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An Iyengar Yoga School

Perception is Reality?

Nov 06 2018, - by Helen Clear

This morning in class I showed Kate how, because she hyperextends her knee, when she bends the knee (just slightly), her leg is straight. She gave me a look like she thought I might be a little bit crazy. She said, “but it doesn’t feel straight”. ..

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Yoga vs. Defqon.1

Sep 21 2018, - by Bruce Standley

The Defqon.1 Festival hit Penrith over the weekend and drew a huge crowd to the International Regatta Centre. ..

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Plus Size Yoga - Part 2

Jul 10 2018, - by Helen Clear

"... seeing a healthy body as one that is vital, sensual, at ease, regardless of its size and shape." ..

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Plus Size Yoga - Part 1

May 20 2018, - by Helen Clear

I looked around the group of usually vibrant, fresh-faced women in my class, and on this day I saw bags under eyes, pale skin, a dullness in their step. A bit of chat established that yes, it had been a big week, everyone was tired and we would tone the class down a little. I left a good 20 minutes at the end for very quiet, passive poses. We lay over bolsters in a supported, open position. I talked through some practices to settle the mind. I watched as one student – Sarah - began to sob. Her body shook gently, but she stayed as she was, quietly letting her emotions come to the fore. She sobbed quietly like that for several minutes. ..

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Can I do yoga if I don’t fit in?

Apr 03 2018, - by Bruce Standley

“Fitting in is about assessing a situation and becoming who you need to be to be accepted. Belonging, on the other hand, doesn’t require us to change who we are; it requires us to be who we are.”
-Brené Brown,
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
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What Is Iyengar Yoga? A Personal Perspective

Jan 17 2018, - by Helen Clear

We recently added the phrase “An Iyengar Yoga School” to our website. As certified Iyengar Yoga teachers we have permission to use this phrase. We also have a page on our website “Why Iyengar Yoga?” You will find that most Iyengar Yoga studios have a similar page. ..

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Is Looking Inward the Same as Naval Gazing?

Dec 19 2017, - by Helen Clear

Just recently, I went to a talk by Hugh Mackay on “community”. I was nodding my head as he talked about rampant consumerism and how it doesn’t make us happy. He talked also about the “merchants of happiness” and how the whole happiness industry has led us to believe that we have an entitlement to be happy - happy being a never wavering, smiling state - which is not just unrealistic but not even desirable, since it limits us to a narrow range of human emotions. And I was with him till there. ..

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As the Nike ads say, “Just do it”.

Oct 28 2017, - by Helen Clear

Bad back? Depression? Insomnia? Just ask Joe! A tailored yoga practice can assist with these, and many other conditions.  ..

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Standing Poses 3

Sep 19 2017, - by Bruce Standley

This blog is the last in our series on standing poses. In this discussion, Bruce looks at his own experience of how standing poses have helped him access other yoga poses.  ..

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In Search of the Perfect Pose

Aug 23 2017, - by Helen Clear

I read an article recently that described Iyengar yoga as being in search of the "perfect" pose. My first reaction was defensive: That's not true. That's a misunderstanding of Iyengar yoga. The concept of a perfect pose implies a superficial view of the pose as observed from the outside. But let's consider perfection as presented in the yoga sutras. Patanjali says that  ..

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