Archive for January, 2016


Over a year ago I starting toying with Iyengar practice.  My main practice had been primary series Ashtanga for a while and I was just getting nowhere with it due to not having a GOOD AUTHORIZED teacher. I could practice it on my own but there were too many questions I had and I could only attend workshops to get answers, ie Richard Freeman, Tim Miller, and then I went to a Maty Ezraty teacher training intensive, like many others, expecting Ashtanga and then getting my mind blown and realizing.  She is teaching Iyengar.

Luckily we have real Iyengar teachers in town.  So I started taking classes regularly and last year at this time explored their teacher training track. I realized I wasn’t ready and went back and practiced and studied and started going to through the teacher training track again this past Friday with the Senior Iyengar teacher that comes to town.  I felt more ready and like I am wrapping my head around the fundamentals FINALLY.  Teachers from around the Midwest attend and want to be teachers.  I am not sure if I will go through assessment. It would be a long time from now, but I still see this as useful. I like a method, more than random drawing from a lot of sources.  Toooooo many cooks you know.  This teacher has taught forever and many of the people who attend have studies with her 20 years or more.  During introductions I realize how long you are a novice so in introductions I joke that I will not live long enough to have 20-30 years study.  Who knows.

We practice a beginning class for two and a half hours.  I have yet to write the sequence down but will do that today.  That is one of her suggestions for home practice.  I actually do that when I come home from a class because there are seldom more than 12 poses in a 90 minute class.  Their sequencing method confounds me but when they are effective it is an amazing experience.  Soooo I am still burned out today from the Friday morning class. Beginner.  Turning the teaching method session in the afternoon she mentions Guruji says there are no beginning poses.  Vira II above as shown by a younger Geeta Iyengar is flawless.  Definitely not available at this level of depth for the novice.  I seldom see this in even the most intermediate of students where I teach.  I couldn’t even see it before and Iyengar does the same in Light On Yoga, but now I see it a little different.  The legs are perfectly aligned. This is difficult.

The teaching method class consists of the attendees demonstrating the method of teaching a pose.  The senior teacher takes notes.  Gives feedback and suggestions.  Doesn’t miss a thing.  Occasionally throws out a question to those observing, which is a group of experienced teachers, and mostly there will be crickets and everyone sits on edge for her unexpected answer.  Even after years of teaching, the art is in observing.  She mentions Guruji taught teachers that way.  Be an observer.  A student always.

I have been watching the sessions he taught at Yoga Journal conference in Colorado and he says the same.  That he is still a student.  Always.  Be a beginner.

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