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Welcome to CSYOGA.COM!  We are working on giving you lots of things to read and learn about. If you want to get in touch with us, call 303-758-4814 or email csyoga@ecentral.com.  Our address is 2162 S. Colorado Blvd.  Denver, CO  80222, which is on the Southeast corner of Evans and Colorado, down the sidewalk from Amish Furniture and near Country Fair Garden Center.

 

Another “Fix Your Feet” Workshop!!!

I’m doing a Foot Workshop Sunday, March 23 at Park Hill Yoga for my friend Deb Baker. It will be 1-4 pm, $35 if paid by Wednesday, March 19, or $45 thereafter. You can hand me a check made out to that name and get the discount!  No mailing required!  The studio is at 2072 Ash St.-very near the Museum of Nature and Science.  No yoga experience is necessary, so bring friends with foot issues.  They’ll thank you!

More Beginner Classes Make Getting Started Easier!

We started the trend of “start-and-end” beginner yoga classes in Denver,but, understanding everyone’s changing schedules, we now have Ongoing Beginner/Level 1 Classes.  Use your coupon books or pay drop-in fees for any and all of:

Monday, 6-7:30 pm with Eleanor in the Large Studio

Tuesday, 9-10:30 am with Shelly in the Small Studio

Wednesday, 9:30-11 am with Kelly in the Large Studio

Sunday, 10:30-12 pm with Eleanor in the Large Studio

Everyone can find opportunities that fit NOW!

 

 

 

New Class! Fit for Life

Dumbell_red2Fit for Life is a resistance training class with an emphasis on strengthening and toning muscles by using dumbbells and your own body weight. Fifty minutes of functional exercises intended to develop improved balance, core stabilization and flexibility, for those who want to strengthen and firm as well as improve bone density.

Adding weights to your workout routine is the healthiest thing you can do! The benefits, besides toning and strengthening, include:

  • Boosting immune system
  • Ramping up metabolism
  • Reducing the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, diabetes and obesity
  • Maintaining healthy joints, tendons and ligaments
  • Increasing energy and endurance while promoting better sleep
  • Slowing down loss of muscle mass, balance and bone density that can happen with aging

*Class commitments required; Only a certain number of make-up classes will be given each month. Bring your own 5lb dumbbells and yoga mat!

Starts January 6, 2014
Monday evenings: 6:30 – 7:20 p.m.
Wednesday mornings: 11 – 11:50 a.m.
Small studio

Cost:
$80/month for 2 classes per week (2 make-up classes allowed)
$50/month for 1 class per week (1 make-up class allowed)
$15 for drop in

What is Iyengar Yoga?

IYENGAR YOGA is named after B.K.S. Iyengar, a modern day master of yoga.

 

Importance of Alignment
IYENGAR YOGA is most famous for its emphasis on proper alignment. Alignment of the bones and joints leads to better balance with less work of the muscles. In this way we gain more stability in the asanas with less effort. Proper alignment improves circulation, creates inner space (literally in the joints), and brings a balanced flow of energy through the whole body, which leads to health and well being. Attention to alignment in yoga is much more than making a list of points to remember while performing asanas. It is about developing a body awareness that reaches into all aspects of life.

Body Awareness
Beginner students disturb other parts of the body when they make adjustments. For example, beginners will often turn the head when they want to twist the spine. Mature practitioners develop a body awareness that is expressed in two ways. First, through an understanding of how everything is connected, they are able to make any adjustment without disturbing the rest of the body. Second, they are able to maintain adjustments as “body memory”. Body awareness provides the means to open areas of the body that are blocked. This is one of the reasons why IYENGAR YOGA has been so successful in promoting wellness.

Connections
Through his teaching, Iyengar has shown us how to understand connections between the different parts of the body. He teaches that the spine receives the work of the legs and arms. This principle is so fundamental that it applies in all asanas. For example, in both standing and inverted poses action of the feet and legs can make the spine extend. Instead of working directly in one part of the body, which is often not effective, we instead need to understand connections. Iyengar has taught us that the yoga asanas are not just a set of postures developed long ago, but rather involve exploration, discovery, and mastery of connections attained through practice.

Action vs. Movement
When we practice IYENGAR YOGA, we discover the difference between action and movement. As a beginning practitioner, our attention is able to observe only the peripheral body and external movements. This is what is called physical movement. With refinement, we slowly come to understand a different way of practice. We learn how to use all the senses of perception to feel not only what is happening in our peripheral body, but also what is happening inside our body. It is then that we arrive at the point described by Iyengar “when the mind acts as a bridge between the muscular movements and the organs of perceptions, and introduces the intellect and connects it to every part of the body.” We learn to discriminate with the mind and to analyze what we feel within our bodies. This is what is called action. Action is when we create internal stretch, a movement that is imperceptible to an outside observer, but that brings intelligence and wisdom to our poses.

Personalizing the Asanas
Through continuous practice and by being able to penetrate deeper and deeper within himself, Iyengar has gained much wisdom from yoga. Based on understanding of his own body, he has taught his students how to penetrate all levels of the body: the physical, the organic, and the mental. He teaches the importance of personalizing the asana practice by carefully choosing which asanas to practice, what sequence to arrange them in, and how to practice them (active or passive, unsupported or supported with props). This personalization of the asana practice allows us to meet personal needs according to changes in our physiology, psychology, and state of health.

Props
Another aspect of IYENGAR YOGA is the use of different props, including blocks, blankets, belts, and benches. If a person would benefit from an asana — at physical, organic, or mental levels — but is unable to assume the pose because of lack of ability or strength, a prop can be used for support. With props, even a person who is disabled or very sick can benefit from the asanas. The props allow all students to remain in the poses longer. Staying in a pose only for a brief time primarily affects the physical body. By remaining in poses longer, the benefits penetrate deeper into organic and mental levels.

Yoga Wisdom
We, who are fortunate to study continuously with Iyengar, have experienced directly not only his words but also his energy, which has guided us to penetrate deeper into our asana and our own bodies. Each of us has learned how to give our best, to experience our limits, and to touch the unknown, something that is hard to do on our own. We have learned not only how to guide students with verbal explanations and demonstrations, but also how to teach and correct students with touch, and thus enable them to experience something that it would take years to attain without our help.

A Living Master
Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar was born in 1918, yet he has lost none of his energy when he is practicing or teaching. His refinement of intelligence continues to expand. In his words: “I do not stretch the body today, which I used to do in my thirties, fifties, all these years, now I stretch my intelligence in my body, to expand it, so that it is the intelligence that stretches my body.”

Article written by Gabriella Giubilaro

FIX YOUR FEET! A workshop with Jeanne Ann Walter

Jeanne Ann's Feet

Sunday, OCTBER 27, 2013, 1-4 pm

Foot maladies are rampant, but so are gimmicks purporting to take care of them! All they really do is lighten your wallet.

When you take responsibility for how your feet got into this mess (fallen arches, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, bunions, neuromas, and more) and commit time and energy to their repair, you will be amazed at what relief you can feel.

Jeanne Ann came to the Iyengar yoga method after two stress fractures and two unnecessary foot surgeries. She began teaching in 1989 and has owned the Colorado School of Iyengar Yoga for 21 years.

Her personal history with foot pain sparked a continuing fascination with how health and comfort can be restored without surgical intervention, which, by the way, is notoriously unsuccessful.

No previous yoga experience necessary.

A minimum of 10 students is required for this workshop to go forward.

For more details contact Jeanne Ann by phone at 303.758.4814 or by email at csyoga@ecentral.com.

Date . . . . . . . . . Sunday, October 27

Time . . . . . . . . . 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Price . . . . . . . . . $40

The Colorado School of Iyengar Yoga’s Denver studio is located in the Criterion Shopping Center at the southeast corner of the intersection of Colorado Blvd. and Evans Ave., in Denver, Colorado.

CSIY In the News

Jeanne Ann Corrects a PoseThis photo appeared in THE DENVER POST today with an article by Kyle Wagner. Read her story here.  Kyle  rode her bike in the Leadville 100 last year, and has practiced yoga at various locations, so she fit right into our class. I invited her to come after reading a column she wrote about a visit to a Corepower class, suggesting she might like to see and experience something closer to the real roots of yoga, as opposed to “yoga calisthenics.” Iyengar instructors TEACH classes more than LEAD them. We talked for some time after class, while Nancy did her inversions, because she wanted to make sure she got them in that day. In return, I drew her in to the photo sequence.  I think her Virabhadrasana III is quite elegant (she likes that word and so do I).

Missing “The Point”

A friend forwarded a link to a” New York Times” article entitled “The First Lady Of Yoga.”  Had to be about Geeta Iyengar, right?

But—no; it was about a famous/infamous yoga teacher’s wife-the one he married after they both divorced their then-spouses.  Don’t you feel, sometimes, that even the “yoga world” is looking more and more like an episode of DR. PHIL, JERSEY-LICIOUS, or THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA? (Honest-I’ve only seen the first one.)  I’ll not argue that yogis are human, and therefore have human foibles, but it seems that, currently, yoga is frequently just something that is done on a mat, and is not being incorporated into the lives of some of  its (many well-known) practitioners.  Financial scandals, lawsuits, sexual accusations-will the next new yoga magazine be put out by “The Enquirer?”

It pains me enough that the word YOGA has been corrupted by being applied to franchised aerobics classes that capitalize on the fact that , for some people, SAYING “I do yoga” is way more important than truly doing it.  The key word, ASANA, in Sanskrit means “to sit,” which is why it has been Americanized to POSE.  Hmmm.  The definition of “poseur” is “a person who pretends to be what he or she is not: an affected or insincere person”.

In one of Prashant Iyengar’s classes, he exhorted us to stop adjusting in our twists and to be still, saying that people who constantly adjust are insincere.

Here’s a great quote of Prashant’s I found on this website:

“We cannot expect that millions are practicing real yoga just because millions of people claim to be doing yoga all over the globe. What has spread all over the world is not yoga. It is not even non-yoga; it is un-yoga.” The undue emphasis, particularly in the West, on asana as the crux of Yoga dilutes the essence of the spiritual practice and its ultimate goal of moksha”.

from a 2005 interview with Prashant Iyengar, son of B.K.S. Iyengar, published in Namarupa magazine.

It seems like this practice that is supposed to be about “going inward” has commonly taken a 180 degree turn.  Let’s reverse that where we can.  Start some conversations.