Friday, February 26, 2016

Devon is leading

Friday Advanced Practice Feb. 26, 2016

[note: this practice can be done either full-on or as a restorative sequence, with the addition of appropriate support. ]

Adho mukha svanasana

Adho mukha vrksasana and variations

Pincha Mayurasana  and variations

Sirsasana I 

Ekapada sirsasana

[parsva sirsasana]

Splits in Sirsasana I [

​to ​ parivrttaikapada sirsasana]
Urdhva Dhanurasana 

​by stages as needed​
Dwi Pada Viparita Danda by stages toward full pose

Salamba Sarvangasana I 

Sarvangasana II


Niralamba Sarvangasana
Setu Bandha  dropping from Sarvangasana I, and hopping up again, two feet at a time from appropriate height

Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana 

​by stages​
Ardha baddha Padma paschimottanasana as possible

Marichyasana II as possible


Parivrtta paschimottanasana


Baddha padmasana as possible

Savasana ​

Monday, February 22, 2016

It Takes a Village Take Two; Free yoga For Mock Assessments March 4.

Hi Austin Yogis and Yoginis,

Anne  is planning to do  Junior  2  this upcoming assessment season and Devon is planning to do  Junior 3 in the not to distant future.   Deb  Johnson is a student of  Peggy’s visiting from South Carolina.  She’ll be in  town the  first week of  March  so    we thought it would be  a great time to  do  the first of several mock assessments.

We’ll use the Friday  advanced practice time  with an earlier  start time and a slightly later ending time

The classes are free.  You can sign up for 1, 2 or  3  sessions.   

Let  Anne know at  which  sessions you’d like to attend.

 You do not have to be injury free. In fact, at this level, we know we’ll have students with injuries  or  with conditions like menstruation or pregnancy.   We  could use   6 or 8 students in each session,

Friday   March  4   

3:45-4:35   Anne
4:45-5:35   Devon
5:45-6:35    Deb

Thursday, February 18, 2016

No practice this Friday

Hi All,

No practice this Friday,  Devon is still a bit under the weather,  Mary Melissa and Anne and  Peggy all have other commitments.

Melissa will lead  next Friday (her first advanced practice, come support her in that  endeavor!)

Anne is  up the first Friday in March  and  we'll have first friday dinner  following. 

Keep practicing.   

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Mary is leading 4:30 Friday


Supta Vrksasana - partner work
Parsvakonasana - Chair work
Virabhadrasana 2
Utthita Parsva Hasta Padagustasana
Ardha Chandrasana
Parsva Supta Padagustasana
Parsvaikapada Sirsasana - partner work
Parivrtta Janu Sirasasana
Parivrtta UPK
Anatasana - partner work
Prone Supta BK
Simhasana in BK
Mayurasana in BK, while we are here
BK forward
Adho Mukha Virasana - as in LoY
Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana
Padmasana forward
Simhasana 2 - partner work
Akarna Dhanurasana
UPK & forward
Supta Trivikramasana (plate 478)
Kasyapasana (plate 399)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Pranayama Workshop with Anne

A Pranayama Workshop with Anne 

Saturday February 20,  3:00-4:30   2016

Clear Spring Studio

This workshop will cover the philosophy and practice of pranayama. The focus will be both supine and seated ujjayi. The aim of the workshop is to help you establish a daily pranayama practice. Workshop participants are welcome to email me with pranayama practice questions.

The cost of the workshop is $25.00. 

Email  Anne  at  to  sign up.  

Friday, February 5, 2016

Iyengar Yoga for Men Returns.

With Yves Oberlin

(This is the re-schedule of the workshop that was cancelled last fall)

March 19, 2016                             Saturday 2-4:30 pm

Yves Oberlin is an experienced yoga practitioner and instructor living and teaching in Austin, Texas. His understanding of yoga is based on over 25 years of personal practice and on-going study with some of the best senior yoga instructors in the world. He has traveled to India numerous times to further his studies with the Iyengar family at the RIMYI Institute in Pune. His background comes through in a methodical, dynamic and challenging teaching style. He inspires students to go beyond their perceived limits while remaining sensitive to individual needs and creating a safe and harmonious learning environment.  Yves grew up in Switzerland, speaks English, French and German. He is a certified Iyengar instructor.

The class will focus on areas of flexibility, balance, strength, stamina and stress reductions that are unique to men.  The class will introduce men to core yoga poses taught in the Iyengar method. The class will be appropriate for the complete beginner or novice. It will also reinforce basic techniques for the more experienced practitioner.  Touching your toes is not a requirement!  Bring a friend.

Class price $40.  Payment is by cash or check only at the door.

*** Please RSVP ***

To Paul Hallett via email to:
yogapaul at

Class is located at:
Clear Spring Studio
605A Copeland
Austin, Texas 78704
(Located off South 1st Street, across from Texas School for the Deaf football field)

*No parking on Copeland St. (the paved street next to the studio) or on the sides of Copeland St.

Please park in the dirt parking lot in the interior of the buildings.  Carpooling is strongly encouraged.
If needed, overflow parking south of the studio on Gibson St. and South 3rd St.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Mary is leading Practice this friday!

 Also, Mary had a wonderful idea that anyone who would like to should come to First Friday Yoga  Dinners.   You don't have to attend practice to come to dinner, if you'd just like some fun times with fellow teachers and students.  Join us around 6:45 this Friday at Alcomar. We'll switch the location monthly, but it will be somewhere close to the studio.   Let Mary  know if you'd like to come to dinner so we know how many tables to try to commander.

Here's the sequence

Parsva AMV
Sukhasana forward
Sukhasana Arun twist
AMS - 3 min
Baddha Hasta Uttanasana
    Eka Pada
Dandasana - Plate 77
Paschimottanasana -
M1 -
Eka Hasta Bhujasana
Dwi Hasta Bhujasana
Baddha Konasana -
BK forward - long hold
Malasana 2
Bakasana 4x
Bakasana from Sirsasana 2 - 2x
Pasasana variation
Parsva Bakasana - 2x
Parsva Bakasana from Sirsasana 2 - 2x
Urdhva Kukkutasana from Sirsasana 2
Dwi Pada Koundinyasana
AMVrk - attempt balance
PM - attempt balance
Supta BK - catching ankles from underneath
Urdhva Danurasana x7
Baddha Hastasana Utt
Supported UPP on Shoulderstand support

Monday, February 1, 2016

A New Approach to Friday Practices

Hi All,

We've decided that  with so many other great  teachers in Austin that it would be in everyone's best interest to  expand the roster of  people who lead  advanced practice.  From now on, expect a variety of Austin's Certified Iyengar Teachers to lead on Fridays.

Here's the schedule for the next few weeks.

2/5-: Mary
2/12 Mary
2/19- Devon
2/26 Melissa
3/4- Anne 
3/11- Devon
Rumor is  Mary will lead us in a Schumacher  arm balancing sequence  
Anne will probably do something that integrates  things she has learned from Laurie and Manouso on the shoulders.  (Inversion and backbend focused)