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Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Many celebrate winter solstice, the longest night of the year as a turning point that the daylight hours will soon be getting longer once more.
Some celebrate the long dark night as a chance to settle in and be still. To withdraw from the outer world and have a chance to connect within.
I like the idea of both. I love things about all seasons so knowing spring is coming is a wonderful thing but I also like the quiet and still moments, settling in and connecting within as well as with those close around you. I think of solstice as a chance to soul search!
I thought I would share this little article from Prashant called Your Teacher in You.
He writes practice must be divided into two parts: consolidation and learning.
When you learn you are required to go forward and observe and reflect in each pose.
You become a witness as you observe how you are doing the pose.
That is how you start learning to learn.
In yoga as you move to a more intermediate stage you become your own teacher and your own student!
Because you understand yourself you can have a better teacher inside yourself, who is with you all the time. Prashant says you should be learning yoga to teach...to teach yourself.
Then you will consolidate what you have learned within.
I found this fitting to share today because as we celebrate this opportunity to be still, quiet and reflective we can enhance our practice by observing ourselves and give ourselves the chance to understand our own state of mind and what our difficulties may be.
You have to learn to learn, learn to teach, teach to teach and teach to learn.
Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Today would have been B.K.S. Iyengar's 98th Birthday. Although he passed away a little over two years ago he is still deeply rooted in my heart and always will be.
Many have posted wonderful tributes to Guruiji. I never had the opportunity to learn from him directly and only spent one month in India at the institute when he was alive watching him in his daily practice in the corner of the room, but I still feel daily the value of his teaching either though his books, recording and videos. I am lucky also to have the opportunity to study with many wonderful Iyengar teachers who all work so hard to pass on the teachings of yoga the best they can and in the Light of Guruji.
Today my practice was in honour of Guruji. His lifelong practice and willingness to keep exploring and delving deeper into the body, mind and breath has made it easier for the rest of us to learn this ancient art of yoga.
Pamela Nelson is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor.
Monday, December 12, 2016
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Feeling a bit hunched up with the cold and stress. This pose is good for stretching the back, neck and shoulders. The leg action - either for chair pose or eagle pose is great also to strengthen the legs and back and work on balance.
In Light on Yoga, Mr. Iyengar writes that Garuda means an eagle, the king of birds.
I have included a few warm up poses to do before the full pose.
This is general guidelines for the pose. Please know yourself and your limits in the asanas.
Come back to Tadasana, Mountain Pose.
From Tadasana, Mountain pose, inhale and then exhaling bend the knees, lengthen the tailbone down towards the ground. Keep the outer thighs rolling in and bend at the hips. Raise the arms parallel to the floor, keeping the shoulders moving down the back and away from the ears. Keep the head level.
Inhale, press the floor with the feet and come back up to Tadasana.
Those poses can be done before if you wish as a bit of a warm up.
From Tadasana, inhale and raise the arms parallel to the floor.
Hook the left foot around the right calf. Keep inner legs squeezing together, tailbone drawing towards floor and elbows lifting to shoulder height. Face, throat and abdomen should remain soft.
Release and repeat on the opposite side, staying for equal lengths on both sides.
If balancing with legs crossing is to unstable do the arm action of eagle pose with the leg action of chair pose.
Benefits: This pose is said to remove stiffness in the shoulders and ankles. It can also help prevent cramps in the calf muscles and legs.
Enjoy the freedom of being like an eagle.
Pamela Nelson - Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor
Friday, December 9, 2016
This morning when reading Patanjali's Yoga Sutra's I opened the book to sutra II.2. It is interesting how a book written over 2500 years ago can still be relevant even today.
This sutra reads:
Y.S. II.2 - samadhi bhavanarthah klesa tanukaranrthasca
The practice of yoga reduces afflictions and leads to Samadhi.
This is B.K.S. Iyengar's translation, taken from Light on the Yoga Sutra's of Patanjali.
Mr.Iyenar writes, "By reducing afflictions to a minimum or even eradicating them, kriyayoga promotes profound meditation, which is a precursor to Samadhi. The purpose of this yoga is to minimize all impediments to meditation and thus bring the intelligence to full, vibrant life."
To know what is meant by kriyayoga, sutra II.1 tells us. Kriyayoga is the "yoga of action", composed of tapas-self discipline, svadhyaya- self study and isvara pranidhana -surrender to God.
Tapas helps to burn away impurities of the body, senses and mind. Svadhyaya is the study of sacred texts and mantras to understand the self. Isvara pranidhana one surrenders the fruits of actions.
Mr. Iyengar writes in Y.S. II.1 that, "both beginner and evolved soul learn how to stabilize the mind."
Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Mr. Iyengar writes that each pose has a centre of gravity, and that the physical centre of gravity for each pose is not the same. Finding the centre of gravity in each pose will bring lightness.
In class I often use the example of Vrksasana (Tree Pose). The pose begins in Tadasana, with the weight evenly balanced between two feet, front to back and side to side. From two feet, the pose is altered to balancing on one leg and with this shift our centre of gravity also shifts. The arms which begin at the heart centre begin to raise overhead, again changing the centre of gravity. Throughout this whole pose and each pose Mr. Iyengar writes that,"one has to feel the sense of ascendance and upliftment in the body and intelligence. This firm presentation brings lightness and one feels elevation in mind."
Mr. Iyengar is not just talking about the physical body. He write, "The centre of gravity of the body and the mind as well as the emotional and the intellectual centre should remain aligned.","If the position of the body is wrong, then the practitioner suffers body pain, which in turn disturbs his mind."
Mr. Iyengar quotes from Patanjali's yoga sutras, IV.26, which says, "tada vivekanimnam kaivalyapragbharam cittam". He translates this as meaning, "when the intelligence is at the exalted state, the consciousness becomes pure and gravitates towards the source - the Soul."
Monday, December 5, 2016
Below is my upcoming schedule for classes at Yoga Sublime in Prince Albert, Sk. check out Yoga Sublime's website as there are many other classes during the week with other instructors.
On Saturday, December 11th there will be an Open House where you can pre-register for the upcoming sessions. Doors open at noon and close at 5p.m.
There will be quite a few vendor tables there too so please come have a look at the many talented people's work.
My schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather, illness or low enrolment in classes.
Pre-registration is preferred so I know if have enough students to run classes.
Thank you for your consideration. I hope to see you in the New Year!
I am also available to teach for schools, offices, workshops, inservices, splurge parties, etc. Yoga is meant to be accessible for all!
Classes in Prince Albert begin January 3rd
I will be teaching a FREE Intro. to Iyengar Yoga on January 3rd from 7:15-8:15p.m.
TUESDAY: Yoga Sublime No class Feb.21st and April 18th
10:30-11:45am - AM Yoga- Iyengar Level 1/2
12:00-1:00pm – NOON Yoga- Iyengar Level 1/2
5:30-7:00am – Iyengar Yoga - Level 2/3
7:15-8:15 pm-Iyengar Basic/Level 1
THURSDAY: Yoga Sublime No class Feb.23rd and April 20th
5:30-6:45pm – Gentle/Restorative Yoga7:15-8:30pm – Asana/Pranayama – 4 weeks – January 5th – 26th – must pre-register
SATURDAY: - Yoga Sublime - Begins January 14thNo classes Jan. 28th, Feb. 18th, 25th, April 15th & 22nd
9:00-10:15am – A.M. Eye Opener – Level 1/2
Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor
With the dark days of December upon us and many of us busier then most other months of the year. I've reposted this calming pose so you can take a break from the cold and frenzy in your outer world.
Great pose to stay in for 5-10 minutes. Place an eye pillow over your eyes too. This helps sooth the eyes and bring the senses inward.
Supta Baddha Konasana - Reclining Bound Angle Pose
If you are feeling a little stressed this holiday season or coming down with a cold or flu this is a great pose as it is very restful when energy is low. This pose gently massages the heart, improves circulation in the abdomen, massaging and toning them.
Then release the hands to the sides, palms facing up. Stay for 1 minute, building up to 5-10 minutes.
Benefits: Regulates blood pressure, prevents hernia as the hips and groin become more supple, relieves lower backache, relieves varicose veins and sciatica, reduces pain caused by hemorrhoids, relieves indigestion and flatulence, tones the kidneys and improves bladder control, improves blood circulation in the ovarian region, and is particularly beneficial during puberty and menopause, alleviates menstrual pain, corrects prolapsed uterus
Cautions: If any strain is felt getting into the pose, use two bolsters. If there is strain in the groin region use more height to support the outer knees.