Pranayama and Philosophy with Joy Laine (live stream)

Sundays, 8:30-10:00 a.m. (by donation) via St. Paul Yoga Center

May 10, 2020

heyam duḥkam anāgatam.  ~ Patañjali

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.  

Class Description: 

In this class we will cover the basic elements of prāṇāyāma including the practices known as ujjāyiī, viloma and bhrāmarī You will learn how to set up for supine and seated prāṇāyāma and will learn the tools needed to develop your own regular practice. Thirty minutes of each class will be dedicated to studying the philosophical underpinnings of prāṇāyāma as it relates to the yoga tradition. This class is suitable for students who have about a year's worth of study in Iyengar Yoga.


Props needed:

yoga mat, three blankets, yoga belt and two blocks. Head wrap and folding metal chair desirable but not necessary.


About Joy Laine:

Joy Laine became certified as an Iyengar yoga teacher in England in 1977 having trained with many well known teachers including B.K.S. Iyengar, Sylva Mehta and Maxine Tobias. Joy has been to India several times, including a nine month period of study at the Iyengar Institute in Pune 1982 and again for three months in 2003. Joy continues her studies with senior Iyengar teachers, including Kristin Chirhart and Chris Saudek. She currently holds an Intermediate Junior III Iyengar certification. Joy has a strong commitment to making yoga available to as many people in the community as possible and when not teaching yoga, joy teaches philosophy (including Indian Philosophies and the Philosophy of Mind) at Macalester College.

Live Streaming Classes with Mary Reilly

Friendship Yoga 22nd Annual Retreat (NOT at Prairiewoods), ONLINE WORKSHOP!

May 31, 2020

Mary Reilly will bring her many years of dedicated study of Iyengar Yoga to this online retreat. 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.

Weekend Intensive Series with Chris Saudek

at the Yoga Co-op of Madison, Wisconsin

July 17, 2020

The Yoga Co-op of Madison will host senior Iyengar yoga instructor Chris Saudek for three weekend intensives in 2020. 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.

Bobby Clennell in St. Paul

weekend workshop, August 21-23

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

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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