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John Schumacher Interview on Meditation and BKS Iyengar

John Schumacher sits down with Iyengar Yoga teacher Rosa Santana and discusses his thoughts on meditation, how it can be reached through the practice of asana, the difference between meditation and Pranayama, and stories about the early days with BKS … Continue reading

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Question of the Month: Your classes are too hard.

I understand this is not a question, but I have been told this a number of times and feel it is important feedback and should be addressed. My classes are ‘all levels’ classes ranging from beginner to advanced practitioners, including … Continue reading

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Iyengar Sequence for Headache due to Congestion

Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero’s pose) Lying over cross bolsters Uttanasana with head support (Standing forward bend) Adho Mukha Svanasana with head support (Downward-facing dog pose) Prasarita Padottanasana with head support (Wide legged standing forward bend) Viparita Dandasana on chair with head … Continue reading

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Photo blog – The Institute


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A passing thought

Sometimes, half way through a backbending class with Geeta, I think about pretending I’m menstruating. 😉

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Medical Class, Part 2

A young woman was hanging in rope Sirsasana when Guruji came over.  Instructions were given to bring a table.  He told her how to hold the sides of the table moving her into an intense backbend. “Head up, chest down!” … Continue reading

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Medical Class – Part I

Guruji made several rounds to each student adjusting and occasionally smacking students and teachers.  Each time he smacked someone I jumped. A senior teacher looked at me quizzically, wordlessly. A woman with scoliosis had two straps on her torso, one … Continue reading

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A line has formed from the top of the stairwell down the stairs and following the perimeter of the office, continuing all the way to the outside.  The hall is crowded and loud.  There is a mad rush to the … Continue reading

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Viparita Dandasana – with support of chair and bolster for the head; hold for five minutes. Lying over Cross Bolsters; hold for five minutes Shoulders in mid air, legs bent, feet flat on floor Shoulders in mid air, legs straight … Continue reading

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Question of the Month: How do I keep from becoming discouraged in my practice? I look around in yoga class and I can’t do any of the poses.

This is a difficult question to answer.  Yoga is internal, personal, and not to be compared to the practice of the person next to you.  While in India, I was always looking around at the other students.  Geeta Iyengar told … Continue reading

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