Thursday, July 8, 2010

Yoga announcements

3 bits of yoga news....

1) Sunday, July 18, 2010, 2-5 p.m. I'll be participating in the 4th annual IYISF Yogathon -- a benefit for the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, which, like many yoga organizations, is struggling a bit in these hard economic times. Information on the Yogathon is here:

I'll be doing all 108 poses, and will be one of the six teachers leading the sequence. If you'd like to take the occasion to make a contribution in support of IYISF by way of sponsoring me, I and the Institute would be most grateful. A quarter a pose comes to $27. Fifty cents is $54, and, obviously, $1 a pose is $108. Let me know if you'd be interested in sponsoring me.

Alternatively, you could sign up for the yogathon yourself!

2) Sunday, July 25, 2010, 10 a.m to noon. I'll be teaching a workshop at the Yoga Garden in San Francisco on Developing a Home Practice:

"Success will follow the one who practices, not the one who practices not. Success in Yoga is not obtained by the mere theoretical reading of sacred texts. Success is not obtained by wearing the dress of a yogi or a sanyasi, nor by talking about it. Constant practice alone is the secret of success. Verily, there is no doubt of this." - Hatha Yoga Pradipika. We come to class to learn. We practice to study and develop our own experience of what we learn. Want to practice on your own but not sure how to start? Seeking motivation? Lacking time? Already have a practice and want variety? Direction? This workshop will cover approaches to practice, asana categories, and sequencing.

3) Saturday, September 25, 2-5 p.m. I'll be teaching a workshop at the Yoga Room in Berkeley on Mindful Shoulder Blades:

Often we think of the mind as a separate entity that works on the body, but the Iyengars teach that mind, breath, and body are all interactive and interpenetrating. Shoulder blades, at the back of the body, often seem to escape our awareness, as if they have a mind of their own. We will use this workshop to explore a variety of aspects of the shoulder blade’s actions in different asanas, looking to discover what we can gain from an increased awareness of what the shoulder blades are up to, to discover what happens when we integrate the mind of the shoulder blade into our own mindfulness.

More information will be available later this summer at