Saturday, October 31, 2015

Here's the Plan for the George Purvis Benefit

1.  Welcome and invocation Peggy.    9:00-9:05

2.  BK   ESTA     9:05-9:15

3. Tadasana   Devon    9:15-9:25
Urdhva Hastasana  Work    DEVON

4. Trik   Mary   9:25- 9:35 
AC  Mary

5. Vira 1  is very George ish.   Jonathan   9:35- 9:45
Vira  3.    Jonathan
AMS  Jonathan

6. Chaturanga Dandasana  Mary   9:45-10:05
Some belly down backbends

7. AMS  EMILIE   10:05 -10:15
Emilie   AMVrk

8.    PM  with  Pole.    ANNE    10:OO-10:15
Sirsasana      Anne

9. Parsvaikapada sirsasana  Peggy 10:15-10:20

10   Chair  dwi pada  work of various sorts  Devon   10:20-10:40

11. Urdhva  D over back of chair walking hands to back of  chair seat.   Jason 10:40-11:05 

Lots of  Urdhva  D’s    JASON.

12.  Dwi Pada   full pose Peggy  11:05-11:15

13.  Hanuman Devon   11:15-11:25

13 Chair Twists Emilie   11:25 -35

14. Utt  Anne
Parsva  Utt Anne  

15. Something sarvangasana  ish   Anne  11:40-11:50

16. Savasana  11:50-12:00

Friday, October 30, 2015

No Friday Practice due to Rain

Hi  Guys,  I decided to go ahead and cancel Afternoon practice.   Rains are still predicted and I don't want  to endanger  myself or anyone else.

Come to the benefit class for George tomorrow  9-12.

I'll lead practice next week with the sequence I posted for today.

Stay dry.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Anne is Leading Advanced Practice Friday 4:30-6:30

Here's the plan

This  sequence  is  based on some Patricia Walden work from Durango  a couple years back.  I added in some things in Bold that I particularly need to work on.  

Supta baddha konasana 
Horizontal boster, block between  feet and belt feet to waist, rolled blanket for neck, can support outer hips and/or belt knees

Hands to wall
Then heels to wall
Be on median line 

Eka Pada  AMS

Median line of calf
Pillars of inner/outer heels

Parsva utthita hasta padangustasana 
Foot on wall (closed chain)
Then foot in space
Imagine raising thigh w/o hand/belt

Utthita hasta padangustasana   (Work various stages of the  pose  Intro II to  Junior II)  
Foot to wall
Closed chain intelligizes the leg

Ardha chandrasana 
From concave uttanasana 
Foot off the wall, chest to head, lower armpit away from thigh
Foot to wall


Three hands at  Wall,

Three hands on blocks   AMVira  to AMS

Shoulder work

Baddha anguliasana    (Show   various approaches to  pose) 




Eka pada sirsasana 
Parsva sirsasana

Parsva Eka pada

Feet together



Marichiasana 1
Take bent leg in w/thumbs behind knee
Turn, clasp, forward bend

Eka hasta bhujasana 

Dwi Hasta Bhujasana

Gomukasana legs
From kneeling, bend forward, bring leg behind other knee, feet close as possible, toes point back

Ardha matsyendrasana 
(Can take bottom foot to side or marichiasana 3 w/knee issues)
Standing shin perpendicular to floor
Then paschimottanasana action before going to final pose

From UH
Mid tricep to mid shin

Facing wall, use hands to turn body
Spine upright, weight on heels
Belt root of each thigh
Reach around and hold belt

See what freedom has come

Feet on a block, easier to get mid-triceps to mid shin, close space between thighs and chest
(Feet and hands apart if new at pose)
Then no block

Parsva bakasana 
Block faces side, hands to front
Inject knee into high armpit/tricep
Buttocks directly behind the sternum
Roll knee 
Sternum, feet lifting

Wide leg uttanasana 
Bend knees and take trunk progressively between legs, hands back, straighten legs


Eka pada bakasana 2
From bakasana, slowly take foot forward, leg high on arm, arms as straight as possible
1/2 bakasana, 1/2 titibasana

(w/more time, go back to malasana/pasasana)

Baddha konasana 

Upavista konasana 


Eka Pada
Parsva Eka Pada

Supta konasana
Parsva halasana 


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Here's the plan for Friday

Friday Advanced Practice Oct. 23, 2015

Urdhva hastasana
Adho mukha svanasana from U. hasta
Urdhva mukha svanasana
Adho mukha svanasana
Gomukhasana in Tadasana
Paschima namaskarasana
Adho mukha svanasana
Adho mukha svanasana
Adho mukha vrksasana
Pincha mayurasana
Salamba sirsasana
Variations as possible, including virasana and parsva virasana, and parivrttaikapada
Supta virasana with supports under tailbone, under feet
Urdhva dhanurasana with support
Urdhva dhanurasana without support working and holding the pose
Ekapada urdhva dhanurasana
Dwi pada viparita dandasana with and without support
Ekapada viparita dandasana with and without support, as possible
Adho mukha vrksasana
Vrschikasana efforts or dropover efforts
Adho mukha vrksasana
Adho mukha svanasana
Hanumanasana practice
Parsva hanumanasana
Adho mukha hanumanasana
Adho mukha virasana
Parsva adho mukha virasana
Supported halasana

Monday, October 19, 2015

Still More Raffle Prizes

The Best  Yoga  Raffle  Ever !!!!

Hi Everyone, At the end of  the Special  Yoga Benefit for George Purvis, we will hold a raffle.  Local yogis and yoginis have generously donated their time and services to make this  an amazing raffle event. 

$20.00 per ticket.

The  prizes  are 

One Tall  Chair  From  Texas Tall Chairs
One Month Unlimited Membership to Austin Yoga Tree
One Month Life Mastery Personal Coaching  with Jonathan Troen
One Slanting Plank  from Ruben and Melissa
One  private yoga lesson with Anne
One hour  massage from Susan Synder  (
One  Designer Bolster  from Concho  Yoga.
Five Class Pass from  Clear Spring Studio.
One  Ayurvedic Consultation with Peggy

Contact  Anne_  at  to  purchase  raffle tickets.

You can also purchase tickets through your local teacher. 

You do not have to be present to win, but the prizes do not include shipping to distant locations, though Anne can arrange delivery to Boerne, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas,  or San Angelo.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Now more raffle prizes

The George Purvis  Benefit  Raffle  just  got  even more  exciting.

There are now  three  prizes available.    

Tall Chair from   Jeff Schultz​ at  Texas Tall Chairs.
Designer Bolster from   Stacie Brumbaugh Jones​
Yoga Lesson with Anne-Marie Schultz​

Just  $20.00  per  ticket! 

Contact   Anne  to  purchase a ticket.

Tall Chair Raffle

Jeff Schultz, chairman of Texas Tall Chairs, is donating a tall chair for raffle at the George Purvis Halloween Benefit event at Clear Spring. Tickets are $20.00 for a chance at a $160 dollar chair.
Contact Anne-Marie Schultz to buy a ticket.

Here's the info about the class

We are delighted to honor and help our old friend and most senior Iyengar teacher in this part of the world, El Tortuga Grande, aka George Purvis, Texas’s own Free Range Yogi. This is a fundraising effort to contribute to George’s medical bills.

A group of George’s Austin students (Peggy Kelley, Devon Deterich, Anne Schultz, Emilie Rogers, Esta Herold, Jonathan Troen, Mary Scott, & Jason Lobo) will lead a class in honor of George, perhaps in the style of George, and heading toward one of George’s favorite poses. This class will be for all levels of students, and while we will work our way to some difficult poses, there will always be something helpful for everyone at any level to do.

Suggested Donation: $40 (but anything at all will be happily received.) If you write a check, please make it out to George Purvis, not to any of us.

100% of the proceeds will be forwarded to George to help defray his many medical bills.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Anne is leading advanced practice today.

Here’s a  sequence based on some stuff  I learned in  Ann Arbor. 

AM Sukasana
Parsva  AM  Sukasana
Repeat  Legs up on bolster
Repeat  Ankles up on  blanket roll

BK   bolster and roll  then  make shins  connect better. 
Fold  forward.

Virasana   with   saddle  blanket  and then  with the two ski pole  blanket folds for shins with  ankles  hanging   off


Dandasana  feel mid line and grounding

Supta vira  with some breathing


Three hands at  wall.


AMVira to  AMS    Three  hand  positions


Lots of  baddhanguliasana with  little finger and pressing through wrists,  feet apart  look for  groin shoulder  connection

AMS  with thumb and first finger  on block at  wall,  don’t  distort  bones.

AMS  Gripping block

Intersperse all that  with new  and improved  Urdhva   baddanguliasanna

Nifty arm  work 

From kneeling,    wrists down fingers up,  then  elbows down  then   middle finger, other fingers,  then  elbows up  AMS

Very effective

Take that  work  into  PM

AMVrk  three hand  positions 



Ustrasana lots

Salabasana  legs and arms

Salabasana to Makarsasana

Chatush,   reg,  then   feet on blocks,  then  shoulders elevated with  sacrum  on brick. 

Chair dwi   nothing,  sticky  folded blanket  spine wise, then horizontal.

Urdhva  D,      spine wise  for  head,   hands on bricks, forearms against bricks,   hands on chair,  feet on chair,   regular?   Explore  different supports and what they yield.  

 Chair  twists. 

Halasana  sarvangasana  


Thursday, October 8, 2015

Devon is Leading Advanced Practice Friday

Sequence based on work with Gabriella from an Austin workshop in 2004

Ams with head on a block to keep the arms lifted, middle back extended
Adho mukha Vrksasana

Standing on right leg first
Urdhva hasta
a. chandra on r. side
vira III
Urdhva prasarita ekapadasana
Utthita hasta padangustha I
Ardha baddha paddmottanasana
u. hasta
repeat on l. side then again
next time, when you come out of ardha baddha padmottanasana, go immediately to Parivrtta Trikonasana

[You can add other poses as you wish.  This is a sequence to strengthen the legs.

Supta virasana
Pincha mayurasana
Salamba sirsasana and variations as needed

Parsvottanasana into Parivrtta Trikonasana

Urdhva mukha svanasana on chair
Prep for ekapada rajakapota: lunge into the chair. 
First time the back leg on the floor
Second time the back leg bent, shin up the wall
Third time both shins up the wall
Partner chair kapotasana, several times

Urdhva dhanurasana 3 times, classical pose
U. dhanurasana, variations:
1) blocks at the wall;
2) feet parallel and thighs rolled into line.
3) use block between the ankles,
4) lose the block but remember the action, Walk the arms in if you can, but lift the pelvis over the start point.  Straight up!

Chair twists
1) chair forward bend like malasana
2) just lean over one knee then the other
3) catch the elbow on the opposite knee and the hand to the chairback, twist like pasasana, twice on each side.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Yoga For Shoulders Workshop

 Anne  will be  teaching  a Yoga workshop on  the Shoulder at  Castle Hill Fitness  Sunday Nov  8  at  2-3:30.   You can register online at the Castle.

It is going to be tons of  Fun.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Advanced Practice Sequence for Friday

 Devon is leading this week and  next.

Here's the plan for  ACL practice week #1
adho mukha svanasana
adho mukha vrksasana
pincha mayurasana
sirsasana I
sirsasana II
sarvangasana I
sarvangasana II
[other variations as possible]
utthita hasta padangusthasana
parsva utthita hasta padangusthasana
ardha baddha padmottanasana
seated hip opening prep work
janu sirsasana
parivrtta janu sirsasana
ardha baddha padma paschimottanasana
marichyasana I
urdhva mukha paschomottanasana I and II
baddha konasana 
upavistha konasana
baddha padmasana work
maysyendrasana on head and flat to floor
akarna dhanurasana I and II
marichyasana III
ardha matsyendrasana I and II as possible
urdhva dhanurasana