Summer Message #2

Dear IYS Students and Friends,

Here we are once again in the last two weeks of the session. The final weeks of the summer session are enjoyable because many people return to class after experiencing a variety of summertime activities. Classes are getting back to their usual size and it’s good to have most of our partners in practice back on their mats.

The practice this summer has been productive investigating new asanas and going deeper into the more familiar ones. We have been exploring different approaches to pranayama and honing our mental muscularity. The topics of interest have been Asana and Pranayama and how they fit into the eight limbed path of Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali. We will have covered the first four of the eight limbs and will continue with the last four limbs during the fall and winter.

Yoga is so much more than bending your body into various shapes. By going deeper and learning more about the various components of self, more benefits are gained. With greater understanding comes more intelligent practice. As with most pursuits - the more skilled we become, the more ease we experience. The mature practitioner has a very different experience in tree pose, triangle pose, full arm balance, or head stand than a beginner. And make no mistake about it, we have all been beginners. The process takes us from learning to simply straighten our arms and legs towards the experience of Meditation in Action. Many gifts await consistent practitioners.

Those of you who are enrolled in the summer session and also enroll in the fall, are permitted to carry four of your make up classes forward. The fall session begins September 26. Kathleen, Claude and I would be delighted to see you on your mats these last two weeks whether your are enrolled or not. Come and take a drop in class to get yourself primed for the fall session.

With gratitude in the spirit of yoga,

Linda Di Carlo, Director Iyengar Yoga Source

Summer 2016 Message #1

Dear IYS Students and Friends,

I was pleasantly surprised this week when I went to the studio to practice. The Clivia, native to southern Africa, has finally bloomed, as you can see below. After faithfully watering this plant for the last 5 years, it felt as if a gift had been given to me. I know this is not unusual in the world of botany. Many species need exactly the right circumstances to blossom. Light, nutrients, temperature, and humidity collaborate for the special event.

Our yoga practices are similar in that a number of constituents have to be collected, planted, and sprouted to bring forth the beautiful flower that awakens within us. Last session we reviewed the yamas, ways we show respect for others, and the niyamas, ways we show respect for ourselves. These first two limbs of yoga till the soil and establish conditions for the following six components to take root and emerge.

The next two limbs are asana, postures, and pranayama, breath control, which continue to nourish the roots with their processes: squeezing, rinsing, wringing in asana and moving oxygen, prana, and consciousness in pranayama. We become more seasoned, “less raw” BKS Iyengar would have said.

As Iyengar Yoga students you are familiar with the journey,“from the periphery, to the core, to the periphery”. These first four limbs of yoga are working on the outer most layers of our being. During this summer session we will explore dimensions of posture and breath as they relate to the broader practice of Ashtanga Yoga, the 8 limbed path. We will continue to explore additional limbs in the fall.

I hope you will join Claude, Kathleen and me for 10 weeks of inspirational practice beginning Monday, July 11. For those of you who sign up for the full summer session and the full fall session, a more liberal make up policy will be applied. You may carry up to 4 missed classes from summer to the fall session and take those classes at your convenience within this time frame. Remember, you can make up missed classes ahead of time. We want to see you in class, on the mat, continuing your yoga journey no matter what is going on in your circumstances. Do come. Bring someone new who enrolls and get an additional 10% off. Practice, practice, practice!

With gratitude in the spirit of yoga,

Linda Di Carlo, Director Iyengar Yoga Source