Monday, February 12, 2018

Invocations & Mantras Thanks to Adeline Yoga!

I was searching for a way to listen to the Student/Teacher Chant Saha Navavatu (Invocation to Katha and Taittiriya Upanishads) and lucky me to stumble upon my dear friend Heather's studio blog.

CLICK HERE to listen to various chants and mantras including the Invocation to Patanjali with BKS Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Geeta Teaches the Woman's Class! 12/12/17

I walked into the hall and saw he empty chair....we all knew Geeta was coming. The hall was very loud with excitement. Rayah came in and told us not to talk as much before class because then it takes longer before real learning can begin.

Geeta has a fire within that comes out in her teaching. She taught us about abduction/adduction related to positioning of the limbs and rotational aspects. Geeta is a master at teaching us how poses relate to one another. She emphasized the importance of doing poses in stages.

My notes do not do this class justice. Her teaching is so profound, that writing notes is very difficult because she draws you so deep into the experience that trying to recall is not the point.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Prashant begins celebrations leading up to BKS Iyengar's 100th Birthday

The red carpet was laid out bright and early at the Institute this morning to celebrate BKS Iyengar's 99th Birthday. People packed in upstairs, in the main hall, in the lobby and outside. RIMYI was savy enough to put screens and speakers in each area so all could partake. We did a few basic asanas focusing on deep exhalations. Prashant says that these need to become habit especially in modern-day society where stress is high. Do exhalations anywhere, anytime to help the mind excavate and evacuate clutter.

Tonight we celebrate with friends, music, food, yoga and dance.

Click here to listen to the entire class or you can read my notes below. My notes are not word-for-word as I often write my thoughs down as well as quotes.

Rayah's Intermediate I class 12/9/17

Rayah rocks! He had a blast teaching his Intermediate I students in the upstairs hall. He had everyone laughing even to the point of almost tears. Good to see the teachers at RIMYI having so much fun with students. He also worked them hard for sure! He divided the women and men into two parts each doing different poses, this was so that limited props were taken out, it worked quite well.

Advanced Pranayama at RIMYI with a focus on exhalations 12/8/17

This was an amazing pranayama class! Geeta had instructed Nawaaz to teach long exhalations. I did not take the class so I was able to take good notes except it was dark so my handwriting is a bit sloppy. This class was extrememly calm, kind, and inspiring. Even though I did not take the class, I was essential rocked by these words into a deep peaceful state.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Woman's Class with Abhijata! 2017

After 36 hours of traveling, I was too excited to sleep. I watched the cloudypurple sunrise and my favorite birds, then headed to practice at RIMYI. It is amazing to watch others practice, already so many learning opportunities on just Day 1.

Day 2 was the Woman's class and we were all eager to see who was teaching. Abhi!!!
I sat right up in front, Abhi was teaching with a plastic dowel like the end of a broom. So, of course, she was using it to firmly adust people. She specifically worked on my Adho Mukha Svanasana drawing lines from my outer neck to shoulder to make space there. And, wacking my outer upper arm bones to get them in (my outer forearms too). Another line was drawn at the top of my outer elbow to lift up. She also used to plasic rod to adjust a student's forearms by putting the rod under them and lifting them up.

We did some interesting work with Parivrtta Trikonasana and Parivrtta Parsvakonasana tucking the hand under the foot.

The class was definitely hard especially right out of the gates with jetlag. We were all happy and it's not very crowded which is nice.

Enjoy the sequence!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Contraditions in Concepts: How to Open the Door to Creative Evolution in Action

Eyal writes here about contradictions in concepts that we are taught by our teachers. Why does one teacher say an action or adjustment and another teacher say the opposite? How do we decipher among confusing or contradicting applications?

At RIMYI, the teaching is always changing, instruction is dynamic, and learners are taught to break out of patterns of how things 'should' be in order to live moment to moment through the exploration of yoga. Guruji was so special because he had a way of breaking habits in order to explore unknown territory.

Applied home practice is the key to dig through instructions and find out how to cultivate actions. For example in Tadasana, I have been focusing on cutting the inner heels back to help roll the fronts of the thighs in and to spread the sacrum.

After a few years of doing that action, I was instructed to cut the outer heels back, which Geeta taught at the 2015 Convention. At first I was caught off guard and thought "this is not what I learned." But I stopped being resistant to change and opened my mind to try it. I realized that I was over-doing cutting my inner heels back. That action was making my inner knees go back too much. This was happening in Tadasana, Uttanasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana and Inversions. Coincidentally, I was in the midst having inner knee pain...ding ding! Time to change. Time to apply what is needed to counteract this over-act and Geeta's teaching was right on target.

Now, I am focusing on cutting my outer heels back to bring the inner knees forward, this is going to help my knee pain because the knee ligaments and ankle bones are more aligned. It is harder to roll the inner thighs in while cutting the outer heels back....Ah-ha, the excitement to be challenged was sparked! When counter-actions become more complex, the fascinating building blocks of Iyengar Yoga help ignite infinite knowledge of exploration.

Iyengar Yoga teachers have a special way of instructing how to rejuvenate and balance practices so we are not stuck doing the same things over and over. This is the art of evolution!

Let us continue to erase the chalkboard of the mind and explore with open-intelligence and an open-heart to embrace intuitive guidance that projects us to discover unknown territories beyond preconceived notions. This is creativity in action!