“Sadhana” is the Sanskrit word for practice but it implies much more than just showing up to asana class. In this series we will focus on how to develop a home practice, how to tailor a sequence to fit your daily needs, and the major groups of poses and their benefits. Each meeting we will have time to practice, ask questions, and reflect on our progress. Weekly reading and journaling assignments will help you practice independently creating your own deeper sense of sadhana. A perfect way to commit yourself to your practice! Level I of the series is open to students with at least 6 months Iyengar experience, or permission of the instructor.
Here’s what past students are saying about it:
“The Daily Sadhana course has left me with a deeper understanding of how to practice different poses, I feel more confident, and have greater ownership of my own yoga path. The class was also fun, and gave me new friends in the Center.”
“This class was a wonderful way to get motivated to practice yoga at home. I really enjoyed sharing the experience and the support of my classmates. Rebecca’s encouragement and willingness to share her knowledge and tips on ways to surmount the obstacles of health issues is invaluable.”
“I’m so glad I took Rebecca’s Daily Sadhana course! I certainly recommend it to anyone looking to develop their home practice. In addition to being an excellent motivator to practice at home, (yes daily!), it gave me tools and understanding for structuring my individual practice going forward. I continue to find the course book a valuable reference and, bonus, it helped me with the Sanskrit names!”
“I loved Rebecca’s “Developing Daily Sadhana” course. It challenged me to cultivate a deeper understanding of yoga and to incorporate my asana practice into my daily life.”
The sister science to yoga, Ayurveda is an ancient medical system that addresses body, mind, and soul and is considered to be the mother of all healing. This course will introduce and guide you through a one-week cleanse using the healing modalities of Ayurveda. Mud season in Vermont is the perfect time toundergo a gentle, clarifying and fortifying cleanse.
Recommended for all participants. Students who have already taken this workshop can attend for free as a refresher. $20
This class will cover Ayurvedic principles, physiology, and the concept of the disease process to better understand why we cleanse and how the various therapies function. Dinner included. $55
Share your experiences and be introduced to the important post-cleanse process of rejuvenation. $20
Bring on the New Year with heartfelt sounds to celebrate the returning of the light!
Sanskrit is the language of vibration. Chanting the beautiful sounds of this ancient language can bring restoration to one’s body, equanimity to the mind, and peace and joy to the heart. In this three hour workshop, Sanskrit scholar Leslie Freyberg will give guidance in pronouncing the sounds of the Sanskrit alphabet to reveal its fundamental power. Leslie will then lead the participants in chanting selected verses from the Bhagavad Gita and Vedic Mantras.
No previous experience is necessary. Come with your willing ears and voice!
Leslie Dillingham Freyberg is a faculty member of the American Sanskrit Institute. A graduate of Sonia Nelson’s Teacher Training Program in Vedic Chanting in the lineage of T.K.V. Desikachar and Krishnamacharya, she has studied Vedic Chanting at Desikachar’s shala, the Sannidhi Krishnamacharya Yoga Center in Chennai, India. She continues her studies with the renown Ms. Nelson in Santa Fe, NM. Leslie is also a member of the faculty of Patricia Walden’s Yoga Mala Teacher Training Program. Using her skills as a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher to inform her teaching, Leslie has earned the reputation of leading engaging and meaningful classes nationwide.
The teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar sparingly use metaphors to clarify the action in a pose or weave yogic philosophy into the art of asana. Similarly, ancient yogic art conveyed powerful teachings through simple but profound images. Join Mary in exploring these connections throughout the weekend in thoughtful and inspiring sequences.
Friday evening 6-8
Grounded: The Elephant and the Square
Asana ‘from the ground up’ at week’s end. These seated and standing foundational asanas bring stability to body and mind, and allow the effects of stress to dissipate. Restoratives will finish out the class.
Saturday morning 9-12
Fanning the Flame
Backbends ‘bring the spine in’ in a way that accesses latent energy and lifts the mood. Agni, the fire element, is in play in backbends balanced with the earthiness of leg work. Come discover the joyful aspect of these potent asanas.
Saturday afternoon 3-5
Twisting the Strands
What yogic actions support the spine and allow freedom to twist? Twisting is refreshing and nourishing for the spine and internal organs and draws the mind inward. Forward bends and inversions will complement the sequence.
Sunday morning 10-1
Action and Reflection, Ha and Tha
How does the vibrancy and vitality of Tapas (fierce ardor) balance with Santosha (contentment)? We will explore these and other pairings in this class of simple balances and linked asanas. A general class for continuing beginners on up.
Mary Reilly began her studies of Iyengar Yoga in Ann Arbor in 1978 as a University of Michigan graduate in Biology. She was among the first yoga teachers in the Midwest to be Iyengar certified and was granted an Intermediate Senior II certificate personally by B.K.S. Iyengar in 2012. Mary has directed North Woods Yoga, the B.K.S. Iyengar Center of Northern Michigan in Petoskey, Michigan since 1986. She served as Chair of Certification of the Iyengar Yoga National Association from 2000-2014.Mary Studies regularly at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Institute in Pune India, and studied there most recently in February of 2014. Mary’s teaching lets her love of yoga shine through with enthusiasm as well as clarity and precision. Her goal is to help students overcome their obstacles to achieving their full potential in their understanding of yoga.
The Iyengar Yoga Center of Vermont has partnered with the Transgender Community Wellness Program at the Pride Center of Vermont to offer free yoga classes specifically for Trans* and Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) individuals. Join Rebecca Weisman in co-creating a safe and inviting space to learn about the rich practice of yoga. In this course we will work with basic yoga postures to learn a strong foundation, creating confidence and steadiness in the body. We will also look at ways that yoga can aid in reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, balance fluctuations in hormones, and other special topics like body-positivity, identity, and group relationships. Classes are slow, instructional, and safe– appropriate for any body, regardless of age or ability.
A testimonial from a Pride Center Community member: “A friend pushed me to attend my first yoga class this past summer and I have never looked back. We have a wonderful opportunity to get together in a safe and welcoming space where no one will judge you, hurt you, or make you feel bad. Rebecca is one of best teachers I have met. She understands how to work with folks who are not classically bendy (read that as out of shape, like me) and is going to put this class out there for us at no cost, and in a safe and comfortable environment.”
Generously supported with funding from the Iyengar Yoga Association of New England.
Limited to 15 participants.
This workshop is an introduction to understanding bone health and how yoga can play a vital role in how we address the health of this dynamic tissue. Placing asana practice into the context of a broad spectrum approach to bone health we will learn how to integrate a simple daily routine of yoga poses which may improve bone solidity, soft tissue strength, and promote balance, both physical and mental. For all levels of practitioners.
You may have heard that Iyengar yoga is all about “alignment”, but what does this really mean in practice? In this workshop we will explore the deeper dimensions of alignment, looking not just at the physical body, but they way the physical body effects the deeper, more subtle kosas or sheaths of the body. We will practice familiar poses with this new awareness to fully absorb their hidden potential, gaining an understanding of how to align not just the body to the body, but the body to the mind, and the mind to the soul.
Join us for this wonderful event and check out the other great offerings over the weekend!
Pranayama is a Sanskrit word that means expansion and restraint of the breath and the vital energies. In the Preface to Light on Pranayama B.K.S. Iyengar says, “Pranayama is a vast subject with illimitable potentialities. It is psychosomatic, since it explores the intimate relationship between the body and the mind. It may appear quite simple and easy, but the moment one sits down to practise, one quickly realises that it is a difficult art.” Pranayama is a powerful practice that helps us move inward, quiet the mind, restore and strengthen the nervous system, and give us new insight into the subtle workings of our own energetic body and mind.
In this 8 week course, we will take on the practice of pranayama: from its foundation in simple asanas to prepare the lungs and the mind, moving towards the basic supine pranayamas, and finally building up to seated pranayamas, with retention, mudras, and bandhas. The course will build slowly and systematically to demystify this “difficult art” and help each student move forward in his or her own practice of pranayama.
If we are to mature in our yoga practice, we must learn to cultivate our inner sensitivity and to use it to adjust body, breath, and mind in asana so that consciousness flows evenly throughout our embodiment. This refinement of our sensitivity is something we must do for ourselves in our practice — it cannot be done from the outside. The doorway to this inner practice is via our senses of perception, which we learn to direct from external objects towards our inner experience. As attention is transformed into awareness and awareness spreads and expands, the inner consciousness moves freely from an attachment to the body to an attachment of the soul. In this workshop, we will explore the principles of alignment and precision in Iyengar Yoga not as ends in themselves, but as a means of developing the exquisite sensitivity and awareness needed to bring about integration and to enable us to penetrate towards the core of our being.
Jarvis Chen is a Junior Intermediate III certified Iyengar yoga teacher who lives, practices, and teaches in Boston. He studies with senior Iyengar yoga teacher Patricia Walden, whom he assists regularly in classes, workshops, and teacher trainings. He travels to Pune, India regularly to study with the Iyengars. In 2008, Jarvis was recognized by Yoga Journal as one of 21 teachers under the age of 40 who are “shaping the future of yoga.” Jarvis is also a social epidemiologist and a research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health
Sunday, January 11
Join Jill Johnson, physical therapist and Intermediate Junior II certified Iyengar yoga teacher, in a workshop exploring the complex anatomy of the shoulder girdle. Because of the unique nature of the shoulder joint we can be especially prone to strain and injury through repetitive activities including yoga. In this workshop we will move through a series of actions and poses to strengthen, stabilize, and create appropriate flexibility in the whole shoulder girdle. We will be examining traditional poses as well as therapeutic approaches, and those with injuries are welcome to attend.
Sunday, November 16
Sthira sukham asanam. With stability comes ease in yoga poses. In this workshop you will learn what poses are prerequisites for building strength, flexibility, stamina and confidence in your inversions; how to use props and support to keep sama, evenness, physically,psychologically, and emotionally in your poses, practicing with ease. Inversions are emphasized in the Iyengar method of yoga because of their immense benefits, especially Salamba Sirsasana, head balance, and Salamba Sarvangasana, shoulder balance, the king and queen of the asanas. All the major systems of the body benefit — immune,digestive, hormonal, respiratory, circulatory and nervous systems. When practiced regularly, they increase strength, quiet the mind and lift the spirit. No matter what your starting point is, you will learn what to focus on to safely arrive at the next level of achievement! This workshop is open to all levels.
About Joni: Joni began her yoga life as a teenager in 1970 and has apprenticed with some of the most senior Iyengar yoga teachers in the world. She has had along journey with yoga, which has brought balance, discipline, and healing. She has trained and mentored many successful yoga teachers. She senses how to challenge each student to safely and accurately progress to unexpected levels of achievement, instilling confidence as well as new levels of perception and understanding.
Join IYCVT and the Pride Center of Vermont (formerly RU12?) for our first community series. In this series we will work with basic yoga postures and create a safe and inviting space to explore our experiences in the body. Classes are slow, instructional, and safe– appropriate for any body, regardless of age or condition. These classes are open to anyone and are by donation. ($5 suggested donation per class, registration for full series recommended). Sign up is required through the Pride Center of Vermont.
MONDAYS, August 11, 18, 25
More info on Pride Center Website
“Sadhana” is the Sanskrit word for practice but it implies much more than just showing up to asana class. In this series we will focus on how to develop a home practice, how to tailor a sequence to fit your daily needs, and the major groups of poses and their benefits. Each meeting we will have time to practice, ask questions, and reflect on our progress. Weekly reading and journaling assignments will help you practice independently creating your own deeper sense of sadhana. A perfect way to commit yourself to your practice! Level I of the series is open to students with at least 6 months Iyengar experience and Level II is open to those who have completed Level I or permission of the instructor.
MONDAYS, June 9 – 30
Required reading: Preliminary Course (Yoga in Action) by Geeta Iyengar.
Recommended: Light on Yoga, by BKS Iyengar.
Both books are available through IYNAUS.org or Amazon.
MONDAYS, July 7 – 28
Required reading: Intermediate Course (Yoga in Action) by Geeta Iyengar.
Recommended: Light on Yoga, by BKS Iyengar.
Both books are available through IYNAUS.org or Amazon.
Reinvigorate yourself after a challenging winter and “mud season” with a practice of twists, designed to cleanse body and mind. Standing twists require a firm, rooted support from which to spiral upwards and outwards. In seated twists, our awareness moves inwards to a deeper, organic level. A practice of twists will help wring out toxins and allow organs to soak in renewed, fresh blood and oxygen. Learn to use the breath as the primary tool for deeply culturing unobstructed energy (prana), tranquility and serenity.
Peentz Dubble has been teaching yoga for 35 years. In 1987 she took her first trip to India to study directly with BKS Iyengar and returns regularly to the Institute, most recently in January 2014. Upon moving to Boston in 1994, Peentz began an extraordinary journey studying with Patricia Walden and has been honored to assist her in the BKS Iyengar Teacher Training Program. Peentz currently is the Director of the Heart of Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program at Down Under Yoga in Newtonville, MA and is an assessor for the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS).
Peentz’s greatest joy is teaching and helping students to awaken to their full, brilliant potential. She is renowned for her sequencing and her ability to personally connect with each student and adapt to their needs, and assist them in reaching their personal goals.
Sutra II.46 says sthira sukham asanam… the pose should be steady and done with ease. In this New Year’s Day celebration workshop we will look at how to balance with ease and grace on our feet, hands, and head, developing strength, steadiness and confidence in balancing poses. Open to all levels.
There are many benefits to learning how to activate the pelvic floor including:
• decreased stress and pain to the back
• greater pelvic stability
• increased ease and lightness with movement
In this workshop, Jill Johnson will teach ways to recruit the 3 layers of the pelvic floor and how to apply this knowledge to yoga poses and functional movement. This is open to all levels of yoga students. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga and has evolved as an art and approach to health over thousands of years. According to Dr Robert Svoboda Ayurveda is a way of life, a way of learning to cooperate with Nature and live in harmony with it. The Ayurveda study group will meet once a month beginning in September through May 2014. Meetings will consist of an Ayurvedic meal and discussion of a structured curriculum. We will use Dr Robert Svoboda’s book “Prakriti, Your Ayurvedic Constitution” as our study guide. Topics will include: Knowing your Individual Constitution, Food and Nutrition, Establishing a Daily Routine, Creating Balance, Rejuvenation and more. Additional resources for study will be available.