Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fall UPdates and New Noon class added Wednesday's


Fall Updates

New Noon Class Wednesday added to schedule

I am sending out this note to everyone on my mailing list, not just those registered in the fall session because I have added a NEW Class on Wednesday's that may interest a few people.
This class will be six weeks long starting October 1st and ending November 5th.
Class time is 12:05-12:55.
Please contact me if interested as there is five or six interested already.

Also, I wanted to say thank you to everyone that has registered in the fall session.
I appreciate you joining the classes and learn so much myself during the sessions.
This fall I will be attending two workshops that I am sure will benefit my own practice and teaching.

As part of my early registration with payment I did give away 20 free gifts.  So thank you for registering early with payment. I hope you are enjoying your eye pillow, yoga strap or mini plush towel from Halfmoon yoga.

Lastly, it has been a month since B.K.S. Iyengar died.  I know I will continue to learn from him though his books and other teachers. I had a class to celebrate his life and with the donations from that class I have contributed that money to the Bellur Trust Fund.

Below is a bit of information on the Bellur Trust.

Bellur Krishnamachar & Seshamma Smaraka Niddhi Trust (BKSSNT)

Bellur is a village in southern India, and the birthplace of Sri B.K.S. Iyengar.
Sri B.K.S. Iyengar established the Bellur Trust with a vision - to provide the village with all of life's necessities. This will help not only the villagers but also people living in the surrounding region.
Sri B.K.S. Iyengar, who left Bellur at the age of 18, has a deep concern for his birthplace.
BKSSNT is a charitable trust. It has undertaken and completed several projects including a school, fresh water tower and medical clinic. To find out more about the BKSSNT, visit the BKS Iyengar web site at

Thank you.

Pamela Nelson

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Teach the Teacher Within


I have attended many classes, teacher training courses and workshops over the years. I am so grateful that I can learn from so many wonderful teachers and I often am amazed at how they were able to open up a pose for me. 

I will continue to attend classes, teacher training and workshops because I know I still have a lot to learn. 

But in this learning one thing is important.  It is not an ego thing but a recognition that to accept these teachings I have to let down my ego and totally absorb the teachings. I have had to teach myself that I can teach myself after the class is over. 

Prashant, Mr. Iyengars son teaches this. In his classes he will say that the class or teachings don't really begin until after the class. 
We go to class to learn and then we must go home and teach ourselves. Incorporate the work into ourselves.

I am grateful to have students who come to my classes. I am happy when they are happy after a class, when they feel better when they leave. I am happy when I have been able to pass on the teachings in a way they were able to "get" that day, but I always insist that they were the ones who showed up to class, they were the ones who did the work. They could have stood and put little effort in, or thought about fifteen other things, but they choose to do the work. Through their body, breath and mind. 

So we have to aknowledge as students we have a responsibility to teach ourselves the teachings. 
This I learned from my teachers and through the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar. :)

Like most things in life worth getting. We must do the work ourselves to gain the benefit through honest effort. 

Pamela Nelson