Yoga Immersion Series

with Sr. Iyengar Instructor Colleen Gallagher

“Teaching yoga is a very difficult subject, but is one of the best services you can do for human beings. Work, not as a teacher, but as a learner in the art of teaching.”  BKS Iyengar

6 SATURDAYS
December 2 | January 20 2018 | February 24 | March  3 | May 18 | June 16.

10 am – 6 pm. Cost $650 for the 6 class series

YOGA IMMERSION DAY is geared to the teacher or serious student who wants to deepen their understanding of the wonderful science and art of yoga. Receive support and guidance in becoming a certified Iyengar yoga teacher.

6 MONTH CURRICULUM
1. 90 min asana class
2. Study of the yoga asanas as presented by BKS Iyengar
3. Clear effective language to connect with your student
4. Observation and demonstration skills
5. Systematic sequencing of asanas in a class
6. Pranayama
7. Ropes and chairs (led by Judy Rosenzweig)
8. Basic anatomy (led by Ruth Bradley)
9. Sanskrit pronunciation & sutra study
10. Variations for menstruation/pregnancy, knee, lower back, hip, & shoulder problems.

Contact Colleen for more information and books required.

 

Monthly Restorative Yoga

Starting Monday, October 30, 6-7:30 pm
With Colleen Gallagher
Octobers theme will be ‘restorative poses for emotional disturbances’.

Feeling ‘burned out’ is often a result of endless performing, competing, and acting in life, and gradually losing touch with oneself. Over time this might lead to low self-esteem or ending up in dead-end situation. Body, breath and movement are the tools to get reconnected with oneself; in this class you will have specific yogic sequences according to your capacity to address this situation.

Learn the Ropes

November 19, Sunday 2-4 pm $22
With Judy RosenzweigRopes class at iYoga
(class size limited preregistration required)

Yoga Kurunta (rope yoga) is a series of Iyengar style asanas practiced with aid of ropes on a wall. Ropes can be an invaluable tool for students who are stiff, weak or unable to perform certain asanas independently.

Also, many students are not always ready for inversions, and a rope wall helps to facilitate the process by making the student feel more stable and secure. Much like the alignment-based principles of  Iyengar Yoga, the ropes help students become more aware of the orientation of their bodies.

You will experience greater opening of certain areas while still strengthening and toning your body.

Core Concept – Soften to Strengthen

December 10, Sunday 2-4 pm $22
Instructor Marti Parker

When you think of the word core, terms like hard and tight likely come to mind. The secret to a strong middle, however, is actually to soften in your practice. In this practice you will learn how to work, but not overwork, your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles.

Middle Management
The core is made up of 5 muscles:
Rectus abdominis – your ‘six-pack’ abs, which run along the front of the body from the middle of the rib cage to the pubic bone.
Psoas – this hip-flexor and spinal-extensor muscle runs from each vertebra of your lower (lumbar) spine, travels across the front of your pelvis, and attaches to your upper, inner thighbone
Obliques – the side muscles that run diagonally along the flank of the body and attach to the rectus abdominis at the midline.
Quadratus lumborum – this stabilizing muscle runs from the lowest ribs to the pelvic crest in your back body, and is often thought of as the key to good posture.
Transverse abdominis – these run horizontally below your obliques, from your rib cage to your pelvis, and act as a corset for your abdomen.

The poses in this sequence address all of the core muscles to be softer and stronger. Physically, a strong core helps you stay balanced, move from one pose to the next with muscular integrity, maintain good posture and a healthy spine. Emotionally, your core is your energy and spiritual center.

Remember the old saying: gut reaction or I feel it in my guts?

Core work helps you to realize that the practice of yoga is really about connecting to your truest self and helps you develop a deeper sense of self.

 

Yoga for Burn Out – with Bobby Clannell

WEEKEND WORKSHOP – with Senior Iyengar Instructor, Jananuary 23-24, 2018

$240 or $200 if paid by January 15, 2018, $60/class

Explore the causes and effects of burn out, and practice four unique sequences that deal with the causes and effects of physical over work, mental overload and anxiety. Tuesday

January 23rd, 9 am – 12 pm

Depression is a disease of the emotions and mind as well the nervous and endocrine systems. This active restorative sequence helps us elevate our emotions, leads our mind to a lighter state and balances negative thoughts with positive. As we create space within our body, we create space within our consciousness. 2 – 5pm High blood Pressure: The forward bends are calming and cooling. They bring relief from anxiety, high blood pressure and help a distracted mind unwind and focus.  Through a regular practice of the forward extensions we regain a quiet and stable frame of mind.

Wednesday, 24th, 9 am – 12 pm 

Propping Your Back Bends: When practicing the backbends, holding patterns can often prevent us from stretching the entire length of the front body, or connecting to mysterious intricacies of the back. Props provide support necessary to fully lift the chest allowing internal space to open.

1 – 4 pm
Mental fatigue: Mental fatigue can be physically exhausting. In this mentally calming and rejuvenating sequence the supported inversions quiet the brain and improve the blood supply to the area. In addition, Bobby offers breathing practices suitable for students new to the Iyengar method as well as the on-going practitioner that are soothing, settling and profound.