Fall 2016 Message #1

Dear IYS Students and Friends,

The fall session begins on Monday, September 26 with a slightly expanded schedule. Two new class times have been added for Introductory and Level 1 students on Thursday at noon and 4 PM, respectively. Our intention is to add more classes in the near future and give you more opportunities to practice in our space.

The Teacher Training Program begins this session. You will see evidence of the TTP as participants assist me in some of the classes. The nature of the IYS program is apprenticeship based. Those who have been attending classes for some time have had a first-hand experience of this process and have seen previous teachers-in- training in our classes. The first stage is to observe, then practice teaching one pose. As their skills progress, they may teach two poses. This will extend over a two year period.

Mary Reilly, pictured above in India buying supplies for her jewelry making business, will be teaching a workshop at IYS on the weekend of October 14 -16. The deadline for discounted enrollment is Oct. 1. Reserve your space now. 

We will be adding the Sunday Special Topics classes back into the schedule and those dates will be posted on the web site as soon as they are confirmed with all the teachers. The 2016 Holiday Party will be December 11. Stay tuned for more details.

The philosophical topics of interest for fall are pratyahara (drawing the senses inward) and dharana (concentration), the next two limbs in our exploration of Astanga Yoga (the eight limbed path). These two components have the distinction of turning our attention away from the external environment and toward our inner domain. The ultimate intention in yoga is to reach samadhi, a profoundly deep state of meditation. These two aspects condition our mental body and set the stage for the gift of samadhi to be given to us. This is not something that can be grasped. We can only put ourselves in a receptive state and see if it comes.

I am eager to resume our regular structure of classes and to let go of the soupy summer days in favor of a different experience. New England autumn is such a delight for the senses. Beautiful colors, moderate temperatures, and the joy of the holiday season as a conclusion. The challenge is to dance through all of these circumstances without losing one’s balance. A daily practice will facilitate the process. Include an inversion in your practice and mental clarity will be apparent. Looking forward to seeing all of you in class continuing your journey on the path of yoga.

With gratitude in the spirit of yoga,

Linda Di Carlo, Director Iyengar Yoga Source