Weekend Intensive Series with Chris Saudek

at the Yoga Co-op of Madison, Wisconsin

March 06, 2020

The Yoga Co-op of Madison will host senior Iyengar yoga instructor Chris Saudek for three weekend intensives in 2020, including March 6-8, and May 1-3. The weekends include asana, pranayama and classes covering Iyengar yoga teaching methodology.  Participants in the teacher-training component commit to the three weekends; students interested in taking asana and pranayama classes only may sign-up for individual classes as space allows.

Yoga Sutras Study Group with Joy Laine

2:00-4:00pm @ BKS Iyengar Yoga Center, 2736 Lyndale Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55408

March 29, 2020

heyam duḥkam anāgatam


The pains which are yet to come can be and are to be avoided.
transl. B.K.S. Iyengar


The problem of human suffering is at the heart of Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtras. In this session we will examine Patañjali’s view on suffering and its causes and how the practice of yoga can be part of its solution.  In the course of this session, we will also look at some best practices for how to study the Yoga Sūtras and what tools are available for the student seeking a meaningful engagement with this text.  

This event is free to all. Bring your translation of the Yoga Sūtras if you possess one.

Join us Sunday, March 29, 2:00-4:00pm

Mary Obendorfer & Eddy Marks in Minneapolis

INTEGRATION, a weekend workshop

April 24, 2020

Friday, April 24 

5:30 - 8pm   Feeling Spacious in Back Extensions

Apply Guruji’s principle of placing & spacing for a harvest of calmness & ease in your backbends!


Saturday, April 25  

8:30am - 10am  Pranayama: Dynamic Silence, part 1

Learn this indispensible technique to intensely unify body, breath and mind 

10:30am - 1pm   Advanced Alignment

Accurate peripheral alignment guides the consciousness to experience the hidden core within. 

If we then act from the core, these actions are naturally more subtle, effective and skillful; they integrate and illuminate the body, mind and self.

3:00pm - 5:00pm  Beyond Alignment: Active Practice

Active practice amplifies the effects of alignment. It is the skillful use of resistance that intensifies and spreads the intelligence to illuminate our inner self.


Sunday, April 26 

9:30am - 12:30pm  A Mala for Twists & Abdominals

Learn how and why Malasana sharpens and connects twists and abdominal poses.


pricing and registration coming soon!

Eastern Iowa Weekend Retreat with Mary Reilly

Friendship Yoga 22nd annual spring retreat at Prairiewoods in Hiawatha, Iowa

May 29, 2020

Mary Reilly brings years of dedication to the study of Iyengar Yoga to this retreat setting. Teaching since 1982, Mary directs North Woods Yoga in Petoskey, Michigan and lives with her husband and aged dog Sam and cat Homer on 100 acres adjacent to wild state land. This retreat will honor the light within all life as we seek to deepen our understanding of yoga with the gifts that closeness to nature bestows.

Bobby Clennell in St. Paul

weekend workshop, June 12-14

June 12, 2020

Bobby Clennell who has been a direct student of B.K.S. Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar, and Prashant Iyengar for over 40 years, teaches at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York. She is the author and illustrator of two books, The Woman’s Yoga Book, and Yoga for Breast Care. Bobby’s teaching style is strong, energetic, precise and kind. Bobby is also the creator of “Yoga Yantra”, an animated short film based on the movements of B.K.S. Iyengar. For more information:www.bobbyclennell.com

H.S. Arun in Decorah

coming to the Yoga Room in Decorah, Iowa!

June 26, 2020

Born in Sringeri, South India in 1954, Sri H.S. Arun (Arunji) grew up and completed his studies in Bangalore, India, where he started his career at a Chartered Accountant company. It was around this time that he developed a dust allergy, and asthma, which became quite severe during the rainy season. At a colleague’s suggestion, he decided to try yoga as a remedy, and was initiated into yoga in 1974 by late Sri S. Janakiraman at the Rashtrothana Shareerika Siksha Kendra, Bangalore. After two years of practice, he was cured of asthma.

Arun started teaching Yoga in 1976 at the Rashtrothana Shareerika Siksha Kendra. Here, in 1978, he gave class in front of his Pujya Guruji, Dr. Sri B.K.S. Iyengar (Guruji). Arun’s Jr. Advanced Iyengar yoga certification was awarded to him directly by Guruji.

The idea of teaching and applying Iyengar Yoga to meet and suit each individual’s unique needs appeals to Arunji immensely. He decided to propagate Iyengar Yoga, and gave many lecture-demonstrations in schools, colleges, hospitals, factories and organizations around the world. He has written 15 Books on Yoga in Kannada; one of which is translated into English, entitled “Yoga in Day-to-Day Life.”  He is currently working on another yoga book.

In addition to his annual U.S. tour (since 2005), Arunji travels extensively to South American countries including Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, and Venezuela as well as Hong Kong and Israel, to share his knowledge of Iyengar Yoga. Arunji is a devoted student, and travels the world promoting his guru’s work.

Laurie Blakeney in MN!

weekend workshop!

October 02, 2020

Laurie Blakeney is director of the Ann Arbor School of Yoga, and a long time, dedicated student of B.K.S. Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar, and Prashant Iyengar with whom she has studied on a yearly basis in India for over 30 years. Laurie is one of the most senior Iyengar Yoga teachers in our Midwest region, and we are honored to have her come back to the Twin Cities. 

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