Modifications for the Immunity Sequence by Nadia

Do you want to practice the ‘immunity sequence’ from our previous post but you’re unsure how to modify the poses? ‘Our’ lovely Nadia (in our shirt!) – now in the US – has put a lot of effort into putting together a series of explainer videos, taking you through all the poses. So if you’re stuck at home, wanting to practice, but needing a little guidance, see this post!

 

Use support when you need it. (Covid-19 news)

You must have been waiting for yet another ‘corona-virus’ update… but of course given the current situation and the recent government measures we also need to be responsible and help avoid spreading the virus further. So here is what we all can do:

  • please don’t come to class even if you have mild symptoms (runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, mild cough or low-grade fever). The teachers will do the same!
  • wash your hands well before and after class. We will provide disposable hand towels.
  • bring your own towel to dry your feet.
  • clean your mat before and after class, or bring your own mat! You can even buy a mat at iYoga. If you wish you can also bring a towel to cover bolsters/blankets.
  • we will take extra care to clean any door handles and surfaces multiple times a day.
  • please keep a reasonable distance from others when you place your mat.
  • to help this, we will temporarily lower the class capacity. So please sign up before coming to class! This also ensures that, should we be forced to cancel a class, we can let you know.
  • also we are postponing all planned events (the workshop with Garth McLean, the Advanced Patañjali Course with Gitte Bechsgaard, anda the In-Depth Course and Yoga Lab sessions) to a later date.
  • since you are requested by the government to alter your working times or work from home, come out of your ‘bubble’ and visit some of our quieter classes! We have a few classes a week that are very full, but also many that are quiet.
  • and last but not least… keep up your practice! Especially when you’re quarantined at home, it’s an excellent opportunity to practice a lot. Below you find a practice sequence that is advised to practice to support the immune system. Also Eyal Shifroni has been requested by the Chinese Iyengar Yoga Association to make a sequence that you can see in this video. Or maybe this video is a bit more accessible for your home practice.

PS and of course, if you feel insecure, you can always build yourself a fort out of yoga blocks!

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Tally goes on an adventure.

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If you’re a regular at the studio you may already have heard that Tally will be leaving us for Israel, where she will reconnect with her roots for a while. While we’re happy for her to go on this adventure, we’re very very sorry to see her leave iYoga Utrecht. She started out assisting in Hiske’s classes shortly after we opened in January 2014 and we’ve loved seeing her grow into the wonderful teacher she is now!

And not only will we miss her as a teacher, we’ll also miss a friend, practice partner, Toby’s bestie, and of course her music. Tally’s wish for iYoga Utrecht is that more people will make music in the studio – which we love. So if this appeals to you, please get in touch.

We wish her the best of luck, and are a bit jealous of her future students, wherever they may be :)

If you want to share something with Tally, we have made a book for her in which you can share your favorite ‘Tally-asana’. Many have already contributed, but if you want to do that too, the book will be at the studio until February 13. This will also be her last day of teaching!

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New decade… New adventures ahead

This spring we’ll make the most of the leap year (‘schrikkeljaar’) by adding an extra day to Eyal Shifroni’s workshop - now 4 days instead of 3. It’s completely sold out at the moment, which is fantastic! It does require us to have few schedule changes (see below or check the schedule regularly if you want to be in the know!).
If you’re still interested in Eyal’s workshop, last minute spots may open so you can always email us to get on the waitlist.

In March, we once again host Garth McLean. He is a wonderful and genuinely loving person, it’s always a joy to be around him, and we hope many more people sign up to his workshop!

We’ve added two new mid-morning classes to our schedule: Mondays with Anne and Fridays with Leen, both from 11.00-12.15. And last but not least: Tally is off to some new adventures…

Yoga Asana Anatomy

New book in our ‘bookshop’: Yoga Asana Anatomy by Hermann Traiteur from Yoga Mitte Berlin.

This is a unique anatomy book that is specifically written from the Iyengar Yoga perspective. It is readable and accessible to those without extensive medical knowledge. At the same time, it is also intended to be a fascinating and informative guidebook for those possessing medical expertise.

Each theme’s anatomical explanations are coupled with corresponding color pictures, and references are made to asana and to different health problems that can arise in the musculoskeletal system. Tips are provided about asanas that can be practiced as preventative measures. But the explanations also refer to the underpinning principles of Iyengar yoga, which makes this book very practical and relatable for the regular Iyengar Yoga student.

You can now buy it at the studio, €42 (limited stock)

Birthday celebration

101 years ago on this day, BKS Iyengar was born. An extraordinary man who touched countless people’s lives. We are fortunate to find ourselves amongst this number. In Pune, the Iyengar yoga community is very much alive and vibrant! It was good to be there for the 101′st birth anniversary and to see the local students in a beautiful and inspiring performance (see the youtube video of the performance on the right side).

It was also refreshing to be part of the convention in which structural changes to the Iyengar yoga system were proposed by Prashant and Abhijata, and discussed by assessors and teacher trainers from all over the world. As a community, we have to move forward and adapt to the changing world, and they bravely opened the discussion. Surely, we will all hear much more about this in the coming months. I will not go into the details here but if you are interested you can click here and read some more about it.

“Prone Savasana for back pain with canine companion.”

Yoga teachers also get back pain sometimes! Students can be shocked when I say something about my own injuries or illness. But yoga is not a guarantee for a life without pain or disease. Yes, ‘even’ your yoga teacher is a human being that also deals with pain, sadness, disease and all the suffering that comes with the human experience.

The practice of yoga may help prevent pain, instil healthier habits, or help you find ways to deal with various conditions. It is very helpful to understand a little bit about your body and know various techniques to find relief from pain. It is also helpful to understand a little bit about your own mind and the psychological effects of pain or other obstacles.

But yoga is not a magic pill that safeguards you from pain in whatever form it might show up. Not a shield to protect the practitioner from harm. Nobody has said it better than the master:

“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”
- BKS Iyengar⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

And in case of occasional pain it is lovely to have colleagues who help set you up in a pose to rest and recover, and a dog by your your side.

First day of school!

As the students of our In-depth course trickled in this morning with their bags full of books and lunch and yoga clothes, they reminded me of children on their first day back to school. Some of them excited to meet up with friends from last year, others insecure about a new experience. All individuals. When their voices joined together for the first Om, they suddenly seemed to merge into a homogenous group, open and ready to learn.

“We chant [the invocation] so that at the very beginning that feeling of sanctification comes from inside, with the feeling of surrendering oneself, because nothing can be learned in this world unless you have the humility to learn”
- Geeta Iyengar, from an interview with Margo Kitchen, RIMYI 1992