Iyengar Yoga recognizes asana itself as a gateway to transformation on all levels. Instead of being separate from the other limbs of yoga, asana is actually an entry point. Not only can we apply asana as a personal gateway to transformation, we can influence social and collective change by practicing it. As we work through the particularity of our own bodies, we shape the way we relate to the ground beneath us, the people around us, and the communities we live in. Let’s explore this together through a wide range of asanas.
“Somatic particularity” is a phrase coined by Gwi-Seok to describe Iyengar Yoga in order to replace the word “alignment” which connotes correctness, an external judge, and sometimes, dogma. Instead, let’s approach asana as a creative, adaptable practice, to address whatever is needed on a given day: PMS, backache, anxiety, lethargy, etc. This will not be a therapeutics workshop, but rather a chance for each of us to become ever more sensitive to the effects of asana in our own bodies, and on our own minds, so that we can continually refine our practices to heal and evolve ourselves.
This is a workshop for people with Iyengar Yoga experience.
After the workshop, Gwi-Seok will also offer a conversation on the Next Generation of Iyengar Yoga from 3:45 – 4:45 PST. Please register for that here.
We plan that this zoom workshop will be recorded. Every registrant will receive access to the recording for one month. If you cannot attend the workshop live, you can pre-register and receive the recording.
Roots = $20
Balancer = $40
Sponsor = $60
You must pre-register. One hour prior to the workshop you will receive a unique zoom log-in and specific instructions.
First time on Zoom with us? Check out our tip sheet! Our tips will help you get ready for your first class with us.
Hong Gwi-Seok (Peggy), CIYT 3, IAYT, teaches Iyengar Yoga as a creative art form, a path of devotion, and a healing justice practice for ourselves and our communities. She lives in Detroit, Michigan, where she teaches, serves as a member/co-owner of Iyengar Yoga Detroit Collective, and runs the BIPOC Apprentice Program and an online teacher education subscription program focusing on Iyengar Yoga pedagogy and its role in society. She blogs about culture, social justice, and Iyengar Yoga at Still in Sirsasana.