the Chakras in Yoga Practice
With Ramanand Patel
May 24-25, 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Ramanand Flyer

Working with the Chakras in Yoga Practice
With Ramanand Patel
May 24-25, 2014

Austin Yoga Institute welcomes Ramanand for another weekend of exploration in yoga asana and philosophy—this time specifically on the chakras. Come one, come all!

Ramanand has been recognized as a valued senior teacher in the Iyengar community worldwide. He will provide expertise on learning and refining our understanding of the chakras with significant emphasis on philosophy. Ramanand travels the world teaching yoga. Be sure to register early to avoid disappointment (his classes will fill), and bring your own labelled mat if possible.

Saturday & Sunday 10:30 am to 1:30 pm and 2:30 to 4:30 pm
Cost: 2 hour class $40; 3 hour class $60;
Entire workshop: $180 if paid by May 1; $200 thereafter
Preference given to those attending the whole workshop,
and to students of Iyengar Yoga for at least one year

Location: Clear Spring Studio, 605A Copeland, Austin, TX 78704. Copeland is a right hand turn off South First Street if you are heading south from Riverside/Barton Springs. If you reach Milton Street, you have gone too far. Please arrange to carpool if possible, parking is limited.

For more information, contact Peggy Kelley at (512) 923-4643, or Devon Dederich at (512) 663-2354. Let us know if you are from outside Austin and need help with housing. Sometimes we can assist in housing with a local yoga student.

Registration for Ramanand Patel Workshop, May 24-25, 2014

Name: _________________________________________________________________

Address:  _____________________________________________________________

Phone: Cell: ___________________                Home: ___________________

Email:  ___________________________________________

I will attend all classes*:  ____________________________________________

I will attend the following classes: ___________________________________

I am a student from out of town and need help with housing: ____________

I live in Austin and can help accommodate ________ number of students

*class times: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm Saturday and Sunday

There is Friday practice making Good Friday even Better

 This one  has  a Laurie Blakeney  prelude for deep groins and calves of ghee

Sukasana folding forward and to the side
Foot on foot and to the sides
Virasana LOY cycle
Virasana  Sukasana
Virasana  Siddasaha  (ardha UVK
Virasana toes turned under Virasana

Then   what I remember of  a Mary and Eddy Arm balance sequence with AMVrk and PM added in

Amvira with knees way up  high on  bolsters and blankets  so that groins are well below  knees
Sirsasana  Eka  Pada
Prasarita pad
Malasana   belted  legs  sacrum against wall,  belt around torso.
Malasana to Uttanasana 
Malasana coming forward
Malsana getting heels.
Lolasana   toes up like  dumbo  ears.   Squeeze thighs together from   outer leg around knee upto  inner   groin. 
Arcana Dhanurasana  block for  opposite hand
Eka Hasta Bhujasana  hamstring into  arm,  buttocks down    get  way up on  shoulder  wing out is  here  first..
Kurmasana prep  supta 1  bring  bent  leg  down to floor  keep that primary
Dwi Hasta Bhujasana     spring and wing  work.
Bhakasana   many times,  with belt also
Parsva BK  on Chair
Parsva BK  regular
Sarvagasana  eka Pada
Halasana  Parsva  Halasana   Halasana 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

no advanced practice this week but a PW sequence for you nonetheless

 Just  a reminder  The blog is in Boston  and Devon is recovering so no practice this week.

We'll resume next week  with some arm balancing work. 

But in honor of the fact that I'm in Boston  (though I'm  not here for  yoga),  Here's a PW  sequence to keep you busy.

Patricia Walden @ IHM Retreat Center, Santa Fe, NM
Day # 3 :: Backbends, Part II

-call to mind the 4 sutras from Day # 1, 2 (on Dharana III.I…need this for: Pratyahara II. 54, Dhyana III.2, Meditation on a part of the body I.39)
-add in I.41: in order to be able to reflect, the mind has to be clear
-add in II.46-4
*sthira sukham is not just for the body, it’s also for the mind and the breath; question the amount and kind of effort you need to use to reach the maximum result
*prayatna saitilya is also on the 3 layers/koshas (body, breath and mind)
*tato dvandvanabhigatah observe the quality of your consciousness at the end of an asana; to cultivate space/silence work form the back of the brain; @ the end of adjustment there is a state…Guruji says this is when “Yogasana” begins

Adho Mukha Virasana
-use it to make the brain passive
Adho Mukha Svanasana
-jump to Uttanasana
Adho Mukha Svanasana
-place 2 vertical bricks placed on the high side at the wall
1x do with the blocks, what do you feel?
2x do without the blocks and observe the forearms in relationship to the elements
3x do with the blocks and feel the density of the forearms (you’ll need to call on this in other asanas)
Paryankasana (unsupported)
*come onto the elbows and raise the sides of the chest up while maintaining the action of moving the diaphragm down to 1” below the navel
*Urdhva Dhanurasana arms: bring the head closer in to get the lift in the three bands of the back ribs, then the whole spine)
*now maintain all of those actions and press the roots of the thigshs down to take the arms overhead
-come up by walking the hands in towards the heels and raising the middle buttock up and LIFT UP
Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana
-first balance the hips, then observe the lumbar spine (see that it doesn’t collapse), then reach through the aerial leg heel to extend the spine even more
Adho Mukha Vrksasana
-come up one leg at a time
-move the buttock bones to the heels and then take the center of the heels up to the ceiling
-get density in the forearms by bringing the elbows towards the wall
Virabhadrasana I
1x buttock bones to the heels
2x armband belts “do you feel the consciousness spreading in your chest?”
3x occiput belt (raise the chin up, pull the belt up and surrender the brain to the heels)
-draw a line from the center of the bicep up through the deltoid and maintain those 2 domes as you do the variations
-Parivrttaikapada: separate legs slightly, roll the thighs in, extend the inner legs, keep the outer hips lifting and let the back leg go down faster as you take it back; now turn from the back leg
-Urdhva Virasana: maintain all of the diaphragm actions as you bring the toes down lift the buttocks up
Adho Mukha Vrksasana
1x for the neck-look at the wall
2x with 2 legs together
3x with 2 blocks
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
1x standing, at wall
2x hands on 2 blocks @ wall
1x reverse Baddhanguliyasana
2x 3 positions of the hands
3x no hands
Urdhva Dhanurasana
1x come up from the outer thighs and shoulderblades
2x come up to the leg side, straighten the arms,
3x come up and come onto crown of head, bringing the head in to pranacize the chest; move the triceps towards the elbows and hit the shins back, straighten the arms and come up
4x do you feel your consciousness spreading evenly?
5x raise heels up and take forehead to the wall
6x it’s an arc!
7x vertical blocks @ wall, raise the heels up and walk in to bring the elbows closer to the blocks; synchronize the back of the thighs near the buttocks lifting up and the inner heels coming down first (balance the attention and awareness in all parts)
8x PW showed how to swing: walk in, raise the toes up and push the shins back (outer armpits moving back to the wall are a priority here)
Ustrasana with the chair
1x pull the thighs and chair towards one another and go back
2x head to chair
3x arms overhead
Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana
1x 2 vertical blocks @ wall
2x w/ blanket under the head to open the armpits
3x st legs, can take blanket away now
1x “Laghuvajrasana-like” with bolsters
2x classic
2 Urdhva Dhanurasanas
1x come up and use the exhalations and inhalations
2x eyes closed, keep your mind fixed on the central channel “Live wire”
Rest with bent knees and let the asana rest on all of your cells
Prasarita Padottanasana I
Prasarita Padottanasana
-let the arms go wide apart and rest hands on floor
1x let go of the angas
2x observe how consciousness is spreading
3x shower yourself with blessings

Friday, April 4, 2014

No Advanced practice today. Go Gillian's workshop this weekend

Hi All,  there is  Teaching skills practice at  3:30 but no  Advanced Practice this weekend or  next.    We resume on Good Friday.

In the meantime, there's still plenty of  yoga happening,    For instance. Check out  Gillian's Rope workshop.

Hi All, Please support Gillian's workshop. She's a great teacher and it will be tons of fun.
Yoga Wall Basics Workshop with Gillian
2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6th
Get off the mat and experience the non-weight bearing bliss of the yoga rope wall. This workshop will teach you the effective use of the rope wall to hold postures for longer, build strength, and work on alignment in your practice. Join your instructor, Gillian, as she guides you through a series of standing poses, gravity defying inversions, and chest openers to promote a sense of well-being in a strong but therapeutic practice.
• Relieve pain
• Decompress the spine
• Open the chest
• Relax the joints
$25 members
$30 non-mem
*Space for 18
Expect new moves and combinations in each workshop!
Register at our front desk or online right here: