Thursday, October 27, 2016

Devon is leading Friday. Backbends!

Friday advanced practice: Intermediate Backbends with Some Tactical Twists


Parvatasana in virasana

Lolasana several times

Gomukhasana full pose, interlocked legs

Parsvottanasana in gomukhasana

Virabhadrasana I

Parivrtta trikonasana


Supta virasana (flat or extra lift under the sacrum/tailbone)

Adho mukha svanasana

Adho mukha vrksasana, balancing as possible, jumping with two feet as possible.  Having fun

wherever possible.

Pincha mayurasana palms down and palms up, balancing as possible


                  Parivrtta ekapada sirsasana

Rope (tractioning, hanging) backbends

Chair backbends or not, as strength permits:

Urdhva dhanurasana pushing up, staying up while remaining calm

Dwi pada viparita dandasana bracing the elbows at the wall and straightening the legs as possible

Approaching the ekapada rajkapotasana poses:

                  Chair supported front hip and spine openers

                  Floor and bolster supported    “   “  “  , back leg straight and bent

Standing backbend work of various sorts, with helpers and props, or without.

Adho mukha svanasana

Adho mukha virasana

Janu sirsasana

Working toward Parivrtta janu sirsasana



Halasana supported


Monday, October 24, 2016

Laurie Blakeney Workshop Coming Soon Jan 20-22

Grow Your Practice: The Roots and Wings of Iyengar Yoga

A Weekend Workshop with


January 20-22, 2017

Laurie Blakeney 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.  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 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. She is also Anne’s mentor in the assessment process. 

Schedule:                                                                 Price:
 2 Hour  Class  $50.00
 2.5 Hour Classes  $60.00
 Whole Workshop discount $210.00


  Friday 6:30 - 8:30pm           
  Saturday 9:30am - Noon      
  Saturday 2:30 - 5:00 pm      
  Sunday 9:30am - Noon    


 Contact  Anne  at  or   Devon at to enroll.

Send Checks to Clear Spring Studio  605 A Copeland St 78704   
Cash and Credit Cards are accepted at the studio.   

Friday, October 21, 2016

Peggy is leading today 4:30-6:30 css

group practice at css on 10/21/16

Bhagavad Gita, 6.5 the self by the self is sustained

Sargeant translation:
One should uplift oneself by the Self;
One should not degrade oneself;
For the Self alone can be a friend to oneself,
And the Self alone can be an enemy of oneself.

hips on bolster, straight legs, bent legs, ribs embedded, ab to ctr. line, circles, etc.

then lie on side to vasisthasana (with bolster, try twice
pigeons with two blocks and bolster
ams to ums, hands on blocks,

slighty bend elbows and roll eyes of elbows forward
then dig sitbones in and UP to do ums
straighten arms, walk feet in, do many times, later with toes back (all the above with bent toes)

standing lunges to UPEP to vasisthasana

standing lunges to half moon to elephant half moon, where we drop head, lift and lower top leg
earlier it was rxlat angle  to half moon  to elephant, practice this sequence
define the difference between lite and heavy, in the case of rlat> and 1/2 moon

vira III

paryankasana, arms to side then back, using two or one blocks/
sit on bolster, knees belted (supta vira style), one or two blox for eyes to see and head to touch, then up again (no words about legs), just upper spine in and back ribs lift
then take hands overhead, grab sides of mat, walk hands to feet
UD  #2 after UD #1 to DPVD, use intelligence, not force, you HAVE to, not force
amvrksa, hips to wall,
pm, with elbows on 1/8 mat (folded in half three times?) and blok between PALMS, do many reps, each time go back further from the wall, straighten legs, balance, come out—this must have been an instruction in PM….
lie on palms with feet on bolster, roll up into DPVD hands, do UD after DPVD
several dpvd’s and ud’s, then go to wall, bolster longways at wall
do salsirs and walk down wall to bolster, go to rt, rt foot steps down, left foot steps to wall, but NOT high, then back to center, reverse, repeat, could use two bolstlers

after bb’s, do SP with big loop around neck and foot
set up with two blocks, one bolster&mat, 2 blankets for sal sarv/hala, no vars

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Peggy is offering a new class

Peggy is offering a new  class

 Thursday 9:30-11:00 am class at her  home studio,

1608 Dexter Street, upstairs, call 512-923-4643 for more information:
Level II-III

According to Peggy we will work on many of the poses in the Intermediate Senior Syllabus:
Arm balances
Drop over from headstand to DPVD
Leg behind the head, eka pada sirsasana
Headstand and shoulder stand variations

Monday, October 3, 2016

Gillian is teaching a Rope Workshop this Weekend

This Saturday join Gillian for Inversions and Restorative postures on the Yoga Wall.

Contact  Castle Hill Fitness to sign up. 

Experience yoga asanas with the help of one of yoga's most versatile props, the Yoga Wall. Come join us for workshops themed on a variety of asanas including standing poses, inversions, twists, and forward bends. You will see how the Yoga Wall can add a new dimension to your practice. We host these workshops throughout the year, sign up for one or sign up for all! Appropriate for all Levels.

$25 each workshop
VIP Save extra 10%
in the Lotus Studio

OCTOBER 8: Inversions and Restorative Postures: Release and Let Go.
DECEMBER 3: Banish Holiday Blues with Uplifting Postures.