Thursday, December 15, 2011

A big huge thank you to each and every one of you

Hello class. I have so much enjoyed reading your memoirs about your BIC experience. It is  been the absolute highlight of my teaching career thus far. Thank you so much for all the time, effort, and thoughtfulness you put into them.  I learned a great deal from reading each one of them. Thank you also for putting so much of yourselves into the papers and into the class generally.  My heart is truly overflowing with gratitude to each of you for your engagement with the process of this class.

This particular class is over, but  we'll be practicing Wednesdays at  5:30 starting Jan 11.  It is a by donation practice. Pay what you can.  I will do the poses together with whomever shows up. We'll meet for an hour.  Same room  Morrison 100.

Also,  there's yoga just about everywhere in America. Find a class to go to.  Find time to practice on your own and enjoy your journey as life long learners.  Those of you in the Austin Area,  check out  I'd love to see you  in class sometime.  Dallas and Houston people there are  great Iyengar studios there. 

I'll keep this blog up.  tune in Next fall for the Yoga and Philosophy  Capstone II.  

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The last class sequence

Here's what we will do on the last day.

Urdhva Hastasana
Urdhva Namascarasana
Vrksasana  (for Kelsey)
Trikonasana (for Ashley)
Vira I (for Kyneshawau and Ashley)
AMS (for me though I did say sarvangasana was my favorite
Sirsasana (for Antonia and Anita)
Parsva Dhanurasana ( for Melissa)
Sarvangasana  (for Dan)
Supta Konasana  (for Beth)

Savasana  (for everyone)

Sorry Brittany, I can't remember your favorite pose right now and Tiffany and syndee, we'll add your favorites in on the fly.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Hi  All,  Sorry about missing class on Tuesday.  Hope you enjoyed finishing the movie. I'm organizing a conference in Austin on Thursday so  no class Thursday.  Please use this  addition time to work on your memoirs, blogs, and final papers.  The end of the semester is upon us.

We'll have a fun filled practice aimed at poses that help with digestion  which should come in handy over the upcoming holiday.

I miss all of you!!!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Info about the yoga workshop this weekend

AN IYENGAR WORKSHOP WITH GEORGE PURVIS Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November
20, 2011
Clear Spring Studio and Austin Yoga Institute heartily welcome George Purvis, Texas’s own Free Range Yogi, to Austin. George's teaching draws from an exceptional personal practice as well as his study with B.K.S. Iyengar in India. In demand for workshops all over the country, his gentle manner and strong sense of humor encourage students of all ages and abilities to achieve excellence and insight. George holds the highest Iyengar certification level in Texas. Give yourself a treat and come study with George!
Note: All classes are for all levels of student with experience of the Iyengar method. If you have physical limitations or medical conditions, please ask Peggy or Devon if attendance will be appropriate for you. Another Note: you are strongly encouraged to attend all sessions; there is a well-thought-out method and progression to the work, and your body and mind will benefit from the immersion. SCHEDULE:
Friday evening, November 18, 2011 6-8 pm Saturday morning, November 19: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm Saturday afternoon 3 to 5 pm
Sunday morning 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
All classes will be at Austin Yoga Institute, 1122C South Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704. COST : Entire Workshop: $200, $180 if paid by November 1, 2011.
Two hour classes: $40 Three hour classes: $60

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

We will talk about the asana and pranayama sutras in class tomorrow

sthira sukham asanam

Asana is perfect firmness of body, steadiness of intelligence and benevolence of spirit.
prayatna saithilya ananta samapattibhyam

Perfection in an asana is achieved when the effort to perform it becomes effortless and the infinite being within is reached.
tatah dvandvah anabhighatah

From then on, the sadhaka is undisturbed by dualities.
tasmin sati svasa prasvasayoh gativicchedah pranayamah

Pranayama is regulation of the incoming and outgoing flow of breath with retention. It is to be practised only after perfection in asana is attained.
bahya abhyantara stambha vrttih desa kala samkhyabhih paridrstah dirgha suksmah

Pranayama has three movements: prolonged and fine inhalation, exhalation and retention; all regulated with precision according to duration and place.
bahya abhyantara visaya aksepi caturthah

The fourth type of pranayama transcends the external and internal pranayamas, and appears effortless and non-deliberate.
tatah ksiyate prakasa avaranam

Pranayama removes the veil covering the light of knowledge and heralds the dawn of wisdom.
dharanasu ca yogyata manasah

The mind also becomes fit for concentration.

Monday, October 10, 2011

tatah pratyakcetana adhigamah api antaraya abhavah ca

Meditation on God with repetition of aum removes obstacles to the mastery of the inner self.
vyadhi styana samsaya pramada alasya avirati bhrantidarsana alabdhabhumikatva       anavasthitatvani cittaviksepah te antarayah

These obstacles are disease, inertia, doubt, heedlessness, laziness, indiscipline of the senses, erroneous views, lack of perseverance, and backsliding.
duhkha daurmanasya angamejayatva svasaprasvasah viksepa sahabhuvah

Sorrow, despair, unsteadiness of the body and irregular breathing further distract the citta.

maitri karuna mudita upeksanam sukha duhkha punya apunya visayanam bhavanatah cittaprasadanam

Through cultivation of friendliness, compassion, joy, and indifference to pleasure and pain, virtue and vice respectively, the consciousness becomes favorably disposed, serene and benevolent.

heyam duhkham anagatam

The pains which are yet to come can be and are to be avoided.

Principles which run contrary to yama and niyama are to be countered with the knowledge of discrimination.