Online Workshop with Edinburgh Iyengar Yoga Centre
Saturday, March 12 – Sunday, March 13
Saturday March 12, 4:00 – 6:00 pm GMT (11:00 am – 1:00 pm EST): Opening the hips: Because we spend most of our time sitting on chairs, we lose the agility that allows us to sit comfortably on the floor in the cross-legged poses. Women in particular loose movement in the hip sockets. To guard against stiffness and immobility we will practice the fundamental actions that promote the health of the hip joints. Hip openers are crucial. They improve your range of motion which promotes circulation in the pelvis, and frees up the lower back, which alleviates back pain. In addition, they tone the digestive and reproductive organs.
Sunday March 13, 4:00 – 6:00 pm GMT (11:00 am – 1:00 pm EST): Boosting the immune system: In this workshop we will support the immune system with inversions, which use gravity to help stimulate the lymphatic system, supported backbends which support cardiovascular and respiratory health, and breathing exercises which stimulate the immune system and improve respiratory health. When practiced regularly, this sequence can help us build strong defenses against disease and ill health.
General all levels. Those who cannot stay in an asana for the specified duration may practice with the support of props, and/or be given alternatives.
Free online Community Class for the Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York
Friday January 10, 3:30 – 4:45pm EDT
Come join the Free Community Class for a Restorative workshop that will dispel anxiety, calm the nerves, and revive body, mind, and spirit. General All Levels.
Weekend Workshop in Inverness, Scotland
Friday, April 22 — Sunday, April 24
Friday April 22, 6:00 – 6:00 pm: The Bandhas. The ancient yogis recognized that there are subtle energy channels in the body, and that at certain points this energy tends to flow outward. In the first class of this weekend workshop, we will look at an overview of how to engage the three bandhas (or "locks"): Jalandhara Bandha, Uddiyana Bandha and Mula Bhanda, and draw this energy back inward. Teachers, trainee teachers and experienced students.
Building Resilience and Strength. We will learn practices designed to re- charge our batteries, supercharge our energy, and bolster confidence.
Saturday, April 23, 10:00 am – 12:30pm: Bobby will focus on poses that strengthen the back muscles, facilitate healthy movement, and make space between the intervertebral discs. Reclining and Prone Twists alternated with Parivritta Trikonasana greatly improve spinal health as well as the functioning of the pelvic organs. General, All Levels
Saturday, April 23, 3:00 – 5:00 pm: The Seated Forward Bends cool the body and calm the mind, but here we experience them through movement and action. Active Forward Bends are energizing, bring relief from anxiety, and create much space in the lumbar spine. General, All Levels
Sunday, April 24, 10:00 am – 12:30pm: Supported Backbends stimulate the adrenals and produce estrogen. They help us deal with low energy, and feelings of loneliness, emptiness, and depression. In addition, these poses energize the nervous system, boost circulation throughout the body and give us courage. In this segment we will use props to provide the support necessary to fully open the chest allowing our internal subjective space to open. General, All levels.
The first three classes are suitable for all levels of practice, just not for women who are menstruating
Sunday, April 24, 3:00 – 5:00 pm: Restorative-Asana and Pranayama: "The regulation of the breath brings all happiness, material and spiritual, from the acquisition of kingdoms to supreme bliss. Therefore, O Rama, study the science of the breath!"
Bobby offers a restorative practice followed by breathing practices that are soothing, settling, and profound. We will work progressively and learn the fundamentals of a safe, and secure practice. This restorative and pranayama class is suitable for students new to the Iyengar method, as well as the on-going practitioner.
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Online Series with Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York
Step bravely into 2022 with this special three-part series:
Strong & Steady: Saturdays, Jan 15, 22 & 29, 10:30-12pm
Week 1: Standing poses, standing balance & standing twists
Standing Poses build strength, endurance, and emotional stability. By adding balance and twists to them, we add poise and mental clarity.
Week 2: Forward bends
Forward bends make it possible for us to pursue quietness and steadiness in our practice, and our lives. The seated twists are energizing and warming. When combined, we discover a quiet, and stable frame of mind.
Week 3: Supported Back bends
When practicing the backbends, we build physical and emotional resilience. Tension holding patterns can often prevent us from stretching the entire length of the front body, or connecting to the intricacies of the back body. In this workshop we will use props to provide the support necessary to fully lift the chest allowing our internal subjective space to open.
Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York
Online Weekend Workshop
Saturday, December 4 – Sunday, December 5
The Spectrum of Restorative Yoga
Restorative yoga can be used to calm, to rest, and also to invigorate.
In this workshop come and explore a wide range of restorative poses and the effects they have on the body, mind, nerves, and emotions.
Saturday, December 4, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
A Restorative sequence to rest and conserve energy:
First, we address physical and mental exhaustion. Then we restore energy. Finally, we return to our authentic self.
Sunday, December 5, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Active Restorative Sequence:
Depression is a disturbance of the emotions and mind, and sometimes the nervous and endocrine systems. In this active and elevating sequence, we will lift our chest to elevate our emotions and lead our mind to a lighter state. We will create room for prana to move freely around the heart and lung area. As we create space within our body, we create space within our consciousness.
Free online Community Class for the Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York
Friday October 29, 3:30 – 4:45pm EDT
Come and join us for a practice that develops balance, strength and stability. General All Levels.
Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York
To register: iyengarnyc.org/association-institutes/online-classes
Online Yoga & Pregnancy series with Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York
Each one of the three trimesters of pregnancy pose a different challenge for the expectant mother. Bobby Clennell presents a three-part program of asana and pranayama that accommodates the changing needs of the mother-to-be.
We will practice poses that address discomforts common to pregnancy. This series alleviates tiredness and nervous tension, strengthens the pelvic floor, gives maximum space for the baby to move and grow freely, and promotes health for the mother and her baby.
Open to teachers, teachers in training and pregnant moms.
Monday, October 4, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Ist Trimester. 1 – 16 weeks:
Generally speaking, a first trimester yoga practice should be simple and easy. Don't hold poses for too long – no strain. Try to keep your body temperature cool, and adjust your practice to how you're feeling – whether in a class or at home.
Monday, October 11, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
2nd Trimester. 17 – 29 weeks:
As you get further along in your pregnancy, keep in mind the idea that through practicing yoga, you are creating more space for the baby while becoming stronger yourself.
Monday, October 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
3rd Trimester. 30 – 40 weeks:
In advanced pregnancy, we will also learn safe and supportive poses that prepare the expectant mother for labor and delivery.
Iyengar Yoga Institute of Brooklyn
To register: bit.ly/3tTo4bi
Online workshop with Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York
Sunday, October 10, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Side Stretch Poses
You are as vital and vibrant as your spine is flexible. Bobby will take us through a practice that rejuvenates the spine and invigorates and refreshes the entire body.
Iyengar Yoga Institute of Brooklyn
To register: iyengarnyc.org
Online workshop with Studio Yoga Madison
Women's workshop: Breast Health and the Three Ages of Women
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual event that that comes around every October to increase awareness of this disease. But while breast cancer awareness is important, so is breast health awareness. In this workshop, we are joining the cause by working to promote breast health through the perspective of the three ages of woman: the childbearing years, perimenopause, and post-menopause.
Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher Bobby Clennell, author of The Woman's Yoga Book and Yoga for Breast Care, offers a comprehensive program of asana and pranayama to support breast health.
Saturday, October 2, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
The Childbearing Years: Maintaining a Cyclically Responsive Practice
Disruptions to the balance of hormones throughout the month can cause problems which may include symptoms such as sore and tender breasts, or other breast problems further down the road.
This practice will take us through the entire month (from the post menstrual phase, ovulation, the premenstrual phase, and menstruation itself), but the emphasis of the class will be the premenstrual phase.
PMS can bring on a variety of symptoms and by the mid 40's, a woman may begin to experience clear symptoms of estrogen deficiency such as premenstrual breast tenderness. In this class we will focus on the poses that stabilize the emotions, defuse anxiety, keep mood swings under control and calm sore and painful breasts.
Saturday, October 2, 2:00 – 4:30 pm
Perimenopause: Restorative and Pranayama
Perimenopause is an 8–10-year period which brings hormonal changes that result in various emotional and physical symptoms, and that lead up to the near-shutdown of ovarian function. A woman may begin to experience clear symptoms of estrogen deficiency such as irregular periods, breast symptoms (including breast tenderness) menstrual cramps or headaches that are showing up for the first time, or worse than previously. Hot flashes, night sweats, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating may also occur. Fairly subtle symptoms such as: insomnia, difficulty concentrating, poor memory, reduced stamina, vaginal dryness, declining libido, and mood swings, may also be experienced.
The restorative poses are crucial poses for women at this time.
Based on the inverted poses (with alternatives for students not inverting), a restorative practice helps balance depleted, or over-active hormone levels. This is one of the areas where yoga has a uniquely beneficial effect. Practicing the inversions often throughout the month helps improve circulation, increases energy, and immunity, and in the case of Salamba Sarvangasana (a crucially important pose for breast health), keeps breast problems at bay. It also promotes emotional stability, keeps the endocrine and lymphatic systems healthy, helps the body eliminate toxins, rejuvenates the lungs and heart, soothes respiratory ailments, quiets the nerves, and to quote Geeta Iyengar: "Warms the breasts from inside". We will also use supine asana, forward bends and supported back bends to become familiar and more confident with a deeper level of internal practice.
Included in this session, Bobby offers breathing practices that are soothing, settling, and profound.
(In honor of our connection to the cycles of nature, women who are on the other side of menopause would do well to maintain a restorative practice at the same time each month).
Sunday, October 3, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Post Menopause and Beyond
Maintaining Healthy Breasts
Change your image about yourself! FSH is high at this time, and you can actually be at your most profound and creative right now. A women can come out of menopause truly transformed. During this natural time of life be in tune to your body, feel your strength and and come into your power.
The breasts can suffer from poor circulation, caused in part by poor posture, such as shoulders that are hunched and a back that bends over.
Protection and Immunity. In this session we practice an active sequence that promotes lymphatic drainage, encourages ease and freedom in the chest, lungs, upper- back and shoulders, improves circulation and respiration, boosts breast health, tones breast tissue and improves posture. In addition, the functioning of the immune system is boosted, helping us build strong defenses against breast disease and ill health.
Studio Yoga Madison
2 Green Village Road
Madison, NJ 07940
973 966 5311
For registration, go to: studioyogamadison.com
Online workshop for Singapore
A Woman's Yoga Practice: Theory — Practice — Experience
Each class will be 2 hours long, with an additional 30 minutes for discussion, study, and questions.
Saturday, September 25 – Sunday, September 26 (in the U.S. Friday, September 24 – Saturday, September 25)
There is a general tendency to practice asana as if it were merely physical exercise, which means you might practice without paying attention to structural alignment, hormonal balance, or only in order to have control over your muscles.
To better understand this workshop, here is a definition of four words: The first menstrual cycle is called menarche, and the ceasing of menstruation is defined as menopause. In this workshop we will refer to the lead up to the moment menstruation stops completely as perimenopause, and the fifteen or twenty or so years following menopause as post menopause.
The word "menopause" continues to provoke anxiety and confusion. Many women are even reluctant to say the word. Some simply shrug-off this universal phase in their lives. They say it's a normal part of the life cycle and women should sail right through it. Menopause however is a critical period of adjustment. Just as physical and psychological disturbances occur when menstruation begins, you have to face them again as it comes to an end.
Saturday, September 25, 8:00 – 10:30 am ST (Friday, September 24, 8:00 – 10:30 pm EDT)
Session 1: Perimenopause: This session offers a focused practice that can transform menopause into a positive and meaningful experience. We will learn to navigate through this transition with practices that calm the nerves, bring emotional balance, enhance the functioning of the endocrine system, and boost the immune system. Issues covered will include hot flashes, insomnia, fatigue and anxiety, heavy and excessive menstrual flow, swelling in feet and ankles, weight gain, insomnia. General all levels.
Sunday, September 26, 8:00 – 10:30 am ST (Saturday, September 25, 8:00 – 10:30 pm EDT)
Session 2: Postmenopause: Bobby will explore the challenges and rewards of the post –menopausal phase. Downplaying the impact of this transition only serves to leave us stranded in lonely ignorance, when in fact, the changes brought about by menopause can be positive. Women can experience new energy and focus when their childbearing years are over. Now is the time to sharpen your practice! Issues covered include, stiffness, osteoporosis, weakness, loss of confidence, and depression. General all levels.
Saturday, October 2 – Sunday, October 3 (in the U.S. Friday, October 1 – Saturday, October 2)
Saturday, October 2, 8:00 – 10:30 am ST (Friday, October 1, 8:00 – 10:30 pm EDT): Maintaining Healthy Breasts
The breasts can suffer from poor circulation, caused in part by poor posture, such as shoulders that are hunched and a back that bends over. Disruptions to the monthly hormone balance can also cause problems which may include menstrual difficulties or premenstrual symptoms such as sore and tender breasts, or other breast problems further down the road.
Session 1: Protection and Immunity: In this session we practice a sequence that promotes lymphatic drainage, encourages ease and freedom in the chest, lungs, upper-back and shoulders, improves circulation and respiration, boosts breast health, tones breast tissue, and improves posture. In addition, the functioning of the immune system is boosted, helping us build strong defenses against breast disease and ill health. General all levels.
Sunday, October 3, 8:00 – 10:30 am ST (Saturday, October 2, 8:00 – 10:30 pm EDT): Maintaining a Cyclically Responsive Practice
Session 2: Maintaining a Cyclically Responsive Practice: For some women, the post menstrual period can bring a feeling of fatigue. For others there's a feeling of relief, although it may not be very conscious. For other women, there's a feeling of, "okay… let's get going!" but if you rush into a very strong, hard yoga practice after your period ends, you are not paying attention to your rhythms, and this adversely impacts breast health.
We will learn a practice that follows the ups and downs of hormonal fluctuations and draws us back to nature's laws. It will take us through the entire month, from the post menstrual phase (a post menstrual sequence ensures a smooth transition from the menstrual phase to the rest of the month), the middle phase of the month, the second half of the month, and the premenstrual phase.
Based on the inverted poses, this practice helps balance hormone levels. This is one of the areas where yoga has a uniquely beneficial effect. Practicing the inversions often throughout the month helps reduce and relieve premenstrual breast heaviness & breast tenderness later in the cycle.
In honor of our connection to the cyclic nature of the universe, women who are on the other side of menopause would do well to maintain a restorative practice at the same time each month. General all levels.
Iyengar Yoga Center of Central Singapore
Online workshop for Japan
Sunday, September 19 – Monday, September 20 (in the U.S. Saturday, September 18 – Sunday, September 19)
September 19: 9:00 – 11:30 am JST (September 18: 8:00 – 10:30 pm EDT)
Twists: The seated spinal twists can help reverse osteoporosis (which generally begins in the pelvis and low back). They are also energizing, warming, and nourishing for the internal organs. We will learn how to work from the back body - the mental body - to kindle the element of heat in the spine. We will complete the sequence with some cooling and calming forward bends.
September 20: 9:00 – 11:30 am JST (September 19: 8:00 – 10:30 pm EDT)
Depression is a disease of the emotions and mind as well the nervous and endocrine systems. This active restorative sequence will help us elevate our emotions, leads our mind to a lighter state and balances negative thoughts with positive.
Within these topics, Bobby will incorporate three themes: how to use props; how to practice according to one's body shape, and seasonal practice.
Iyengar Institute of Kobe
1F, Sugimoto Shoji Bldg
090 4492 2454
2F Sugano Bldg
Registration (Japanese students only): email@example.com
Registration for English speakers: Kyoko Atsumi firstname.lastname@example.org
Students who register for the full 2-day workshop will receive a link to a recording of the workshops which will be active until October 10.
Online Weekend Workshop with Yogarosa
Friday, September 10 — Sunday, September 12
Menopause, Breast Health, and Yoga
To better understand this workshop, here is a definition of four words:
The first menstrual cycle is called menarche, and the ceasing of menstruation is defined as menopause. In this workshop we will refer to the lead up to the moment menstruation stops forever as perimenopause, and the twenty or so years following menopause as post menopause.
Friday, September 10, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm: Women's Hormones: This session will begin with an overview of women's lives. Bobby will talk briefly about how yoga can be adjusted for the various phases, from childhood, through puberty, the childbearing years (pregnancy), postpartum, menopause, po-menopause, early old age, advanced old age.
Maintaining a Cyclically Responsive Practice is particularly important during perimenopause. We will learn how important it is for women to develop a cyclically responsive practice as it gives us a way of navigating possible disturbances to our cycles as we go through this transition. Bobby will guide us through a practice that is responsive to our fluctuating hormones throughout the entire month (as opposed to our practice being outwardly programmed) and draws us back to nature's laws. With this awareness, a woman can fine-tune her yoga practice to coordinate with her own unique perimenopausal pattern.
Friday, September 10, 2:00 - 4:00 pm: Perimenopause: The word "menopause" continues to provoke anxiety and confusion. Many women are even reluctant to say the word. Some simply shrug-off this universal phase in their lives. They say it's a normal part of the life cycle and women should sail right through it.
Menopause however is a critical period of adjustment. Just as physical and psychological disturbances occur when menstruation begins, you have to face them again at menopause. This workshop offers a focused practice that can transform menopause into a positive and meaningful experience. Learn to navigate through this transition with a practice that calms the nerves and brings emotional balance. Healing solutions will be offered to deal with hot flashes, insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, heavy and excessive menstrual flow, swelling in feet and ankles, and weight gain.
Saturday, September 11, 2:00 - 4:00 pm: Postmenopause:We will explore the challenges and rewards of the post-menopausal phase.
Downplaying the impact of this change in our bodies only serves to leave us stranded in lonely ignorance, when in fact, the changes brought about by menopause can be positive. Women can experience new energy and focus when their childbearing years are over – really!
Constructive coping with menopause includes acknowledging the physical changes and the psychological challenges that occur at midlife. The solutions lie in acceptance, not in denial or attempts to "turn back the clock." Menopause is a beginning, not an ending. It's a process, not a discrete event. It's the beginning of a new expression of the feminine force. Issues covered include problems such as: stiffness, osteoporosis, weakness, incontinence, loss of confidence and depression.
Sunday, September 12, 2:00 - 4:00 pm: Healthy Breasts: Protection and Immunity. Disruptions to the monthly hormone balance can cause problems which may include menstrual difficulties or premenstrual symptoms such as sore and tender breasts, or indeed other breast problems further down the road.
The poses in this segment promote lymphatic drainage, encourages ease and freedom in the chest, lungs, upper-back and shoulders, improves circulation and respiration, boosts breast health, tones breast tissue, and improves posture. In addition, the functioning of the immune system is boosted, helping us build strong defenses against breast disease and ill health.
Online Restorative Class — Quiet and Calm
Iyengar Yoga Institures of New York and Brooklyn
Wed, June 2 | 7:00-8:30 pm EST
This class will explore a sequence of supine poses and forward extensions appropriate for menstruation but that also dispel anxiety, calm the nerves and help you get the rest you need. Men are welcome.
Online Workshop with Studio Yoga Madison
International Yoga Day: Monday, June 21
6:00 pm EDT
Free the chest, the upper back and the shoulders for peaceful emotions and a quiet mind.
"Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured." — B.K.S. Iyengar
Celebrate International Yoga Day at Studio Yoga Madison with Senior Iyengar teacher Bobby Clennell. Free the chest, upper back and shoulders for peaceful emotions and a quiet mind. We will practice supported backbends to energize the nervous system, boost circulation throughout the body and help us deal with low energy, inversions (with alternatives for those not inverting) to refresh the brain, and reclining poses to prepare us for a soothing and settling pranayama practice. General level.
- At least one sticky mat (if you have two, even better!)
- Yoga belt
- Metal folding chair
- Two yoga blocks
- One bolster (two is even better)
- Four yoga blankets
Online Weekend Workshop: Central and South America
Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia
Saturday, May 15 — Sunday, May 16, 2021
Hosted by Centro de Yoga Sattwa, Panama Iyengar Yoga & Natural Yoga
Saturday, May 15, 9:00 - 11:30 am (Costa Rica), 10:00 am - 12:30 pm (Panama & Colombia), 11:00 am – 1:30 EDT
Maintaining a Cyclically Responsive Practice: A whole month's practice yields results during menstruation itself. We will learn how to maintain a balanced practice that follows the ups and downs of hormonal fluctuations and draws us back to nature's laws. We will practice a sequence that takes us through the entire month, from menstruation itself, through the post menstrual phase, the middle phase of the month, the second half of the month, and the premenstrual phase.
Sunday May 16, 9:00 - 11:30 am (Costa Rica), 10:00 am - 12:30 pm (Panama & Colombia), 11:00 am – 1:30 EDT
Menopause: Bobby presents a yoga workshop for women approaching, or going through, menopause. Just as physical and psychological disturbances occur when menstruation begins, you have to face them again at menopause. We will learn to navigate through this transition with practices that calm the nerves, bring emotional balance and enhance the functioning of the endocrine system.
To register, please contact one of the sponsoring studios:
Contact info: Milvia Martinez (507) 6666 0651
International Women's Day, Sunday, March 7
Online workshop hosted by the Association of Iyengar Yoga, Mexico. Sunday, March the 7th, from 9 to 11.30 am (Mexico City), 10am -12.30pm EST.
Yoga for Women
Learning how to adjust one's yoga practice to monthly hormonal fluctuations is important whether you are in your childbearing years or going through menopause.
A woman should learn to understand herself. Why is it sometimes you don't feel strong? Some days you can really get a good stretch. Other days, despite putting in the effort, you are weak. Come explore the poses that help you maintain physical and hormonal health, a quiet mind and calm nerves.
General level: suitable for women of all ages and levels of experience.
Online Weekend Workshop
Saturday, May 22 — Sunday, May 23, 2021
Hosted by YogaWest
Saturday, May 22, 2:00 – 5:00 pm BST (9:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT)
Yoga for Seniors (60+): The transition into old age brings many challenges and many rewards. As we age, it's important to try to avoid injury that, amongst other things, can trigger low-grade inflammation and can age you before your time. The key is to switch from exercise methods that strain or compress joints and as your body changes to be open to smarter ways of staying healthy.
Iyengar Yoga's precise and methodical approach emphasizes a correct and safe way to practice. Practitioners are encouraged to use props such as bolsters, straps, and blocks with which to explore correct alignment and avoid injury. Because props allow for a variety of modifications, this method works well for adults with arthritis, stiffness and other chronic conditions. Chair yoga for instance is a great way for seniors to get the benefits of yoga. Staying seated means that even those of us who are frail can safely do modified versions of the poses.
Here are some of the benefits of yoga for the elderly:
- Standing poses help you become steadier on your feet and reduce the risk of falls and can help improve bone strength. We will also use chairs for these poses.
- The seated poses are ideal for improving flexibility in the hips and the muscles around the pelvis. Sitting on the floor — as well as on chairs — provides a position of stability, strengthens the back and facilitates opening the front body.
- The chair supported spinal twists can help reverse osteoporosis, which usually begins in the pelvis and low back. In addition, they tone the abdomen, massage the internal organs, and can relieve lower back pain.
- Chair supported back bends free the chest, diaphragm, upper back and shoulders, and can help alleviate sleep disturbances, a common complaint among seniors.
- With the supine poses we discover a quiet and stable frame of mind. These poses also promote flexibility.
- It is not unusual at this stage of a practitioners life to become more interested in yoga in its broader sense - the spiritual experience- and to look for one's place in the grander scheme of things.
Sunday, May 23, 2:00 – 5:00 pm BST (9:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT)
Sitting Poses and Side Stretch Poses. You are as vital and vibrant as your spine is flexible. By combining lateral spinal extensions with spinal rotations, Bobby will take us through a practice that rejuvenates the spine and invigorates and refreshes the entire body.
Bristol BS7 8NW
UK0117 924 3330
Online Weekend Workshop:
Friday, April 30 — Sunday, May 2, 2021
Hosted by Yoga with Susan Elena
The Chakras: Ancient Vedic texts tell us that human life simultaneously exists in two parallel dimensions, the "physical body" and the "psychological, emotional, and mental bodies" -- the "subtle body". The subtle body is energy, while the physical body is mass, and they mutually effect each other. The subtle body consists of nadi (energy channels) connected by nodes of psychic energy called chakra.
The chakras are the central focus of the ethereal energies. The six major chakras are arranged or focused vertically along the spinal column from its base to between the eyebrows, extending to the different glands and organs they are associated with.
A chakra is like a whirling, vortex-like powerhouse of psychic energy vibrating at different rates. These differences of vibration reflect a person's psycho-spiritual condition.
Although meditation (along with pranayama, bandhas, mudras, sound forms and in some cases deities and colors) is a good way to get access to the chakras, through asana you can also influence the effectiveness of the chakras.
Friday, April 30: 6:00 – 8:30 pm EDT:
Standings Poses: Proper stimulation of the first chakra, Muladhara, eases all lower extremity diseases, including those in the legs and feet. Squeeze the tailbone in and channel energy up the spine, away from the chakra — too much energy in a chakra can be just as unhealthy and even dangerous as too littl . Hip openers: Similarly, in order to have access to the second chakra, Svadhisthana, which is associated with the testicles and ovaries, work in the pelvic region. This chakra governs your emotions, your creativity, sensitivity, sexuality, intimacy, emotional well-being, and self- expression
Saturday, April 1: 1:00 - 4:00 pm EDT:
Back bends (supported and unsupported): To release stress, and to develop courage, stimulate the third and fourth chakras by practicing the back bends. Situated right between the two breasts (and close to the heart) sits the Anahatra Chakra, symbol of selflessness, empathy, devotion, and the concept of giving and receiving love. Anahata is also related to the thymus gland, located in the chest, and part of the immune system as well as being part of the endocrine system.
Sunday, April 2: 1:00 – 4:00 pm EDT:
Restorative Poses: Inversions (supported & unsupported) and Seated Forward Extensions: When the fifth chakra, Vishuddha, situated at the throat center, is properly awakened, diseases in the immune system, neurological system, throat and upper bronchials are relieved. Psychosomatic diseases, throat cancer and illnesses resulting from suppression of the self can be treated by activating this chakra. The sixth chakra, Ajna, located between the eyes, stimulates the pituitary gland, immune system and creative visualization. This chakra is linked to the spiritual and soul bodies.
Online Weekend Workshop
Friday, April 23 — Sunday, April 25, 2021
Hosted by Yoga Inverness
Friday April 23: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm EDT (New York), 3:00 – 6:00 pm BST (Scotland).
Standing Poses with Belts: We will use belts to help us become better acquainted with each standing pose and to ensure symmetry, balance, stability and stamina. Bring two regular length belts, or one regular and one long belt.
Saturday, April 24: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm EDT (New York), 3:00 – 6:00 pm BST (Scotland).
Twists: The seated spinal twists can help reverse osteoporosis (which generally begins in the pelvis and low back). They are also energizing, warming and nourishing for the internal organs. We will learn how to work from the back body - the mental body - to kindle the element of heat in the spine. We will complete the sequence with some cooling and calming forward bends (element of space).
Sunday, April 25: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm EDT (New York), 3:00 – 6:00 pm BST (Scotland).
Active restorative sequence: 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.
Visit yogainverness.co.uk for more information
Online Weekend Workshop
Saturday, March 13 — Sunday, March 14, 2021
Hosted by SWLSIYI (South West London and Surrey Iyengar Yoga Institute)
In this workshop, Bobby Clennell is teaching back bends and forward bends in unexpected ways!
In these times of isolation and withdrawal, backbends open us up and lift our mood. Here they will be made accessible to all, as the entire class is propped. On the other hand, we will experience forward bends through movement and action, which also raises the spirit, but which also brings mental calm and quiet focus.
Saturday, March 13, 2:00 - 5:00 pm GMT (9:00am - 12:00 pm EST)
dispel negativity and open the heart to amazing possibilities without placing too many demands in the system. They stimulate the adrenals and help us deal with low energy and feelings of loneliness, emptiness and depression. In addition, these poses energize the nervous system, boost circulation throughout the body and give us confidence. General Level (1-year experience).
Sunday, March 14, 2:00 - 5:00 pm GMT (10:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT)
Active Forward Bends: cool the body and calm the mind. Here we practice them energetically to bring relief from anxiety and to open up space in the lumbar spine. Intermediate level.
Contact: Cath Barnes-Holt
Ages Of Women: Four two-hour online workshops
March 20, 21, 27 & 28, 2021: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm EST
Hosted by Iyengar Yoga Institute of Greater New York
Using a wide range of yoga poses, Bobby Clennell will take us through the various phases of a woman's life and show how to adapt our yoga practice according to our age. Come prepared to be 5 years old! Can you remember yourself as a teenager? Even if you have never been pregnant, experience it in this workshop via yogasana. Postpartum? Practice as if you had just given birth. Are you under the impression that menopause will never happen? Get a taste of a menopause and post menopause practice with some carefully selected poses. Practice being elderly – it's not so bad! – with some of the poses Bobby used to watch BKS Iyengar doing in his later years. Men are welcome! Come find your inner woman.
March 20, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm EST
Childhood and Adolescence
Ages 4/5 – 11: Childhood. Yoga provides a firm foundation for a child's physical development. It also trains them to evolve their intelligence and improve concentration. A teacher should know that a child, whose mind is always in the present, dislikes monotony. They want to try everything that is new. Similarly, children don't need precision. For adults, precision is important, because if something goes wrong, they get injured. Children fall so many times, but they don't hurt themselves. Although the teacher needs to be careful, there is no need to be serious! Youngsters may be imprecise, but they do yoga without fear or doubt, so do not bore them with corrections. Keep it moving! Be like a child when you teach them, but at the same time learn how to draw their attention.
11 – 16 years: Adolescence. At adolescence, a young girl undergoes many sudden changes in body and mind and she has to build-herself up to face these upheavals. A practice can be tailored to concentrate on poses that increase her confidence and will-power, strengthen her emotional stability, regulate mood swings, and avoid menstrual disorders. Know, as a teacher, that because at this stage of her life her bones are getting firmer she can hold the poses longer and you can move toward teaching with more intensity (than you would for young children) and help her develop muscular strength.
March 21, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm EST
Menstruation. Pregnancy. Postpartum (Ages 15 – 45).
Bobby will show how to maintain a cyclically responsive practice that attunes you to your innermost reality, brings about individual health, and draws you back to nature's rhythms. By navigating the entire month's hormonal fluctuations with specific asanas, you will promote vibrant good health and maintain emotional stability.
A Menstrual Practice: Learn how to stick to a practice that keeps you healthy, does not disturb the menstrual flow and ensures you get the rest you need. Fertility: We will explore the practices that optimize reproductive health and improve the chances of conceiving.
During pregnancy, yoga can be tailored to suit the body's changing needs and capabilities. As well as strengthening the spine, it also helps the body deal with many of the problems common to pregnancy: poor circulation, fluctuations in blood pressure, excess weight gain, fatigue, edema, and urinary problems. A regular yoga practice during pregnancy also strengthens and prepares the body for the demands of labor, eases delivery, and helps restore energy levels after the baby is born.
Postpartum: After delivery, the practice of pranayama stabilizes emotions and helps to ensure a plentiful supply of milk. During this period of recovery, the emphasis should be on recuperative poses, gradually building up to more active ones. At around nine months to a year after delivery, normal practice can be resumed.
March 27, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm EST
Perimenopause & Menopause (Ages 45 – 52)
Just as physical and psychological changes occur when menstruation begins, you can expect to face disturbances again as it comes to an end.
Peri-menopause are the years that lead up to the near shut down of ovarian function. From the mid 40's a woman may begin to experience clear symptoms of estrogen reduction, such as irregular periods (shorter or longer, lighter or heavier), or headaches that are showing up for the first time. The benefits of yoga during this time are substantial and a regular practice helps to maintain physical, mental and emotional health. We will learn to navigate through this transition with practices that calm the nerves, keeps weight under control, maintains a healthy digestive system and supports the functioning of the endocrine system.
March 28, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm EST
Post-Menopause (Ages 52 – 75)
There is a similarity between the post-menopausal phase and adolescence. We remember ourselves at 12 and 13 years of age, facing a different future.
It is true that some of the issues experienced during peri-menopause can include stiffness, weakness and loss of confidence. This can, however, be the strongest phase of a woman's life. She is no longer subject to the continual ebb and flow of monthly hormonal activity. With her yoga practice, she negotiates the landscape between rebuilding strength and her new-found ability to focus properly with an acceptance that she is aging. Yoga now becomes extremely interesting! At this stage of a woman's life, there is a constructive struggle and the body gets more expressive. When we learn how to get the sharpness back into our practice, we can experience a whole new lease of life.
Age 75 – on.
The transition into old age brings with it many challenges, such as increased physical fragility, low metabolism, absent mindedness, and a general lack of coordination. At this stage props are a great help, enabling beneficial poses to be achieved with less effort, which in turn helps to maintain blood circulation and a healthy nervous system. The aim of yoga is to maintain both physical and mental health, therefore bringing about balance and harmony. In old age this is achieved by adapting the practice and adopting new methods with which to achieve physical poise and stability and lightness of spirit and mood. It is not unusual at this stage of a practitioners life to become more interested in yoga in its broadest sense - the spiritual experience- and one's place in the grander scheme of things.
Iyengar Yoga Institute of Greater New York
150 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011
212 691 9642
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Online Workshops in China with Iyengar Yogashala (only available in China): Yoga Therapy for Women
Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Endometrial hyperplasia, which falls along a spectrum of endometrial pathology develops when an imbalance of hormones leaves the endometrium exposed to somewhat more estrogen than progesterone. Atypical complex endometrial hyperplasia may also precede cancer of the uterus.
Practice: Come learn practices that guard against as well as address symptoms caused by too much estrogen, such as bleeding or spotting between periods, dramatic changes in the duration of menstrual periods, postmenopausal bleeding, or a heavier menstrual blood flow.
Thursday Jan 14, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Primary ovarian insufficiency — also called premature ovarian failure: occurs when the ovaries stop functioning normally before age 40 and don't release eggs regularly. Signs and symptoms of this condition are similar to those of menopause. They include: irregular, light or skipped periods, hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, dry eyes, irritability or difficulty concentrating and decreased sexual desire. Although Premature ovarian failure is not premature menopause, it can lead to infertility and osteoporosis.
Practice: In this workshop we will strengthen our uterus and reproductive system, restore depleted energy, and address problems caused by insufficient estrogen and a deficiency in the formation of the ovaries and endocrine glands.
Wednesday, Jan 20, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Endometriosis & Emotional weakness. Endometriosis, a disorder in which tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus, on the ovaries, fallopian tubes and intestines. The most common symptoms include severe abdominal pain during or prior to menstruation or at midcycle. Some also experience infertility. Causes of this condition include hormone imbalance and depleted immune system.
In this workshop we will address Emotional weakness, i.e., crying for no reason, which often occurs when hormonal rhythms are not stable.
Practice: Pelvic alignment for a healthy reproductive system. We will look at an entire months practice, both during menstruation and at other times of the month, and in-so-doing, address fluctuating hormones and mood. We will also deal with endometrial scar tissue by correcting pelvic misalignment and practice the poses that boost the immune system.
Thursday, Jan 21, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Fibroids are noncancerous growths in (and around) the uterus that can develop during a woman's childbearing years. Symptoms include heavy menstrual bleeding, prolonged periods, and pelvic pain. In this workshop we will also address ovarian cysts.
Practice: To increase circulation to the abdominal organs, promote a healthy and properly functioning endocrine system we will practice belly softening and widening, pelvic floor strengthening, and hormonal balancing poses.
"Follow the method that has been given so you won't get fibroids or cysts. How do I know your way of life? You know what kind of stress you have – and what worries you have. How do I know that? Everyone has their own worries and problems. If you walk when you have your periods, what is the sense in that? You say, "Today I can't do asanas so I will just walk 5 kms, 10kms." It makes no sense --you are exerting the area more. You have to relax and quieten it."
— Geeta Iyengar
posted November 16, 2020
Online Workshop Series with Iyengar Institute of Kobe
A series of 4 two-hour workshops Sunday morning, 10:00 am (Japan) November 22, 29, December 6 & 13. (if you are attending in the U.S., the sessions begin 8:00 pm EST, Saturday November 21, 28, December 6 & 13)
Yoga is not just for physical results but to awaken certain things that are dormant in you and to induce your mind, emotions and intelligence to function in a healthy way.
— Prashant Iyengar.
Sunday, November 22, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm JST (if you are attending in the U.S., the sessions begin 8:00 pm EST, Saturday November 21)
Standings Poses: The Pancha-vayus: The yoga tradition divides the subtlest aspect of the elemental (physical) body into five areas, known as the Panchavayus: Prana-vayu, Apana-vayu, Samana-vayu, Udana-vayu, and Vyana-vayu. We will learn the parts of the system the Vayus govern and how to work with them in our asana practice.
Sunday, November 29, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm JST (if you are attending in the U.S., the sessions begin 8:00 pm EST, Saturday November 21)
Back bends (supported and unsupported): Chakras.
Sunday, December 6, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm JST (if you are attending in the U.S., the sessions begin 8:00 pm EST, Saturday November 21)
Restorative Poses: Inversions (supported & unsupported) and Seated Forward Extensions: Chakras
The Chakras: Ancient Vedic texts tell us that human life simultaneously exists in two parallel dimensions, the "physical body" and the "psychological, emotional, mind, non-physical body" -- the "subtle body". This subtle body is energy, while the physical body is mass. The psyche or mind plane corresponds to and interacts with the body plane, and the body and the mind mutually affect each other. The subtle body consists of nadi (energy channels) connected by nodes of psychic energy called chakra.
The chakras are the central focus of the ethereal energies. The six major chakras are arranged or focused vertically along the spinal column from its base to between the eyebrows, extending to the different glands and organs they are associated with. In their furthest extensions the chakras extend to the front and back of the body and are oval in shape. A chakra is like a whirling, vortex-like powerhouse of psychic energy vibrating at different rates. These differences of vibration reflect a person's psycho-spiritual condition.
The tantric traditions sought to master them, awaken and energize them through various breathing exercises or with assistance of a teacher.
Meditation (along with pranayama, bandhas, mudras, sound forms and in some cases deities and colors) is a good way to get access to the chakras, but with asana you can start motivating prana to come under the influence of a given chakra so that it works desirably and stops working undesirably. Asanas are not just postures of the body, that work on the joints etc. Through asana you can also influence the effectiveness of the pranic constellations (chakras).
Sunday, December 13, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm JST (if you are attending in the U.S., the sessions begin 8:00 pm EST, Saturday November 21)
Intermediate Class. Forward Extensions, Inversions, Balancings.
Iyengar Institute of Kobe
posted November 4, 2020
Online Weekend Workshop with Iyengar Yoga Center of Western Massachusetts and Ancient Healing Arts Yoga
Saturday, November 14 — Sunday, November 15
Full Body Rejuvenation! Energize your entire being, from the top of your head to the tips of your toes.
Saturday, November 14: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
You Are as Vital and Vibrant as Your Spine is Flexible: Dispel mental tension and elevate your emotion with the side stretch poses. First, we will lengthen the torso along the sides. Then using the arms, legs and spine to support the trunk we will combine the lateral spinal extensions with spinal rotations.
Sunday, November 15: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Toward Mulabandhasana: Mulabandhasana activates the root chakra, the Muladhara, which is the foundation of the physical structure and the energy body. In this session we will focus on learning to balance freedom with stability in the pelvis and legs. This pose tones the digestive and reproductive organs and mobilizes hips, knees, ankles and toes.
One Session: $40 Early Price by November 5; $50 regular price
Both Sessions: $75 Early Price by November 5; $90 regular price
Ancient Healing Arts Yoga
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*International Students please email us for information on financial assistance with high exchange rates.
posted October 29, 2020
Online Post-Election Rescue Remedy Restorative Class
Wednesday, November 4: 7:00 8:30 pm
Hosted by Iyengar Yoga Institute of Greater New York
posted October 29, 2020
A Three-Part Online Workshop for Teachers and Experienced Students
Saturdays, December 5, 12 & 19: 10:30 am – 12:00pm
Hosted by Iyengar Yoga Institute of Greater New York
The yoga tradition divides the subtle (elemental) body into five areas, known as the Panchavayus: Prana-vayu, Apana-vayu, Samana-vayu, Udana-vayu, and Vyana-vayu. Come learn the parts of the body they govern and how to work with them in your asana practice.
Level: Teachers, trainee teachers and experienced students.
posted October 15, 2020
Online Workshops in China with Iyengar Yogashala (only available in China)
Cultural event: Saturday, October 31st, 6:30 – 8:30 pm CST (China Standard Time).
After delivery, women often forget to take care of themselves. The enthusiasm they felt for protecting themselves and the baby during pregnancy tends to fade once the baby is born. This workshop will show us how to take care of the new mother throughout the postpartum period.
November 3 - 6. 2 hours each day: 6:30 -8:30 pm CST
For a prenatal health association in China.
Yoga for Post-Partum, an online four-class yoga workshop (For nurses and yoga teachers).
The postnatal phase which continues for about a year after delivery is a challenging time for a new mother. It's important that she practices yoga after delivery to help her return to normal and maintain her health, but particularly, for the first three months, she should not be in a hurry to get back to a strong yoga practice. In this workshop we will learn how she can adjust her practice and work carefully as the body recovers from pregnancy and childbirth.
There are three postpartum phases:
Tuesday November 3, 6:30 -8:30 pm CST
For the first four to six weeks after delivery, the early postpartum time is really special and fragile. Starting a vigorous practice too soon after delivery can bring about problems; some can be immediate and some can surface further down the line. Breast milk tends to dry up if the yoga practice is too strong. It's best to practice restful poses and a simple, calming pranayama practice during this phase.
Wednesday November 4, 6:30 -8:30 pm CST
Up until the second-and-third-month following delivery. A yoga practice usually has a challenging and dynamic component to it, but not in the first three or four-months following delivery. It's a gradual process of restoring strength. When the baby is about three to four months old, and provided there is enough strength, the new mother can begin to take up the task of toning the abdominal organs (the sort of practice that improves the overall functions on the pelvic organs).
Thursday November 5, 6:30 -8:30 pm CST
Between the forth to sixth month following delivery. The new Mom will have regained her original shape and strength and post-natal fatigue will be gone, but she has to be careful that the poses are not to tiring. She can now practice some active yoga poses to strengthen the arms, legs and torso
Friday November 6, 6:30 -8:30 pm CST
Seventh to tenth months following delivery. At ten months following delivery, she is back to normal. The new mother can now include a wide range of yoga poses, including all of the standing poses, and some back bends which will help purify the breast milk.
posted October 11, 2020
Online weekend Workshop with C Studio Jakarta
A workshop for the treatment and prevention of the various types of headache (including migraine) and vertigo.
Friday, October 16, 8:00 - 11:00 pm EDT; Saturday, October 17, 7:00 – 10:00 am Western Indonesia Time
Migraine and other Headaches: In order to deal with a headache, we first need to know where it is coming from - we need to understand the cause. As Geeta Iyengar says, "is the blood flow to the head depleted (i.e., post menstrual, sinus condition)? Or is there is too much blood circulation (as in a migraine headache)?" This determines the poses that will be the most effective. We will practice the postures which induce muscular release, keep the head and body cool, soothe the nerves and bring emotional balance.
Saturday, October 17, 8:00 - 11:00 pm EDT; Sunday, October 18, 7:00 – 10:00 am Western Indonesia Time
Vertigo: Vertigo also has a number of causes. Although it is essentially a neck, shoulder, and inner ear issue, it is also part of the whole organic body. When the inner organic body and nervous system are toned and healthy then vertigo symptoms will dissipate. First, we will practice poses which vitalize the internal organs and heal the nerves. We then turn our attention to poses that progressively relax the neck, jaw and shoulder muscles and improve inner ear function.
posted October 6, 2020
Online Weekend Workshops with Iyengar Yoga Center of Central Singapore
A series of 4 two-hour workshops over two weekends.
A Women's Yoga Practice: an online workshop
For teachers, teachers in training and serious students with three years-experience in Iyengar Yoga. Each class will be 90 minutes long, with an additional 30 minutes for discussion, study and questions.
Friday, October 23, 8:00 - 10:00 pm EDT: Saturday October 24, 8:00 – 10:00 am Singapore Standard Time
A mix of pose, including some Standing Poses.
Following Hormonal Rhythms: Your Regular Monthly yoga practice yields results during menses. After the post menstrual practice, learn poses which help with the slow build-up of energy toward the mid-point of the month. Around Days 21 and 22, and, you may be getting get stiff again. Learn to listen to your body!
Saturday, October 24, 8:00 - 10:00 pm EDT; Sunday Oct 25, 8:00 – 10:00 am Singapore Standard Time
Wide leg poses.
Pelvic Stiffness, Excessive Menstrual Flow & Menstrual Cramps:Learn practices that promote the health of the hip joints, reduce an excessive menstrual flow and deal with menstrual cramps, whether caused by stress, or problems such as endometriosis, fibroids or menopause.
Friday, October 30, 8:00 - 10:00 pm EDT: Saturday October 31,8:00 – 10:00 am Singapore Standard Time
Seated Forward Extensions.
Migraine Headaches & Scanty flow: Migraine Headaches are three times more: common in women than in men and are often triggered by hormonal fluctuations. Learn practices that cool the head and body, soothe the nerves, quiet the mind, prevent insomnia, restore endocrine system balance and reduce headaches. In this session we will also discuss strategies for dealing with a very light (i.e., scanty) menstrual flow.
Saturday, October 31, 8:00 - 10:00 pm EDT; Sunday November 1, 8:00 – 10:00 am Singapore Standard Time
An Active restorative Sequence.
Stress & Depression:Depression is a disease of the emotions and mind as well as the nervous and endocrine systems. Lift your chest to elevate your emotions and lead your mind to a lighter state. Create room for prana to move freely around the heart area and balance negative thoughts with positive.
posted September 18, 2020
Yoga for Breast Care with Bobby Clennell: Live Online Workshops
Sunday, October 11, 18, and 25, 9:30 - 11:30 am PDT; 12:30 - 2:30 pm EDT
Appropriate for Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYTs), those wishing to become CIYTs and all other serious students of yoga. The workshops are eligible for continuing education credit with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) as well as IYNAUS.
*If you cannot make the live workshops, recordings will be available for a limited time.
In this series of workshops Bobby Clennell, author of Yoga for Breast Care, will provide insight into practices that support breast health. Active and restorative sequences for maintaining healthy breasts by boosting immunity and practices for breast cancer survivors (those who have recently undergone breast cancer surgery, are receiving intensive chemotherapy or radiation treatment and for those with decreased mobility and numbness in the arm, shoulder, and chest).
Bobby Clennell was certified to teach yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar in 1977 and has since returned to India to study every two years. She considers herself blessed to have studied directly with B.K.S. Iyengar. She is a core faculty member of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York and teaches workshops throughout the United States and around the world.
Bobby is an animator and published author; her publications include The Women's Yoga Book: Asana and Pranayama for All Phases of the Menstrual Cycle and a children's title, Watch Me Do Yoga.
Of her own teaching Bobby says, "I try to help students restore the balance between the constant pull of the external world and their own, oftentimes neglected, individual heart."
MAINTAINING HEALTHY BREASTS
Workshop 1: Protection and Immunity
Asana focus: Standing poses and inversions
Sunday, October 11, 9:30 - 11:30 am PDT; 12:30 - 2:30 EDT
This workshop will provide sequences that improve respiration, boost circulation around the chest and armpits, mobilize the shoulder joints and strengthen the spine. In addition, the functioning of the immune system is boosted by these asanas, helping us build strong defenses against breast disease and ill health.
BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS
Workshop 2: Cooling Sequence for those undergoing chemo or radiation therapy
Asana focus: Supine poses
Sunday October 18, 9:30 - 11:30 am PDT; 12:30 - 2:30 EDT
This workshop will include asana practice to address the heating and depleting effects of Chemotherapy and radiation treatment as well as a pre and post-surgery sequence. The pre-surgery sequence will include reclining poses that strengthen the nerves and conserve the energy required in preparation for the procedure. The post-surgery sequence will focus on supine poses that alleviate intermittent fatigue. In addition, poses that calm the mind, cool the system and reduce diarrhea and fatigue will be discussed.
Workshop 3: Post surgery recovery
Asana focus: Reclining, shoulder poses while seated and standing, and supported inversions
Sunday October 25, 9:30 - 11:30 am PDT; 12:30 - 2:30 EDT
Decreased mobility and numbness in the arm, shoulder and chest can be a short and long term post-treatment challenge if not addressed meticulously on a regular basis. Reclaiming range of motion in these areas should be done on a gradient, especially where there is inflammation, damaged tissue from treatment or scar tissue from surgery. Sequences that provide this gradient will be discussed. Each sequence will begin and finish with restorative poses.
Series of three workshops: $75
Two workshops $55
Single workshop $30
You may pay at PayPal.me/IYTworkshops
You will see $00.00. Type in the amount due. Please indicate in the notes on PayPal which classes you plan to attend, or send an email to email@example.com listing the classes. Make sure that the email address you use for PayPal is the one you want to use for communication with IYT. If not, provide the correct email in the PayPal notes. Your PayPal payment serves as your receipt and registration. You will receive the Zoom link before each workshop you have signed up for and the recording after.
The fees are non-refundable.
posted September 2, 2020
Live Online Workshop: Central and South America Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia. September 11, 12 & 13.
Friday, Sept 11: Teachers, trainee teachers and Intermediate students
11:00 am - 1:30 pm: Costa Rica / Panamá
12:00 – 2:30 pm: Colombia
1:00 – 3:30 pm: New York
Toward Mulabandhasana: a pose in which "… the anus to the navel is contracted and lifted up and toward the spine" (BKS Iyengar: Light on Yoga). Among other effects, Mulabandhasana tones the lower abdominal organs and mobilizes hips, ankles, knees and toes.
Saturday, Sep 12:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Costa Rica / Panamá
11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Colombia
12:00 – 2:00 pm: New York
Standing Poses and Navasana: One of the most well-known yoga poses for core strength - Boat Pose - tones the upper and lower abdominal muscles while strengthening the low back. The name comes from the Sanskrit words "nava" (meaning "boat") and "asana" (meaning "pose"). We will practice some standing poses first to develop strength and stamina and then move on to Navasana, using a chair and other props to help us explore and develop this pose.
Sunday September 13:
10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Costa Rica / Panamá
11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Colombia
12:00 – 2:00 pm: New York
Breast Care for Everyone: Learn a practice which promotes lymphatic drainage, strengthens the immune system, supports liver function, and promotes ease and freedom in the chest, lungs, upper back and shoulders.
To register, please contact one of the sponsoring studios:
Contact info: Milvia Martinez (507) 6666 0651
posted September 2, 2020
Updated online class schedule at Iyengar Yoga Intitutes of New York & Brooklyn
Click here for Bobby's current weekly teaching schedule.
posted August 3, 2020
Healthy Hips & Knee Joints: online workshop series
We are pleased to say that a Studio-based workshop with Bobby Clennell , planned for April this year, has been rescheduled as two linked online classes taking place on Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9 at 3:00 - 5:30 pm GMT (10:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT) on each day. The overall theme for the classes is the promotion of healthy hip and knee joints. The programme is as follows:
Saturday, August 8, 3:00 - 5:30 pm GMT (10:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT):
Standing poses for healthy hips - Standing poses build strength and endurance and are a good foundation for all other asanas. This session will focus on hip opening poses and on learning to balance freedom with stability.
Sunday, August 9, 3:00 - 5:30 pm GMT (10:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT):
Towards Mulabandhasana - This session will focus on Mulabandhasana, a pose in which "… the body from the anus to the navel is contracted and lifted up and toward the spine" (BKS Iyengar: Light on Yoga). Among other effects, Mulabandhasana helps mobilize hips, ankles, knees and toes.
Each class costs £20. If you would like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact you about payment. Sessions will be limited to 50 participants.
posted July 26, 2020
Yoga for a Woman's Life Part 2: Online Workshop with YogaWest, UK
Saturday September 5 at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT (2:00 - 5:00 pm UK time)
By popular demand, Bobby has agreed to teach an extension workshop called Yoga for a Woman's Life Part 2, where she will cover some more aspects of womanhood, and include some of the poses we didn't have time for in Part 1. There will be more of a focus on menopause and the years that follow, including how to adapt poses for older yoga practitioners, taking time to include inversions, and forward bends.
0117 924 3330
Register at: yogawest.co.uk
posted July 22, 2020
Online Women's Workshop
Saturday, August 29 — Sunday, August 30
Yoga for The Stages of a Woman's Life
An Overview: We will begin by taking a look at how yoga should be practiced throughout out our lives, from childhood, through puberty, pregnancy, menopause, post menopause and beyond.
9:00 am – 12:00 noon (EDT)
Maintaining a Cyclically Responsive Practice: Since a whole month's practice yields results during menstruation itself, we need to know how to synchronize our practice with the hormonal ups and downs of the month. Bobby shows us how to maintain a cyclically responsive practice that boosts fertility, keeps our menstrual cycles healthy and regular and draws us back to nature's laws. This session will include premenstrual and postmenstrual practices, and will deal with common menstrual problems.
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Yoga for Menopause and Beyond: Navigating the Midlife Changes. Just as physical and psychological disturbances occur when menstruation begins, you have to face them again at menopause. Although this is a critical period of adjustment, a balanced practice can transform menopause into a positive and meaningful experience. In this workshop, we adjust Yoga poses to a women's needs, whether she is approaching menopause, or is in post menopause.
The Standing Poses build strength and endurance and give us a good foundation for all of the other poses. Allowing the weight to pass through the bones is essential for skeletal health. These poses build stamina, confidence and robust good health.
9:00 am – 12:00 noon (EDT)
Supported Backbends stimulate the adrenal glands and ovaries which helps produce estrogen. They lift mood and help us deal with low energy, and feelings of loneliness, emptiness and depression. In addition, these poses energize the nervous system, boost circulation throughout the body and give us courage.
2:00 – 5:00 pm (EDT)
Restorative Poses and Pranayama: We will learn to navigate this transition with the Supine poses, which induce muscular release and reduce tension, Forward Extensions which help us deal with mental lethargy and hot flashes, and Breathing Exercises which calm the nerves, bring emotional balance, and enhance the function of the endocrine system.
Yoga with Susan Elena
posted July 22, 2020
Online Weekend Workshop with Iyengar Yoga Association of the Upper Midwest (IYAUM)
One year of Iyengar yoga experience recommended.
Finding your Balance: between Strength and Flexibility and Expansion and Inner Calm.
Saturday, August 22
10:00 am – 1:00 pm CDT (11:00 am – 2:00 pm EDT)
The Standing poses/ Healthy Hips: Standing Poses build strength and endurance, giving us a good foundation for all of the other asanas. In this class we will focus on the hip opening poses.
2:30 - 5:00 pm CDT (3:30 - 6:00 pm EDT)
Sitting Poses and Side Stretch Poses: You are as vital and vibrant as your spine is flexible. By combining lateral spinal extensions with spinal rotations, Bobby will take us through a practice that rejuvenates the spine and invigorates and refreshes the entire body.
Sunday, August 23
9:00 – 11:30 am CDT (10:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT)
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 the mysterious intricacies of the back body. In this workshop we will use props to provide the support necessary to fully lift the chest and opening our internal space.
12:30 – 3:00 pm
Restorative Asana and Pranayama: Bobby offers breathing practices that are soothing, settling and profound. This pranayama class is suitable for the less experienced student as well as the on-going practitioner. We will work progressively and learn the fundamentals of a safe, and secure practice.
posted July 18, 2020
Online Yoga Spinal Traction Workshop
Sunday, August 16
12:30–3:00 pm EST
This workshop takes us into an asana practice that will elongate, lengthen and decompress your spine. We will also explore strategies to strengthen the back muscles, help improve and maintain healthy movement, improve overall posture, and re-educate how the back is used.
Back Care & Scoliosis Collective
posted June 25, 2020
Yoga for Peri and Post Menopause with Bobby Clennell
Live online workshop. Appropriate for Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYTs), those wishing to become CIYTs and all other serious students of yoga.
This workshop is eligible for continuing education credit with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) as well as IYNAUS.
Saturdays and Sundays: July 11 & 12, 18 & 19, and 25 & 26, 2020
Presenting three weekends (six classes) devoted to the subject of menopause. Menopause is a critical period of adjustment. As women face physical and psychological disturbances that occur when menstruation begins, women face challenges again at menopause. We will learn how to guide ourselves and our students through the shifting landscape of this transition with asanas and sequences to calm the nerves and bring emotional and hormonal balance. We will also explore the challenges and rewards of post–menopause.
Workshop #1: Intro and Standing Poses Saturday July 11th 12-2pm Pacific. 3 – 5pm EST
Required for attendance in any of the other workshop classes. Bobby begins with a brief talk on how yoga can be adjusted for the various phases of life, from childhood, through puberty, the childbearing years and possible pregnancy, postpartum, menopause, post-menopause, early old age and advanced old age. We will address pelvic organ-prolapse, abdominal tension which can cause hot flashes, and incontinence. Also covered: pneumonia, irritability, fibroids, mental lethargy, fatigue, heat, coughs and colds. Allowing weight to pass through the bones is essential for skeletal health. Once menopause is over, it is time to recover the sharpness of the practice and to develop strength and endurance. In this class we also learn how to address sciatica pain, osteoporosis, arthritis and stiffness.
Workshop #2: Seated Forward Extensions Sunday July 12th 12-2pm Pacific. 3 – 5 EST
We will learn how to keep the head and body cool; soothe the nerves, reduce hot flashes and night sweats, deal with migraine headaches, high blood pressure, irritability, and anxiety. These poses also prevent insomnia and restore endocrine system balance.
Workshop #3: Twists and Back Bends Saturday July 18th 12pm-2pm Pacific. 3 – 5pm EST
Here we learn how to use twisting asanas to address digestive upsets, lower back aches and stiffness as well as how to use back bends to stimulate the adrenals and estrogen production. In addition, back bends help manage energy levels, and feelings of loneliness, emptiness and depression. Bobby will teach a practice that strengthens the immune system and promotes lymphatic drainage around breast tissue in addition to energizing the nervous system and fostering courage.
Workshop #4: Inversions Sunday July 19th 12-2pm Pacific. 3 -5pm EST
While inversions will be addressed throughout the six workshops, in this segment we take a closer look at the important practice of inverted asanas. Inversions influence your hormones more than any other asana category. They also bring harmony between the pituitary, thyroid, adrenal and ovarian glands, thereby maintaining hormone balance. Issues covered in this class include a post-menstrual practice, incontinence, loss of confidence and weight gain. Bobby will explain how to make inversions the pillar of your practice
Workshop #5: Wide Leg Poses Saturday July 25th 12-2pm Pacific. 3 – 5pm EST
The hip and groin opening asanas support the health of the pelvic region and reproductive system. This workshop will cover practices to help check an excessive or prolonged menstrual flow, mobilize stiff hips, and deal with groin, knee, and ankle problems, including swelling in the feet and ankles.
Workshop #6: Restorative Poses Sunday July 26th 12-2pm Pacific. 3 -5pm EST
This workshop teaches the all-important restorative poses that remove the fatigue and lethargy caused by insomnia. These poses also revive one from physical and mental exhaustion, emotional depletion, stress, and a disturbed nervous system. Bobby will also teach soothing, settling breathing practices.
Pricing Note: All participants must take the Intro class/Workshop #1. You may either attend Workshop #1 live at 12 noon (PST) on Saturday July 11 or purchase the recording.
Entire series of 6 workshops $150
Weekend 1 (includes Intro) $75
Weekend 2 + Intro $115
Weekend 3 + Intro $115
Intro class + 1 other workshop $80
Intro class + 2 other workshops $120
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posted June 7, 2020
Yoga for a Woman's Life: Online Workshop
Saturday July 4 at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT (2:00 - 5:00 pm UK time)
Using a wide range of yoga poses, Bobby will take us through the various phases of a woman's life, showing how to adapt our practice according to our age. Come prepared to be 5 years old! Can you remember yourself as a teenager? Even if you have never been pregnant, experience it now with some yoga for pregnancy poses. Postpartum? We will practice as if you had just given birth. Are you under the impression that menopause will never happen? Get a taste of a menopause practice with some carefully selected poses, and the same with post-menopause. Practice being elderly – it's not so bad! – with some of the poses I used to watch Guruji do in his later years.
Men welcome! Come find your inner woman.
0117 924 3330
Register at: yogawest.co.uk
posted May 25, 2020
Online Women's Workshop Series: Bobby Clennell and Iyengar Yogashala, China
Live – Online on VooV. Simultaneous translation into Chinese.
11:30 am – 12:30 pm (UK). 6:30 – 7:30 am EST (New York). 18:30 – 19:30 (China).
A WOMEN'S WORKSHOP. Bobby Clennell presents eight one-hour classes on how to develop a yoga practice that responds to your own personal cycle as opposed to one that is outwardly programmed. Yoga practitioners may notice more acutely the ups and downs of energy and mood throughout the month. By navigating the entire month's hormonal fluctuations with specific asanas, you will promote vibrant good health and maintain emotional stability.
Saturday June 6: A Menstrual Practice: Learn how to stick to a practice that keeps you healthy, does not disturb the menstrual flow and ensures you get the rest you need.
Sunday June 7: A Scanty Flow: Light periods are often indicative of depletion. Learn the poses that restore your overall energetic balance.
Saturday June 13: Learn practices that reduce an Excessive Menstrual Flow, whether caused by stress, or problems such as endometriosis, fibroids or menopause. We will also discuss how to deal with Menstrual Cramps.
Sunday June 14: If you rush into a strong yoga practice immediately after your period ends, you're aren't paying attention or being sensitive to your monthly cycle. After your period, a Post Menstrual Sequence ensures a smooth transition from menstruation to the rest of the month.
Saturday June 20: Following the Hormonal Rhythm: Your Regular Monthly yoga practice yields results during menses. After the post menstrual practice, learn poses which help with the slow build-up of energy toward the mid-point of the month. Around Days 21 and 22, and, you may be getting get stiff again. Learn to listen to your body!
Sunday June 21: Pre-Menstrual Tension: Women should try not to 'push through' this phase. Practice poses that restore depleted adrenal glands, stabilize emotions, defuse anxiety and keep mood swings under control.
Saturday, July 4: Migraine Headaches are three times more common in women than in men and are often triggered by hormonal fluctuations. Learn practices that cool the head and body, soothe the nerves, quiet the mind, prevent insomnia, restore endocrine system balance and reduce headaches.
Sunday July 5: Pranayama: Bobby offers emotionally soothing breathing practices for women that are also accessible and mentally calming.
For information and to register: Cherise Qiu: firstname.lastname@example.org
Price: $145.00 for all eight classes
Single class $23.00
Download the VooV app here.
posted May 19, 2020
Online Workshop: Bobby Clennell and Studio Yoga Madison celebrate International Yoga Day
Sunday, June 21 at 1:00 – 3:00 pm EST (6:00 – 8:00 pm UK time)
Join us online for an asana and pranayama practice in the company of many others around the world!
We will begin with a practice that promotes ease and freedom in the Chest, Upper Back and Shoulders, and supports breast, lung and heart health, followed by a long Savasana. (75 minutes)
Bobby will then take us through a calming, cooling Pranayama session. (45 minutes)
Although we are separated by the current global pandemic, remember — As Geeta Iyengar said: "We will eat together, we will be together, and we will carry on this knowledge without having any kind of jealousy, malice, or any kind of klesa (affliction) within us. With purity of the mind, we will carry on the knowledge with our teaching process. And that is how, even if we are living on this earth in different areas, we have to maintain that feeling that we are always together." — Geeta Iyengar. Opening Remarks, Yoganusasanam, December 2014.
Studio Yoga Madison
Online Workshop — register at studioyogamadison.com
posted April 22, 2020
Introducing Online Classes and Workshops
Classes and workshops can be joined from anywhere in the world.
General Class (level 1 & 2, and beginners welcome). Mondays: 8:45 am – 10:00 am EST (1:45 pm – 3:00 pm UK time).
Restorative Class (All levels of experience, beginners welcome). Saturdays: 3:15 pm – 4:45pm EST (8:15 pm – 9:45 pm UK time).
Register at: iyengarnyc.org
Three-hour online workshop from Samamkaya : Spinal Health. Sunday, May 31, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon EST (2:00 – 5:00 pm UK time). Register at: samamkayabackcare.com. Bobby will focus on poses that strengthen back muscles, help improve and maintain healthy movement, make space between the intervertabral discs, and re-educate how the back is used.
Two-hour online workshop from Studio Yoga Madison: Side Stretch Poses. Saturday, June 6, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Est. (3:30 – 5:30 pm UK time). Register at: studioyogamadison.com. You are as vital and vibrant as your spine is flexible. Dispel mental tension and elevate your emotions by first lifting and creating space in the chest, and thencombining the lateral spinal extensions with spinal rotations. Students must register at least 1 hour before the workshop in order to get the zoom invitation. studioyogamadison.com/side-stretch-poses-with-bobby-clennell Contact:email@example.com
posted March 7, 2020
Planning on traveling to Pune? Don't forget to download the 2020-21 Pune Guide, now available in English, Spanish, and French.
posted January 10, 2018
A limited number of autographed copies of my now out-of-print children's picture book Watch Me Do Yoga are available on the Watch Me Do Yoga facebook page for orders within the US. If you are outside the US and would like to buy a copy, please send me an email.
posted July 9, 2017
Planning on traveling to Pune? Don't forget to download the 2017 Pune Guide, now available in English, Spanish, and French.
posted June 20, 2016
A Hungarian language edition of my book, The Woman's Yoga Book has recently been published by Filosz-Humán Bt. Forrai Réka wrote the following about her experiences translating the book:
My copy of the Women's Yoga Book is worn: it had seen coffee and tea, chocolate and strawberry, it gathered dust and mango stains in India and grass and raindrops in my garden in Denmark. It has been with me on beaches and airports, in cafés and restaurants, and, of course, on (and under) my yoga mat.
The reason for this is that I have translated Bobby's book into Hungarian. I did this on the side, so it took me over a year to finish it. I have often used it's sequences for my practice and teaching beforehand, but when I started the translation project, I decided that for the entire time it will take me to translate the book, I will build my whole practice on its guidelines. I thought the more intimate my knowledge of the book, the better the translation will be.
I did this mostly in these ways:
- I identified and practiced the sequences that best suited my own cycle: as it was always pretty random and abundant, I used the sequences for excessive and irregular menstruation.
- I always practiced the post-menstrual sequence for 3 days after my period.
- I tried to let my monthly cycle to guide my practice: I gradually proceeded towards more challenging poses as I was getting closer to ovulation and inversely, aimed to unwind as I headed towards menstruation.
- In between periods: Inversions, inversions, inversions!
- I tried to follow some of the lifestyle advices of the book as well: for example, I tried to stay home and quiet at least on the first day of my period, and use this time for reflecting ad relaxing.
This experiment turned out to be a transformative experience.
I am an Iyengar yoga teacher and practitioner for 9 years so it is no surprise to me that Iyengar yoga "works". Still, when after 6-7 month my cycle started changing, I was amazed and delighted. Not only had it gradually become much more regular but also shorter with significantly reduced blood loss. Before, I used to have a cycle anywhere between 27 to 35 days, with a menstruation that went on for 8 days. Now, my cycle is almost always 29 days, it lasts maximum 6 days, and I would say I loose maybe 1/3 less blood than I did before.
And changes didn't stop at the physiological level. Once my cycle got into 'alignment' , my trust in the cyclicality of all things in life deepened with it. As my body got tuned to be in harmony with the up-and-down, begin-end-begin rhythms of nature, my mind opened to them too.
The translation is now done, but the book stays my lifelong friend.
posted October 31, 2014
My newest book, Yoga for Breast Care has just been published by Rodmell Press. Here is an interview I did with YogaDork:
posted October 22, 2014
From the Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York:
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and thanks to the generosity of our community and an anonymous donor, we've raised more than $4,500 to fund our weekly Breast Health Class.
The Breast Health Class is offered free-of-charge and is one of our most powerful and rewarding programs. Over the years, we've witnessed many who are affected by breast cancer experience the profound therapeutic benefits of Iyengar Yoga, reporting increased energy, reduced inflammation, better sleep, and the healing effects of a strong, supportive community.
This wonderful program is made possible only through the support of our donors.
Donate TODAY to keep the class free to the community. Don't miss this opportunity to support the Breast Health Class, and extend the profound healing benefits of Iyengar Yoga to so many others.
posted September 10, 2014
Visit YogaDork to read my article My Journey with Guruji: Lessons and Reflections From 40 Years of Practice with B.K.S. Iyengar
posted August 20, 2014
Thank you to Richard Jonas for sharing his life-sketch of B.K.S. Iyengar.
The life and work of Yogacharya B. K.S. Iyengar are of epic proportions.
Sri Iyengar is credited with bringing the ancient art of yoga into the modern world. His extensive demonstrations and teachings planted the seeds for the phenomenal flowering of yoga in the West over the last 30 years, while also winning innumerable converts around the world – including in India, where yoga began.
The method he refined for eight decades is one of the world's most widely-practiced yogas, with Iyengar Yoga institutes and associations, teachers and students in 77 countries around the world — while each morning he reaffirmed his lifelong commitment to yoga with his own personal practice, surrounded and observed by generations of his admiring students, at the method's mother institute in Pune.
Mr. Iyengar died August 20 in Pune aged 95, after a brief illness.
His seminal Light on Yoga, first published in 1966 and continually in print since, is the Bible of yoga for teachers and students of all methods. His 2005 international bestseller Light on Life summed up a lifetime of teaching and practice, advising readers on the journey to wholeness, inner peace and ultimate freedom. And he continued to publish: his most recent work, Core of the Yoga Sutras, was released in 2012.
Well into his 95th year, he continued to teach around the world. In 2005 he led an International Yoga Conference sponsored by Yoga Journal magazine in Estes Park, Colorado, in the United States. His groundbreaking journeys to Russia, where he taught in Moscow in 2009, and to China, where he taught in Guangzhou in 2011, sparked the burgeoning interest in yoga in these countries.
Called the "Michelangelo of yoga" and the "king of yogis," included in Time magazine's global list of the world's 100 most influential people and — only the most recent of his dozens of honors — named a recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civil award in India, B. K. S. Iyengar, universally acknowledged as the world's greatest yoga teacher, remained its most knowledgeable and respected practitioner.
Mr. Iyengar pioneered countless innovative ideas during his eight decades of teaching; perhaps the most revolutionary is that yoga is for everyone. With this in mind, he developed and refined a complete array of yoga props, including ropes, belts and blocks, which allow practitioners of all ages and levels of fitness to achieve correct alignment, a deeper penetration into the posture as well as a longer stay, helping them to experience the state of Meditation in Action. It is Mr. Iyengar's unique perspective that the yoga asanas (postures) and Pranayamas (control of the breath) can be a template to explore and experience each of the other limbs of Astanga Yoga, including those of the Innermost Journey.
"Iyengar" is officially recognized by the Oxford English Dictionary with this definition: "Noun: A type of Hatha Yoga focusing on the correct alignment of the body, making use of straps, wooden blocks, and other objects nas aids in achieving the correct postures. Origin: Named after B. K. S. Iyengar (born 1918), the India yoga teacher who devised this method."
For residents of Bellur, the definition following the name B.K.S. Iyengar might well be "benefactor".
Over the last decade, he led a transformation of his ancestral village, building a free hospital, water treatment facilities, India's first temple dedicated to Patanjali, and a free school which supplies uniforms, books and a hot lunch, not just to the children of Bellur but to those of surrounding villages. In addition to the primary school, he also established a secondary school and a tertiary college.
It was in Bellur that Yogacarya Iyengar's glorious life story had its humble beginning.
There he was born, into a large family and a poor one, on December 14, 1918. The village is located in the Kolar District of Karnataka, India. The family migrated to Bangalore in 1923; his father died in 1927.
At the young age of fifteen, Sri Iyengar went to Mysore to be initiated into yoga by his brother-in-law, the well-known yoga scholar and adept, Prof. T. Krishnamacharya.
Though weak and sickly, Iyengar immersed himself totally in yoga practice, so much so that he had to discontinue his school studies at matriculation level in 1936. He suffered tortured nerves and bruised muscles but gained proficiency in a large number of yoga asanas (postures) in an incredibly short time, going on to perform a number of yoga demonstrations and successfully complete a yoga teaching assignment for faculty members and their families at Karnataka College, Dharwar. After receiving a diploma in yoga from Sri Krishnamacharya, he began teaching classes in Hubli and Dharwar in 1935.
Dr. V. B. Gokhale, civil surgeon and yoga enthusiast, arranged for him to join the Deccan Gymkhana in Pune as a yoga instructor in 1937, but that small but steady income came to an end in 1940. He began teaching yoga privately in Pune, but financial insecurity pursued him through his marriage in 1943 to Shrimati Ramamani.
In time, however, his reputation as a yoga expert and therapist grew, and more and more students sought his help. In 1948 he taught Sri J. Krishnamurthi, who described him as the best teacher; their association continued for two decades. Swami Shivananda of Rishikesh granted him the title of Yogi Raja. Distinguished pupils included Indian national leaders Sri Jayaprakash Narayan, Sri Achyutrao Patwardhan and others.
In 1952 celebrated violinist Yehudi Menuhin met Sri Iyengar, whom he describes as "my guru in yoga" and "my best violin teacher". Though Menuhin was eager to introduce the teacher who had helped him overcome numerous health problems to the West, Iyengar was only able to visit Europe two years later.
It was the start of scores of trips to all corners of the world.
In 1954 he began teaching in Bombay.
Iyengar's comprehensive Light on Yoga, published in 1966 and hailed by critics as "the best book in English on hatha yoga" and "A superb volume, unlikely to be superseded", remains the classic guide to yoga. It has been translated into seventeen Indian and foreign languages; more than three million copies have been sold.
His second book, Light on Pranayama, was published in 1981, and a third, The Art of Yoga, in 1985. The Tree Of Yoga appeared in 1988. Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali was published in 1993, and the "Light on … " series also includes Light on Astanga Yoga (1999). Yoga Wisdom and Practice was published in 2009 in English and Yaugika Manas in 2010.
Just three days after laying the foundation stone of the yoga institute in Pune in 1973, his wife suddenly died. The Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute was named in tribute to her. For four decades it has served as the world's foremost seat of yogic learning and a center of yoga pilgrimage for students and teachers from around the world. It was here that, each morning, Mr. Iyengar, known to his students as "Guruji", renewed his commitment to the practice of yoga.
Over the years, as Mr. Iyengar's teachings and travels continued, the honors accorded him multiplied, including honorary doctorates from the Medicina Alternativa Institute, affiliated with the Open International University for Complementary Medicine; the University of Mysore; the Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune; the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka, and most recently from the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusadhana Samsthanam, Deemed University.
In 1991, he received the Padma Shri award from the government of India. The Padma Bhushan award followed in 2002. On Republic Day, Jan. 26, 2014, he was awarded the prestigious Padma Vibhushana, officially conferred at a formal ceremony in March in New Delhi.
In 1971, Mr. Iyengar introduced yoga in the London Educational Auditorium in the United Kingdom. In 1982, at the invitation of the Educational Department of the UK, he participated in the Festival of India in London. Two years later, he returned to London to inaugurate the lyengar Yoga Institute there, and Iyengar Yoga continues to gain adherents throughout the UK.
In 1985 he was invited by French President Jacques Chirac, then mayor of Paris, to the Festival of India in France.
His memorable lecture-demonstration at Harvard University in Boston, drew attention and devotees from across the United States, and was acclaimed as "an experience that comes rarely in one's life." The event inspired the creation of a monumental sculpture, "After Iyengar" and were followed by the First International lyengar Yoga Convention held in San Francisco.
Iyengar has been the subject of many filmed tributes. The Film and Television Institute of India produced a 22-minute tribute, Samadhi, which earned the Silver Lotus Award. The film Guruji, which depicted his heroic struggle from poverty and failure to prosperity and success was released in 1985. A follow-up to Guruji the Life of BKS Iyengar came in Leap of Faith, released on his 90th Birthday.
Additional essential publications include Body the Shrine, Yoga Thy Light, a commemorative volume published for his 60th birthday in 1978 by the Yoga Research Trust, Bombay, and a 1990 commemorative, 70 Glorious Years of Yogacharya BKS Iyengar. In 1991, Iyengar: His Life and Work was published. On his 82nd birthday the first of an eight-volume project collecting yogic knowledge and experiential wisdom, Astadala Yogamala, was released, with other volumes following every few years. Yog Sarvansathi, published in 2001, is in the Marathi language.
All over the world, Iyengar Yoga, a method which transcends caste, creed and race, and brings the benefits of yoga to people of all ages and physical capabilities, continues to grow and prosper. Hundreds of lyengar Yoga institutes, centers and studios train students and teachers in the method in all parts of the world including his native India (with centers in cities including Bangalore, Bombay, Delhi, Madras, Dehra Dun and Rishikesh), Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, France, Germany, lreland, lsrael, ltaly, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Lestho, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Republic of Czech and Slovenia, Russia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Ukraine, Uzbekistan Zimbabwe and others.
Mr. Iyengar received other major Indian awards including the Rajyotsava Award (1988) and the Patañjali Award of the Government of Karnataka (1990), the All India Vasistha Award (1991) and a gold medal for outstanding contribution in the field of yoga education from the All India Board of Alternative Medicine. In 2012, The Times of India included him in a list of the greatest men of India, after Mahatma Gandhi. In 2013, he received the Mother Teresa Sadbhavana Award for outstanding achievements in the field of yoga from the Indian Solidarity Council, New Delhi.
Over the years, Mr. Iyengar's birthday celebrations highlighted his ongoing mastery of his subject and the dedication of his students. In 1993, for his 75th birthday, he conducted mega-classes in the US (750 students), Canada (250 students), Bombay (300 students) and Bangalore (300 students). More than 1,050 delegates representing 33 countries attended the mega-class at the Crystal Palace in London. In December 1998, The Light on Yoga Research Trust celebrated Gurujî's 80th Birthday with a 10-day festival near Pune; more than 700 followers attended. During the celebrations, the Arsa Vidya Gurukulam conferred upon him the title of Arsa-Kula-Sresthah for his achievements in introducing yoga all over the world using innovative teaching methods without compromising its classical form. Similar celebrations marked his 90th birthday and his 95th, in January of 2014.
In 1999, the Prime Minister of India, His Excellency Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, visited the Pune Institute in its Silver Jubilee year. The Prime Minister was shown a demonstration of yoga ãsanas, and Mr. Iyengar explained the development of yoga as therapy for various ailments as well as the innovative the use of props which distinguishes the method.
Sri Iyengar was included in many national, Asian and international lists and directories of prominent personalities and achievers. Among them are the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership, 500 Leaders of Influence of the Twentieth Century, the Dictionary of International Biography and 2000 Outstanding People of the Twentieth Century. A 2008 story named him one of India's "Influentials," the people who impact the country, calling him an "ageless wonder. If the world does Pranayama [ yogic breathing ] today, the credit goes to him." It continued: "His long life is proof of the restorative effects of yoga."
In 2011, Guruji met His Holiness the Dalai Lama for a discussion moderated by Shi. Rajiv Mehrotra; the DVD Path to Happiness records this historic occasion.
On the eve of the ceremony of being awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2014, Guruji was found in the practice hall of his Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute where he continued to practice daily and, surrounded by his students, to teach and guide the coming generations in yoga. It is these many many teachers and practitioners of yoga who mourn his loss and commit themselves to keeping alive his bright, vibrant legacy of yoga.
posted November 24, 2013
I recently did an interview on It's All Yoga Baby on how yoga can benefits all phases of a woman's cycle and life. Click here to listen.
posted October 16, 2013
Sadhaka: the yoga of BKS Iyengar
Evening event at the Iyengar Yoga Institute
Saturday, October 26, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
After 3 years of filming, a feature documentary on the practice, life and influence of B.K.S. Iyengar from award winning director Jake Clennell is currently in post-production editing. Come to the New York Iyengar Institute for a report on the progress of the film, a talk and Q&A with Sadhaka director Jake Clennell and executive producer Lindsey Clennell, and a screening of the trailer. They will also be screening new footage including an interview with BKS Iyengar's granddaughter Abhijata, and scenes from the medical class.
Iyengar Yoga Institute of Greater New York
150 W 22nd Street
New York, NY
July 13, 2013
Sadhaka: the yoga of BKS Iyengar is a feature documentary about BKS Iyengar's practice, life and influence from award winning director Jake Clennell. After three years of filming in India, this film is now in post–production editing.
If you missed your chance to donate to help complete the film the first time around, the Sadhaka team has just set up a new way to give. They are continuing to offer some of the perks from the previous fundraising effort, including a DVD copy of the film when it is complete for a donation of $50.
July 13, 2013
Iyengar Yoga Comes to Brooklyn
Announcing the opening of the Iyengar Yoga Assiciation of Greater New York's new Institute in Brooklyn. All level classes, workshops, events and more!
Iyengar Yoga Institute of Brooklyn
525 Pacific Street, 2nd floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
718 875 7300
Click here for class schedule.
May 6, 2013
Sadhaka: the yoga of BKS Iyengar — a feature documentary by Jake Clennell is one step closer to being finished. A fundraising effort supporting the editing of the film has been announced on Indiegogo. Watch the extended trailer — 22 minutes of what will be a 90 minute film — donate if you can, and share this link.
March 27, 2013
Check out my latest blog post from my trip to Jakarta:
Intertwining Elements, Kosas, Chakras and Vayus, plus Baby Back Bends and Side Stretch
A lot was covered in my four day workshop in Jakarta. In the first four classes we explored the elements and koshas, which included standing poses (anamayer kosa, earth), jumpings (pranamaya kosa, water), twists and backbends on the ropes (element of fire, manomaya kosa), and inversions and pranayama (vignaomaya kosa, air and anandamaya kosa, ether)…
Congratulations to the Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York on 25 years of bringing the teachings of BKS Iyengar to the city. Read IYAGNY director James Murphy's letter, and see photos from the celebration here.
I've started a new online monthly yoga series for 2012. Click here to get started and be sure to check back each month.
Here’s a sneak preview of the last of the four Yoga Rahasya covers that I designed this year. The front cover depicts Patanjali. I painted it many years ago as background material for my animated short Yoga Yantra. As it turned out, I did not take Yoga Yantra to complete color production, so this painting was never used. I’m happy now that it’s found a good home.
I took this photo, used on the back cover of Yoga Rahasya, in my garden in New York.
Painting and photo © 2011 Bobby Clennell
Yoga Rahasya is a quarterly publication of the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI), Pune and the Light on Yoga Research Trust, Mumbai, India. It was a great honor to be asked to design the (four) covers for this year.
Here is the third cover. I took this photo at Mulchi Lake, Pune, in 2010.
Click here to check out my new blog post:
One of the highlights of this year's Mary Dunn Celebration - Yogathon is sure to be the Children's Class, 12:30 - 1:00 pm, Sunday, June 5.
The kids in your life ages three to eight will love this fun, active class, taught by Senior Teacher Bobby Clennell, author of the children's yoga book, Watch Me Do Yoga.
Register now to save your place and pay just $20; same-day registration, if space is available, will be $25.
Parents, grandparents, godparents, friends bring the kid in your life, then stay on for the other exciting Yogathon events, refreshments, our Raffle drawing and more! We look forward to seeing you there!
Registration for this and all the day's classes is available on the Yogathon page at the Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York website, click here.
Yoga Rahasya is a quarterly publication of the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI), Pune and the Light on Yoga Research Trust, Mumbai, India. It was a great honor to be asked to design the (four) covers for this year.
Here are the first two. The first corresponded with Annual day sometimes known as Institute day and the second with Hanuman Jayanti. The third will come out later this year on Guru Purnima, and the forth on Patanjali Jayanti.
Read more about Yoga Rahasya on my blog.
Book Signing and Children's Yoga Class
I'll be at Posman Books on Tuesday, November 16 signing my new children's picture book, Watch Me Do Yoga.
4 - 4.30 P.M. Free children's yoga class
4.30 - 5 P.M. Book signing
Posman Books, Chelsea Market
75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011
Come early! There is only room for 15 children! Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
My first children's picture book is available now and it's already been reviewed!
Watch Me Do Yoga is an engaging new children's book by Iyengar yoga teacher and illustrator Bobby Clennell. I submitted the book to a rigorous critique from an actual child. To see what my household's resident five-year-old thought, read my Watch Me Do Yoga review. —Ann Pizer, About.com
Published by Rodmell Press, click Watch Me Do Yoga to order on Amazon.
Three classes from a workshop that I taught in May at Studio Bamboo Institute of Yoga, Virginia Beach, are available as an audio download from iHanuman.
The three classes—Menopause, Backbends, and Inversions—are accompanied by my illustrations which take you through the poses as a downloadable pdf file.
Watch free video clips from these classes at the iHanuman.com website.
My first children's picture book is due out on September 1. Published by Rodmell Press, click Watch Me Do Yoga to pre-order on Amazon.
The Women's Yoga Book has been translated into Hebrew. You can order it here from Focus Books in Israel.
Pose of the Month now includes a medical benefits section
Provided that it is practiced regularly, yoga is an effective way of maintaining health. It can also be a compliment to medical treatment and aid recovery from illness.
I am running my Pose of the Month , now expanded, for another 12 months. By December, 2010, the completed twelve poses will make up a sequence that is appropriate for beginners and experienced students alike. It will begin with a warming pose to stretch and prepare you for the session. The body of the sequence will include standing poses to build strength and stamina, inversions to boost immunity and hormone balance and a forward bend to calm and cool the mind. The sequence finishes with a resting pose. Each pose is now accompanied with a description of its medical benefits. You can also find these posted at drfranklipman.com.
Enjoy your practice!
The Art of Yoga: Yoga and the Arts
Yoga Samachar, vol. 13, no. 2
Fall 2009/Winter 2010
May 24, 2009
enLIGHTened. How I Lost 40 Pounds with a Yoga Mat, Fresh Pineapples, and a Beagle-Pointer. Jessica Berger Gross. Illustrations by Bobby Clennell.
Little did I guess when I first met Jessica in my prenatal class, that the journey leading to her pregnancy had been so cathartic and so special.
In this book Jessica tells the tale of that journey that took her from unhappiness and out of control eating to self- acceptance, health and personal peace. After years of struggling with fluctuating weight, she took her first yoga class and her world changed.
Never preachy, Jessica has walked the walk, and therein lays the power of this personal memoir. She skillfully and wittily weaves stories of her own personal struggles, sound information, recipes, and yoga poses into a rich and extremely readable commentary. Into this mix I was pleased to have contributed the yoga illustrations.
All women will recognize something of themselves in this inspiring and compassionate book.
Feb 28 , 2009
"YogaCity NYC is New York's premiere yoga newssite and directory.
On YogaCity NYC, you'll find event listings, classes, workshops, news, class reviews, recommendations, interviews and feature articles about our urban lifestyle; from every corner of all five boroughs."
Jan 18, 2009
Health experts and doctors have been extolling the benefits of exercise and a sensible diet for many years now, but it’s not so easy to process the mountain of information out there or to follow up on it. Now Dr. Frank Lipman in his new book, Spent: End Exhaustion and Feel Great Again, has a way of getting you to do it. Dr. Lipman, whose spirit and wisdom are grounded in thirty years of medical practice inspires and encourages us to stay on track. His easy to follow 6-week program is designed to reunite our individual patterns of behavior with the pulses and rhythms of nature.
One of the biggest issues that people face in our fast moving society is exhaustion. We eat on the run in order to keep up our busy schedule. We also suffer from anxiety, information overload and physical disconnect. Dr. Lipman with his personal blend of Western and alternative medicine presents a wealth of practical advice on staying healthy and balanced in a not too healthy world. When he talks about the bad effects of sugar prevalent in much of our breakfast foods, he pulls no punches. “No sugar means no pancakes, French toast, bagels, muffins, most cereals, or toast”. He offers a list of tasty smoothies and other alternatives for this the most important meal of the day.
As well as diet Dr. Lipman offers cutting edge information on such diverse subjects as supplements, sleep, music and restorative yoga. Listed are the toxic ingredients contained in cosmetics and other every day items that most of us have in our bathrooms. Who knew that these substances, banned in Europe are still being used in most products sold in the U.S?
This is a must have book for anyone interested in restoring health, balance and sanity to their frazzled life.
Oct 14, 2008
Read an excerpt from The Women’s Yoga Book: Asana and Pranayama for All Phases of the Menstrual Cycle, Chapter 13: “For The Days After your period: New Beginnings”, now posted on the Iyengar Yoga National Association US website (www.iynaus.org).
May 14, 2008
The Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS) store is now offering retail sales in addition to wholesale purchases.
The Store is the importer of books and media published in India, written by the Iyengar family, the teachers at RIMYI (Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune), and other senior Iyengar teachers in India. Blankets, belts and eyewraps from India are also sold by the store. Other unique products specific to the Iyengar community are available including documentary media from conferences held in the United States taught by B.K.S. Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar.
The newest books available through the IYNAUS Store are authored by selected Iyengar teachers in the United States. The Woman’s Yoga Book: Asana and Pranayama For All Phases of The Menstrual Cycle can be ordered by telephone at 720-565-6885 10-3 pm mountain time with a credit card or with a check by mail order or from the online store: www.iynaus.org/store/item.php?id=115
For enquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Direct telephone contact with a sales person and email correspondence for the IYNAUS Store will continue to be available.
Pune February, 2008
Pink Tree on the steps up to Parvaratti temple
Ganesh shrine at Parvaratti temple
June 24 & 26, 2007
Much thanks toNorma Colon for organizing two workshops and book signings for The Woman's Yoga Book. These two happy events, the first held in June 24th and the second on June 26 were hosted by the upper east side studio, MonQi Fitness.
A Celebration of Woman's Yoga and Bobby's New Book!
On May 13, 2007, Bobby Clennell taught a benefit Woman's Yoga class for the Iyengar Institute of Greater New York. It was followed by a book signing to celebrate the publication of her new book, The Woman's Yoga Book. It was a great success and we thank everyone who came. For those of you who could not, here's a peek at the haps!
Designed by Celine Damonte for www.rodmellpress.com
Bobby Clennell, B.K.S. Iyengar, Lindsey Clennell
Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute.
B.K.S. Iyengar, at 88 years
Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute.
Copyright©Jake Clennell 2007