"Yoga" comes from a Sanskrit word meaning to yoke; or union. "It is the true union of our will with the will of God," says B.K.S. Iyengar in Light on Yoga.
A form of hatha yoga, Iyengar yoga emphasizes vigorous standing poses, alignment, and the use of props to access optimal health. B.K.S. Iyengar has systematized asanas (poses) "based on the anatomical structure and function of the body and a sequential progression of movement. It brings a progressive activation of the internal body so that one penetrates through the outer body to the inner one, and again, through the body and the mind to excavate the hidden energy of one's very existence, to reach the source of being, the soul." (from Yoga In ActionPreliminary Course by Geeta S. Iyengar). It is through the practice of asanas that one experiences firsthand all of the eight limbs of yoga, from core philosophical principles such as non-violence and truthfulness...through control of the senses and the breath..through concentration and meditation... samadhi (union with the divine).
Learning to Live in the Natural World
Before beginning this journey inward, we must clarify its nature. There is a frequent misunderstanding of the journey inward or the spiritual path, which suggests to most people a rejection of the natural world, the mundane, the practical, the pleasurable. On the contrary, to a yogi (or indeed a Taoist master or Zen monk) the path toward spirit lies entirely in the domain of nature. It is the exploration of nature from the world of appearances, or surface, into the subtlest heart of living matter. Spirituality is not some external goal that one must seek but a part of the divine core of each of us, which we must reveal. For the yogi, spirit is not separate from the body. Spirituality, as I have tried to make clear, is not ethereal and outside nature but accessible and palpable in our very own bodies. Indeed the very idea of a spiritual path is a misnomer. After all, how can you move toward something that, like Divinity, is already by definition everywhere? A better image might be that if we tidy and clean our houses enough, we might one day notice that Divinity has been sitting in them all along. We do the same with the sheaths of the body, polishing them until they become a pure window to the divine.
A scientist sets out to conquer nature through knowledge - external nature, external knowledge. By these means he may split the atom and achieve external power. A yogi sets out to explore his own internal nature, to penetrate the atom (atma) of being. He does not gain dominion over wide lands and restless seas, but over his own recalcitrant flesh and febrile mind. This is the power of compassionate truth. The presence of truth can make us feel naked, but compassion takes all our shame away. It is this inner quest for growth and evolution, or "involution," that is the profound and transformational yogic journey that awaits the seeker after Truth. We begin this involution with what is most tangible, our physical body, and the yogasana practice helps us to understand and learn how to play this magnificent instrument that each of us has been given.
Light on Life, pages 19 & 20
An introduction to postures and breathing for beginners & students new to the Iyengar method. Students are expected to attend every session and be willing to begin a home practice.
ASANA I - II
For those who have completed at least eight weeks of Iyengar yoga instructoruction. Home practice expected.
For students with six months or more of Iyengar practice. Includes backbends, inversions & restorative poses. Home practice expected.
For students with structural, organic/hormonal, or emotional needs. Poses are individualized & a home practice is expected.
YOGA & FOURTH FRIDAYS
For students not yet ready for a vigorous class and needing more than anything, rest & renewal. Uses bolsters & other props to open & support the body.
ASANA I for Seniors or Stiffness
A gentle introduction to Iyengar yoga's core principles, for those whose stiffness or age would assume you'd never endure (or enjoy!) a yoga class. Consult with Jan if you have major health issues.
LOWER BACK BASICS
Learn specific poses and appropriate use of props to lengthen and align the spine. Requires conversation with instructor and pre-registration prior to first class.
NECK & SHOULDER BASICS
Learn specific poses and appropriate use of props such as walls to improve alignment and mobility of neck and shoulder areas. Requires conversation with instructor and pre-registration prior to first class.
Brief, gentle poses to ease into sitting, then seated meditation. All levels welcome!
For special occasions, or for that special someone, Jan will design a half day of renewal and renovation for the soul. The experience will be designed from conversation with or about the special person/occasion. For one person or a group, Yoga By Design may include yoga, meditation, journaling and other methods of journeying inside. Fee $499 for up to twelve participants.
For students who would like to deepen their practice or work on specific issues. There is a four session minimum for new students, scheduled and payable prior to first session.
A workshop allows extra time so that students can further refine and deepen their focus.
REST & RENEW
Saturday mornings, set aside to gently move the body, quiet the mind & nourish the soul, for women only. The three hours include meditation time and restorative yoga. (Available to a group of men upon request.)
for information about yoga, meditation, relaxation, wellness, stress management courses in schools, workplaces, retreats, etc.
Connect to the Quiet
Guided tour through the body,
A pause at each port,
Each place of awareness
A mini resort.
Resort in which quiet
Could maybe abide
While breath breathes you gently
As incoming tide.
Resort where the tension
Can all melt away,
A place that's not perfect,
Yet perfect for play.
A place where suggestion
Shifts internal gears-
No longer life's race
Need drag you along,
Cork bobbing on sea-
Say, "Waters, be still,
As I learn to BE."
If this is a tour
You long to be on,
Connect to the Quiet,
Hear body's sweet song.
Guided tour for five minutes
If you're in a hurry,
Or longer one's twelve
If less you must scurry.
Lasts twenty minutes,
Each moment's soft breathing
Lets stress do its penance.
Connect to the quiet.
Hear Jan's gentle voice.
Come inside; align:
Let your body rejoice.
With deep gratitude and love for all who encouraged, cajoled, insisted and assisted in the process of my voice's becoming available on this lovely CD called Connect to the Quiet. -April 2010
- Guided relaxation with Jan's soothing voice
- CD available via mail order, at studio & other locations
- You may also order by emailing me at: email@example.com
$19.49 plus tax
$15.00 for Redbud Yoga Students!
Feedback re: Connect to the Quiet...
"...what a WONDERFUL CD you have made!!! Such a soothing voice with simple to follow instructions, even if an individual has no yoga experience!! Thanks...."
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Schedules for 2015
Winter / Spring 2015
WELCOME TO BEGINNERS!
Second class free during the first two weeks of a class series.
Email your name, address, phone number and e-mail, and we'll send you "Four Tips for Beginners!" firstname.lastname@example.org
Begin anytime in first six weeks of a class series, fee pro-rated
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Support our Iyengar Yoga community and your own practice by becoming a
member of Redbud Yoga. Students with memberships receive access to the
studio for personal practice time, including the opportunity to practice
with peers and to use studio props, at any time the studio has no class
scheduled. (Calendar of available
times will be provided to all members).
You don't need a membership to enroll in classes -- memberships aim to support your own practice and our yoga center.!
Fixed Income.....$45 Family.......$90
All memberships except lifetime are for one year.
Carol Nichols in Parsvakonasana
-Flank Stretch Pose
by Carol Nichols
Sandercock in Wall Salamba
- Supported All-Limb Pose
Jan Barrett in Salamba Savasana
- Supported Corpse Pose
Wigoda & Larry
Photograph by Kay Whitfield
Jan Barrett, M.S., director, is certified to teach Iyengar yoga by the B.K.S. Iyengar Association of the United States, IYNAUS. Jan has studied with the Iyengars in India and at four national conventions. She studies regularly with Lois Steinberg, Ph.D., Director of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Champaign-Urbana. Jan teaches all Asana II & III classes, Gentle Yoga, and some beginning level classes.
M.S., M.A., earned her Introductory Level certification from the B.K.S. Iyengar Association of the U.S. in 2011 and her Intermediate Junior I in 2015. She studies regularly with Lois Steinberg, PhD, and other gifted teachers. To her teaching Carol brings precision, clarity, and clear-seeing. Carol teaches Asana I, I-II and II classes and assists in Gentle Asana also.
Vicki has been practicing Iyengar yoga since 1996 and assists Jan in Gentle Asana classes and in Back Care Basics and Neck and Shoulder Basics. Vicki expresses a lightness and vitality which enliven her practice & her teaching.
Full fee for each class series is payable to Redbud Yoga prior to first class. Other arrangements are possible - please call!!
New students who want to experience one class without committing to a series of classes may take their second class free during the first two weeks of a class series.
Make-ups must be completed within the current series. Yoga classes are automatically cancelled if Quincy Public Schools cancel classes/activities due to inclement weather. If Redbud Yoga cancels class, students can make up the missed class or request a refund.
Individuals with serious injuries or illnesses are expected to consult with the instructor before the first class and will be admitted into class at her discretion.
Gentle Asana classes or individual instruction may be an option for such students.
Fixed Income.....$45 Family.......$90
See schedule for details.
$12 per class session; full fee for a series payable prior to first class. Continuing students may join a class at any time by paying the remaining fee. Students enrolled in more than one class per week can pay $10 rather than $12 for the second/third class. Fee for teens is $6 per class, with full fee for a class series due prior to first class.
$12 for students currently enrolled in a class series and wishing to take an additional class session occasionally. $15 for students with Iyengar yoga experience but not currently enrolled in a class series. Teens $7 drop-in fee.
All tuition less the first class fee will be refunded after the first class of the series. After the second class, 50% of the tuition less the first class fee will be refunded. No refunds will be given after the third class. Date of the refund request, not class attendance, will be used as the criteria for dating refunds. Refund requests must be either received by mail or discussed with the instructor prior to the day of class. No refunds are available for cancellation of private sessions, nor for the Saturday workshops.
"The yogi realizes that his life and all its activities are part of the divine action in nature... In the beating of his pulse and the rhythm of his respiration, he recognizes the flow of the seasons and the throbbing of universal life. His body is a temple which houses the Divine Spark. He feels that to neglect or deny the needs of the body and to think of it as something not divine is to neglect and deny the universal life of which it is a part." -B.K.S. Iyengar, Light
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