Summer Home Practice Sequence

GEETA IYENGAR

Happy Summer!

Geetaji Iyengar provided sequences of asanas and pranayama for Iynengar yoga teachers to teach and share for the first three years of the International Day of Yoga (June 21) – this particular sequence was adapted from her teachings after her death in December 2019. The downloadable link above (and listed below) is respectfully borrowed from Iyengar Yoga Australia. Have fun!

  • Tadasana
  • Urdhva Namaskarasana
  • Namskarasana
  • Uttanasana – concave back
  • Adho Mukha Svanasana
  • Paschim Namaskarasana
  • Parsvottanasana with Paschim Namaskarasana
  • Virabhadrasana I
  • Virabhadrasana III
  • Parsvotanasana
  • Prasaritta Padottanasana
  • Dandasana
  • Upavistha Konasana
  • Baddha Konasana
  • Virasana
  • Supta Virasana
  • Sirsasana
  • Viparita Dandasana
  • Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
  • Sarvangasana
  • Viparita Karani
  • Savasana – Ujjayi Pranayama I
  • Savasana Viloma pranayama I

Tabernacles of Silence: Cultivating Empathy

Please join me for this free online contemplative experience hosted by the Portland Museum of Art in conjunction with their exhibition Tabernacles for Trying Times. All are welcome to participate (it’s free, but you have to register!) in paying attention to phenomena in and around the body, developing a relationship with Silence, moving into a place of heartfulness, and allowing for encounters with empathy.

Empathy, the phenomenon first recognized in the first half of the 20th century, has roots in aesthetics and art appreciation – as a powerful, passive exchange that occurs between artist and art observer through a work of art.

During the guided (30-minutes-ish) contemplative practice, we enter into the tabernacle, or dwelling place, of Silence, place the fullness of our attention within the body, and experience the empathetic capacities of the heart.

By placing our attention – a great gift of our being – into our physical bodies and observing the experience, we begin to encounter empathy, which eventually allows us to place ourselves, in a feeling, sensing way, into another. Empathy cannot be manufactured, it simply grows out of the pure, selfless activity of the heart. There will be time at the end to share impressions from the practice.

This event is presented in conjunction with Tabernacles for Trying Times. In the exhibition, artists Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe created a sanctuary for all kinds of people to worship at the altar of contemporary art, Pepe noting “art can be a place for secular spirituality.” So, too, can one’s own secular space transform into a sacred dwelling place, or tabernacle.

Participants in this evening’s event are encouraged to prepare their own tabernacles ahead of time. Don’t fret! This can be as simple as clearing the space around you or bringing a special object into view. Look at your dwelling place with fresh eyes. What do you see? Look out your windows and doors – even go outside! What calls to you? If you like, bring something from the natural world into your tabernacle (or invite a houseplant or favorite stone to join you). Take some time in creating your tabernacle. Given time and space, the sacred arises out of the secular.

Online Classes Begin March 21

ONLINE IYENGAR YOGA CLASSES
with LIZ LEUTHNER

BEGIN MARCH 21, 2020
via ZOOM

ZOOMFriends!
Please join me as IYENGAR YOGA GOES ELECTRIC!
There are four opportunities each week to practice yoga – online!

I’ve worked (most of) the kinks out – with special thanks to the students who helped during the practice-practice! See below for direct links to the FOUR classes I’m offering each week ~ for as long as public health precautions require us to keep our social distance (but not isolation).

IF YOU PLAN TO JOIN AN ONLINE CLASS:
Try to set up your computer/phone/iPad ahead of time so that the camera sees you as fully as possible. It’ll take a bit of tinkering, but eventually all will come into view. I’ll try to start right on time – you can join the “meeting”/class ahead of time. It will also be helpful if you have yoga props – or something that approximates yoga props – nearby. Some suggestions:

  • Sofa cushions make great bolsters.
  • Dictionaries and bibles make great blocks.
  • Blankets make great blankets.
  • Scarves and ropes make great belts (so do belts).
  • Chairs make great chairs, but so do coffee tables.
  • Kitchen counters make great walls, as do actual walls.

I look forward to seeing you on the screen very soon.
Take care. Be well. All love.

Questions? Email me or call: 401.829.3831.

Suggested fee: $15.
But don’t let financial constraints prohibit your participation.

WAYS TO PAY:

  • via VENMO: lizzyleu
  • mail CASH/CHECK: email me and I will send you my address
MONDAYS 8:30-10:00 AM
ALL LEVELS

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WEDNESDAYS 8:30-10:00 AM
ALL LEVELS

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SATURDAYS 8:30-10:00 AM
INTERMEDIATE

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SATURDAYS 10:30-11:30 AM
BEGINNERS

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June 2020 Workshop ~ Mt. Desert Island

covechairsJUNE 19-21, 2020
YOGA SUTRAS & 12 STEPS: Spiritual Practices for Modern Maladies
Explore the yoga sutras and 12 steps as sacred paths of recovery from addiction with Iyengar yoga teacher and certified yoga therapist Liz Leuthner. Two nights, $150-$200: includes room, board, public lecture, two yoga classes.

>> more info/register here!

at The Alcyon Center, Seal Cove, Mount Desert Island, ME

Women’s Yoga Weekend at Alcyon

pink sunset square.jpgApril 12-14, 2019: Ancient Methods for Modern Times
Please join me at The Alcyon Center on Seal Cove, Mount Desert Island, ME for a very special Women’s Yoga and Contemplation Weekend.

Working with contemplative Silence & Heart practices and yoga texts/postures in the Iyengar tradition, we’ll listen deeply—to each other & the natural world. To register or fmi: registrations@alcyoncenter.org.

February Yoga in Brooksville!

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I am pleased to continue teaching this winter at the Iyengar Yoga Center of Maine in Brooksville, while Kim Peralta is away.

Come practice Iyengar yoga in beautiful coastal Maine!

Schedule here (and below).

 

 

All FEBRUARY classes w/Liz are drop-in rate only (see rates, below)

Level 2/Ongoing Students – 8:30-10AM: SATURDAYS ($20 drop in)
February 10, 17 & 24
 
Intro/Beginners – 10:30-11:30AM: SATURDAYS ($15 drop in)
February 10, 17 & 24    
 
Level 2/Ongoing Students – 8:30-10AM: MONDAYS ($20 drop in)
February 12, 19 & 26
 
Level 1/Beginners – 8:30-9:45AM: TUESDAYS ($20 drop in)
February 13, 20 & 27

Questions? Email Liz.

C-IAYT

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I recently became a Certified Yoga Therapist, through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. IAYT is committed to advancing yoga therapy education, training, and research, and the professional development of its members. IAYT recognizes the rigorous training of Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYT) and our aligned efforts to bring – safely! – the healing art and science of yoga to all people.

CIYT + C-IAYT, got it? 🙂

Recovering with Heart

Please join my friend Brenda McMorrow and me for a relaxing hour of restorative yoga, heart contemplation and sound. This free recovery event is open to all who are in recovery from addiction or who are allies of the recovery community and precedes Brenda’s public kirtan (tickets: $20 in advance @ brenda.bpt.me) in the same space. Please RSVP to liz@hopegateway.com to reserve your spot for “Recovering with Heart” (and get your tickets for the public kirtan, too!)

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