Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Winter Yoga Classes February 25-28th at PLN Yoga Studio

Here are the classes for the rest of this week at PLN Yoga Studio in Prince Albert.

Wednesday Feb.25th

5:30-7:00pm - Intermediate Yoga

7:15-8:15pm - Beginner Level 1

Thursday Feb.26th

12:05-12:55 - Noon Yoga

1:15-2:45pm - Afternoon Yoga

Saturday Feb. 28th

9:15-10:15am - Iyengar Flow

10:30-11:45am - A.M. All Levels

There is still 5 weeks or so of classes left and room in some classes.
No need to wait to the Spring Session to give yoga a try.

Contact me if interested in attending a class.

Pamela Nelson

Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor

Friday, February 13, 2015

Pranayama - The Gift of Life

In the recent Yoga Rahasya there is many great articles and in particular in this volume many tributes to the late B.K.S Iyengar, or Guruji and many students called him.  He was not always Guruji to everyone, he earned the name after many years of personal practice and teaching.
One article by Lynn Holt talks about how one of the greatest gifts Mr. Iyengar gave us was to teach how to control the mind with the breath.  He did this first by having a strong pranayama practice himself and understood "that the absolute prerequisites to reach the highest state in yoga are peace in body and pose in mind."
As I delve more and more into my own pranayama practice this quote becomes more and more meaningful.
 "The practice of pranayama is not merely the act of inhalations and exhalations.  It is instrumental in removing the veil that covers the intelligence of the self."
Savasana is often the beginning of pranayama, because one can gain quietness of the mind. But, in saying that without an asana practice it is hard to find that quietness in savasana.  From that quiet state in the mind, through steady practice, then comes quietness in the consciousness as we let go of the ego.
I will write more as I continue to explore.

Pamela Louise Nelson 
Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor

PLN Yoga Studio
#3-3800 5th Ave. E., PA
S6W 0A1

"Helping Unite Body, Breath and Mind"

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Three Levels of Quest

B.K.S. Iyengar offered many insights on yoga through the asana-s because the freedom of the body and mind is required first before can move deeper inward.

He said, "There are three levels of quest through yoga asana-s. The external quest for firmness of body. The internal quest is for the steadiness of intelligence. The innermost quest is for the benevolence of spirit."

An understanding of one's own body, mind and breath through practice must be understood first.
If takes faith and courage to examine and maintain a steady practice. To twist, bend, balance and go upside down.
To feel the effect of every action.

So examine your practice and penetrate deeper to connect with the inner body, reaching the organic body with intelligence.

Asana is a process to look into oneself - Geeta Iyengar

Pamela Nelson
Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor