Join us for a celebration to honor the life and legacy of BKS Iyengar and Adeline Yoga.
This community event will celebrate both the birthday of BKS Iyengar and the 10th Anniversary of Adeline Yoga Studio. And bring us together for a holiday party!
We will gather at 5:30 pm for a potluck dinner. At 6:30 pm we will have a short program with a short puja and story telling led by Victoria Austin. Then a community kirtan led by the angelic voice of Francesca Nicosia.
There is an important spiritual component to the practice of yoga that often gets less attention then the physical aspects of the practice. First, we will eat together. Then the community puja will involve the lighting of ghee lamps and the use of auspicious symbols to offer gratitude for the personal ways BKS Iyengar impacted each of our lives. Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher and Zen Priest Victoria Austin be our keynote speaker, reflecting on the life and significance of BKS Iyengar himself. Of course, we will also offer stories of Adeline Yoga Studio over the last ten years and eat cake. The evening will be complete when we chant together!
The Iyengars use chants to bring them deeper into their practice, and closer to self-realization. You will have an opportunity to learn some of these traditional chants including the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the Guru Strotram and kirtan chants for a variety of important dieties. No musical experience is needed and you don’t need to sound good. Simply being in the room, you will benefit from the experience and contribute to its success. This is the power of chant!
Free to all.
Wondering what to bring? A vegetarian dish or beverage to share, and your own plate and silverware.
Iyengar yogi potlucks are the best potlucks and so much fun! If your dish is gluten-free, nut-free or vegan (dairy and egg free), we appreciate if you label your dish as such so that those with food sensitivities can enjoy your offering.
Wondering what to wear? An Adeline yoga t-shirt if you have one! There have been so many over the years to choose from.
Want to help out? We will need volunteers on the day of the event to make it a success. Email email@example.com with your interest.
If you would like to make a monetary donation, proceeds will support the cost of putting on the event plus we will make a donation to the Bellur Foundation for projects that BKS Iyengar initiated in his home village in India.
Victoria Austin has studied yoga for over 40 years. She holds an Intermediate Senior I teaching certificate and responsibility which includes teacher training and therapeutics. She is on the teacher training faculty of the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco. Victoria offers public yoga classes at San Francisco Zen Center and the Abode of Iyengar Yoga and serves as an assessor of the next generation of Iyengar yoga teachers.
Victoria is also a Zen priest and an active Dharma teacher at the San Francisco Zen Center.
Victoria begins afresh every day, and regularly renews her training with the Iyengars in India, and Manouso Manos in San Francisco. She teaches in diverse settings, including groups for monastics, prisoners, people with disabilities, and physicians. Victoria also offers workshops in Pranayama throughout the year. Find out more about Victoria on her website at http://www.victoriaaustin.org
Francesca Nicosia has been chanting and leading kirtan for over a decade. She grew up in a musical family — her mother an opera singer and father an organist — and started playing piano and singing in choirs at a young age. She was first exposed to the sacred music of India during a semester abroad in Northern India. While living at Shoshoni Yoga Retreat in Colorado, chanting became an integral part of her daily practice. She was blessed to play with members of the ashram’s acclaimed kirtan band, Shiva’s Garden and study classical Indian singing with Megan Yalkut. Francesca regularly led kirtan at the Eldorado Mountain Yoga Ashram and the Denver Ashram before moving to the Bay Area in 2010. Francesca is an active member of the Adeline Community. She teaches Yoga for Every Body on Monday nights and is a graduate of the Sadhana Studies program. Chanting is her musical prayer and offering on the path of devotion, or Bhakti Yoga. She is grateful to share her deep love for this devotional practice as a way to open the heart, still the mind and take refuge in our innermost experience of the Divine. Find out more about Francesca on her website: http://www.francescanicosia.com/