Prashant Iyengar has said that for an ongoing practitioner of yoga, the most important yoga sutras to think about in relation to practice are those that deal with parinama, transformation, Sutras 3.9 – 3.12.
In this workshop we will begin by reviewing these sutras and reflecting on what transformation might mean for us in the context of our practice. After a short discussion of these sutras, we will spend the rest of the workshop in an asana practice focused on parts of the body where we often feel stuck – hips and groins and shoulders and upper back – and on the different aspects of parinama discussed in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
This workshop is appropriate for students with at least two years consistent practice of Iyengar Yoga.
Michael Lucey is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher at the Senior Intermediate 1 level. He holds the highest level of Iyengar Yoga certification in the East Bay. Michael stumbled into an Iyengar yoga class in England in 1982, while he was a student at Oxford University. From his very first class he has been fascinated by the many ways yoga can transform your relation to your body, mind, and breath. He has been fortunate to study with many senior teachers from around the United States and Europe. He has also made 11 trips to Pune, India to study directly with the Iyengar family at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute. His most recent trip was in December 2018. Michael is also a professor of Comparative Literature and French at the University of California, Berkeley, and served as President of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States from 2014-2017. Visit Michael’s blog at assortedpracticalities.blogspot.com .