Life’s opportunities….

I have been thinking about going to India for a long time. I have always made excuses about why I could not attend: It’s too far, my kids are too young, it’s a burden on my husband to leave for a month, etc. However, after listening to Manouso Manos and Patricia Walden telling us not to miss an opportunity to attend the institute while Mr. Iyengar is still with us, I decided to apply. I am happy to announce that I have been accepted to study Iyengar Yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India. I will be attending the Institute June of 2011.

Students have asked me: “What are your expectations?” Honestly, I want to see Mr. Iyengar practice his art before he passes on to his next life. He is 91 and still filled with amazing energy and has a continued yoga practice that awes all that watch! I also expect to delve deeper into my yoga and Pranayama practice and bring what I learn back to share with my students.

At the Institute you are expected to attend a two hour class then go to the ‘practice room’ and practice in front of other students and senior teachers, for up to three hours. In my 22 years of practice, I have never had another person, other than my children, watch my practice. It has always been something I’ve considered private and personal and to have others present is like having someone view you from the inside aware of all your thoughts and struggles. I think that will be a big adjustment for me. I am looking forward to this wonderful opportunity for growth and all it has to offer me.

About EssentialYoga Studio

Roberta has been practicing yoga since 1988 and has been teaching yoga since 1994. She has trained under master yoga teachers Swami Padmananda, Patricia Walden, Manouso Manos, Father Joe Pereira, Zoë Stewart, Karin Stephan, Liz Owen and others. She continues to study with her Iyengar teachers, Patricia Walden and Peentz Dubble. Roberta has studied yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune, India during June 2011, February 2014 and attended Abhijata's intensive in Pune, India December 2016. Roberta is currently enrolled in Peentz Dubble's two year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program. Additionally, Roberta completed training and certification with Elise Browning Miller as 'Yoga for Scoliosis' instructor. She completed a 500 hour Hatha Yoga Certification program with AURA Wellness Center and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. She has been a Certified Meditation Teacher since June 2007 and has been an Usui Reiki Practitioner since 1989. Roberta's Personal Practice Philosophy: Health issues have changed and deepened my practice. You will see many photos of me using a variety of props. On days I don't feel well, instead of saying, "I can't practice today", Iyengar Yoga has taught me to say, "How can I practice today".
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One Response to Life’s opportunities….

  1. Nancy Humphrey says:

    Hi Roberta,
    This is great!! I really enjoy the BLOG! I was going to see you Tuesday at Union but I have to work until 11:30 andI leave WED for DC. So I will do Union Tues night @ 7:00…wish you were teaching but I will see you next week!!
    This is a great site!!
    Nancy Humphrey

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